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Pikkpack is a flat-packed shoe made of premium leather upper and sole. The shoes can be assembled by YOU with colorful shoelaces.

About this project

Pikkpack shoes are available with reflective shoelaces as well
Pikkpack shoes are available with reflective shoelaces as well

PIKKPACK is a pair of shoes made by you. They are simple, casual, high quality leather shoes with great durability and a lightweight airy feel.

"Pikkpack’s approach is to invoke the same flat-packed shipping, DIY assembly stipulations that come with the purchase of an Ikea bed...and so you’ve made a shoe, with all the ease of an Easy Bake Oven." FAST COMPANY

"Nowadays, a good pair of handmade leather shoes is hard to find, especially one that won’t take a nice chunk out of your paycheck. Hungarian designer Sara Gulyas is offering an do-it-yourself solution on Kickstarter called PIKKPACK, hoping to cut down on waste while involving the consumer in the footwear creation process." PSFK

"not only encourages participation in the manufacturing process, but also conserves materials and decreases costs" DESIGNBOOM

"It’s an innovative footwear design that promotes the use of less material and shipping cost." TUVIE

               

Sara is a Hungarian designer with over 10 years of experience in leather design. PIKKPACK started out as her diploma project during her master's studies in Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. After experimenting with footwear for a long time she wanted to create a versatile product with striking yet simple style. She also challenged herself to design a shoe that minimized the amount of material needed and that would encourage people to participate in the shoe-making process.

Sara at her studio
Sara at her studio

Her inspiration came from an old Hungarian shoe called Bocskor (pronounced ‘BOTCH-core’) which was traditionally made from one piece of leather.

Assembling the Hungarian Bocskor leather shoes
Assembling the Hungarian Bocskor leather shoes

While on a summer vacation in San Francisco, Sara was wearing the shoes she had made during her diploma project - the first pair of PIKKPACK. As she was exploring the city, stranger after stranger stopped her to ask where she had gotten her shoes from. After countless admirers struck up conversations about her footwear, she decided she needed to produce them and share them with the world.

A girl in San Francisco asked Sara if she could try the shoes on
A girl in San Francisco asked Sara if she could try the shoes on

Together with friends and partners based in San Francisco and Budapest, Hungary, Sara developed the idea of PIKKPACK from a few experimental shoes into a unique footwear brand which is ready to be sported by you.

These shoes are about playfulness, ownership and involvement. They are about being easy. Easy to make, easy to wear - easy style. To express this we named the shoe PIKKPACK after a Hungarian expression referring to something that is easy to solve - a piece of cake.

Designed for both men and women, these DIY shoes are made of 100% high quality leather uppers and soles. In order to use as little material as possible, we cut the uppers from a single piece of leather. Then, we sew the soles to the uppers to give you a solid base to stand on. The rest is up to you! You will receive two of these single pieces, one for each foot, which you can assemble to create a stylish pair of street shoes with your own choice of colored cotton laces.

PIKKPACK isn’t just made by you, it conforms to you. Over time the leather sole will mold to your foot. You might not even realize you are still wearing shoes! And, since our lightweight leather is an organic material, it breathes and keeps warm at the same time - perfect for almost any occasion.

/// SHOE UPPER

The top of the shoe is made of one piece of strong water buffalo leather. If it's tanned correctly, water buffalo hide is much stronger than cowhide. The material we use is nearly 0.08 inch (2 mm) thick. This type of leather is usually used for making belts, wallets or motorcycle jackets and helmets, which also proves its outstanding tear resistance. Compared to cowhide, water buffalo hide has other unique properties, such as its unique grain pattern and superior abrasion resistance. Besides, due to its different fiber structure, water buffalo leather is softer and often more flexible. 

The leather molds to your foot while you are wearing it. Since it’s an organic material it adapts well to changes in temperature. This means that the leather breathes on a hot summer day and at the same time it will be comfortably warm on a chilly night.

You can choose from two colors: black and brown. Both leathers are really durable. If it gets wet you just have to let it dry, or you can clean it with regular cleaning materials. You can also use a spray, treatment on your shoes before you start wearing them to make them more waterproof.

/// SOLE

The sole is made of a really strong, vegetable tanned cowhide which is about 0.2 inches (5 mm) thick. We sew the sole onto the upper to reduce glue use as much as possible. The sewing method is quite special too: we use recessed sewing to protect the threads from abrasion and tearing and to make the shoe more durable. A heel is added to the sole for a more comfortable feeling. The leather sole might be a bit slippery at first, but will develop more grip as you break it in.

/// COTTON SHOELACES

We decided to design these shoes from almost 100% natural fabrics. That's why we use cotton shoelaces instead of polyester ones. Cotton is not slippery and holds the whole shoe together perfectly. You receive 2 pairs of shoelaces so that you can renew your shoes anytime you want to. When you lace them up with another color, you’ll get a fresh design and you will extend the lifetime of your shoes, meaning that you will be able to wear your PIKKPACK much longer. If you are into cycling you can also choose reflective shoelaces, designed excusively for the Kickstarter campaign.

/// PACKAGING

PIKKPACK shoes start out flat before you lace them up. This is what makes the packaging very simple. The whole kit, which includes 1 pair of PIKKPACK, 2 pairs of shoelaces and a guide for the lacing, weighs less than 0,7 lbs (0.3 kg). We put the flat shoes into a canvas shoe bag, and send it to you. After you put the shoes together, the canvas bag is still perfect for carrying your PIKKPACK. This economical, flat packaging makes the distribution of the product more environmental friendly.

We are passionate about including YOU in the manufacturing process. As Faythe Levine, author of Handmade Nation, so poetically puts it:

"I believe the simple act of making something, anything, with your hands is a quiet political ripple in a world dominated by mass production... and people choosing to make something themselves will turn those small ripples into giant waves"

With this shoe we take one step towards turning small ripples into giant waves. When you build this shoe with your hands you not only create something that is uniquely yours, but you participate in a conversation about waste and consumption that is often overlooked.

This is how Pikkpack shoes turn from 2D to 3D wearable pieces
This is how Pikkpack shoes turn from 2D to 3D wearable pieces

Because you are involved in the making, we can ship these shoes to you in lighter and smaller packages using less material and conserving natural resources.

Our mission is not only to deliver a stylish pair of shoes, but also to involve you in an important part of the shoe-making process. The shoe starts out as a flat piece of leather and then you transform it into a 3D piece of clothing with your own hands. We want you to feel proud of having had a part in creating your shoes and to feel that they are uniquely yours.

Each PIKKPACK KIT consists of:

  • A cotton bag that you can carry your shoes in
  • Flat-packed leather shoes in the color of your choice
  • Two pairs of cotton laces in 2 preferred colors
  • Instructions and tutorial on how to put the shoes together

In order to make sure that PIKKPACK shoes are durable and comfortable in the long-term, we tested them on 7 customers of different sexes, ages, sizes and living environments. They all loved PIKKPACK and shared their experiences with us.

Meaghan wearing Pikkpack shoes
Meaghan wearing Pikkpack shoes

"One of the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on. I struggle with finding shoes that have the right fit and these are perfect. The fact that they are extremely cute and fun is also a plus." (Meaghan)

“Definitely a cool piece, far from usual yet simple. My friends and also random people on the street usually ask me where I got the shoes from.” (Peter)

"It was fun to assemble Pikkpack, I could really feel some creativity flow. Good fit and comfortable. Even if it's 90°F outside the shoes keep your feet cool and the air flowing." (Enikő)

“Light as feather to walk in, the leather is breathable which is really important for a summer shoe.” (Daniel)

"When I was assembling Pikkpack, my boyfriend (who happened to be an architect) was so eager to do it himself that he didn’t let me finish. Serious. I think this is the first shoe he took out of my hand… :)“ (Lily)

 A HUGE Thank You from the Pikkpack team!

"I LOVE DIY" reward consists of:

  • 1 canvas tote bag with an "I LOVE DIY" print on it
  • + Extra surprise!

PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO ADD THE SHIPPING PRICE! THANK YOU!

DIY LEATHER iPHONE CASE reward consists of:

  • 1 black or brown flat-packed leather case
  • 1 shoelace of your preferred color to make your own DIY iPhone case
  • flat package for the kit
  • they are only suitable for iPhones (4,4s,5,5s)

  • PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO ADD THE SHIPPING PRICE! THANK YOU!

EARLY BIRD PIKKPACK consists of:

  • 1 official "Early bird" pair of PIKKPACK shoes in black or brown color
  • 2 pairs of cotton laces in 2 preferred colors
  • 1 cotton bag that you can carry your shoes in
  • instructions and tutorial on how to put the shoes together

  • PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO ADD THE SHIPPING PRICE! THANK YOU!

OFFICIAL PAIR OF PIKKPACK consists of:

  • 1 official pair of PIKKPACK shoes in black or brown color
  • 2 pairs of cotton laces in 2 preferred colors
  • 1 cotton bag that you can carry your shoes in
  • instructions and tutorial on how to put the shoes together
  • PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO ADD THE SHIPPING PRICE! THANK YOU!

CYCLISTS PIKKPACK consist of:

  • 1 official pair of PIKKPACK shoes in black or brown color
  • 2 pairs of reflective cotton laces in 2 preferred colors
  • 1 cotton bag that you can carry your shoes in
  • instructions and tutorial on how to put the shoes together
  • PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO ADD THE SHIPPING PRICE! THANK YOU!
This is how you will look like wearing reflective Pikkpack at night
This is how you will look like wearing reflective Pikkpack at night

READY-TO-WEAR PIKKPACK consist of:

  • 1 official pair of PIKKPACK shoes in black or brown color FULLY ASSEMBLED!
  • 2 pairs of cotton laces in 2 preferred colors
  • 1 cotton bag that you can carry your shoes in
  • instructions and tutorial on how to put the shoes together
  • PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO ADD THE SHIPPING PRICE! THANK YOU!

TOTAL PIKKPACK EXPERIENCE consists of:

  • 1 official pair of PIKKPACK shoes in black or brown color
  • 2 pairs of cotton laces in 2 preferred colors
  • 1 cotton bag that you can carry your shoes in
  • 1 canvas tote bag with an "I LOVE DIY" print on it
  • 1 black or brown leather case
  • 1 shoelace in your preferred color to make your own DIY iPhone case
  • flat package for the case kit
  • they are good for iPhones only (4,4s,5,5s)
  • instructions and tutorial on how to put all these together
  • PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO ADD THE SHIPPING PRICE! THANK YOU!

DOUBLE PACK OF PIKKPACK consists of:

  • 2 official pairs of PIKKPACK shoes in black or brown color
  • 4 pairs of cotton laces in the preferred colors
  • 2 cotton bags that you can carry your shoes in
  • 2 canvas tote bags with "I LOVE DIY" prints on them
  • 2 black or brown leather cases (they are suitable for iPhones only - 4,4s,5,5s)
  • 2 shoelaces of your preferred color to make your own DIY iPhone case
  • flat package for the kit
  • instructions and tutorial on how to put the shoes together
  • PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO ADD THE SHIPPING PRICE! THANK YOU!

PIKKPACK TEAM KIT consists of:

  • 5 official pairs of PIKKPACK shoes in black or brown color tagged with the logo of the team
  • 10 pairs of cotton laces in the preferred colors
  • 5 cotton bag that you can carry your shoes in
  • instructions and tutorial on how to put the shoes together
  • PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO ADD THE SHIPPING PRICE! THANK YOU!
 
Color illustration for the shoelaces
Color illustration for the shoelaces

 AVAILABLE LEATHER COLORS:

  • BLACK
  • BROWN

AVAILABLE FLAT COTTON SHOELACE COLORS:

  • GRASS-GREEN
  • SWEET-MAGENTA
  • SEA-BLUE
  • SUNNY-YELLOW
  • FOGGY-GREY

 At the end of the campaign you will receive an email survey asking for your shipping address, color preferences and shoe size.



If the project is fully funded, the money raised will help us to cover:

  • Purchasing water buffalo leather and cowhide (strong, 100% vegetable tanned)
  • Expenses of manufacturing, production, sizing, cutting, sewing and the production of PIKKPACK in many colors
  • Marketing, publicity, promotion
  • Shipping costs

If you like PIKKPACK, please support us by clicking on ‘BACK THIS PROJECT’ and choose the pledge you like the most. Spread the word and promote our campaign. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and on our website.

Once our campaign is complete, we will order the materials which will arrive in the beginning of July. Production will begin in July and the shoes will be ready to be shipped by late August. As a PIKKPACK supporter you will be kept up to date on progress at regular intervals and share in the journey with us.

Thank you all! We really believe in the power of community and hope that you will soon be able to enjoy your PIKKPACK!

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Photos by: Krisztina Filep, Anna Gyurkovics

Film by: Janos Visnyovszky

Hello from the PIKKPACK Team: Sara, Hanna, Andras and Callie. Thank you for watching our video and checking out our project!

Sara is the designer of Pikkpack and is in charge of all the design and craft aspects of the shoes. She looks after the logistics of the production, and works day in and day out to ensure that you get the best quality stuff. She is based in Budapest, Hungary and now is focusing fully on developing the Pikkpack concept.

Hanna covers marketing and communication tasks, planning and how to engage with people through a variety of channels. She graduated as an economist, now studies design management and lives temporarily in Dublin, Ireland.

Andras is our business development specialist, based in Budapest, Hungary. He oversees all the strategic issues and makes sure that everything is going in the right direction and we are working in the most efficient way.

Callie is Pikkpack’s operations manager who represents us in the US. She is based in San Francisco, California and gives us loads of help in how to understand and navigate in the US market. She also guides us in all the administration issues.

Risks and challenges

It's been almost a year since we started to work on this project. This is our first project but we have already learned a lot and spent a lot of time to make this work. We feel confident about Pikkpack shoes and the production process. Kickstarter is the best platform to test people's reactions and to learn from the community.

We have suppliers for the leather material for both the uppers and soles and we‘ve made a reasonable agreement with a well-known leather manufacturing company. We trust our partners, who are enthusiastic about our Kickstarter project and support us. Of course, though our partners are experienced in shoe manufacturing, since this is our first project, unforseen issues may arise. Given the complex logistics in manufacturing, delays can sometimes occur. We are doing our best to be prepared for anything and secure every aspect of the production line.

Communication is our strongest asset. We will communicate with our suppliers, manufacturers, and most importantly with you, to keep you up to date and informed of all of our progress. Both successes and concerns will be shared with you as they arise. However, we have drawn up a realistic timeline with plans to provide all our backers with the pledges before summer. We are truly committed to delivering high quality products that top your expectations.

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FAQ

  • After deciding which reward you would like please check the pledge's description how much you need to add to cover shipping. You only can add it manually. Sorry for the inconvenience.
    Thank you so much!
    Pikkpack Team

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  • Make sure that before you back for a reward, you checked which size and colors will be the best for you.
    After you pledge for one of our rewards, you won't be able to choose any details (colors, sizes)of the shoes because there is no online option for that now. We will send you a survey after the campaign succeeded to ask for all the details we need to serve you the best we can.
    Thank you!
    Pikkpack Team

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    WE LOVE YOU!
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    A HUGE thank YOU for the support! Every little help counts! We will put your name to our credit page.

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    11 backers

    "I LOVE DIY" TOTE BAG
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    Get your coolest tote bag for the summer! It says I LOVE DIY! You will find an extra surprise in the bag! Please add $15 for Worldwide shipping.

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    DIY LEATHER iPHONE CASE
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    DIY leather IPhone cases on board! You will get a small kit to make it in the same style as the shoes. You can choose from several colors to make yours unique.
    Please add $15 for Worldwide shipping.

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    EARLY BIRD PIKKPACK
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    Early bird PIKKPACK shoes! Be one of the first to get your DIY shoe at a really good price! There won't be a better offer than this. Choose the colors you want!
    Please add $20 for Worldwide shipping.

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    54 backers

    OFFICIAL PAIR OF PIKKPACK //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// The official pair of PIKKPACK - the coolest DIY shoe kit! This contains one pair of shoes, a canvas carry-bag and 2 different colored cotton laces your liking! Check out the details below to get more information. PLEASE ADD $20 FOR WORLDWIDE SHIPPING.

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    15 backers

    CYCLISTS PIKKPACK //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Cyclists' PIKKPACK! With this pair of shoes you get 2 pairs of Reflective shoelaces! Enjoy your ride! Your shoes will take care of you too. PLEASE ADD $20 for Worldwide shipping.

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    1 backer

    READY-TO-WEAR PIKKPACK //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Ready-to-wear PIKKPACK kit: If you feel like just wearing them you can get a fully assembled pair with 2 colored laces. PLEASE ADD $20 FOR WORLDWIDE SHIPPING.

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    2 backers

    TOTAL PIKKPACK EXPERIENCE //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// The total PIKKPACK experience: This kit contains 1 "I LOVE DIY" totebag, 1 iPhone DIY leather case, 1 pair of PIKKPACK, 2 different colored shoelaces, 1 canvas carry-bag. Please add $25 for Worldwide shipping.

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    Pledge $200 or more

    14 backers

    DOUBLE PACK OF PIKKPACK //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// The Double pack of PIKKPACK: Get 2 of everything and share the PIKKPACK experience with somebody. PLEASE ADD $25 FOR WORLDWIDE SHIPPING.

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    3 backers

    PIKKPACK TEAM KIT
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    PIKKPACK team kit - This contains 5 pairs of PIKKPACK in the color combination of your choice and your logo displayed on each shoe. We can of course customise the design to suit your needs.
    PLEASE ADD $40 FOR WORDWIDE SHIPPING.

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Funding period

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