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Mareno de KortBy Mareno de Kort
First created
Mareno de KortBy Mareno de Kort
First created
€7,577
pledged of €30,000pledged of €30,000 goal
24
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 1 2016 5:52 AM UTC +00:00

About

IllUMI

IllUMI has been launched with the objective of perfecting the light-up sneaker concept as it is widely known and commercially established.

We are here to light up the night in the coolest and most upscale way possible: a super clean design, only the best materials such as ultra-premium leather, supreme light without LED-dots.
  
It took us almost 4 years of research and prototyping in collaboration with specialised technology brands, LED manufacturers and universities to successfully create the perfect light-up sneaker as well as to set up the ideal workflow and production process.

LED us shine a new light on the sneaker scene!

Ivan and Mareno, founders of Illumi
Ivan and Mareno, founders of Illumi

IDEA / OUR STORY

The idea behind IllUMI dates back to about 4 years ago at a restaurant table in Antwerp (Belgium) where the two founders, Ivan De Goeyse & Mareno De Kort, were having dinner.

Out of the blue, Ivan mentioned to Mareno that he always wanted to own a pair of light-up sneakers when he was young. Unfortunately, he never could convince his parents to buy him a pair. Mareno -the caring friend he is- immediately grabbed his phone and did a Google search: there were in fact only very few light-up shoes out there. And those that were available, looked terrible and childish.

Overwhelmed by youth sentiment and entrepreneurial enthusiasm, the two partners decided to try and fulfil Ivan’s childhood dream. From that moment on, IllUMI was born. Their goal: to create the first luxury light-up sneakers without LED-dots; the perfect shoe to light up the night but also a more than decent and discrete fit (lights off, obviously!) for a business meeting or dinner party.

It took Team llUMI a long time (almost 4 years) partnering up with the right suppliers and manufacturers. They wanted to surround themselves and their brand with the very best in the global sneaker and LED-technology scene: from the soles to the leather to the LED-lights, everything had and still has to be of outstanding quality. After years of hard work, research, prototyping and collaborations, they’ve reached the point where they are at now.

IllUMI has succeeded in perfecting nearly every aspect of the production and assembly process, but needs one last push. One last push to help Ivan (and by extent the rest of the world) to walk the night in the best light-up shoes ever made.

And that’s where YOU (and Kickstarter) comes in...

PROCESS

Our sneaker prototypes have now been tweaked to perfection surviving all possible tests we could throw at them. We need the Kickstarter family’s help to take them into production and to deliver them to our clients’ door steps, so they too can start walking the night.

DIFFERENT MODES

Control buttons
Control buttons

Adjustable light fit for every situation. Off during the day, switch to ghost in a bar or restaurant, normal when going out or boost when you really want to stand out. Or try them with the motion sensitive setting in one of the three intensity's and light up every step you take or move you make.

DIFFERENT MODELS

Low Albino Men & Women
Low Albino Men & Women

 

Low Noir Men & Women
Low Noir Men & Women

 

Mid Albino Women
Mid Albino Women

 

Mid Noir Women
Mid Noir Women

 

High Albino Men
High Albino Men

 

High Noir Men
High Noir Men

How to recharge/battery life

Just lift the footbed and plug the included double mini-usb adaptor in your Nightwalkers to recharge.
Your Nightwalkers will last over 8 hours on one charge in normal mode and the battery will last several thousand charges.

How to calculate your size

Not sure what your size is? Check out our size guide
Not sure what your size is? Check out our size guide

WHAT OUR PACKAGE LOOKS LIKE ;-)

What's inside the box
What's inside the box

REWARDS

Our rewards
Our rewards

 

Risks and challenges

With your backing we will be able to produce 500 pairs of Nightwalkers.
Because the manufacturing of the custom-made electronics is the longest part of our production process we have already ordered these months ago and except for our super cool button-boards, which will arrive in 4 weeks time, we now have all the electronics for the 500 pairs in stock.
We need your backing to produce 500 pairs of soles, install all the electronics, hand-make the fine calfskin-leather uppers and put them all together to create your unique premium and incredibly cool pairs of Nightwalkers.
It has taken 4 years of hard work and now we are so close to realizing Ivan's dream and sending these incredible shoes into the world, so please give us that last push and light up the night with us!

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Support

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    Pledge €1 or more About $1.14

    Buy a handful of karma points!

    Help us by donating €1, earn our eternal gratitude and help make Ivan's dream come true! Not to mention the handful of karma points you'll receive...

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    Pledge €25 or more About $29

    IllUMI Glow In The Dark T-SHIRT

    Want to light up the night, but can't handle our awesome shoes yet?

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    Pledge €175 or more About $200

    SUPER Early Birds

    IllUMI is honoured to treat its 50 SUPER Early Bird supporters on Kickstarter with a 30% discount off the retail price (€249 / $299).

    So, little birdies, time to spread your wings and FLY into the NIGHT ;-).

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    Pledge €199 or more About $227

    Early Birds

    The SUPER early bird catches the whole worm. Unfortunately, you overslept. No worries though, you can still catch some parts of said worm --> IllUMI also spoils its Early Bird supporters on Kickstarter with a 20% discount off the retail price (€249 / $299).

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    Pledge €215 or more About $246

    Late Birds

    Bummer! Both the SUPER Early Birds and the Early Birds have been more fortunate than you poor late birds. Still, no reason to let your heads down: IllUMI offers a great consolation prize --> ca. 15% discount off the retail price (€249 / $299).

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    Pledge €225 or more About $257

    Kicks starter

    All our rewards sold out?
    Don't worry, you can still start to wear our kicks and light up the night --> ca. 10% discount off the retail price (€249 / $299).

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    Pledge €398 or more About $455

    Black & White

    "Doesn't matter if you're black or white!"

    So for those of you who can't decide, we can offer you the best of both worlds --> 1 pair of Nightwalkers WHITE (€199) and 1 pair of Nightwalkers BLACK (€199),
    meaning ca. 20% discount off the retail price (€249 / $299).

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    Pledge €925 or more About $1,056

    Sneaker Squad - SMALL

    Are you living up to your #squadgoals?
    IllUMI will make sure you do ;-).
    Get yourself and 4 other squad members a pair of our Nightwalkers for an extremely "squad friendly" package price: €185/pair --> ca. 25% discount off the retail price of €249 / $299.

    BUT WAIT, there's more...we'll also add 5 "Glow In The Dark" t-shirts to make sure your whole outfit matches ;-).

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    Pledge €1,750 or more About $1,999

    Sneaker Squad - BIG

    Are you living up to your #squadgoals?
    IllUMI will make sure you do ;-).
    Get yourself and 9 other squad members a pair of our Nightwalkers for a mindblowingly "squad friendly" package price: €175/pair --> ca. 30% discount off the retail price of €249 / $299.

    BUT WAIT, there's more...we'll also add 10 "Glow In The Dark" t-shirts to make sure your whole outfit matches ;-).

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Funding period

- (40 days)