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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
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Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Ultra-lightweight and quick drying, Freestate is the very first resort shoe by the team at Ten Thousand Islands. A shoe created for hot summer days and cool summer nights.
Wear Freestate in and out of the water - yes, we mean it, in the water.
With Freestate you can put away the band-aid when you decide to go sockless – We removed the regular shoe heel and replaced it with a soft feel elastic that holds and cushions the heel of your foot and it won’t distort or lose grip no matter how many times you wear them.
Designed in rainy Manchester to embody the endless summer we all long for, Freestate was created to be with you every amazingly comfortable step of the way.
Its classic design, rooted firmly in the sneaker culture combined with our unique heel design In a range of traditional and summer colours that take you from Pool to beach to bar in comfort and style.
Freestate is made using a shoe construction method called Strobel, which gives the shoe its amazing flexibility and helps to reduce its overall weight; Combined with the lightweight mesh and our signature Freeflow lining it gives you one very light and very flexible shoe that allows the foot to remain cool at any temperature. It also dries much faster than a regular sneaker, is fully machine washable (at 30 degrees), and was designed for use in pools or in the sea. Meaning? Feel comfortable on and off the plane, and have a spontaneous dive into a pool.
It’s also Vegan friendly - no animal products have been used in the manufacturing process.
Freeflow Breathing is a lining and insole system that allows the foot to breathe; this unique lining design allows the flow of fresh air around the foot while adding to the rapid expulsion of water and so speeding up the drying process.
Immerse yourself in the endless summer experience. Each pair of Freestate comes with:
- White & colour matching laces (in case you wanted to change things up a little),
- Shapers - so when they are wet you can insert the shapers to keep the shape for years
- Optional: Beach bag - and you can also opt in for our branded pool print water resistant beach bag.
Shoes can be a bulky heavy necessity when packing to travel for a week or a weekend – So why pack them? Freestate has been designed to be worn and not packed away, with such a level of comfort and lightness (8oz) they become the perfect travel partner well before you arrive at your destination, and we should know – we have been testing Freestate all over the world this year and we wouldn’t travel anywhere without them!
Our journey began with a simple idea - we wanted to create a lightweight travel shoe that looked great and felt like nothing else. It had to be breathable and flexible yet totally at home in water. In a nutshell our simple idea was to create the 'go-to' summer companion….not so simple after all.
Sole blue prints, pattern trials and prototypes have been our reality for the past 18 months. We have taken our trials around the world for over 12 months now, putting them through all kinds of extreme wear tests in some of the Worlds toughest infinity pools and some of Europe’s most stunning deserted beaches all in the name of extreme product testing, and when these trials have been completed we have returned back home to put our well-travelled trials through one last test ….a 30 degree machine wash.
Please see the options below. Currently only Super Early Bird and Early Birds are available and we will add the Kickstarter special once we run out of the early birds.
Don't worry, you don't have to select your size today. This will be needed only once the campaign has ended. We will then communicate more about how to measure your foot in order to get it right.
But just for reference, please see the sizing guide below to know what sizes we will be supporting. If fully funded we will consider adding additional sizes as a stretch goal due to fixed costs involved in expanding the size range.
Freestate Is the very first shoe from the Manchester UK footwear team called Ten Thousand Islands.
In a town known more for rain than sun we wanted to put our combined expertise (and love of sunshine)
to use in creating a footwear brand aimed at all things travel. We have designed and developed shoes for many other brands for over 20 years, but this time we wanted to create our very own brand that would
enable us to make footwear we felt we would all wear when we get away to sunnier places.
Freestate is a shoe we have all had the chance to wear test over the last 12 months in all kinds of
climates and conditions and it’s a shoe we have all come to love.
Our brief was to create the perfect multipurpose shoe that looked as good as it performs...we think we succeeded.
Risks and challenges
This is our very first Kickstarter campaign but certainly not the first shoe we have worked on.
Over the last 20 years our design/technical guys have made and supplied close to 1 million pairs of shoes for numerous brands. Our partner factory of over 10 years are in place to ensure the production of Freestate next year matches the quality and finish of the development samples, they are as much a part of this process as anyone else and feel just as passionate as we do about Freestate.
We understand and acknowledge that no project comes without risk and challenges. Despite our planning, there are circumstances that may be out of our control. If we are met with these, we promise to communicate with full transparency to you.