Welcome back fellow shoe fans! We've had a fantastic week with a great start to the Barkan Desert Boot campaign - we're 63% funded - so thank you for sharing and pledging and to our social media champions who have been giving the brand a big shout out at Grey Fox, The New Collections, Chic Geek, Last Style of Defense, Noodlefish, Cockpit Arts, The Tweed Pig and London Craft Week.
We've still got a way to go so please share if you haven't already. Every share helps to open up the campaign to a new audience and wider network of potential backers...and they get the chance to enjoy some fantastic early bird rewards from shoehorns, socks, shoelaces and shoebags to all eight boots and some bespoke options too.
But life hasn't only been about Kickstarter.
We were honoured to join the judging panel at De Montfort University in Leicester for the second year students Biomechanics and Bespoke orthopeadic Awards. The award is supported by the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers with whom we've shared many a convivial glass and dinner over the years.
Anyway, back to awards of a shoe-design nature.
The standard of work was very high, but what I found most impressive and reassuring was to see these students - tomorrow's shoemakers, designers and physiotherapists - thinking not just about design, but the foot, mobility and the whole body and of the commerciality of their designs who would buy them and why. Just as it should be.
|The judges feeding back to the finalists and congratulating them on their work|
|Biomechanics finalists Agi, Joanna, Rachel and Georgia|
Talks covered Lordosis - curvature of the lower spine; Kyphosis - curvature of the upper spine; Hallux Valgus - bunions, inflamed and protruding big toe joint and where the big toe deviates into the path of the toes; Hallux Rigidus - where the big toe joint is static or has limited movement; Pes Cavus - an over-high instep; Supination - the foot rolls through from the heel along the foot's outside edge; Hammer Toes - where the first and/or second metatarsal joint of usually the first and or second toes are raised (like the hammer in a piano).
So all-in-all a tough design brief to create a suitable solution to address one or all the problems.
|DMU's Biomechanist Tim King and the joint winning students Joanna and Georgia|
The bespoke work was an equally tough choice.
|Bill Bird (third from left) with Pattenmakers Bespoke Orthopaedic Design Award finalists: |
Tabasam, Georgia, Kathryn, Daniel, Yoon Li and Rachel.
|The Pattenmakers Bespoke Orthopaedic Award finalists with their designs|
An altogether inspiring experience. Until next week happy shoemaking.