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About this project

...Walking

We walk every day, In fact walking is the most common exercise that we do. We wanted to give walking a higher purpose and truly unleash the potential in every step. We did the research and understood that walking on sand has multiple benefits over walking on a hard surface, and also found that adding the right amount of additional weight to the movement of walking was a natural way to consume more energy and burn more calories without changing the way you go about your day. We spent four years creating a shoe that mimics the feeling of walking on sand, and delivers the benefits. The results are incredible. 

 

Our Technology

Microspheres: We designed a hollow sole with just the right dimensions to house thousands of ceramic aluminum microspheres, with just the right volume, density and weight to achieve the ultimate workout shoes. 

Sound: When the microbeads flow from toe to heel, the friction generates a whisper like soothing ocean sound that is a testament that the loose particles are actually moving. 

 

CERAMIC ALUMINUM MICROSPHERES
CERAMIC ALUMINUM MICROSPHERES

 Construction:

Our two-piece construction isolates the upper of the shoe from the sole, where the action happens. The result is that both components act independently to allow the sole to generate the flow and movement necessary to achieve the feeling that is delivered.

 

 

TWO-PIECE CONSTRUCTION
TWO-PIECE CONSTRUCTION

Product Features and Benefits

The concept is simple: We brought the feeling of walking on dry loose sand to a pair of shoes that can be worn anywhere.

  • EXERCISE: Depending on your size, shoes vary in weight. No matter where you lie on the scale, the added weight simply makes it more difficult to take each step and works your entire lower body. In addition, the feeling of walking on sand makes every step more challenging. As per our clinical studies, you exert more energy and burn more calories using U-tones, as opposed to traditional walking, without having to change your routine or habits.
Weight And Exercise
Weight And Exercise

 

  • POSTURE AND BALANCE: As you walk, the microbeads adjust inside the sole, making your body naturally respond to a virtual shifting terrain, directly under your foot. This unpredictable instability naturally forces your body to adjust its posture and balance. 

 

Improved Posture
Improved Posture
  • MASSAGE: Because the microbeads are millimeters away from your feet, you can actually feel them moving right under you. They naturally massage the bottom of your foot, hitting all pressure points that are traditionally used in reflexology. The bonus is that it feels good.

The Process

We spent 4 rigorous years in R&D to arrive where we are today. We tried multiple shapes, constructions, microspheres, lasts, and materials to come up with what you're looking at. A durable, comfortable, functional shoe that delivers unbelievable benefits over traditional footwear. Our technology has been patented and we underwent clinical testing to make sure that our product works. 

 

 

 

People

It’s hard to count how many people played a role in making this become a reality. We worked with designers and footwear developers, engineers, suppliers, manufacturers, marketers, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of friends and family.

I knew nothing like this had ever been successfully achieved in the shoe industry. I’ve been in this business on the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and retail aspects, and have never encountered any product that achieved this.

I knew it was a difficult road, but was optimistic it could be done. It took longer than anticipated, but we finally have a product we could stand behind and be proud of. The key to all of it, is we’re making a difference. We understand the health trends the world has faced over the last few decades, and wanted to figure out a way to add our grain of sand.

Sizing

Sizing is a key factor and a very important part of this endeavor.  U-Tone sizing does not work like sizing of most shoes in the market.  Because the foot needs space inside of the shoe to move freely with the movement of the microspheres,  We have attached a sizing chart that is indicative of the size you should select.  Please see below:

Size chart U-Tone
Size chart U-Tone

 

 

Risks and challenges

This kind of shoe has never been built before. It's a complicated system that no factory in the world has ever manufactured. We worked hand in hand with the factory for 3 years to set up the proper production processes and quality assurance controls. We also have our own people inside the factory day in and day out to make sure all procedures are being managed correctly. Shoes are still manufactured mainly by humans, so experience and knowledge in the field are key to understand where things may and do go wrong. Delivery times are difficult to manage because of the nature of this product, but we are confident that we will be able to deliver product in August 2017.

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