Find and Work With a Designer
We have been lucky enough to work with an incredible designer. We spent hours, weeks, and months sending screenshots of different shoe designs so he could create sketches for us to adjust and choose from.
This back and forth went on for around 6 months.
Choose Your Fabrics & Colors
This part was fun, but also incredibly time consuming. We picked out colors and fabrics online, and waited for samples to arrive. However, they usually looked completely different in person, which made it extremely difficult finding the perfect one.
Create a Sample
We then had to find a manufacturer that was willing to work with two nurses building a startup, with limited experience.
The sample creation process takes MONTHS. We gave the factory our design, they created a sample and sent it back to us. We would make a list of changes and tweaks, send that back to them, and then they would work on creating a new sample. A lot of back and forth!
That process went on for close to a year before we finally landed on our current design.
This is where we are now, and moving right along!
In order to make different shoe sizes (which we currently have 20), each size needs its own mold created. The molds are used to shape the outsole and midsole, aka the bottom of the shoe. This comes at a high initial cost, and takes approximately 3 weeks to produce.
After molds are created, the shoes can start production. This takes anywhere between 50-75 days to do a full inventory run. Once the shoes have been completed, they are shipped to our warehouse, where we can then ship them to you.
This process has been a difficult learning experience, but also extremely gratifying. We hope you enjoyed learning about the shoe making process, and now understand why your shoes are definitely worth the wait!