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About this project

At Powerlace, we believe that ''lacing is not a sport''

Have you ever felt that lacing your shoes is an unnecessary task? In fact, everyday objects of our lives are constantly evolving.

*Phones have become handheld computers!
*Cars are smarter and cleaner!
*Watches have turned into personal assistants!

But what about our shoes? Well, listen to this.

After 15 years of research and development, my team and I came up with a shoe that will make your dreams come true, Powerlace's P-One.

I have the pleasure today in unveiling our latest self-lacing shoe technology, allowing for hands-free shoe tying! Available exclusively on Kickstarter.

Frederick Labbe, inventor, mechanical engineer


Our last 2014 Kickstarter campaign

Our last Kickstarter campaign goes back to November 2014 and generated high interest among early adopters. We never gave up the desire to provide you guys with the best alternative tying solutions.

As always, no compromise was made on comfort, ease of use and performance. We teamed up with a reputable shoe manufacturer and consulted with a top tier footwear designer. The factory is now ready for the first production run, are you ready to step in?

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Return Policy 

Wrong size? Return them back and simply choose another size. FREE RETURN SHIPPING. 

 

 

  

  

The Powerlace P-One is a robust and revolutionary outdoor shoe offering a unique once-only adjustment system and dynamic balancing that adapts to the natural motion of your foot. Reliable over any type of outdoor terrain and suitable for everyday wear.  

Lever  

The lever unlocks the mechanism with the help of maximum strength nylon coated stainless steel wires.

Puller

The thermoplastic pullers allow to perform static and dynamic balancing that adapt continuously to the natural motion of the foot.

Sole

The TPU sole is non-marking, abrasion resistant and flex fatigue resistant.

Lace

The kevlar laces offer superior breaking strength of 250 lbs.

Lace lock

The lace lock allows to adjust the required tension of the laces.

Our team of rocket scientists have developed a revolutionary self-lacing system activated only by your body weight. 

 

Just slide your foot in, adjust the tension once, and you’re set, forever. You’ll never have to bend down again.  

**  Adjust only once. **      

 

To take off the shoes, use your other foot to press down on the back lever. Beautifully simple!  

In our quest to build the most innovative prototypes, we have gone through countless manufacturing processes including 3D designing, numerically controlled machining, plastic injection, thermoset, stitching and ultrasonic welding.

All stages of research and development have been conducted at our lab facilities in St-Hubert, Canada by our team of rocket scientists. And we are confident that our efforts will offer you the greatest self-lacing shoe experience.  


Prototyping & Design

In my 15 years as a footwear designer I have never seen footwear include such sophisticated technical package. Creating a design to incorporate such a carefully hidden mechanized system so precisely with almost no margin for error was more like applying the automotive process to footwear.  

For a small group of friends to achieve what so many giants in the industry have been attempting for years, shows just how much can be achieved in this world.

But what I think really sets Powerlace apart from other brands, is that like the automotive industry their innovation is ingenious, striking the perfect balance between simplicity, performance, reliability and industrialization.

"Powerlace is the new frontier in footwear".

Markus Kittner Professional footwear designer


Future Horizon

The first portion of the money we raise will go to fund the production of more molds and machinery. The second portion will be used to expand our product range: women, kid's, safety, golf, running - and more.

Yes, ladies, we haven’t forgotten you.  

Just imagine the difference with Powerlace auto-lacing shoes in our life. The number of possibilities is infinite!  

Risks and challenges

We are fully aware that every Kickstarter project is confronted by its own share of risks. In this regard, we would like to tell you more about how we prepared our market entry.

Over the last year, we've been regularly travelling to China to undertake the production and testing of our tooling equipments. So many production challenges to overcome! Hopefully, we succeeded in harnessing all of our energy and resources to deal with the complexity of the manufacturing process, leaving the plant ready for the first production run.

And most importantly, we have worked hard over the last years to build up strong relationships with our partners to assure you the best quality possible and to hit all of our delivery deadlines.

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FAQ

  • Pre-ordering allows you to be the first to get your hands on these amazing shoes. Once we stop accepting pre-orders, customers will have to wait to order their shoes at a much higher retail price.

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  • You’ll be able to choose from the pledges, and press on the desired table. From there, you’ll have to enter in your personal information.

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  • Yes, you can pledge for more than one shoe in different colors and different sizes.

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  • We want you to enjoy your products as soon as possible, the estimated delivery is April 2017.

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  • Once we achieve our raising goal of 100 000$. If the goal is not reached within 60 days, you won't get charged anything.

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  • At the moment we don’t have a “Kids Collection”. We hope to have this available in the near future.

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  • Women can order our product without problem - our men sizes fit the sizes of Salomon and New Balance shoes. **Although we’re working on a pair of women’s Powerlace shoe, at the moment we don’t have it available for pre-order.

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  • Thank you for your interest in Powerlace. Please visit our website powerlace.com and select the tab Become a retailer. We will be in contact with you once we process your application.

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  • Yes, based on the result of our survey, six colors have been selected.

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  • We’re currently working with some retailers, however at the moment we have nothing to announce. Once we have more information, we’ll put a complete list of retailers on our website to let you identify the nearest point of sales.

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  • Yes, we have been wearing the shoes every day, in any weather conditions, even rain and snow. We wear them to walk and even to run. We designed the shoe to make it as versatile as possible, for inner and outerwear on a day-to-day basis.

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  • Any size between 8 and 12 will be available for pre-order.

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  • Powerlace was created in St-Hubert, Québec, Canada.

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  • The first working prototype was built in 2004.

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  • If someone accidentally steps on the back of the shoe it could release the tension. If this is the case, once you press again on the heel, the shoe will close. However, the lever on the back is flexible enough to avoid being caught on something.

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  • As for now on, you won't be able to insert an orthotic sole in them.

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  • No distinction is made between our customers. However, our clients must be able to walk in order to activate the body weight lacing system.

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  • Later on, we would like to implement our technology in new markets: women, kid's, safety, golf, running, etc.

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  • We will invest in new molds and machinery to manufacture Powerlace's P-One. Also, we are considering further research and development in order to expand the product range: women, kid's, safety, golf, running, etc.

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  • Due to capacity constraints, we initially decided to offer only sizes between 8 and 12. However, we will do our best to enlarge our size selection if the quantity of requests coming from our backers is large enough.

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  • Everyday wear, bushwalking, outdoor walking etc.

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  • For legal reasons we cannot sell our product in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Holland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden and Finland - trademark is not ours in these regions of the world. However, we are currently working out a solution for you to order nevertheless a pair of Powerlace shoes. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $4

    THANKS FOREVER.

    Your help at any level brings Powerlace self-lacing technology one step closer to reality. We will keep you informed with all the Powerlace updates.

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    Pledge CA$ 119 or more About $89

    SUPER EARLY BIRD

    You'll receive ONE pair of Powerlace shoes / P-One in your choice of colors.

    Powerlace self-lacing technology could be yours for the lowest price it will ever be. Future retail price is $179.

    Once the goal is achieved, you will receive an email to chose your color and size: 8 – 8 ½ - 9 – 9 ½ - 10 – 10 ½ - 11 – 12 / US size.

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    Pledge CA$ 129 or more About $97

    EARLY BIRD

    You'll receive ONE pair of Powerlace shoes / P-One in your choice of colors.

    The Powerlace self-lacing shoe is the latest and greatest shoe technology. You'll never have to bend over again. Future retail price is $179

    Once the goal is achieved, you will receive an email to chose your color and size: 8 – 8 ½ - 9 – 9 ½ - 10 – 10 ½ - 11 – 12 / US size.

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    Pledge CA$ 139 or more About $104

    SINGLE POWERLACE PAIR

    You'll receive ONE pair of Powerlace shoes / P-One in your choice of colors.

    Wrong size? FREE RETURN SHIPPING

    The Powerlace self-lacing shoe is the latest and greatest shoe technology. You'll never have to bend over again. Future retail price is $179

    Once the goal is achieved, you will receive an email to chose your color and size: 8 – 8 ½ - 9 – 9 ½ - 10 – 10 ½ - 11 – 12 / US size.

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    Pledge CA$ 149 or more About $112

    SINGLE POWERLACE PAIR

    You'll receive ONE pair of Powerlace shoes / P-One in your choice of colors.

    The Powerlace self-lacing shoe is the latest and greatest shoe technology. You'll never have to bend over again. Future retail price is $179

    Once the goal is achieved, you will receive an email to chose your color and size: 8 – 8 ½ - 9 – 9 ½ - 10 – 10 ½ - 11 – 12 / US size.

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    Pledge CA$ 219 or more About $164

    SHARE WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVE!

    Get 2 pairs of Powerlace shoes in your choice of colors. Make your family and friends happy!

    Once the goal is achieved, you will receive an email to chose your color and size: 8 – 8 ½ - 9 – 9 ½ - 10 – 10 ½ - 11 – 12 / US size.

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    Pledge CA$ 249 or more About $186

    SHARE WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVE!

    Get 2 pairs of Powerlace shoes in your choice of colors. Make your family and friends happy!

    Once the goal is achieved, you will receive an email to chose your color and size: 8 – 8 ½ - 9 – 9 ½ - 10 – 10 ½ - 11 – 12 / US size.

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