We got tired of wet, ruined sneakers. So we designed our own. It’s like your hiking boots and dancing shoes had a love child. Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 21, 2012.
About this project
Skiing Mag: "I can't be more stoked on these sneakers. They're comfortable, functional, and damn good-looking.”
Teton Gravity Research: "A pretty stylish offering that hits a niche footwear trend in the snowsports industry."
Industry Outsider: "Forsake has created a style that is both unique and familiar...No more getting to the resort with soggy boots."
The Campsite: "Thanks to Forsake, we're one step closer to having some ideal all-weather, all-conditions footwear."
Forsake was founded by Jake Anderson and Sam Barstow – two college friends and former ski bums with a passion for the outdoors and an undiagnosed addiction to fresh new gear. While working at ski resorts in the Rockies, we needed waterproof footwear that felt equally at home in both casual and rugged environments; shoes that stood up to harsh weather and terrain without sacrificing comfort, performance, or style. Unable to find a product that satisfied our cravings, we developed three of our own.
About six months ago we launched on Kickstarter but didn't reach our $225,000 goal. We've since switched to a new production facility that can accommodate smaller manufacturing runs and we are now offering womens sizes 7.5 and up. So we're back with a vengeance!
Production of these three models requires a lot of capital, so we need your help to make it happen! If successful, funds will be used to purchase supplies & materials, develop molds for each size, reserve space on the production line, shipping, and travel to oversee the production process.
Technology & Construction:
All of our shoes are built with the following features...
- Aqua-Tek waterproof/breathable membrane
- Premium leathers
- Taped seams
- Gusseted tongues
- Dual-density EVA midsole for cushioning
- Composite shank for stability
- Anatomical footbed
Shoes are available in US Men's sizes 6 to 13. This includes all half sizes except 12.5. If our funding goal is achieved, all backers will be contacted to find out preferred model, color, and size. Women's shoe sizes = Men's + 1.5, meaning a Men's 6 = Women's 7.5.
Forsake shoes fit slightly wider than your average running shoe and are built to accommodate a variety of foot shapes. Length is true to standard US Men's sizing. No need to be concerned if you have a narrow foot. With 6-7 eyelets over the top of the foot and 2-3 across the ankle, our products are very easy to tighten and secure.
Colorways: Brown/Green and Black/Gold
Materials: Full Grain Leather, Suede, Cordura
Colorways: Blue/Grey and Brown/Red
Materials: Full Grain Leather, Nubuck Leather, Cordura
Colorways: Tan/Black and Navy/Beige
Materials: Full Grain Leather, Suede, Embossed PU
TRACTION & SUPPORT
Our outsole incorporates the following design features...
- Directional inner lugs provide traction while accelerating/ascending and decelerating/descending
- Wide outer lugs for balance and stability
- Large contact points on heel and toe for wear resistance
- Wide channels between lugs minimizes mud build-up
- Asymmetric design follows natural shape of the foot
- Varied lug depth provides grip on both firm and loose terrain
All rewards that include shoes are intended for one pair. You can order more than one pair simply by adding $95/pair (or $80, if you have the Post-Election Special) to your pledge. Shoes will ship in April. Tee shirts will ship in January. If our campaign is successful, Backers will be contacted to determine preferred model, color, and size.
Throughout production our shoes will undergo rigorous quality control by a third-party agency. This includes waterproof testing, material strength and abrasion testing, and fit testing. Backers will be updated regularly to provide an inside look into our development and production.
Backers of the “experience” rewards will be contacted to set up a date and time that is convenient for you.
Submitted recently from a wear tester of nine months...
Risks and challenges
We cannot guarantee that we'll be able to accommodate Backer's requests for size exchanges, but we'll do our best with the extra product we have on hand.
If there is especially low demand for a particular colorway, we may not be able to offer it. This is due to the minimum order quantities set by our suppliers. In this case Backers will be contacted to determine their second choice.
There are many steps to the manufacturing process, and therefore many opportunities for unforeseen issues to arise that could delay shipment of product. We mitigate this risk by working with a highly reputable factory, sourcing our materials only from trusted vendors who came recommended by our network, and enlisting the guidance of an experienced Board of Advisors to help us avoid common mistakes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The shoes are the standard D width in the toe box. The fit is slightly wider than a typical Nike or New Balance running shoe and slightly narrower than a Keen shoe.
Easy! Please add $95 to your Pledge for each additional pair. We'll do the math. (International backers please add $20/pair for international shipping). Thank you!!
Glad you asked. Check out the Blog on our website at www.forsake.co.
If our campaign is successul, all Backers will be contacted afterwards to get this info.
Typo, sorry! All shoes will be delivered in April.
Pretty freakin waterproof. We conduct two types of waterproof tests: static and dyamic. For static, shoes sit in approximately four inches of water for 4 hours. For dynamic, shoes are flexed in water 15,000 times. All prototypes undergo this testing before going into production.
Pledge $5 or more
Eternal gratitude! Plus access to all project updates, photos, videos, and a personal message from the founders (because our mothers taught us to always write thank you notes).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $18 or more
5 backers All gone!
Back by popular demand... An original crayon drawing by either Jake or Sam, with a Forsake refrigerator magnet to hang it up. Only five available because they're going to be super special.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $30 or more
Forsake T-Shirt! Kickstarter logos printed on sleeve. Available in Mens and Women's XS-XXLEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $80 or more
100 backers All gone!
POST-ELECTION SPECIAL! (We're just pumped campaign season is over) One pair of shoes! You choose model, color, and size.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $85 or more
100 backers All gone!
NEW SPECIAL! If you missed the Post-Election Special, now is your chance! These things are going fast! One pair of shoes! You choose model, color, and size.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $95 or more
One pair of shoes! You choose model, color, and size.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $105 or more
One pair of shoes, plus an alternate set of limited edition shoelaces. You choose model, color, and size.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $120 or more
CORRECTED: One pair of shoes plus Forsake T-Shirt! You choose model, color, and size.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $125 or more
CORRECTED: One pair of shoes, Forsake T-Shirt, and an alternate set of limited edition shoelaces. You choose model, color, and size.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $130 or more
3 backers All gone!
One pair of shoes plus Forsake T-Shirt! You choose model, color, and size.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $135 or more
2 backers All gone!
One pair of shoes, Forsake T-Shirt, and an alternate set of limited edition shoelaces. You choose model, color, and size.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $800 or more
4 backers Limited (4 left of 8)
Boston-Area Residents (or those willing to travel): Previous reward hand-delivered over a pint or two at Top of the Hub bar in the Prudential Center. Great views, great conversation. And don't worry, we'll pick up the tab.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,000 or more
2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)
Let's get dinner. We'll bring the shoes, t-shirt, a big appetite, and a lot of laughs. Please keep location to the Northeast only.Estimated delivery:
- (38 days)