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Robert WintersBy Robert Winters
First created
Robert WintersBy Robert Winters
First created
€2,232
pledged of €140,000pledged of €140,000 goal
31
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, April 13 2016 2:37 PM UTC +00:00

About

To travel more light and clean we've came up with a revolutionary modular footwear concept. By only allowing unused parts in your luggage and always keeping the same outsoles at your feet: you'll save space, weight and even money. 

Together with your help, we can bring this project to life and move from prototype to final product. 

Skifts is derived from the Swedish word "skifte" which means the change or transition from one thing to another. We focus on very specific use cases, so you'll never have to think about what footwear to pack. 


Bonus: Hotel & Home

Use Skifts all year around, also when you don't travel! This luxurious all leather slide-in which feels super comfortable also gives your formal insoles the chance to mold into the shape of your feet.

Perfect for when you are not traveling or want kick back at home after a long day at work. They can also be used if you are not a fan of the throw-away slide-ins they typically provide in hotels.


Disclaimer: visualized products are prototypes and are still subjected to possible changes which may improve or change style, comfort or material.


Soles & Connectors

Skifts soles have 3 parts: 

  • A removable insole (not displayed below) 
  • A midsole with connectors (2 top pictures below)
  • A gekkow anti-slip / shock absorbing layer* (bottom picture below) 

* In our prototypes on the video and on the pictures the ant-slip layer is still glued on. We have a solution to integrate this as a glue less solution into the final outsole. 

The connectors an easily be swapped without any additional tools. They are strong, lightweight and flush fitting in the mid-sole. The final product will have the anti-slip integrated in the midsole so connectors are easy to swap while no glue is needed.



Hookpoint Locations

Each sole has multiple hookpoints all around to accommodate various styles. When a hookpoint is not in use, it sits as an empty slot beneath the insole. There are no visual cues revealing you are wearing interchangeable footwear without lifting the insole. 

The design sketch below provides insight of hookpoints are used. The formal style needs all of them, while the beach for example, only needs the last 2 ones on each side + one in the middle at the tip.  

Connector Locations
Connector Locations
Used side hookpoints for the beach extension
Used side hookpoints for the beach extension



Travel Smart 

Skifts makes sure your footwear is kept to a minimum by making the uppers compressible. Doing this will save you a ton of space, but also allows you to properly clean your parts and keep sand out of your luggage and other valuables such as electronics you might be traveling with. This removes the need for shoe bags. The insoles can be washed as well to keep everything fresh & clean. 

Less dirt around electronics in your luggage
Less dirt around electronics in your luggage


Before / After

Below is a typical luggage content shot with and without Skifts for a short trip with formal footwear, hiking sandals, toiletries and some other essentials. To keep things easy, let's say you like to get in the travel mood early on and leave your house in your flip flops. 

In this case you'll save up to 75% allocated footwear space. Plus, by keeping the heaviest part (the soles) on your feet, you'll save a ton of weight too. 

Luggage content with and without Skifts
Luggage content with and without Skifts


Backing 

You can select various rewards to back this campaign and bring Skifts to life. Backing can be done by selecting a reward or becoming a donator for this campaign. 

Next to a donation we also have a reward in the form of a custom Vapur Skifts water bottle that takes up hardly any space in your luggage when not used. Produced in collaboration with Vapur/B4B (the Netherlands). Cheers! 


Rewards 


Available Sizes 

After the campaign ends, we'll send you a survey on which shoesize you'll need. We'll use shoesize.me services to accurately determine the size you need. Do keep in mind we only offer sizes between size 39 and 45 - European Size. (= US size: between 6,5 and 11). Check out this chart for other countries. If your feet are smaller or larger, and you want to support this campaign, we suggest you opt for a donation or water bottle. Or back and provide Skifts as a gift to a friend. :)

Shipping Costs

Prices don't include shipping and vary depending on your location: 

  • Belgium + Netherlands: 10,00 EUR (= approx. 11 USD)
  • Germany, France, Luxembourg, United Kingdom: € 15,00 EUR (= approx. 16 USD)
  • Rest of European Union: 24,00 EUR (= approx. 26 USD)
  • United States: 28,00 EUR (= approx. 30 USD)
  • Rest of the World: 30,00 EUR (= approx. 33 USD)

The water bottle ships between 5 & 8 EUR (5 - 8 USD) depending on your location. 


Customs / Import fees

Due to international import / export laws, we can ship Skifts as an unfinished product to you, which means you'll have to assemble the product yourself in your home country in order to use it. This means most countries won't charge any import / customs fees, or at least just charge 30% of the normal import fee, but don't take our word for it. 

Upgrading (after this kickstarter)

You will be able to order upgrades / separate extensions on our website if we make it to production. We estimate the separate extensions to cost around 40 EUR. You can save 5 to 15% by ordering a package. 


Project Timeline


Project Budget

We are aware this project has a stellar target, especially for a footwear project. Reaching this goal might be challenging, but going for less would make this project not feasible. Custom molds, lasts, design revisions and materials are things we simply can't cut back on. 

A more visual breakdown of the costs for producing & shipping Skifts by the 1000 pairs: 

Risks and challenges

We have an agreement on the timeline and resources needed with a manufacturer to fulfill the rewards by the end of the year so you can enjoy Skifts as soon as possible. We do everything in our power to meet this deadline.

Skifts depends on a lot of external parties to make this project come to life. This unfortunately implies quite a slow timeline.

For now we've foreseen one month buffer for shipping the container to our warehouse in Belgium from abroad just to be sure, but things should go faster in reality.

If any delays or issues would arise, we will communicate swiftly about them so you are always in the loop on what's happening.

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge €5 or more About US$ 6

    Thank you generous donator! You'll receive a thank you card + all insights on manufacturing and help shape future products such as new styles, colors and a line for ladies!

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    Pledge €25 or more About $28

    Woah! A true fan.

    You'll get a thank you card
    + all updates & help shape our future
    + a Vapur | Skifts rollable water bottle. (50cl)

    This bottle will also save space in your luggage when unused, just like our footwear.

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    Pledge €69 or more About $78

    Sunchaser package. Includes a beach and a hike extension.

    For when you're in love with the fancy loafers you already own, but still would like to try modular open footwear in the sun.

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    Pledge €99 or more About $112

    Citytripper package. Includes the beach and formal style.

    You can start with this package, and upgrade later if you would to try the Skifts modular footwear & travel experience.

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    Pledge €110 or more About $124

    The Globetrotter deal (EARLY BIRD). This includes the beach, hike and formal style.

    Get ready for your next trip for a fraction of the final retail value.

    Only for the first 20 backers!

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    Pledge €129 or more About $146

    The Globetrotter. This includes the beach, hike and formal style.

    Get ready for your next trip!

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    Pledge €149 or more About $168

    For the real Skifts lifestylers. Includes the beach, hike and formal style plus the hotel & home extension.

    Enjoy Skifts all year around!

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Funding period

- (30 days)