$13,889
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60
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 5 2019
MILLAU GROUPBy MILLAU GROUP
First created
MILLAU GROUPBy MILLAU GROUP
First created
$13,889
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
60
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 5 2019

About

Millau was born from the minds of fashion-industry veterans sick of the disposability of the retail shoe model, and eager to bring back the proud tradition of craftsmanship in men’s footwear. Our artisans modeled shoes are an art form, and should be treated that way.

That’s why we want to have a personal relationship with you. We don’t believe in middlemen. We sell directly to you, cutting out the shipper's, distributors, warehouses, and storefronts that traditionally raise the price of shoes, allowing us to offer you premium quality pairs for a fraction of the price.

By cutting out those distractions, we can pay a living wage to the skilled artisans who hand-make our shoes. Drawing on Spain’s centuries-old traditions of shoemaking and leatherwork, our shoemakers transform Italian leather into durable, high-quality shoes. 

The definition of a smart shoe, our Oxfords offer a classic take on elevated style and comfort.

Comfort and style come together with our hand-crafted take on sleek, modern loafer.

Versatile enough to dress up or down, our classic monks are a must-have for any wardrobe

We believe in construction that harkens back to when men’s footwear was meant to last. It is the oldest and most labor-intensive way to make shoes, but it’s an investment into footwear that we outlive any other pair in your collection. And because it’s an investment, you get top quality service. We recognize that seeing shoes in a photo is not the same as trying them on your feet. Whether the fit isn’t quite right or the color isn’t what they believe it would be, our customers can return their shoes, no questions asked. We will even cover the return shipping costs.

In addition to providing you an expertly crafted pair of shoes, we believe that every sole should help a soul. That’s why every pair you buy has 10% of it’s profits donated to charities to help families in need in New York City. This city has given us so much, it’s only right that we give back to others who are struggling to make their dreams happen.

A process called Goodyear Welt Construction is what allows our shoes to last for years, well after most soles would wear away. It is a process where a strip of leather is stitched to the upper and insole of the shoe using two separate threads. The soles are locked-stitched to the welts which allow the shoe to be dismantled, repaired and re-soled if need be.

To get the timeless look and feel of our Millau shoes, we work exclusively with full-grain upper leather and leather line cushion insoles. The full-grain resists moisture, remains firm, and provides a “fresh out of the box” look for many years of wear. The cushion insole keeps the inside of the shoe breathable, while maintaining arch support, so no matter what event you’re running to, your feet will never feel it.

After funding is secured for Millau, we believe we can have all backer’s sizes, requests and needs documented and into production. Production by our artisan shoemakers will then take 8–10 weeks and shipping approximately 3 weeks total.

In April 2019, we will be fully stocked and prepared to start shipping direct to consumers.

We care deeply about protecting the quality and integrity of your shoes throughout the production and shipping process and take great pride in ensuring your shoes arrive as fast as possible without any damage or delays. 

We like to think that Millau was born decades ago when our founder Samuel was just a boy touring his parents’ shoe factories in Italy and Spain, soaking the craftsmanship of their shoemakers into his DNA.

Through a lifetime of research and appreciation, paired with a love for modern disruptive business, Samuel built a brand that brings together the best of the old and the new. To assure that our supporters receive the very best service, we bolstered our team with experts who have extensive experience in footwear logistics and distribution.

This is our third Kickstarter campaign and we are more prepared than ever to continue surpassing our backer's expectations. We have faced and overcome many challenges, and always deliver for our backers. 

We are excited to share our new products and vision with the world!  

Excellence.  We have spent countless hours scouring Europe to find the best shoemakers and the finest materials to ensure our shoes and sneakers always uphold the highest standards of quality, luxury, and durability. We spared no expense to make sure that you will get only the best.  

Affordability. By implementing a disruptive business model that delivers your shoes straight from the artisan's hands to your doorsteps, we eliminate the need for retailers, wholesalers, and other middlemen. This means you get shoes with world-class workmanship at unbeatable prices.

Support. Your commitment to us is the start of a long, beautiful relationship. We are committed to delivering amazing products and communicating with you every step of the way. You will get regular updates as we fund, produce, and ship out your one-of-a-kind shoes and our team will be available to you when you need us no questions asked.

Consistency. Millau shoes are handcrafted and hand dyed, meaning that no two pairs are identical. However, each pair goes through a thorough inspection process to assure the quality you expect from a world-class luxury brand.

Experience & Reliability. Our company was founded by a team with a lifetime of experience in the luxury footwear industry. We don't make commitments that we can't honor. We have the infrastructure to assure a smooth process from taking your order thru delivery. We want to be your go-to brand for all things men's luxury, and we will earn your confidence. We stand behind our work.

Risks and challenges

Because we have worked hard to cut out the middlemen in the supply chain process, we believe the risks are extremely low for Millau. We work with a network of highly experienced and incredibly skilled artisans and textile vendors who are thoroughly vetted to ensure our footwear is always the absolute highest quality available.

We believe that over time, by providing exceptional products and impeccable customer service at a reasonable price point within the luxury fashion industry, we can disrupt the traditional retail model while developing a trusted reputation among a highly engaged core customer base.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Thanks for helping!

    You will receive a personalized thank you message from our founder Samuel. He'll even throw in a pun or two! Thank you for helping us get closer to making our dream come true.

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    1 PAIR - SUPER EARLY BIRD

    GET 1 PAIR OF SHOES.
    Choose any style, color, and size.
    + Receive 1 Millau travel shoe horn!
    + Receive 1 Millau cotton flannel dust bag!
    Change shoe to a boot: Add $9 to your pledge

    ADD-ON ITEMS (Add amount to your pledge to get):

    ADD A BOOT: +$99/boot 

    ADD A SHOE TREE: +$30/tree 

    ADD A MATCHING BELT: +$70/belt

    + Be added to our mailing list to have first access to new colors and styles!

    HOW TO CHOOSE STYLE & COLOR: At end of the campaign we will send a survey to find out your size, style, and color of each item.

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    1 PAIR - Kickstarter Special

    GET 1 PAIR OF SHOES.
    Change shoe to a boot: Add $9 to your pledge
    Choose any style, color, and size.
    + Receive 1 Millau travel shoe horn!
    + Receive 1 Millau cotton flannel dust bag!
    ADD-ON ITEMS (Add amount to your pledge to get):
    ADD A BOOT: +$99/boot 

    ADD A SHOE TREE: +$30/tree 

    ADD A MATCHING BELT: +$70/belt
    + Be added to our mailing list to have first access to new colors and styles!
    HOW TO CHOOSE STYLE & COLOR: At end of the campaign we will send a survey to find out your size, style, and color of each item.

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    2 PAIRS - SUPER EARLY BIRD

    GET 2 PAIRS OF SHOES.
    Choose any style, color, and size.
    + Receive 2 Millau travel shoe horn!
    + Receive 2 Millau cotton flannel dust bag!
    Change shoe to a boot: Add $9 to your pledge
    Change both shoes to boots: Add $18 to your pledge

    ADD-ON ITEMS (Add amount to your pledge to get):

    ADD A SHOE TREE: +$30/tree 

    ADD A MATCHING BELT: +$70/belt

    + Be added to our mailing list to have first access to new colors and styles!

    HOW TO CHOOSE STYLE & COLOR: At end of the campaign we will send a survey to find out your size, style, and color of each item.

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    Pledge $185 or more About $185

    1 PAIR - SUPER EARLY BIRD

    GET 1 PAIR OF SHOES. Choose any style, color, and size. (SAVE $110 OFF RETAIL!)

    Change shoe to a boot: +$60 to your pledge

    ADD-ON ITEMS (Add amount to your pledge to get):

    ADD A BOOT: +$245/boot 
ADD A SHOE TREE: +$30/tree 
ADD A MATCHING BELT: +$70/belt
    INCLUDED FOR FREE ($60 Value!):

    + Be added to our Millau Elites mailing list to have first access to new colors and styles!

    HOW TO CHOOSE STYLE & COLOR: At end of campaign we will send a survey to find out your size, style and color of each item.

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    2 PAIRS - Kickstarter Special

    GET 2 PAIRS OF SHOES.
    Choose any style, color, and size.
    + Receive 2 Millau travel shoe horns!
    + Receive 2 Millau cotton flannel dust bags!
    Change shoe to a boot: Add $9 to your pledge
    Change both shoes to boots: Add $18 to your pledge

    ADD-ON ITEMS (Add amount to your pledge to get):

    ADD A SHOE TREE: +$30/tree 

    ADD A MATCHING BELT: +$70/belt

    + Be added to our mailing list to have first access to new colors and styles!

    HOW TO CHOOSE STYLE & COLOR: At end of the campaign we will send a survey to find out your size, style, and color of each item.

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    1 BRIEFCASE - KICKSTARTER SPECIAL

    GET 1 LEATHER BRIEFCASE W/SHOULDER STRAP. (Choose any color-This reward level does not include any shoes, just the briefcase).

    Handmade in Italy of premium Italian leather.

    Hand dyed to match your shoes and belt at our factory.

    Length: 15" Width: 3.5" Height: 11"

    Fits up to a 15.6" laptop in the main storage compartment, and a full size ipad in the internal zip pocket.
    Includes shoulder strap.

    ADD-ON ITEMS (Add amount to your pledge to get):
    ADD A BOOT: +$245/boot 
ADD A SHOE TREE: +$30/tree 
ADD A MATCHING BELT: +$70/belt
    INCLUDED FOR FREE ($60 Value!):

    + Be added to our Millau Elites mailing list to have first access to new colors and styles!

    HOW TO CHOOSE COLOR: At end of campaign we will send a survey to find out the color that you want.

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    3 PAIRS - Kickstarter Special

    GET 3 PAIRS OF SHOES.
    Choose any style, color, and size.

    Change shoe to a boot: Add $9 to your pledge
    Change 2 shoes to boots: Add $18 to your pledge
    Change 3 shoes to boots: Add $27 to your pledge
    + Receive 3 Millau travel shoe horn!
    + Receive 3 Millau cotton flannel dust bag!
    ADD-ON ITEMS (Add amount to your pledge to get):

    ADD A SHOE TREE: +$30/tree 

    ADD A MATCHING BELT: +$70/belt

    + Be added to our mailing list to have first access to new colors and styles!

    HOW TO CHOOSE STYLE & COLOR: At end of the campaign we will send a survey to find out your size, style, and color of each item.

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    4 PAIRS - Kickstarter Special

    GET 4 PAIRS OF SHOES.
    Choose any style, color, and size.

    Change shoe to a boot: Add $9 to your pledge
    Change 2 shoes to boots: Add $18 to your pledge
    Change 3 shoes to boots: Add $27 to your pledge
    Change 4 shoes to boots: Add $36 to your pledge
    + Receive 4 Millau travel shoe horn!
    + Receive 4 Millau cotton flannel dust bag!
    ADD-ON ITEMS (Add amount to your pledge to get):

    ADD A SHOE TREE: +$30/tree 

    ADD A MATCHING BELT: +$70/belt

    + Be added to our mailing list to have first access to new colors and styles!

    HOW TO CHOOSE STYLE & COLOR: At end of the campaign we will send a survey to find out your size, style, and color of each item.

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    6 PAIRS - Kickstarter Special

    GET 6 PAIRS OF SHOES.
    Choose any style, color, and size.

    Change shoe to a boot: Add $9 to your pledge
    Change 2 shoes to boots: Add $18 to your pledge
    Change 3 shoes to boots: Add $27 to your pledge
    Change 4 shoes to boots: Add $36 to your pledge
    + Receive 6 Millau travel shoe horn!
    + Receive 6 Millau cotton flannel dust bag!
    ADD-ON ITEMS (Add amount to your pledge to get):

    ADD A SHOE TREE: +$30/tree 

    ADD A MATCHING BELT: +$70/belt

    + Be added to our mailing list to have first access to new colors and styles!

    HOW TO CHOOSE STYLE & COLOR: At end of the campaign we will send a survey to find out your size, style, and color of each item.

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    CUSTOM PAIR- Tier 1

    1 pair of custom color/material shoes
    1 matching belt
    1 pair of shoes from stock
    2 shoe trees
    1 cotton flannel dust bag
    1 travel shoe horn

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    8 PAIRS - Kickstarter Special

    GET 6 PAIRS OF SHOES.
    Choose any style, color, and size.

    Change shoe to a boot: Add $9 to your pledge
    Change 2 shoes to boots: Add $18 to your pledge
    Change 3 shoes to boots: Add $27 to your pledge
    Change 4 shoes to boots: Add $36 to your pledge
    + Receive 8 Millau travel shoe horn!
    + Receive 8 Millau cotton flannel dust bag!
    ADD-ON ITEMS (Add amount to your pledge to get):

    ADD A SHOE TREE: +$30/tree 

    ADD A MATCHING BELT: +$70/belt

    + Be added to our mailing list to have first access to new colors and styles!

    HOW TO CHOOSE STYLE & COLOR: At end of the campaign we will send a survey to find out your size, style, and color of each item.

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    CUSTOM PAIR- Tier 2

    2 pairs of custom color/material shoes
    2 matching belts
    2 pairs of shoes from stock
    4 shoe trees
    2 cotton flannel dust bags
    2 travel shoe horns

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    Design Your Own Shoe

    Fancy yourself a shoe designer? Always wanted a signature shoe of your own? Or maybe you just have a style unlike any other….

    At Millau, we are all about empowering people who have a passion for unparalleled style and are willing to show it. For backers who donate $5K or more to our cause, we’ll let you design your own shoe and add it to our line of handmade, artisan offerings. We’ll even name it after you if you like!

    Consider this your chance to have your own personal signature shoe that is your style through and through — and to contribute to a good cause as you do it.

    We will offer your shoe design on our website alongside our collection of artisan shoes. if your signature shoe is successful we will continue to offer it on our website and share a cut of the profits with you!

    Backers will also recieve the following rewards

    2 pairs of your signature shoe
    2 matching belts
    2 pairs of shoes from stock
    4 shoe trees
    2 cotton flannel dust bags
    2 travel shoehorns

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Funding period

- (52 days)