The Sanibel is...
- Customizable: Your custom embossing on the eye row of the shoe. The possibilities are endless.
- Stylish: After consulting hundreds of women, we’ve adapted the best features of the men’s shoe towards a more fashion-focused audience.
- Durable: The leather is double coated with water and stain resistant spray to get you through the toughest conditions.
- Well Constructed: Leather is hand stitched around the shoe. Designed to hold the shape long term.
- Comfortable: Foam padded leather instep with last formed heel for easy break-in and comfort. (P.S. we don’t like blisters either)
- Hand Picked: Premium leather is selected from tanneries in three different countries.
- Made with America in Mind: Leather Laces, Handsewing Thread, and Embossings are Made in The USA.
- Functional: Slip resistant non-marking outsoles
- Handsewn: It’s an art form. Second and third generation hand sewers take pride in making your shoes.
The Helmsman provides guys with a more traditional looking boat shoe that does not sacrifice quality. A team of experienced craftsman has adapted many of the same features from The Yachtsman to create incomparable comfort at a great price. A bolder look and style, The Helmsman is being released in Island Red, Royal Blue and Charcoal, all made with textured floater leather.
$17,500: Navy Blue Helmsman
Finding roots between Cape Cod and Miami, Category 5 was envisioned by a group of 5 best friends in 2010. After years of wearing boat shoes, they recognized the need for a more comfortable and durable option. Determined to maintain the classic design, the group first identified all the problems that it had with traditional boat shoes including the brutal break-in period and short life span. Representing three generations in the shoe industry, Category 5 then tapped into their resources and worked tirelessly to put a modern touch on a traditional piece of footwear.
After two years of samples and countless meetings with industry veterans, Category 5’s inaugural model was born. Customizable, comfortable, yet classy, Category 5 Boat Shoes are the result a methodical process in mixing and matching the best components in the industry.
Seeking to add an exclusive appearance, Category 5 invented a customization process that enables each pair to be unique.
As a clothes hound who loves his boat shoes, my daily go to shoes for the past year have been my Category 5's. They combine classic, versatile and customizable style with unbeatable comfort. Superior materials and design make them a rugged daily shoe. Categories 5’s are great for weekend to business casual wear. I jumped at the chance to invest in their Kickstarter because they embody the spirit of American ingenuity and entrepreneurship, and I know they’ll more than reach their goal! -Brian H., Co-Founder of StyleSeek and Tastemaker
Breaking in a new pair of shoes has never been easy for me, until I tried on a pair of Cat 5's Sanibel line. The mint green immediately caught my eye and the leather molded perfectly to my feet. Something I find so unique about their line is how versatile the shoes are, The shoes went great with my dress as well as jean shorts and a tank top. -Christine P.
The Yachtsman is very comfortable, stylish, and the highest quality. They are quick to form a glove-like fit. I prefer my yachtsman to my timberland’s. Sorry timberland, your 30+ year customer has found a new step. -Alan B.
As a long time Sperrys user I purchased these shoes with high expectations. They exceeded those expectations and I now prefer them over any pair of shoes. The quality of the shoes are far better than other boat shoes on the market. They are extremely comfortable to the point that you never want to take them off. I highly recommend these and the other Yachtsman to anyone and everyone. -Diego C.
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After funding is completed, we will be in touch with you to confirm the details of your order. This will include, but is not limited to, the sizing, color, and model of your choice. Don't forget, SHIPPING IS FREE IN THE USA!!
A full printable sizing chart with measurements and instructions will be sent out to our backers upon completion of our Kickstarter. The sizes we carry are in the table below.
Category 5 is the only officially licensed manufacturer of Fraternity and Sorority Embossed Boat Shoes.
Photos by Nathan Coe
Video by Kristen Kellogg
Studio provided by Falmouth Community Television (FCTV)
Risks and challenges
This is the second line of Boat Shoes that we are releasing and are very familiar with the time, energy, and resources required to bring a new product to market. Our women’s line and new men's line, when backed by you, will be manufactured in the same state-of-the-art facility that produces our initial men's line.
Sometimes in manufacturing delays can occur. However, we have put forward a realistic timeline with plans of getting all of our backers shoes before those winter vacation trips.
Why We Need Your Help:
In order to release The Sanibel and The Helmsman, we must purchase minimum amounts of leather, outsoles, laces, and other materials from the appropriate manufacturers. Your funds will be used to purchase these components and to make the minimum amount of shoes required to get our production started.
By donating to our Kickstarter, we will be able to expedite the purchasing process, while keeping costs down. We want to provide you with the first ever custom embossed Boat Shoe for women at a reasonable price with the quality you deserve. Without your support, it will be tough to make our vision a realityLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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