About this project
Meet Honey Soles: The best way to comfortably wear your shoes without socks
Most insoles have no arch support, no shock absorption and no moisture protection. So at the end of the day your feet hurt and your shoes stink. And this can be especially apparent when not wearing socks. That's why we developed a solution: Honey Soles
Honey Soles: A natural solution to wearing your shoes without socks.
Cork is a simple, natural material that's been around for thousands of years and is the key to preventing bacteria and fungus from building up in your shoes. Honey Soles are shaped to support your feet and feel like flip-flops inside your shoes, resulting in far greater comfort.
Honey Soles protects and supports your feet from the impact of hard surfaces. These durable insoles offer incredible comfort and high-performance shock absorbing technology built to absorb and then disperse harmful vibrations. Cleverly designed with high quality, super-premium materials, Honey Soles gives you the strong support you need for your favorite adventures.
Sustainability: Thoughtful Design, Materials & Process
We're using environmentally friendly materials, including recycled rubber foam and sustainably harvested natural cork. We tracked the origins of our materials and found a manufacturer with integrity.
Easy to Use - It's simple: Honey Soles are inserted into the shoe, replacing your current shoe insoles. Honey Soles fit best in most footwear with removable insoles.
Cork wicks away moisture - Cork is an amazing material with a honeycomb cell structure. The cells of the cork are polyhedron and filled with air with an extremely strong and flexible membrane that's waterproof and airtight.
Natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal - Cork contains a waxy substance called suberin. This material is able to naturally repel the growth of fungus and bacteria and promote a healthy environment in your shoes. The cork layer wicks sweat away from the feet, while the open-cell structure of the foam layer absorbs any moisture and vapor inside the shoe, preventing bacterial buildup and odor.
Shock Absorbing - Honey Soles are durable and shock absorbing. Our proprietary foams help to disperse harmful vibrations that are commonly experienced when walking on hard surfaces.
Arch support - Honey Soles also have a supportive, contoured design. Which means they’re engineered to help with things like posture, alignment and arch support. They help with over-pronation which is the leading cause of plantar fasciitis.
Molds to your foot - Cork is a soft material that molds to the shape of your foot over time. We're also using a thin layer of memory foam that also helps to mold to the shape of your foot when worn. It feels like you're wearing flip-flops but inside your shoes.
Washing Honey Soles
A great part about Honey Soles is that they're naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. The top cork layer wicks away sweat. But sometimes, they do get dirty. If you see your Honey Soles beginning to get dirty (especially if you like to walk around barefoot), simply remove them from your shoes and scrub them with a damp paper towel. You can also use a light application of hand soap to help in some cases. Honey Soles are very easy to clean.
Our Story: The Making of Honey Soles
We frequently wear our shoes without socks, and were getting frustrated with the excessive sweating, smelly feet and shoes that were literally falling apart.
We researched the insole market, but the best insoles we could find were washable fabric inserts that absorb sweat like a sponge and required frequent washing. There were powders and sprays that eliminated odor, but required frequent use. Plus, none of these offered much in the way of arch support, so at the end of a day of walking around New York, our feet still ached.
After understanding the problems first hand, we got to work and after months of testing different materials and prototyping designs, Honey Soles was born.
Honey Soles are full-length insoles that span 1.5 sizes per pair to accommodate variations in industry shoe sizes. You may need to trim your insoles to fit your footwear. We will collect all sizing info at the conclusion of the campaign. See our USA sizing below.
The Honey Soles Team
We are a group of active people who love developing products. Along with our design partner, Impel Studio, we have over 20 years of experience creating consumer products for major companies.
Our Supplier & Manufacturer
We selected a top insole manufacturer. They're an American company that's been around for over 80 years. They invented the lathe used for modern shoe insoles. And they've made high-quality insoles for some of the world’s top brands.
Risks and challenges
We have established a relationship with one of the top insole manufacturers in the world with home offices in the United States. While we don't foresee any major production issues, we recognize that unexpected hiccups can happen. We promise to be transparent and to keep our backers updated on any potential delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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