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LYF Shoes: Creativity meets sustainability! Vegan shoes printed, sewn and assembled on-demand in USA!

1 Design a Day for 25 Days!

October 9 is the beginning of the last 25 days of our campaign, and we are celebrating by showing 1 new design each day! We will add them below at the bottom of the shoe options, post them every day on Facebook and recap once a week in updates. 

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Changing the Game - by Design

PRINTED, SEWN AND ASSEMBLED ON-DEMAND IN USA

With 20 years of design, engineering and manufacturing experience in the conventional mass production system, we have created a patented shoe system that 
 

• opens up creative expression in style and technology 

• sets a new bar for environmental sustainability

The low-down is this - we created a modular shoe construction platform that leverages digital techniques and can be built on-demand for the consumer.

Individual components are made from single-source sustainable materials and are assembled in 90 seconds to meet a customer's request. This bypasses those monolithic shoe assembly factories which use toxic glues and ship boxes of air halfway around the world. Our technology allows us to pursue many more fashion, fit and ecological advances than the big brands can - while still being competitive with them on price.

We've also unlocked unlimited creative expression using digital integration tools, and created the first LYF Cyclable shoe.

Love Your Fashion

MAKE YOUR FASHION STATEMENT! Using digital textile printing from our friends at Spoonflower, we create shoe designs with artists, or even budding artists. This unfolds the ability for free expression in your style. You can even design your own (see "Design Your Own" further down on the page).

Our Kickstarter collection highlights prints by some of our favorite artists: 

OR You Can Design Your Own

We are offering a premium reward level where you can send us your own design for a truly one-of-a-kind fashion statement! Whether you are a shoe designer, textile designer or want to have fun with one of your photos, we can help you create your shoe! After the campaign is over, we will be in touch about the details of how to do it.

1 design added a day for last 25 days!

10/9/13: day 1 of 25
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Hacker Reward

LYF Shoes are built to work with an arduino kit. We are publishing the specifics of our recommendations in an open source fashion, but programmers are welcome to program it any way you like!

The Hacker reward option includes the basic kit of pieces and instructions on how WE use it and how to insert into the shoe. 

Love Your Feet

With a modular performance plate, comfort top and heel strike components, we provide a three-part footwear suspension system built to support you in comfort.

If you haven’t walked in cork, you ought too. They are super light and provide much better resilience and support than that foamy sneaker stuff. Our cork mostly comes from recycled wine bottles.

Our soft breathable uppers are made from all-natural fibers both inside and outside of our shoes. We use an all-dry printing process by our friends at Spoonflower to minimize ink waste and provide precision cut lines for sewing each size.

Love your Footprint

Our shoes feature natural fiber tops, compostable bottoms, and cork insoles from wine bottles. And since we don't use glue, we incentivize to get them back so they can be unsnapped, LYF Cycled within our own supply chain and become the next pair of shoes. We calculate a 49% reduction in carbon footprint alone. You can see details on how we measure sustainability here.


Designer Gift Wrap!

Wrap a gift - or yourself! - up in this awesome designer gift wrap! We say there are 5 options to choose from, but we couldn't narrow it down that far, so we're thinking we'll have 9 options! Swatches are shown here. These swatches show a piece of the design, but are not true to size and have some of the overall image cut off, so the finished wrap will be a surprise to you too!

Digital Textile Printing

Spoonflower is producing our prints for this campaign. They are a local success story and heroes for us in the new age of manufacturing. They seem to like what we're doing to!

So How Do I Order?

1. Choose your reward level (right column of this page). THANKS!
2. After the campaign is over, be on the lookout for a survey email we will send to you.
3. If you pledged at a reward level for a pair of shoes, then select your style and size in the post-campaign survey we send.
4. OR Design Your Own - we'll send you instructions at the time we send the survey.
5. Give us your mailing address in the post-campaign survey we send.
5. After we get all your info, we'll send you a video of your shoe being made! 
6.Then we'll send you your reward! YAY!


Sizing

It takes investment for each size of molds we make. We want to fit everyone but need to take an incremental approach. For this reason we will begin offering:
Men's whole sizes US 8, 9, 10, 11
Stretch Goal #1 $90k.
If we reach $90k, we will add Men's US size 7
(equivalent to Women's US size 8.5)
Stretch Goal #2 $110k.
If we reach $110k, we will add Men's US size 12.
Stretch Goal #3: $130k. 
If we reach $130k, we will add Men's US size 13.

Who is LYF Shoes?

A lot of people have come together to make LYF Shoes happen!

FOUNDERS/INSTIGATORS: Aly & Beth Khalifa
The vision and years of work to get here have happened at Gamil Design, a product design and branding firm owned by Aly and Beth Khalifa in Raleigh, NC. Aly and the team have worked on the idea of modular systems and on-demand techniques applied to shoemaking for over 10 years. All of the hard work has been following the overarching objective to fuse the ideas of small runs and custom fashion choices with sustainable materials and good-for-the-earth manufacturing processes.
Gamil Design team:
Jennafer Pettit
Robert Shanks
Britt Freeman
Joey Fralin
Megan Sullivan
Ami Sueki

MANAGEMENT & STRATEGY We have an advisory and management team comprised of experts in footwear, startup strategy, new technology and sales and marketing.  
Brent Ward, Business Lead
Jim Mundell, Operations Lead
Evan Wert, Retail Lead
Stephen Walsh, Research Lead

Special thanks to Cherokee Investments Group for their support.

PRINT DESIGNERS

Adam Peele
Paul Friedrich
Victor Knight III
Beth Khalifa
Aly Khalifa

SUPPLIERS

Spoonflower
Green Dot
and we are finalizing additional relationships with other suppliers :-)

Spoonflower and Green Dot are registered trademarks by their respective owners. 

You might know us from...

Impress Coffee Brewer! YAY! Almost exactly a year ago, we had a wonderfully successful Kickstarter campaign to launch our Impress Coffee Brewer. The Impress is in production now and we are so excited to ahve been able to see a Kickstarter project turn into a viable product on the market.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are numerous challenges in making this project come to fruition. However, our 20 years of experience in design, engineering and manufacturing has allowed us to gain considerable experience in overcoming these challenges and to develop an extensive network of qualified vendors and professionals.

We have already produced and walked in Generation 1 molds. The Generation 2 designs are "productionized" and overcome our initial manufacturing and assembly challenges.

We've successfully been through the Kickstarter process before with the Impress Coffee Brewer. Our biggest lesson has been to learn which countries present shipping obstacles when sending rewards. This time around we plan to limit international shipping promises in international pledges. We plan to handle them on a case-by-case basis after the campaign has completed.

Finally, we see a challenge in having people understand our intentions. The Digital Cobbler model is about fusing the best of: the globalized supply chain, the dexterity of new manufacturing tools, and the many benefits of assembling shoes as close to the consumer as possible. We hope to build Digital Cobbler shops in many international markets leveraging local resources while still benefitting from molds and components developed in other parts of the LYF marketplace. This is different than a "100% Made in USA" approach.

FAQ

  • The most expensive and intensive part of this project is making new molds. Although we have designed a fabulous women's shoe, we cannot do everything at once. However as soon as we complete the men's project, you can bet that the women's line will be next. For now, please note we have scaled down the men's sizing so we can accommodate smaller feet. It's not ideal for fitting women properly, but it's the best we can afford right now.

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    HACK YOUR LYF! Get a pair of Kicks in the style of your choice (or send us your own design!) AND a hacker kit that allows you to do all sorts of fun arduino-ness (see hacker kit explanation in main content).You will be integral to the future of LYF...YOUR feedback will influence what goes to market. We will also send you 2 LYF: LOVE YOUR FOOTPRINT stickers. Many designer styles to choose from - see them all on the page to the left. Sizes are men's whole sizes from 8-11 (choose your style and size after campaign is over and we send you a follow-up survey). *not your size? KEEP WATCHING for stretch goal added rewards. If you intend on sending us a design, we will send instructions to you on how to do that.

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