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Author Topic: Customisable Climbing Shoes  (Read 500 times)

micdesign

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Customisable Climbing Shoes
« on: April 13, 2013, 09:04:45 AM »

Hi,
I'm a sport design student + amateur climber thinking about doing my project next year on climbing shoes. If I could have your thoughts on this question I be really grateful.

If you could customise a climbing shoe what would you want control over?

Cheers
Mic
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Re: Customisable Climbing Shoes
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2013, 12:44:25 PM »

Price
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Re: Customisable Climbing Shoes
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2013, 06:06:28 PM »

i respect your project-  the keys are the last and preventing rand bulge... THEN customizing  IMO
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Re: Customisable Climbing Shoes
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2013, 09:51:52 PM »

Here's my custom shoe;

fit's like the boreal Vector,, Acopa rubber, and costs $25
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Re: Customisable Climbing Shoes
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2013, 10:00:34 PM »

I think John is on the money so to speak.  If you make a good, long-lasting shoe (even if it is optimized for certain types of terrain only) and sell it for $40, you can pretty much forget about the need for the shoe to be customizable.  5.10 heels do not fit my feet.  Other than that, I have worn Sportiva, Mad Rock, and Scarpa with good results.
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Re: Customisable Climbing Shoes
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2013, 06:28:03 PM »

If you could customise a climbing shoe what would you want control over?

everything: laces (velcro, laces, moc), synthetic or leather, lined or not, type of rubber
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Re: Customisable Climbing Shoes
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2013, 07:30:20 AM »

You need to come up with a base design first, or several to cater to a specific function each, and not allow variance from there. Then you can customize portions like rubber, lined or unlined, Velcro or laces, and colors.

The more you allow the design to change the more expensive and lengthy the build per shoe will be.

Heck, you will probably satisfy the masses if you allow custom color selection only.

Look at what Wild Things does with their custom garments. Pretty cool stuff, I built my own wind pro hoody in the exact colors I wanted on a kick ass base design.
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Re: Customisable Climbing Shoes
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2013, 11:42:04 AM »

Look at what Wild Things does with their custom garments. Pretty cool stuff, I built my own wind pro hoody in the exact colors I wanted on a kick ass base design.

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