Frequently Asked Questions
It is a funny quirk of Kickstarter that we have to come back, at the conclusion of the campaign, to ask for these details. You'll get an email the moment that happens. In the meantime, to move this thing along as quickly as possible, we'll shortly send out a colour size/survey to all backers so we can make preparations with the fabric and sole orders.Last updated:
Yes. It is in the terms of the contract with our research and development partner WIRL, and quite frankly, we'd use it anyway cos' the stuff is amazing!Last updated:
Of course she has.Last updated:
So will the shoes and the wool get hot in the summer? Will it not smell forever? Foreverever? Are the shoes waterproof?
Wool is amazing. While wool has temperature regulating properties during testing we have noticed the shoes heat up when it is really hot in the summer. Not so you can't wear them but it is noticeable. The flip side of that is they are amazing in the winter and keep your feet toasty when it is cold out.
Wool also wicks away moisture so will absorb sweat from the feet. The anti-bacterial qualities and properties of wool will fight odour. In our testing, that will usually run to about 30 days before they start to smell at which point they can then be washed. Of course, this period and length will vary greatly by person and depend on usage. It will certainly perform better than sockless wear in your artificial uppers. You can greatly enhance the odour properties of wool by airing the shoes out and removing the anti-bacterial natural latex sole inserts in between uses. We'll send you care instructions with the shoes!
Wool will bead away water but if you step in a puddle in your Wool Runners your feet will get wet. However, the inner core of wool fibers can absorb 35% of its own weight in moisture making it one of the most absorbent fibers on the planet. Also, not until wool is saturated with 60% of its own weight will it feel wet to the touch. Because of this, even when wool is moderately damp, it will keep its thermo regulating properties and keep your feet warm.
Great link here for more detailed info: http://www.woolrevolution.com/virtues.htmlLast updated:
Yes, of course, and they are still amazingly comfortable when you do.Last updated:
The Wool Runners are designed to be run in as a minimalist running shoe. What does that mean? Basically, that they have a really thin sole (in our case between 9 and 12mm), which many studies have shown, actually promote better form when you run. The reality is that that is not for everyone and if you are used to a big "chunky heeled" pair of Asics or Nikes then you would need to be careful before you run the NYC marathon in them.
Even if you don't plan to run in them (an estimated 85% of Nike Free wearers never have) they are super comfortable, lightweight, and as comfortable pair of jeans as they are in the gym. They are great for folding up and travelling with, for walking in, and, hopefully you agree, a really beautiful, simple form that is refreshingly devoid of "swooshes" and branding; something that we have often found is hard to find.
For more information here is a great NYT article on the minimalist running movement (we also highly recommend the book Born to Run mentioned in the article): http://goo.gl/mEoI2jLast updated:
Pending. We filed in November. Overall, the fabric has taken over two years to develop and we haven't done that all by ourselves.
Thanks to a world leading textile research lab at Ag Research in Christchurch, New Zealand there is some serious science and engineering behind the fabric. Also, engaging Ag Research wouldn't have been possible without our funding partners at WIRL (Wool Industry Research Ltd) back in New Zealand. You guys are legends!Last updated:
Our good friends Ben and Bryson helped us to make a video we are really proud of. Check them out at www.stemcreative.co.nz. Thanks, also, to our friend Alan in Pauatahanui, New Zealand who let us use his farm and chase his sheep. Finally, the music in the video is by an American band called Bronze Radio Return. The track is called Shake, Shake, Shake and they very very kindly let us use it in exchange for us naming some kiwi sheeps after them. We did that, and safe and sound in one of Alan's paddocks are six sheep called Chris, Rob, Patrick, Matthew, Bob and Craig. Thanks for not deleting our very speculative email. Absolute legends!Last updated:
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