About this project
Introducing the world’s first smart footgear for barre, Pilates, yoga, dance, SUP, martial arts as well as post-activity recovery, being on your feet all day, and more!
PigaONE is the natural solution to help you stay in control and maintain your balance during your barefoot activities. Wear them at the studio, at the gym, on land and in the water. Perfect for barre, Pilates, yoga, dance, SUP, martial arts, and everything in between!
PigaONE supports your active lifestyle and has everything you can expect from a grippy footgear but infused with our gentle yet effective arch-support patent-pending technology — and many other novelties that helps you build stronger, healthier feet!
Grip socks and other barefoot footwear are the go-to options for barefoot sports practitioners yet many don’t realize that having perfect stability and control builds from the inside-out, starting from the feet. Not to mention heavy legs, sweaty feet or foot injuries than may hamper your trainings.
Our feet are the most used, and probably the least taken care of part of the body. Improperly balanced feet affect the whole body. If the muscles of the feet aren’t working properly to hold the bones of the feet, then nothing stacked above is aligned correctly either. The importance of exercise to maintain good health seems to apply to all our other muscle groups, but somehow our feet get forgotten, and the general population overlooks exercising their feet.
Protecting your body and getting better at your sport by strengthening your feet can lead to huge improvements in performance and well-being but it can be time consuming.
PigaONE is designed to help you build stronger, healthier feet. It’s surprisingly easy to improve your foot strength with PigaONE to amplify the benefits of your favorite barefoot activity. Now you can effortlessly let PigaONE do the work while you train and perform to your full potential. It’s barefoot, but better.
PigaONE© responds to the unmet needs of deliberate foot strength training - it's like a slip-on teacher that educates your feet to work properly, and the best part is that you get to keep the gains you've made once you take them off.
At PIGA, we are on a mission to create smart footwear that shapes to your foot and feels barefoot at the same time.
The PigaONE team spent the last 2 years carefully engineering the flexible arch-support patent-pending technology that powers it. Together with it's unique design, it enables you to dynamically adjust your feet position and gently anchor them on the ground. The result is better balance and stability, for a practice that's well grounded and in control.
Created with the foot in mind, from the heels and toes right down to the muscles and tendons, PIGAOnes aren’t meant to just cover the feet, but stabilize and support them while you train. Here are other features you'll benefit from:
PigaONE integrates the dual action PostureForce© system combining the foot-strengthening arch-support technology + adjustable heel foot alignment attachment.
PigaONE is a breakthrough in barefoot footwear. We wanted to create a fully supportive and adjustable footgear that would surpass what’s on the market today. We were fully determined to create the next-level barefoot footgear that would offer more than a non-skid sole and protection – and we did!
Your feet now have a better option with its unique strengthening arch-support, light compression that stays put during the toughest poses (think warrior position, lunges or downward-facing dog), direct contact to the ground. Plus it’s science-backed!
The built-in PostureForce technology of PigaONE improves the body’s innate ability to engage postural reflexes during barefoot activities. This sensation is often soothing and pain-relieving.
The neuromuscular foot activation power of PigaONE works by stimulating the plantar arch of the foot. Nerve endings in this part of the foot are responsible for transmitting stimuli to the brain. The stimulation provided by PigaONE readjusts the body’s intrinsic balance system, improving posture and modifying the center of gravity to its optimal position.
To learn more about this technology and what inspired it, download this ebook:
PIGA is a new category of product introducing flexible arch support that work quite the contrary to traditional arch supports that are frequently prescribed to reduce foot pain. These prevent the muscles and ligaments from being stretched and thus do reduce the pain. However, they can weaken the muscles and ligaments in the feet by supporting the arch.
On the contrary, the supportive design and the flexible and adjustable arch support stimulates the arch of your feet to build the internal muscles from within, and the best part is that you get to keep the gain you've made even when you take them off.
At first, PigaONE was designed with Yoga and Pilates practitioners in mind. The team started by putting all the substitute footwear and socks on the table and improved on all the important aspects of what people would want to find in a barefoot sports footgear: support, compression, grippyness, comfort, washability, versatility.
We started to develop the outer shell of PigaONE first, as it had to be able to perfectly be designed not only to integrate the extra features but to also the novel patent-pending flexible and adjustable arch-support system. All in all, it took the team 2 years to develop and validate PigaONE!
90% of participants had improved balance while wearing PigaONE during our clinical trial. It demonstrated that PigaONE improved the weight bearing points of the feet for better floor anchoring. This led to enhanced global posture.
It also demonstrated a reduction in oscillation of the center of gravity, and less energy loss while maintaining balance, which means less compensation in the upper body.
Below are videos demonstrating the contact surface of the feet on the ground while walking – the first one barefoot and the second one while wearing PigaONE (this analysis used Win-Track, a gate-analysis plate).
You will notice that video 2 shows an improvement of weight-bearing are of the feet while wearing PigaONE, which means improved contact-surface with the ground (low contact look blue, while higher contact-surface look red).
The story started with Sandra, PigaONE’s founder, and dedicated ambassador. Sandra tried just about every barefoot footwear to stay safely grounded, balanced and relieve her sore feet to improve her Pilates practice. But with sweaty feet, heavy legs, and plantar fasciitis, she couldn’t find any footwear that truly felt barefoot - so she invented it.
Sandra started in 2015 and spent the next 2 years developing PigaONE. She and her team created 18 prototypes before they found the perfect design. Along the way, Sandra met Julie the podiatrist, and soon to be close friend. Together, Sandra and Julie developed the arch-support technology behind PigaONE. The product has undergone rigorous product validation with yoga and pilates practitioners.
Once the product was finished, Julie ran a clinical trial in 2016 with a small group of women to confirm the efficacy of PigaONE. With the overwhelming success of the clinical trial helping 90% of participants, Julie and Sandra are now releasing PigaONE to everyone!
PigaONE is the first of a series of revolutionary barefoot balance activation systems to be created by Sandra and Julie. They are on a mission to offer smart footwear that shapes to your foot and feels barefoot at the same time. They are currently actively developing two other products for barefoot athletes.
Risks and challenges
We spent 2 years developing and testing PigaONE and one thing you must know right off the bat is that PigaONE is READY for commercialisation, so you can be sure to receive your order in due time. We recently transferred the technology to the manufacturing site and they're now standing by to start production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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