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ZEM Shoes - Exceptional Performance and Comfort with the WOW Factor of Total Flexibility!

Miami, FL Product Design
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Join us in the ZONE of ENDLESS MOTION. Get a pair for yourself OR make it a gift for a colleague, coach, friend or loved one. Our "Engineered for WOW!" designs allow your body to connect with its natural way of motion. Ultimate Performance and Comfort with the WOW factor of Total Flexibility. THANK YOU for your support! 

USE YOUR ZEMs FOR: Training - CrossFIT - SUPing  - Kayaking - TRX - Yoga - Active Lifestyle - Beach Volleyball/Tennis/Soccer - Dance - Hiking - Cold & Wet Weather - Walking - Bouldering - Travel - RockClimbing - KiteBoarding - Sailing - Running (especially forefoot running!) - KettleBell - DragonBoat - Spa - Beach Walks - Pilates - Recovery - Fashion.

REMEMBER: at the end of the Campaign you will receive a SURVEY to specify STYLE-COLOR-SIZE and SHIP-TO Address.
REMEMBER: at the end of the Campaign you will receive a SURVEY to specify STYLE-COLOR-SIZE and SHIP-TO Address.
You can enter ANY AMOUNT here for Multiple PACKAGES!
You can enter ANY AMOUNT here for Multiple PACKAGES!
Get them while you can. We only have a limited number of these cute, miniature ZEMs!
Get them while you can. We only have a limited number of these cute, miniature ZEMs!
  • TerraXT PRODUCT PAGE: Take this shoe on a trip, from land to water or to the gym. Versatility in a fun design.  1 STRETCH GOAL COLOR! Check it out on the product page.
  •  TerraMISU PRODUCT PAGE: Fun & active Fashion all day long. 1 STRETCH COLOR AVAILABLE. Check it out on the product page!
  •  U-Jane PRODUCT PAGE: Active Lifestyle & Fashion! Light training, travel, office - chic & comfort on the go! 1 STRETCH COLOR AVAILABLE. Check it out on the product page!
  •  U-Cross PRODUCT PAGE: Lite Training, Forefoot Running, Recovery, Casual Comfort. 1 STRETCH COLOR AVAILABLE. Check it out on the product page!
  •  U-EX PRODUCT PAGE: Boating & Sailing, Land & Water Training, Street Wear. 1 STRETCH COLOR AVAILABLE. Check it out on the product page!
  •  CitiLUX PRODUCT PAGE: Cozy Comfort for cold weather and home comfort. 1 STRETCH COLOR AVAILABLE. Check it out on the product page!
  • CitiZEM LO PRODUCT PAGE: Our first cool & wet weather style. breathable, weather proof - fashion & performance for your active day. 1 STRETCH COLOR AVAILABLE. Check it out on the product page!
  •  CitiZEM HI PRODUCT PAGE: This boot pattern is insulated, weatherproof and ideal for you on the go in the City, the Office or on a lite Hike. 1 STRETCH COLOR AVAILABLE. Check it out on the product page!
  • TerraMISU PRODUCT PAGE: Fun & active Fashion all day long.
  •  U-Jane PRODUCT PAGE: Active Lifestyle & Fashion - on the go! Light training, travel, office - chic & comfort on the Go! 
  • 1 STRETCH COLOR AVAILABLE ON EACH. Check them out on the product pages!
  • SLING BAG PRODUCT PAGE: This nifty asymmetric bag holds your essentials, has a ventilated compartment. Take it to Yoga, the Beach or on a Date.
  •  CitiLUX PRODUCT PAGE: Cozy Comfort for cold weather and home comfort. 
  • CitiZEM LO PRODUCT PAGE: Our first cool & wet weather style. breathable, weather proof - fashion & performance for an active day. 
  • 1 STRETCH COLOR AVAILABLE ON EACH. Check them out on the product pages!
  • CAMP PACK PRODUCT PAGE - take this cool bag to the office, the gym or the beach. Many pockets and great looks.
  • CitiZEM HI PRODUCT PAGE: This boot pattern is insulated, weatherproof and ideal for you on the go in the City, the Office or on a lite Hike. 
  • CitiZEM LO PRODUCT PAGE: Our first cool & wet weather style. breathable, weather proof - fashion & performance for an active day. 
  • 1 STRETCH COLOR AVAILABLE ON EACH. Check them out on the product pages!
  • GEAR BAG PRODUCT PAGE - an incredible bag full of surprise features. See more about this PACK and take it ANYWHERE!
2 PEOPLE + 4 Pairs of ZEMs + anything Miami can offer. 2 nights 3 days of MIAMI Luxury: Includes: $ 100 SPA Certificate
2 PEOPLE + 4 Pairs of ZEMs + anything Miami can offer. 2 nights 3 days of MIAMI Luxury: Includes: $ 100 SPA Certificate

 PLEASE SEE MORE DETAILS ON THE INFO PAGE 

Today's ZEM Collection of Wind, Water, Sand and Land shoes have a unique history. In the beginning a group of Beach Volleyball Athletes asked us to solve a problem. They wanted a shoe to protect them from hot and cold sand and debris that could injure them. They wanted natural motion, protection and total flexibility.

After visiting beach volleyball tournaments and interviewing many players we started to understand their specific concerns and what they really needed. And while we knew we could design a basic shoe, the biggest challenge was that it had to articulate just like a natural foot while offering the power, balance and agility necessary for a true athlete. It also had to stay securely on the foot during rigorous athletic activity.

Click for VIDEO:  "WHY Olympian Sinjin Smith likes ZEMs"!
Click for VIDEO: "WHY Olympian Sinjin Smith likes ZEMs"!

We sketched, made pattern tests, invested in molds and traveled to factories to make sure the prototypes were made to our specs. We took our designs and put them to the test at a Beach Sport-Camp with 250 serious athletes. The 'Original Ninja' Design was born.

The Sports Camp was like having a professional focus group in our own backyard. With all that feed back and insight into what the athletes really liked about our new product we had the design and brand concept necessary for a small collection of innovative and technical footwear – all focusing on protection and performance.

The athletes' feedback inspired us to expand our collection to cover more than Sand Sports. That meant back to the drawing board to design 4 other out-sole concepts to cover water sports, training, trail environment and active lifestyle. All together we thought we had a GREAT concept to start our own brand - and ZEM was born.

From concept to design to pattern and technical drawings. Our new collection is coming to life!
From concept to design to pattern and technical drawings. Our new collection is coming to life!
Our award-winning tech-bands create incredible lateral stability. PORON Performance Cushioning Foam reduces impact 2X as effective as traditional insoles foams. And YES! Our shoes are Vegan.
Our award-winning tech-bands create incredible lateral stability. PORON Performance Cushioning Foam reduces impact 2X as effective as traditional insoles foams. And YES! Our shoes are Vegan.
Our designs have won 2 Industry Awards for innovative design. Our Philosophy reflects that we take consumer feedback and innovative technology to a new level.
Our designs have won 2 Industry Awards for innovative design. Our Philosophy reflects that we take consumer feedback and innovative technology to a new level.
CLICK on the PHOTO BARS BELOW to watch a few of our ZEM videos.
CLICK on the PHOTO BARS BELOW to watch a few of our ZEM videos.
CLICK HERE to hear Bren Tompkins talk about his running experience in ZEMs.
CLICK HERE to hear Bren Tompkins talk about his running experience in ZEMs.
                            
ENJOY the MUSIC VIDEO with Ricky Waters' Junior!
ENJOY the MUSIC VIDEO with Ricky Waters' Junior!
                           
VIDEO: Super Bowl Champion Ricky Watters in ZEMs at a Youth Training Camp
VIDEO: Super Bowl Champion Ricky Watters in ZEMs at a Youth Training Camp
VIDEO: Dogs are our best friends. Experience the fun and freedom of ZEMs together!
VIDEO: Dogs are our best friends. Experience the fun and freedom of ZEMs together!

For more ZEM Videos, please visit our ZEM YouTube Channel.

"My experience comes from designing for some of the biggest brands in the business. We expanded to make ZEM a reality and have grown into a small team of great people with an exceptional range of expertise. Together we manage the ups and downs of starting a business and work hand in hand on the challenges that come with building a brand and a company."

My previous projects include design, development and production for big brands and small entrepreneurs.
My previous projects include design, development and production for big brands and small entrepreneurs.

"I live in the Zone of Endless Motion. Living, training and traveling in ZEMs is what I do and what assures me that what we offer performs to our standards. I wear ZEMs for my daily work outs, around the office, on the beach or at the grocery store. To put one of our designs to the ultimate test I ran the New York Marathon last November in a prototype of the U-Cross. No blisters, no hot spots, no black nails...just 26.2 miles of challenges, good fun and great friends." Christina Bracken

We have tested all prototypes and confirmed that they meet quality standards and are comfortable and durable. We built the prototypes, we made the cutting dies and secured a manufacturer. We put our money where our mouth is. We look at this as our commitment to you to make sure that we produce what we promise.The KICKSTARTER funds will enable us to secure:

  • Upper Fabrics
  • PORON Insole Material
  • Tech-band Material
  • Sub-components (linings, laces, toggles etc)
  • Stitching & Assembly
  • Citi-Series Outsole Mold
  • Boxes and Packaging

Your pledge allows us to pay for this production and deliver them to as many ZEMfans as possible. EVERY PAIR OF HAPPY FEET COUNTS!

Our Stretch Goals reflect YOUR feedback and your demands for MORE:

STRETCH GOAL 1: MAKE US LAUGH! Send us a FUNNY SELFIE of you anxiously WAITING for your ZEMs. We'll create a Gallery of Funnies to remind us all that laughing is part of the ZONE of ENDLESS MOTION.

STRETCH GOAL 2: Split Toe Sock. The ZEM community has asked for a SPLIT TOE SOCK to wear in their ZEMs. WE WANT TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN! We have already invested in the prototypes and the test samples are wearing well. It will be the FIRST SEAMLESS Split Toe Sock on the market.

STRETCH GOAL 3: We are KNOWN FOR COLOR: You always ask for more COLORS. Let's bring more color to the ZONE of Endless Motion! (You can see them in the REWARDS overview on the TECH PAGES)

STRETCH GOAL 4: Industry Trade Shows help us gain exposure and make the ZONE of ENDLESS MOTION more accessible. Tournaments, community events and working with athletes will keep us closer to consumer feedback and our ZEMfans.

Our designs create a lot of excitement and have resulted in mentions in these magazines.
Our designs create a lot of excitement and have resulted in mentions in these magazines.

ZEMgear would not exist without the belief and support of MANY: My gratitude goes to my family here in the US and in Germany. And to our friends everywhere, who have watched the spark of ZEM and who believe in the Zone of Endless Motion. 

Many people are part of this journey and have become part of our story. They are part of who we are today.

Our ZEMsational Team: Jim Fraser, Gretchen Clark, Frank Woods, Matt Ochipa, Paola Alfonso, Joan Glessing, Lidya Demian, Liliana Zuniga, John Games.

ZEMcreatives: Matt Ochipa (MOCHIPA DESIGN), Chantal Lawrie Photography; Claudia Lopez (ClauLopez Films)

ZEMgear Advisors and Mentors: Michael Bracken for everything; Sophie Bracken for looking out for me; Kathy & Paul Lubbers for their support, friendship and belief; Jim & Coqui Leshaw for their generosity and professional advice, John de Armas, Bay Elliott, Eddie Hernandez, Rudi & Julie Flik, Brian Connell for business insights and ideas.

Our PLATINUM ZEMbassadors: Michelle Otero, Bren Tompkins, Pauline Nordin, Keith Skowron, James McSweeney, Jekaterina Stepanova, Maria Jamie, Joey Moreno, David Patlan, Ninja Hoops, Charles Flannigan, Kelly Schumacher & Ruth Riley, Nicole Hartwig, Brian Wu, John Morlino, Reid Schmitt, Lance Burns, Julie Thom Shaun Mozen Sara Clare Lajeunesse, Nathan Gunn, Amina Shirzadi, Richard Gayle .

And the many people whose help, energy, vision, input and participation in events and photo shoots have made us who we are today: Carolyn Robbins, Kara Sharp, Lilly Lee, Petra Altman, Christoper Van Dam, Diana Sterns, Abby & Maddie Sharp, Joshua, Zach and Joey Buttrick, Carolina & Enrique Gaston, Zane and Griffin Clark, Lauren Weber, Sebastian Hernandez, Jaka, FlippenOut Company, Dimitri Maramenides with EPIC KITES.

Risks and challenges

20 years of making shoes for OTHER brands have taught us the ins and outs of production and manufacturing.

Control over production means you have to be where your product is made - we visit our factory regularly to have oversight of our product implementation and quality control.

We have already invested in most of the molds for our new product (the part necessary to make the out-sole for each shoe). A very important part of what could delay our production is ready to go.
Our material suppliers have confirmed the specs for fabrics, laces and the other elements we need.

Together with factory support, we implemented our "responsible all the way" program, using recyclable materials wherever possible to reduce the demand on raw materials.
Our packaging is ready to go and is made from non-dyed post-consumer material, printed with certified soy ink!

Of course - things can go wrong: a bad storm can interrupt electricity and the factory or the printer might not be able to operate for a few hours or even for several days. A delivery truck can have an accident and push back our time line. A supplier can delay delivery of sub materials. We know we cannot guarantee that everything goes 100% as planned.

However, we have done our due-diligence to select the right factory and use experienced and reliable suppliers. We'll be there until it's done.

Thank you!
Christina & Team

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  • Kickstarter allows 1 Pledge per Person/Account. We were told you can ADJUST your Pledge in the $ 5 or More Section for the Amount of the Total Rewards you want. At the End of the Campaign we will send you a SURVEY to confirm Style/Color/Size and Ship-To Address for the Reward(s) you pledged.

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  • ZEMgear is a small business. Crowd funding is a great way to share our vision and passion for ZEMs. We like to interact with our fans and give YOU a chance to get involved. KS allows us to bring new products to life through funding that comes from our biggest fans - not from a greedy bank or investor. We think it's a WIN-WIN for everyone!

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    ZEMSATIONAL! Thank you for believing in ZEM. Your pledge will be recorded on our Online ‘WALL OF FAME.’ You're one of us now!

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    9 backers Limited (46 left of 55)

    ZEM KEYS TO SUCCESS! You'll remember your support of ZEM with this very cool ‘ZEM KEY CHAIN’. A miniature version of an actual ZEM shoe + your Name on our Online ‘WALL OF FAME’!

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    ZEMbassador MICHELLE OTERO is a Psychology College Professor, LMHC and an accredited and competitive 'figure' athlete. Receive a special limited edition ‘Video’ about Michelle’s EmpowerFIT training experience with ZEM shoes + your Name on our ‘Wall of Fame’!

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    ZEM 'ORIGINAL’ SAND & BEACH PACKAGE + ZEM DRAWSTRING BAG (VALUE up to $82) 1 PAIR REWARD: Our “NEWLY Engineered for WOW” Original Sand-Sport shoe worn by Pro Circuit and NCAA sand volleyball/tennis and sand soccer players. Choose 1 pair of either the ‘ORIGINAL NINJA’ (split toe) or the ‘ORIGINAL PLAYA’ (round toe) and get a vented ZEM DRAWSTRING BAG.

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    65 backers Limited (60 left of 125)

    TerraXT– (VALUE up to $100). 1 PAIR REWARD: 1 pair of the versatile TerraXT (trail-hiking, fitness, camping, SUPing, kayaking).

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    9 backers Limited (116 left of 125)

    TerraMISU – (VALUE up to $100). 1 PAIR REWARD: 1 pair of the TerraMISU (woman`s fashion, active lifestyle, travel).

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    35 backers Limited (90 left of 125)

    U-Cross Or U-EX – (VALUE up to $120) 1 PAIR REWARD: Choose 1 pair of the NEW U-Cross (be comfortable in this active lifestyle sport shoe) OR Choose 1 pair of NEW U-EX (be cool in this technical Marine & water sport shoe).

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    9 backers Limited (116 left of 125)

    U-Jane – (VALUE up to $110) 1 PAIR REWARD: Choose 1 pair of the NEW U-Jane (for the ACTIVE LIFESTYLE Woman who knows fashion!).

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    6 backers Limited (84 left of 90)

    CitiLUX – (Value up to $120) 1 PAIR REWARD: Be the first to own the NEW fall/winter CitiLUX seasonal shoe. Enjoy this Insulated, Breathable, and Weather Proof slip on shoe that boasts easy ‘on and off versatility’ for at home or outdoors.

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    28 backers Limited (97 left of 125)

    CitiZEM – (VALUE up to $ 130) 1 PAIR REWARD: Be the first to own a pair of All Season CitiZEM Shoes. Choose 1 Pair from the weather functional CitiZEM LO OR 1 pair of CitiZEM HI.

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    13 backers Limited (57 left of 70)

    TERRA MISU & U-JANE AND A SLING BAG! (VALUE up to $220) 2 PAIR REWARD: Chose 1 pair of the NEWLY Engineered for WOW” TERRA MISU (woman`s fashion, active lifestyle, travel) AND 1 pair of the sensuous U-JANE (unique Mary Jane style for the active lifestyle woman with a flair for the very coolest in fashion) PLUS a ZEM Sling Bag.

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    9 backers Limited (61 left of 70)

    ZEM CitiLUX & CitiZEM LO AND A CAMP BAG! (VALUE up to $270) 2 PAIR REWARD: Chose 1 pair of CitiLUX, a Breathable and Weather Proof slip on shoe that boasts easy ‘on and off versatility’ for at home, or in the snow AND 1 pair of weather functional 'CitiZEM Lo' PLUS a ZEM Camp Bag.

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    18 backers Limited (52 left of 70)

    CitiZEM HI & CitiZEM LO AND A GEAR BAG! - (VALUE up to $340) 2 PAIR REWARD: Select 1 Pair from the weather functional CitiZEM HI - AND 1 pair of CitiZEM LO PLUS a ZEM GEAR BAG!

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    8 backers Limited (10 left of 18)

    WOW A SHOE TO LIFE! See your name on a style/color anywhere it shows up on our website and on our on-line store. “WOWed to Life by ‘Your Name Here’": See how this will look in the rewards overview).

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    ZEM PHILANTHROPIST: Support our growing enterprise with a pledge. We have many areas we like to improve - you can help us do that! Own a copy of a limited edition print. Each print will be individually autographed by the artist Christina Bracken (see painting in the rewards overview).

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    VICEROY + 4 Pair of ZEMs and pure MIAMI LUXURY: Enjoy 2 nights, 3 days at the VICEROY Downtown Miami. For 2 persons. Enjoy all Miami has to offer. Includes a $ 100 spa certificate. Expires after 9 month of purchase.

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    BLUE-WATER FISHING ADVENTURE: With your new ZEM shoes (your Choice of Models, up to 4 people) you’ll enjoy a day of fishing with one of Florida’s best offshore fishermen. Depart from Key Biscayne, Florida. (Travel and lodging not included; expires 1 year from issue date).

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    STILTSVILLE ZEM STAR: Take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend a day and night at Stiltsville’s “Leshaw House”. Stiltsville is an infamous group of wood stilt houses located one mile south of Cape Florida. Wearing your new ZEM shoes you (and up to 3 guests) will enjoy a sightseeing boat ride to the house, a nights’ accommodation, and a host and dinner chef. At dinner you will be joined by ZEM founder Christina Bracken and you will be presented with a Framed and Autographed CAD Drawing of the ZEM CitiZEM. (Travel and additional lodging not included; expires 1 year from issue date).

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