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Technology meets sandals. Rhea Footwear is launching its line of sandals, integrating unsurpassed technology with innovative design.
Technology meets sandals. Rhea Footwear is launching its line of sandals, integrating unsurpassed technology with innovative design.
343 backers pledged $27,626 to help bring this project to life.
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Rhea: Raising the Standard of Sandals

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Our patented outsole technology in action.

Perfect for:

  • Gift for friends and family
  • Sailing
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach
  • Cruise
  • Walking

You've experienced it. You bought a brand new pair of sandals for this summer. The strap falls apart after a week, or you constantly feel as if you are on an ice rink whenever you step on water. However, you accept this as a way of life, since all sandals are like that.

Other Flip-Flops
Other Flip-Flops

At Rhea Footwear, we challenged this by integrating design with durability and technology. Our sandal collections - Vepo, Eva, and Duos, are designed for comfort, and built to provide you with the greatest friction on any surface, including wet and slippery conditions. 

Rhea Technology
Rhea Technology

Our outsole is made from an exclusive rubber compound that provides the highest traction in the shoe industry in most slippery surface conditions. Once the surface is wet, our outsole grips the surfaces to provide unreal friction.

Our patented micro-channel treads push liquids away from the bottom of the sole to provide more sole-to-floor contact, reducing slipping and sliding. Our patented outsole mold is carefully engineered to the finest and most precise shape pattern.

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National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), outlines some of the dangers and statistics of slip-and-falls. We visited the National Floor Safety Institute in Texas to discuss the importance of educating people on how to prevent slip and fall accidents.

We performed a Mark II lab test to measure the friction coefficient between our outsole and slippery floors (such as tiles with liquid, glass with liquid, steel plate with liquids). We found out that in order to actually prevent people from slipping, the friction coefficient should be higher than .45 on a scale from 0 to 1, with 1 being the highest. As shown in our test chart, our outsoles have over .7 friction coefficient on any type of liquid surface. It allows our outsoles to have super high traction, which is demonstrated in the video. Our outsoles are unbeatable; even the other current non-slip shoes have average friction coefficients of less than 0.4 on water and less than 0.3 on oily surfaces. 

We are offering three different collections of sandals: Eva and Duos for women and Vepo for men.  Scroll down to take a closer look at our collections!

Eva and Duos - The Women's Collections
Eva and Duos - The Women's Collections
Vepo - The Men's Collection
Vepo - The Men's Collection


How is It Possible to Provide Premium Sandals with Technology at an Enjoyable Price?

Our sandals have unique colorful designs along with our technology. They are also designed for comfort. Normally, premium sandals that have no technology would cost you more than $100. By cutting out the middleman and going direct to you, we are able to provide you our premium sandals integrated with our unique technology at prices that everyone can enjoy.

We will guarantee June delivery so you can enjoy our sandals during this summer.

We wanted to provide colorful and vibrant outsoles so you can express your style from all sides including side and bottom.

Our manufacturing plant in South Korea
Our manufacturing plant in South Korea

Using the state-of-the-art machinery and skilled craftsmen, our sandals go through many points of inspection for the finest quality. The craftsmen have experience in manufacturing shoes for thirty years. South Korea is currently one of the world's top manufacturers in high quality and high technology products.

World's Best Slip-Resistance Outsole
World's Best Slip-Resistance Outsole
  •  The Outsole - Our patented outsole uses a special rubber compound to provide unbelievable traction on all surfaces- wet and dry. It also has a micro-tread pattern to channel out liquids and provide maximum contact with the surface. Think of this as the special rain tires for cars.
Extra Cushion in the Midsole
Extra Cushion in the Midsole
  •  The Midsole Cushion - By adding EVA and PU midsoles, our sandals give just the right amount of cushion to provide maximum comfort. It can be compared to suspensions in cars.
Extra Strengthened Strap
Extra Strengthened Strap
  • The Strap - In order to provide exceptional durability, we infused the straps with a special fabric that provides extra resistance and durability to tension. It can be compared to an anti-roll bar within a car.
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 Paul went to the factory to check the quality and test the sturdiness of the sandals for production.

Our women's sandals come in either one-strap or two-strap. Eva, our one-strap, comes in three different colors - pastel green, white, and yellow.

Duos, our two-strap sandals, come in three different two-tone colors - Black/Gold, Ink Splash (Dark Green/Light Green), and Candy Bar (Pink/Light Blue).

The MEN'S VEPO model comes in four different colors - black, burgundy, blue, and green.


Let's Spread the Word - Participate to Receive Additional Rewards!

We want everyone to have the chance to see our sandals and out technology in action. Help us spread the word throughout this campaign. Here's how it works (it's mostly automated, so it's very simple):

1) Obtain your custom share link here by typing in your name.
2) Share your given link on forums, blogs, social media, and etc.
3)Backers with 50 unique clicks will receive a complimentary shoe bag. Backers with 100 unique clicks will receive a complimentary T-shirt. The 3 backers with the most unique clicks will receive a complimentary shoe from Rhea's Classic Line (Boots, slip-ons, or flats).

You can check your "unique link clicks" here, which will be updated daily.

Our sandals come in whole sizes. For example, if you wear a 8.5 US men's size, our size 9 will fit you well. This is the same with women's sizes as well. If you wear a size 7.5 US, our size 8 will fit you well.

                                                                                                                

Time to Kickstart!

We spent the last year developing and testing our sandals. Even though we have a great technology and a great product, we are still a small company battling some of the largest competitors in the world. We believe that this is the best and most efficient way to get our sandals to people who want it the most.

Unlike our first project, our sandal line is nearly complete. The only thing missing is your support. Join us to raise the standard of sandals.

International Backers

We will ship our Rhea sandals to most countries.

Warranty

We stand firmly behind our sandals. If our strap breaks apart within the year of 2015, we will exchange your sandals with a brand new pair.

Risks and challenges

Rhea sandals are nearly complete. All sandals shown on this page were built on our production line. We are currently manufacturing our products and we are ready to meet the estimated delivery time.

Last year, we launched our men's and women's classic lines through Kickstarter. We met and exceeded our funding goal last year. We were honored with the great feedback from everyone and with their support, and we are coming back even stronger.

We have set up a strong logistic line as well in order to deliver on time. We are confident, through our preparation, experience, and goals, that we will fulfill our promise to our backers, no matter what challenges arise.

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    Thank you for your support. You will receive exclusive access to our backers only updates. We will also send you exclusive offers for our current and upcoming products.

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    T-SHIRT: Exclusive Rhea T-shirt with colorful sandal designs printed along with exclusive offers for our current and upcoming products. U.S. shipping only.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL | THE VEPO: Includes your choice of Vepo sandals.

    Regular retail: $75 USD

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    EVA OR DUOS: Includes your choice of one Eva or Duos sandals.

    Regular retail: $55-60 USD

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    THE VEPO: Includes your choice of Vepo sandals.

    Regular retail: $75 USD

    ($10 USD additional for Canada and $20 USD additional for international orders)

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    DOUBLE THE BEAUTY PACKAGE: Get two pairs of your choice of Eva and Duos.

    Regular retail: $110-120 USD

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    THE COUPLE PACKAGE: Get one pair of Vepos and one pair of either Eva OR Duos.

    Regular retail: $130-135 USD

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    MEET VEPO AND VEPO: Get two pairs of Vepos in any color(s).

    Regular retail: $150 USD

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    THE FAMILY PACK: Mix and match any four pairs of our sandals.

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    THE FULL SPECTRUM: Get the whole Eva Collection, Duos Collection, and the Vepo Collection. Includes total of ten pairs.

    Regular retail: $645 USD

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    LAS VEGAS FN PLATFORM TRIP: Go to the FN Platform, the biggest footwear in the world with the founders in August. Plane ticket and hotel inclusive for three days and four nights. Please contact us for more details.

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    ALL ABOUT RHEA: Come visit Rhea's headquarters in Los Angeles. From Los Angeles, you will get to go the manufacturing site in Korea with one of the founders. You will also get to see all the nicest places in Korea. As young entrepreneurs, we will provide advice whenever needed. Plane tickets and lodging inclusive. Please contact us for more details.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL | EVA OR DUOS: Includes your choice of one Eva or Duos sandals.

    Regular retail: $55-60 USD

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