Knit footwear, one of the fastest growing trends in athletic and lifestyle footwear, is getting the tech treatment from Vessi, a Vancouver-based technology company that developed a line of waterproof knit shoes.
Debuting this week on Kickstarter, the company was founded by Andy Ang, a six-year industry veteran. The shoes, two years in development, feature a patented Flash-Knit technology that’s lightweight, breathable and moisture wicking.
The technology is made up of three functional layers that include the shell, a form-fitting elastic polyester and nylon knit. Using a circular knitting process, it’s designed to stretch, conform and provide support.
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Next, is the core layer, comprised of a waterproof and moisture-wicking membrane that’s impervious to water, yet allows moisture to escape. The inner layer is a comfort lining designed to mimic the feeling of wearing socks.
For enhanced comfort, the shoes incorporate a lightweight Vzero midsole that maximizes energy return while providing flexibility and cushioning. Lastly, the outsole features rubber treads for traction in a range of weather conditions.
The collection focuses on a single style for both men and women, and is available in three color ways. Pledges range from $99 for a single pair to $410 for four pairs. The shoes can be shipped world wide.
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