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Join us as we travel to artisan footwear factories around the world to bring awareness to the struggles of a dying craft.
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Scott's Journey

Scott Starbuck has been bringing kick ass, artisan shoes to the masses for thirty years through his Chicago institution, City Soles. Throughout the years, he’s gotten to know third, fourth and fifth generation artisans that have been pouring their blood, sweat and tears into a shared passion for high-quality footwear. As an expert on the indie footwear industry, Scott is the perfect person to help tell the story of what it takes to produce an authentic, original, artisan pair of shoes.

Telling The Story

There's a huge difference between the way a mass market shoe and a piece of artisan footwear is produced, but no one has told the story of the process from start to finish. We want to bring that story to theaters, laptops and living rooms across the world so everyone can see the the heritage, hard work and creativity that goes into a pair of artisan footwear.

About The Project

The goal of this project is to raise the funds we’ll need to make a documentary that tells these passionate artisan footwear stories from small brands fighting the good fight against huge corporations. We're going to travel to three different countries (Italy, Spain and Mexico), roll up our sleeves and get personal with the artisans and the footwear they create throughout all steps of the process. We'll sleep on floors, hit up friends and do whatever it takes to save money, but it's still gonna take resources to get a full crew all the way across the world and back to tell this amazing story. In return for your support, we've created some awesome rewards:

The Crew & The Plan

The project is going to be a blast to put together for you guys but it's also going to take a ton of work. Our crew is ready to make it happen and we will do whatever it takes to come back with the most compelling and educational content possible. It's not going to be easy but we're going to make it happen and it should take us about 6 months from start to completion along with some footage mixed in from trips in the past that will help tell the story.

Risks and challenges

This project will no doubt be a challenge but its one that for me has been about 30 years in the making. I've traveled all over the world and visited many of these factories before so I am familiar with the lay of the land. I've developed relationships with many of these artisan designers and I really think this will help mitigate much of the potential risks of the documentary.

The challenge will be to put it all together in a timely manner in something that really captures the talent and genuineness of these artisan designers. It's a big responsibility that I'm putting on myself to really allow these stories to be told and to show the world where true talent is coming from in the footwear industry.

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    Our eternal gratitude from the team here in Chicago and some positive JuJu coming your way from the fashion gods!

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    Exclusive 30 minutes of special "behind the scenes" footage of interviews with designers, factory workers and our team as we travel around creating the documentary.

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    Receive a digital download of the completed documentary when it is released.

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    Get your name in the credits as a contributor to the documentary A special edition hard copy DVD of the completed documentary containing bonus features made exclusively for this Kickstarter campaign.

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    Get a City Soles "Kick Ass Shoes" T-Shirt, A special edition hard copy DVD of the completed documentary containing bonus features made exclusively for this Kickstarter campaign, and get your name in the credits as a contributor to the documentary

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    Receive all of the above, plus a hard cover picture book documenting the trip from beginning to end.

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    You’re our associate producer and your name will appear in the OPENING credits as such. You will also be invited as a VIP guest to the documentary launch party here in Chicago. (Travel expenses not included)

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    2 pairs of custom handmade Men's or Womens italian shoes from one of our featured footwear designers from the documentary and a hand signed certificate of authenticity from the designer.

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    Ever wanted to be linked up with an italian shoe designer? Ever wanted your shoe designs to be sold at a retail location? Well now you can. Get exclusive access to one of Scott's italian manufacturers and have your design sold at City Soles stores in Chicago as a featured item in the store featuring your name and image as the designer.

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