Travel Tech Next: Shooz Aims To Flip Script on Travel Shoes
Photos courtesy of Shooz
Consider as you pack away your dressy shoes and sneakers that there might be another way.
Instead of one shoe for one occasion, ponder if there was one sneaker chameleon ready and willing to meet the demands of countless travel scenarios.
That’s what the folks behind Shooz hope to solve with a Kickstarter that will have you, for £129, or about $199, the proud owner of one shoe with a couple of colorful options.
Here is a brief video that introduces you to an intriguing step in travel shoe technology.
As you see from the above video, you can order one of three soles: Urban, Running and Drive. From there you can place any number of soles over the top and zip it on up.
The company currently has 26 skins featured on the Kickstarter page that make up four different styles: Mocassino, Stringa, Corsa and Duilio. There are also two fashion-forward skins in the form of Elastica and Ribbon available.
The results are actually quite intriguing.
Or, you could always just wear the tops.
As of this writing, Shooz has garnered nearly $6,000 in funding with the end goal of $38,555 coming in 38 days.
If the innovation strikes your fancy you have a number of ways to support the campaign and get your own pair. Two of the more affordable options are:
Early Bird Shooz Basic Pack: This gets you one sole and one skin for £85 ($130). Regular price for this package is £125 ($190) plus taxes and shipping, via Kickstarter.
Early Bird Shooz Starter Pack: This gets you a sole with two skins for £129 ($198). Retail price will set you back £180 or $277.
There are a few other options including the Expert Edition, which at £435 ($669), will get you all you need for any scenario: “3 soles, any 6 skins of your choosing (makes 18 shoes at £24.16 / $37.16 each) and 2 skin packs.”
We can’t speak to the comfort as of yet, but the campaign states, “We've gathered positive feedback for durability and comfort from all over the world, which has allowed us to create a shoe that is much more durable than the usual mass market shoe.”
What’s more, the shoes boasts waterproof peace of mind, which is exactly what you look for in a travel shoe.
We would love to hear what you think of an innovative way of solving the bulky but necessary addition of shoes to our luggage.
As Shooz illustrates, meeting every circumstance during your adventures doesn’t have to be a packing nightmare.
Shoes are estimated to deliver by March 2016.
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