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Style shouldn't be limited by gender.  We want to make shoes that fit YOU, and help you Walk Your Way!
Style shouldn't be limited by gender. We want to make shoes that fit YOU, and help you Walk Your Way!
267 backers pledged $47,542 to help bring this project to life.

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HUGE THANK YOU to ALL our supporters, backers, fans, press and many others for making this campaign a success! We are only here because of YOU and we are SO extremely grateful. Not only did we meet our minimum goal, but we will be able to donate FOUR pairs of new NiK Kacy shoes to the Los Angeles LGBT Youth Center because of our generous backers! 

NEXT STEPSAs we go into production, we will continue to work hard to create designs and options for a more inclusive gender optional community. We want you to wear the style you feel AUTHENTIC in and we hope to make shoes that you will love! 

Though this campaign ends at midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on March 27th, we will start taking orders online as early as April for a September delivery. For more information, please visit our website at www.nikkacy.com to pre-order, learn about us or read some articles about why we are here and what we hope to achieve. You can also reach us via email at info@nikkacy.com and I will do my best to respond everyone personally.
Love, light and so much Gratitude,
NiK Kacy and his Posse ;)
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About NiK Kacy

NiK Kacy
NiK Kacy

     As a person who identifies as gender-fluid or third sex, I struggled for years to find a pair of shoes to fit both my identity and my feet. A pair of derby-styled wingtips in a “women’s” size 7 was nearly impossible to find. After years of stuffing in extra insoles, I realized that it was time to create the solution. I left my job at Google and trekked around Europe tracking down open-minded, old-world shoe artisans and started designing. 

     I have designed five fantastic masculine-styled shoes and tested them out in the community and on the feet of models on the runway at the DapperQ fashion show to great feedback. People love them and are ready to buy! I have formed relationships with some of the best old-world shoemakers in Portugal with impeccable quality and detailing, as well as, ethical and humane work environments.  

     Everything is ready to go to produce the first collection of gender-equal luxury footwear.  Now all I need is $36,000 to fund a minimum production run of 200 pairs. The funds will cover making a whole new set of molds I custom designed with gender-neutral proportions. Sizes* will be measured in EU sizing between 36-44 (which is roughly a US Women's 5.5 to Men's 11). If we hit our STRETCH goals, we'll be able to go to the next level and extend our sizes up to 47 (Men's 14), open up an online boutique, develop a feminine-styled collection, and include vegan leather in our collection!  

*See Conversion Chart in FAQs page for more information regarding sizing. 

The First Collection 

The 5 Styles - Wingtip Derby, Classic Derby, Desert Boot, Dress Boot, Monk Boot. All shoes are made from genuine leather, with leather soles, hand-crafted by Portuguese artisans.
The 5 Styles - Wingtip Derby, Classic Derby, Desert Boot, Dress Boot, Monk Boot. All shoes are made from genuine leather, with leather soles, hand-crafted by Portuguese artisans.

     My first collection, Fortune, does away with the notion of “men’s” and “women’s” styles and sizes and establishes the first gender-fluid luxury footwear line in sizes 36 through 44 (i.e. “women’s” 5.5 to “men’s” 11).  In order to go into full production, I need to fund the costs upfront and produce a minimum order of 200 pairs, develop all the molds (called "lasts") and cutting plates in each size. Because the proportion is uniquely designed for a unisex fit, it is very important to create lasts for each of the sizes so that each style will comfortably fit any gender identity. 

     Fortune consists of 5 masculine-styled designs that fit all sizes from a derby wingtip to a desert boot. While the launch collection is geared towards androgynous, butch and masculine-of-center individuals, I plan to extend the line to include traditionally feminine-styled shoes in all sizes as well as non-traditional designs, in the near future. I want to show the shoe industry that our community matters and that style should not be defined by gender. Back this project and help turn my dream of gender-equal shoes into a reality! 

Benefiting the Community

      Possibly even more rewarding than providing gender-nonconforming shoes to the public is the ability to further help my community, especially to those in need.One pair of shoes will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Youth Center for every 50 pairs of shoes that get backed. My hope is that I'll be able to donate at least four styles at the end of this campaign, if not the entire collection! Long-term, my vision is to provide an annual supply of styles from each collection in a variety of sizes for the Youth Center so that these youth will have the tools necessary to start their new lives - one step at a time.  

NiK Kacy Footwear - Fortune Collection

(Note: To avoid cluttering this project page, you can find more photos of the entire collection on my website homepage.)

Navy/Black Classic Derby
Navy/Black Classic Derby

The Classic Derby emotes confidence by improving upon a traditional style and offering a subtle but striking navy/black, two-toned color pattern. They're as suave as your Dad's derbies, but they fit you like they should.

Black/White Wingtip Derby
Black/White Wingtip Derby

The Wingtip Derby comes in flashy dual black and white color designs. Once considered too flamboyant for proper British gentry in the 1920s and 1930s, they're perfect for the modern maven looking to make a statement. Also available in solid dark brown.

Blue Suede Desert Boots
Blue Suede Desert Boots

The Desert Boot You won't want to cross the Mojave or the Gobi in these suede boots, they're just too beautiful, but you will get noticed walking across any room in either the beige or the blue versions. One's a little bit Country and the other a little bit Rock N' Roll!

Grey/Black Dress Boots
Grey/Black Dress Boots

The Dress Boot comes in three gorgeously distinct color combinations. There's the classic light brown, the gothic black, and the punk-rock gray over black. The side zipper offers easy launch and landing for your foot, and they also come with the Fortune line's signature red stitching.

Navy/Grey Monk Boots
Navy/Grey Monk Boots

The Monk Boot A bit more formal than the Derby, the Monk is a shoe not to be forgotten, when seen, and not to be overlooked for your collection. With double straps, two-toned color combo featuring desert green on gray or navy blue on gray, this boot serves up a side of stomp with your style.

Universal Fortune Collection Specs

All NiK Kacy shoes offer the same Portuguese craftsmanship, genuine leather quality and peerless design.

  • Red equality symbol and matching welt stitching
  • Calf leather upper with hand finished detailing
  • Supple pigskin lining for comfort
  • Ready to wear leather insole with breathable arch support
  • Traditional hand stained leather outsole
  • Back pull tab for easy fitting
  • Stacked heel with hand stained detail
  • Heel Height: 1 inch
  • Platform Height: 0.5 inch

Versatile Comfort Insoles

Durable comfort cushions with breathable arch support
Durable comfort cushions with breathable arch support

At our first photoshoot, over 12 models with about the same feet size, raved about how comfortable these shoes were. I attribute it to my insoles with arch support and a durable genuine leather backing. These insoles last longer and don't lose its buoyancy. And for those of you who prefer to wear your own insoles or orthotics, these insoles are designed to be easily removed without any sticky remnants so you can replace at your heart's desire. 

The Accessories

Limited-edition Keychain is made in Portugal with genuine leather, with our logo embossed on it so where ever you go, you can spread the word about us. Designed with 2 attachment options - via a leather strap or a removable swivel hook. Either way, you've never looked sexier with a set of keys. ;) 

Size: 6" length x 1" width, with 1.5" diameter key ring. Dark brown leather with antique bronze metal.

NiK Kacy Leather Keychain
NiK Kacy Leather Keychain

Limited-edition Bracelet This two-toned wrist cuff bracelet (made from a small artisan shop in Portugal) is made of beautiful black leather straps inspired by the Equality symbol and bold white leather as the base. It is fastened with two silver buckles as a finishing touch. (NOTE: The final bracelet will only have the logo embossed into the leather and not be a black on white print so it won't be so noticeable) 

NiK Kacy Two-toned Equality Bracelet in two color options. Genuine Leather. Made in Portugal.
NiK Kacy Two-toned Equality Bracelet in two color options. Genuine Leather. Made in Portugal.

Cuff size: 
width - 2.36"/ 6cm 
length - 6.3"/ 16 cm (base), 9" / 23 cm (straps) 
[One Size Fits All]

Walk Your Way Ad Campaign

As part of our launch for the brand and the first collection, I wanted to keep with the color Red for good luck, good fortune and the authenticity of all the real-life models who graciously volunteered their time and hard work to participate in this campaign. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for their contribution, their encouragement, their energy and their love. I am constantly inspired by my peers, my community and I hope that everyone else in the world can share the beauty that is walking one's own way. 

8.5" x 11" Walk Your Way Campaign Prints
8.5" x 11" Walk Your Way Campaign Prints

Hi-Res Walk Your Way Prints - Select one of our rewards that include an autographed, personalized print and we will send you a specially selected print for our Founders Circle members!  To see more photos and see how these lovelies walk their way, go to our website

The Ultimate True Bespoke Experience in Hollywood, CA

Sharpe Suiting and NiK Kacy are teaming up to bring you our biggest reward! Be a studly supermodel for 5 days in sunny Los Angeles and get a pair of bespoke shoes along with a true bespoke 3-Piece Suit. Be wine and dined by your designers and party with local celebs and then be camera ready for a NiK Kacy and Sharpe Suiting photoshoot!

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Risks and challenges

Although each of our artisan factories were carefully handpicked based on experience, reliability & relationships, we cannot always control or foresee every obstacle that might pop up along the way. However, we are very confident in our team’s, our suppliers’ and vendors’ ability to resolve issues that might come up and provide timely solutions when needed. In the event that some things may take longer than expected – we will do our best to minimize the delay and will notify our backers regularly every step of the way!

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    Founder's Circle

    Become part of the Founder's Circle that will help turn this dream into a reality! Receive exclusive first looks at all things NiK Kacy and have your name memorialized on our website, on a page dedicated to all those who believed in us from the start. Get exclusive invitations to special events, limited offers, and private sales! (Access into the Founder's Circle will end after this Kickstarter campaign on March 31st).

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    Limited Edition Keychain

    • Complement your look with our limited-edition leather keychain.
    • Plus, receive an autographed print from our Walk Your Way campaign, with a personal note, as a token of our infinite gratitude!
    • One size fits all

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    1 pair of Derby Shoes + Keychain

    • Pick 1 Pair from our Derby Shoe Styles! Choose from Wingtip Derby or Classic Derby.
    • Complement your look with our limited-edition leather keychain.
    • Plus, receive an autographed print from our Walk Your Way campaign, with a personal note, as a token of our infinite gratitude!
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    1 pair of Dress or Monk Boots + Keychain

    • Pick ANY 1 Pair from our Dress Boot or Monk Boot Styles!
    • Complement your look with our limited-edition leather keychain.
    • Plus, receive an autographed print from our Walk Your Way campaign, with a personal note, as a token of our infinite gratitude!
    • We will send you a survey for sizing and style/color at the end of the campaign.
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    2 pairs of Shoes + Keychain

    • Pick ANY 2 Pairs from our Fortune Collection!
    • Complement your look with our limited-edition leather keychain.
    • Plus, receive an autographed print from our Walk Your Way campaign, with a personal note, as a token of our infinite gratitude!
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    4 pairs of Shoes + Keychain + Bracelet

    • Pick ANY 4 Pairs from our Fortune Collection!
    • Complement your look with our limited-edition leather keychain and bracelet.
    • Plus, receive an autographed print from our Walk Your Way campaign, with a personal note, as a token of our infinite gratitude!
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    The Entire Collection – 10 pairs of Shoes + Bracelet + Keychain

    • Pick ANY 10 Pairs and Walk Your Way to a whole new shoe wardrobe!
    • Complement your look with our limited-edition keychain and bracelet.
    • Plus, receive an autographed print from our Walk Your Way campaign, with a personal note, as a token of our infinite gratitude!
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    Bespoke NiK Kacy Footwear + Bracelet + Dinner

    • NiK Kacy will personalize one pair of shoes/boots you select from the Fortune Collection
    • Once you pick out the style, NiK will personally create a one-of-a-kind, hand-stained, custom color leather and finishing detail for your shoes and a personalized sole for a truly bespoke look.
    • NiK will drop his designer hat and put on a chef’s apron to make you and your guest a 4-course meal at his home in Los Angeles.
    • Includes custom colored bracelet, sized to fit you, to match your new shoes.

    Important

    • We will send you a survey for sizing and style/color at the end of the campaign.
    • Must provide sizing (wrist and feet measurement) and shoe style by April 2015.
    • Shoe consultation to take place via phone or web, if out Los Angeles, by April 2015.
    • Travel to Los Angeles is NOT included.
    • Must provide dietary restrictions 2 weeks prior to dinner date.

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    The Ultimate True Bespoke Experience in Hollywood, CA
    Bespoke Shoes + True Bespoke 3-Piece + Photoshoot!

    Bespoke NiK Kacy Footwear

    • NiK Kacy will personalize a pair of shoes you select from the Fortune Collection.
    • Once you pick out the style, NiK will personally create a one-of-a-kind, hand-stained, custom color leather and finishing detail for your shoes and a personalized sole for a truly customized look.
    • Includes custom colored bracelet, sized to fit you, to match your new shoes.

    Sharpe Suiting True Bespoke Suit

    • Your choice of over 100 high-quality fabrics - all 100% wool or cotton - super 120's and 130's - sourced from the finest mills in Italy and America.
    • 100% hand-made tailor-made right here in Southern California.
    • Once you pick out the fabric and all the design attributes, the construction of your true bespoke suit will be expedited in just a matter of a few days during your Los Angeles visit.
    • No alterations will be required (but can be requested) since the suit is made from a pattern of your true form.

    Travel & Accomodations

    • 1 RT plane ticket from your hometown to ours -- Los Angeles!
    • 5 Day/4 Night stay at a swanky AirBnB or boutique hotel in or near West Hollywood.
    • Threesome Dinner and After-Party with NiK Kacy, the Sharpe Group, local celebrities and more.
    • Be a model in an exclusive NiK Kacy and Sharpe Suiting photoshoot, wearing your new bespoke shoes and suit.
    • Get the Supermodel treatment with professional makeup and hairstyling for your big day.

    Important

    • We will send you a survey for sizing and style/color at the end of the campaign.
    • Must provide shoe size (or feet measurement) and shoe style by April 2015.
    • Shoe consultation to take place via phone or web by April 2015.
    • Airfare only within continental U.S and must be booked at least 1 month ahead of time.
    • Must be willing to travel between August-December 2015.
    • Must sign talent release.

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