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!
About 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
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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