Imagine if one pair of shoes could match every outfit in the closet. San Francisco-based fashion technology company Trooper America aims to provide the perfect solution by creating a fully interchangeable slip-on shoe.
Switch, designed in ultrasoft premium cotton, allows wearers to instantly change the shoe’s color, style, fabric and look, making for a versatile style that can match an endless combination of looks.
Created by brothers Ben and Michael Kaiser, Switch employs patent-pending technology that allows the wearer to simply zip on an interchangeable top to match different outfits. Starting with four top colors — red, blue, cream and gray — the tops can be applied to two base colors: cream and gray.
This makes for an unlimited amount of possibilities, which, according to the creators, means that “one pair of shoes could match 1 million different outfits, instantly.”
“We chose Switch to be a slip-on to be reminiscent of Toms comfort-epitomizing slip-on line. However, we wanted Switch to be more functional for activity than a normal slip-on, similar to that of a Nike running shoe, which is why we chose an ultracushioned jogger sole,” said Ben Kaiser, who also serves as the designer for the shoes.
“And last but not least, we wanted Switch’s fabric to provide the most comfort possible. Not only does Switch have a double ankle padding of plush cotton, but our interior, exterior and insoles were woven with ultrasoft cotton.”
Switch is intended not only to be versatile but to help wearers save money and reduce closet space by buying fewer shoes.
The interchangeable slip-on is also beneficial for travelers, who would be able to opt for one pair of shoes on trips.
Switch will be available for preorder, starting at $80, on Kickstarter beginning Aug. 21. Backers will receive a pair of bases in cream or gray and a bundle of red, blue, gray and cream tops, resulting in 16 mix-match pair combinations.