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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.

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."

THE STORY

       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.

THE GOODS

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

Sizing:

       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.

Fit:

       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.

THE HIKER

Colorways: Brown/Green and Black/Gold 

Materials: Full Grain Leather, Suede, Cordura

THE PILOT

Colorways: Blue/Grey and Brown/Red

Materials: Full Grain Leather, Nubuck Leather, Cordura

THE THURSTON

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

FORSAKE T-SHIRT

THE REWARDS

      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.

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SIZE EXCHANGES:

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.

COLOR AVAILABILITY:

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.

DELIVERY DELAYS:

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.

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    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).

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    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.

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    Forsake T-Shirt! Kickstarter logos printed on sleeve. Available in Mens and Women's XS-XXL

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    One pair of shoes, plus an alternate set of limited edition shoelaces. You choose model, color, and size.

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    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.

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    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.

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