About this project
If you ride, and you've been blessed (cursed?) with a sense of style, you know how hard it is to find a decent pair of shoes. Something more protective than Chucks, and less clunky than full-on boots. Something you can wear throughout the day and not look like a cast member from Mad Max. Actually, Mad Max is pretty awesome, but you know what I mean. Anyway, problem solved. Meet the IR x RM Outback. Built to ride.
We're not so naive as to believe that we're inventing a category here, but we do think we're jumping pretty far out in front of a category that's sorely lacking in style. But rest assured, we're not stopping at making shoes that look cool. No, we’ve endeavored to create a very special pair of shoes with some real riding functionality built in. Let me tell you what we’ve done:
We started by sourcing genuine Horween, full-grain leather from their tannery in Chicago. This is seriously beautiful leather. We’re using 2.5mm thick pieces for the main upper panels. Then we modified our standard toe cap by extending it to offer shifter protection. We even did the same on the right foot for you vintage British bike riders! Speaking of vintage bike riders, if you ride a kickstart bike you’ll be pleased to hear that we’ve stiffened our standard Vari-flex Bi Fit composite lasting board by about 25% from the heel to the mid foot to give you more protection from deflection when kicking over your bike 100 times. We retained our normal flex characteristic in the front so you can walk like regular human, assuming you’re a regular human. The collar is a super soft but durable oiled suede, and hidden in the collar, both medially and laterally, is a nylon malleolus (ankle bone) protector.
We know buying gear online can be hard, especially riding gear. So, in an effort to help you determine whether or not these shoots (shoes/boots? No?) fit into your carefully curated bike life, we've created this informative graphic. I'd wish you good luck, but there's no luck needed here, this is science.
Still unsure? Are you thinking, "sure they look great, but will I be able to wear them for my preferred motorcycling activities? Good question. Let's take a look at this usage chart and maybe we can determine if they're right for you.
All set? Now all you have to decide is whether it will be Black or Brown? Or both!
We all know that the tie that binds brands in collaborations can often be tenuous, if not pure marketing hype. So, let me assure you right off the top, that’s not the case here. Sort of. Our story goes all the way back to eighteen months ago, when I sat down with Iron and Resin founder, Thom Hill, to pitch him this idea. Of course I was already a fan of his brand, and since we’re both Souther California companies with shared interests, we have many mutual friends. However, we didn’t know each other. Nevertheless, I invaded his beautiful little Airstream trailer and told him my idea. I showed Thom a sketch and laid out my thoughts on how I’d like to turn an ordinary Ridgemont Outback sneaker boot into a proper motorcycle riding sneaker boot, and how I thought using Iron and Resin as inspiration for materials and colors was a match made in heaven. I sat there, droning on about shift protector overlays and internal malleolus protectors, until his eyes sort of glazed over and he raised his hand in the universal sign for “shut the fuck up.” I thought it was over. I began lining up more points in my mind about our shared perspectives and love of the outdoors, but the light returned to his gaze and he lowered his hand and said, “you had me at motorcycle.”
And there it is my friends. BECAUSE MOTORCYCLE. When you love bikes as much as we do, what more reason do you need
HAND MADE COTTON T-SHIRT
Available in the only color you need. Black.
BOTTLE OPENING KEYCHAIN CARABINER
Available in the only two colors you need. Brown or Black.
These dates are estimates based on our experience and may change. However, we'll keep you informed along the way so you'll know the status of your order.
You've surely noticed that big gap in the timeline between ordering materials and them being delivered, and you may be wondering what that's about. Well, we decided that some things are worth the wait, and genuine Horween™ leather from Chicago is one of those things. Our leather will be made for our production so I'm afraid there's really no way to shorten that timeline. We're confident, however, that once you have them in your hand and you feel that buttery leather, you'll be glad you waited.
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Risks and challenges
Ridgemont is a fully-operational footwear brand. Although this is a special project, it’s not outside the realm of what we do everyday.
As we’re not factory owners, there’s always the risk of a factory closure or an inability to produce at our primary facility, due to capacity issues. In the unlikely event of such an occurrence, Ridgemont will move production to another facility that we’ve already vetted. We could also face issues with our current material suppliers, but again, we have alternative suppliers should the need arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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