Modular Self-assembled Footwear Designed to Put the Kibosh on Sweatshops
Ki ecobe is a modular shoe that uses no adhesives and comes in separate pieces, which the end user assembles, making the manufacturing process much less labor intensive.
The modular design eliminates the need for glue, which is a nasty manufacturing process, and makes shoes very difficult to disassemble and recycle.
Ki ecobe is super customizable with over 10,000 possible color combinations. It also functions as both a shoe and slipper. Instead of replacing the entire shoe, separate parts can be replaced as needed.
G.D. Kim - Designer
Head designer G.D. Kim's inspiration for designing this footwear came from the sweatshop problem seen throughout Asian footwear manufacturing hubs. "Over my 20 years in footwear design, I have been through many factories. The fumes from adhesives create a very very bad work environment for factory workers, and in Asia, where most shoes are produced, workers often don't have access to masks or proper ventilation."
Ki ecobe helps consumers walk in stride with sustainability and leave a smaller carbon footprint, while simultaneously promoting a happier and healthier manufacturing environment for factory workers.
"I decided to design a shoe for humanity, not only pay attention to consumer needs, but also to factory worker needs, and the earth's needs." Said G.D. Kim.
Because of the modular design, the worn-out sections can be easily replaced and recycled. Also, Ki ecobe is highly customizable, build your shoes around your lifestyle. Choose your own colors for each of the five separate parts and easily assemble your shoes to match your outfit, your mood, your favorite sports team, the season, or your environment. If you're indoors, Ki ecobe is a slipper, if you're outside it's a shoe.
Ki ecobe has won 8 international design awards including the prestigious Red Dot and iF design awards, andit is available for purchase on Kickstarter with pre-order starting at $69.00