Keen Footwear has just rolled out a brand new program called "Build Your Own Keen" where you can order a completely customized pair of their classic Newport Sandals.
The new app on their website allows you to customize pretty much every single component of the shoe from the webbing pattern right down to the colour of the lace or the sole itself.
I did a quick count and there 14 different parts of the sandals that can be adjusted and some quick grade 2 math at my end tells me that there at least 62 billion and three combinations to choose from. With so with that many colour choices; you can pretty much guarantee that nobody will have your exact pair of shoes.
Keen says that they can get them made and on your feet in about 2-3 weeks which is pretty amazing. I haven’t confirmed it yet but my guess is that they are able to offer this service via the new manufacturing facility they recently opened up in Portland, Oregon. I just found out that that the Keen Custom shoes are manufactured for you in one of their factories in Asia.
The price for the shoes is $130 (US) which is only $30 more than regular Newports so it isn’t an exorbitant price to pay for custom footwear.
Ok kids, get designing. Just don’t walk up and shoe me the pair that you ordered with every option as black. That would be waste and you would feel my sarcasm. This is what I’m expecting next time I see you:
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