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By Benjamins Shoe Corp.
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Help us revolutionize shoe manufacturing! Benjamins Shoe Corp. is a brand based in California. We make all of our shoes to order, in-house, one at a time. Due to an overwhelming response from customers (we are working on 150 orders right now!) our production time has slowed to a 7 month waiting list!

Our concept of low overhead with a small team, utilizing new technology and selling direct to consumer, will allow us to break the mold of traditional domestic manufacturing.

Our team (minus one who missed the shoot), photo: Peter Prato
Our team (minus one who missed the shoot), photo: Peter Prato

The goal of this campaign is to raise enough money to purchase equipment that is badly needed. We will be able to increase the quality and longevity of our shoes, while at the same time dramatically reducing our turnaround time, and continuing to manufacture all of our shoes in-house.

With your help we will be able to compete with global brands, making a statement about the quality and expectations that every brand should have for the products they make, and in the process producing some incredibly stylish kicks.

Check out our website! We have been lucky enough to receive media coverage in international magazines like Monocle, and Men In This Town (MITT), while also getting a lot of local love from a rapidly growing Sacramento. Since launching, we have sold our shoes to customers all over the world including Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, France, and New York.

Our classic style in Prince Of Wales wool from Fox Brothers
Our classic style in Prince Of Wales wool from Fox Brothers

Our cloth is sourced directly from the highest quality fabric mills in the world like Loro Piana and Fox Brothers, and from unique sources like Ralph Lauren Home (their outdoor fabrics make amazing shoes!). We are starting to venture into more leather options, and working to setup an account with Horween in Chicago. We also use a unique lining fabric that is made from bamboo (naturally odor bacteria killing) and mixed with charcoal (absorbent for sweat reduction) so you can wear your Benjamins without socks for an amazing look and feel.

REWARDS:

Watercolor print painted for us by Sunflowerman
Watercolor print painted for us by Sunflowerman
Travel Shoe Horn
Travel Shoe Horn
100% Linen Shoe Bag
100% Linen Shoe Bag
Cedar Shoe Trees
Cedar Shoe Trees
Rain Tech Cotton Benjamins
Rain Tech Cotton Benjamins
Exclusive Fox Tonedale Herringbone
Exclusive Fox Tonedale Herringbone
Peacoat Double Monks
Peacoat Double Monks
Lace-Ups
Lace-Ups
Chukkas
Chukkas
Camo Globetrotter Case with Fox Brothers Lining and Matching Shoes
Camo Globetrotter Case with Fox Brothers Lining and Matching Shoes
Shop Jacket in Tweed and Cashmere
Shop Jacket in Tweed and Cashmere

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We love our customers and hope that we can add many more through this campaign. Thank you for all of your support!

-The Team at Benjamins

www.benjamins-shoes.com

Risks and challenges

Time is always a factor for us. We take pride in our work and as a result we refuse to rush the shoemaking process. We only ship shoes that meet our very high standards.

Obtaining the equipment needed to increase the production and quality of our shoes will also take some time to arrive and put in place. As this is an unknowable timeframe we can only plan ahead as best as possible, and we will do everything within our capabilities to oversee that this process moves as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

By providing regular updates to our backers we hope to involve you in our successes as well as our struggles. We hope that this will make the rewards all the more sweeter, since you will have a direct involvement in the process of them being made for you.

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    A watercolor print of our original pair of Benjamins, created for us by talented fashion artist Sunflowerman, printed on frame-quality silk matte stock, and signed by our founder.
    AND, Receive one of our travel shoe horns, made from sturdy oak, and laser engraved with the Benjamins brand name.

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    Previous rewards (watercolor print and shoe horn)
    PLUS, One of our 100% linen shoe bags, made for us by some wonderful people in the arts district in LA. They're perfect for travel and we love them so much we even use them to carry in lunch to the shop!

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    A pair of our handsome cedar shoe trees, made in New Hampshire. They are sized and feature a split toe for a better fit and metal plate with the Benjamins brand name.
    Also, one of our 100% linen shoe bags, made for us by some wonderful people in the arts district in LA. They're perfect for travel and we love them so much we even use them to carry in lunch to the shop!
    If that wasn't enough, we're including one of our travel shoe horns, made from sturdy oak, and laser engraved with the Benjamins brand name.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    A pair of Benjamins! Our classic style, made in a plaid rain tech cotton and lined in a terry cloth made from bamboo and then super heated and mixed with charcoal. Keep your feet smelling good and looking even better.
    You will also be able to choose sole color (white, natural gum, brick red, dark brown/black) and lace options.

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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    A pair of Benjamins in our classic style, made in a Prince of Wales plaid from Fox Brothers and lined in a terry cloth made from bamboo and then super heated and mixed with charcoal.
    You will also be able to choose sole color (white, natural gum, brick red, dark brown/black) and lace options.

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    Pledge $195 or more About $195

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! A pair of Benjamins in our classic style, made in a Fox Tonedale Herringbone wool from Fox Brothers. This is a fabric that you will only be able to receive through this campaign! These will also be lined in our bamboo charcoal blended terry cloth. Keep your feet smelling good and looking even better.
    You will also be able to choose sole color (white, natural gum, brick red, dark brown/black) and lace options.

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    Pledge $195 or more About $195

    A pair of Benjamins in our classic style, in a material of your choice from either Fox Brothers or Ralph Lauren. These will also be lined in our bamboo charcoal blended terry cloth. Keep your feet smelling good and looking even better.
    You will also be able to choose sole color (white, natural gum, brick red, dark brown/black) and lace options.

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    Pledge $225 or more About $225

    Receive a pair of our Double Monks with functional buttons in a material of your choice from either Fox Brothers or Ralph Lauren.
    You will also be able to choose sole color (white, natural gum, brick red, dark brown/black) and button options.

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    Pledge $245 or more About $245

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! A pair of Benjamins in our double monk style, made in a Fox Tonedale Herringbone wool from Fox Brothers. This is a fabric that you will only be able to receive through this campaign! These will also be lined in our bamboo charcoal blended terry cloth.
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    Pledge $245 or more About $245

    Receive a pair of Benjamins in our classic style, in a dark blue Storm System cashmere from Loro Piana. This is an incredibly luxurious cloth!
    You will also be able to choose sole color (white, natural gum, brick red, dark brown/black) and lace options.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Receive a pair of our Lace-Ups in a material of your choice from either Fox Brothers or Ralph Lauren. You will also be able to choose sole color (white, natural gum, brick red, dark brown/black) and lace options.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Receive a pair of our Chukkas in a material of your choice from either Fox Brothers or Ralph Lauren. You will also be able to choose sole color (white, natural gum, brick red, dark brown/black) and lace options.

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    Pledge $275 or more About $275

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! A pair of Benjamins in our lace-up style, made in a Fox Tonedale Herringbone wool from Fox Brothers. This is a fabric that you will only be able to receive through this campaign! These will also be lined in our bamboo charcoal blended terry cloth.
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    Pledge $275 or more About $275

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! A pair of Benjamins in our chukka style, made in a Fox Tonedale Herringbone wool from Fox Brothers. This is a fabric that you will only be able to receive through this campaign! Lined in our bamboo charcoal blended terry cloth.
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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Receive a pair of Benjamins, PLUS, we will have a pair of lasts made custom to your foot and labeled with your name for shoes that fit like they're made for you. Because they are!

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    Pledge $650 or more About $650

    Receive a pair of Benjamins in our classic style, PLUS, one of our shop jackets, made to order for you by our very talented friends in the arts district in LA.

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    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    All of the rewards offered above: watercolor print, shoe horn, linen shoe bag, shoe trees, a pair of Classic Benjamins, a pair of Double Monks, a pair of Chukkas, and a pair of Lace-Ups, PLUS one of our shop jackets, all made to order custom for you!

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    One of One, custom Benjamins made from Fox Brothers camouflage wool, with matching briefcase handmade by Globetrotter in the UK. This is the grail piece, and we only have one.

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Funding period

- (30 days)