LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten Thousand Islands, a UK-based footwear company, announced today the launch of its Kickstarter campaign for Freestate, a first-of-its-kind travel and resort shoe. The 30-day campaign launches at 8 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, September 18. Funds raised will be used to expand and expedite current production of the shoe for delivery by the first quarter of 2019. Early backers of the Kickstarter campaign can secure one pair of Freestate shoes, free worldwide shipping and two pairs of laces, starting at $79.
Ten Thousand Islands' team of industry professionals, who collectively bring over 50 years of footwear experience to the organization, have been working on the concept and design for nearly 2 years. Dedicated to superior comfort and sleek design, Ten Thousand Islands created Freestate to fill a gap in the current footwear market – the lack of a resort shoe option that can be worn in and out of the water while remaining stylish, yet functional.
The shoes are designed to offer maximum comfort in a lightweight, multi-purpose design. In addition, the Freestate was developed with the traveler in mind, taking into consideration all aspects that make travel easier – weight, comfort, water resistance, breathability and look. Freestate weighs less than 8 ounces by using a uniquely-molded upper outer skeleton upon a breathable mesh, combined with an ultra-lightweight sole material. By replacing a regular heel with soft brushed elastic and a cushioned removable water draining footbed, Freestate offers maximum comfort – with or without socks – while navigating any resort adventure.
The Ten Thousand Islands team knew the importance of creating a travel shoe with quick-drying materials, especially when targeting frequent travelers who spend most of their time near water. The breathable mesh, unique tongue and "Freeflow" lining system used in the shoe allows for maximum air flow and water movement from inside and outside the shoe.
"After spending a number of years in the footwear industry designing and manufacturing shoes for others, the team realized a need in the footwear industry, specifically travel shoes," said Steve Tuite, Founder of Ten Thousand Islands. "Our goal for Freestate was to create a shoe that was stylish and light without sacrificing performance or comfort. We are looking forward to launching our campaign and hearing the feedback from consumers – we are confident that Freestate will meet consumer needs by providing the ultimate travel shoe option."
Inspired by classic sneakers with an ultra-clean profile, Freestate is available in both classic and vibrant colors, including Jet black, Splitsun yellow, Pristine white, Military green, Holiday blue, Vacation pink, Midnight navy and Steel grey.
To learn more about the Freestate campaign and to back the project, visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/79677955/1687397207?ref=35vhk7&token=f89cfc9c
The manufactured product will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2019.
About Ten Thousand Islands
Ten Thousand Islands is a Manchester England-based footwear company that was founded in March 2017. With a combined 50 years of experience, the Ten Thousand Islands team of shoe designers and branding experts developed its first shoe, Freestate. Freestate is a first-of-its-kind travel and resort shoe that was launched on Kickstarter in September 2018 and will be shipping in the first quarter of 2019.
SOURCE Ten Thousand Islands