Friday, June 6, 2014

Interchange Your Shoes in Style with Zipz Shoes Adult Sized Shoes (Review with Giveaway, Ends 06/23/14, US Only)

Disclosure: We received a free pair of shoes and a second interchangeable cover in exchange for our honest opinion about them.
ZIPZ Shoes is the brainchild of Orange County entrepreneur, Jerry Stefani and his family. A clandestine BBQ/family reunion 6 years ago would become the catalyst for the idea. A large contingent of the family had children in attendance at the BBQ. Some of these children played “dress up” and changed their shoes several times during the day much to the chagrin of their mothers who complained of having to buy excessive pairs of shoes for the children. Other children simply got their shoes so dirty from playing they had to be changed numerous times throughout the day. In both cases Jerry took notice and in a stream of free thinking he made a comment that perhaps an interchangeable shoe would solve these problems.
Curious, the family members around Jerry asked him exactly how he would accomplish that goal. Jerry’s idea was simple: Create a shoe with replaceable, interchangeable covers and souls. While this initial burst of genius made the idea seem easy it would prove to be quite an adventure and anything but simple. Jerry’s immediate family began to get involved and discussions began on how to tackle this project. The initial suggestions for the shoe’s fastening system consisted of such things as snaps, buttons, fasteners, Velcro, etc. These early ideas and sketches were numerous but a consensus among family members could not be reached. Clearly the key piece to the idea was still missing.
Then in the middle of the night, again Jerry was struck by an idea…Zippers!! He immediately informed his family and they all agreed this was the idea they had been hoping for. It was so simple, yet so perfect. A zipper would be the ideal means of replacing and interchanging covers and souls of a shoe.
Now that the idea was set, the manufacturing process could begin. Again, during this time setbacks were many. Initially the cost of the shoe was the primary focus and all attention was directed at this goal. Again, this proved to be a costly mistake. Numerous prototypes and numerous factories failed over the next several years. This was a mentally and financially painful R&D period. Suddenly the family changed directions and realized the quality of the shoe and it’s use should be the top priority regardless of costs and all efforts were focused on this goal.
Zipz forged partnerships with the best footwear factory group in the world, Diamond Group along with sourcing and manufacturing company SRG, run by the famous Art Carver. Zipz also forged partnerships with the world’s best fastening company, YKK. World class art director Scott Anderson joined the Zipz team, as did award-winning shoe designer Trevor Marley, VP of Operations Marcello Zalai, and CFO Fadel Lawandy. With this team in place Zipz began working with more specialized factories and the best materials available. Due to the labor intensive needs of the shoes construction not many factories would accept the challenge of making the shoe. Finally Diamond Group did. It took almost a year to formulate the proper methods of manufacturing and developing the correct covers, soul’s, designs, packaging, and of course the special YKK zipper. While the shoe was now extremely expensive to manufacture there was no denying it was everything they had hoped for in use and quality and the dream that was an interchangeable shoe was now reality.
Initially the shoes were named “Marshmallow Skins” because they were so soft and comfortable; somewhat like being in your own skin. Not to mention the fact that you could “shed” your skin and change it to something new if you wanted. While this name was cute and served its purpose, it was clear a few more “tweaks” were necessary before going to market.
Heading back to the drawing board, the team began making those necessary tweaks, which included changing the name to “Zipz Shoes” and finalizing the launch of the first of the Zipz collections, the “Cali Classic” collection. During this time, Zipz intellectual property and patent attorneys, Knobbe Martens Olsen & Bear LLP, worked diligently to secure Zipz Shoes patents worldwide in both utility and design which were finally issued in 2009!
The journey from an idea at a family BBQ to the launch of Zipz Shoes has ended, but the journey for Zipz Shoes taking over the world is just beginning! Don’t worry though, we’ve got more BBQ’s ahead for the Zipz team and we’ll think of something to make that happen as well…
Change Your Shoes, Change Yourself, Change Your World!!!
Zipz! The world’s first, true, interchangeable shoe is here to start a shoevolution! Born in California. Designed in the USA.
Change your shoes! Change yourself! Change your world!
Our Zipz Shoes “Covers” are removable and interchangeable. Simply purchase a completed pair of Zipz and then accessorize your footwear purchase with more Zipz Covers now or in the future! You can match any Zipz “Cover” with the same size Zipz Soul to create one of a kind mix + match shoes to suit whatever mood you’re in. Not to mention buying Zipz Covers is easier on the wallet then buying more full pairs of shoes so adding to your footwear collection is a zip! Whether it’s fashion, function, or fun Zipz shoes have it covered.
Design. Zip. Love.
My son outgrows shoes almost as soon as he owns them. I really dislike buying too many pairs because he outgrows them so quickly; it easily feels like a waste of money. Zipz shoes are interchangeable (ingenious!!!!) which make them much more cost efficient.

We have the Mocha Latte Lo-Top Zipz Shoes and the Denim Blue Slip On Interchangeable Cover  (although here my son has the denim cover on the shoes!).
See the zippers? They zip on!
Here you can see the underside of how the covers look.
Can you see the pull tab of the zipper and how it goes around the shoe?
Here's a close up of the pull tab. It's just the right size to get a firm grasp of it.
Here's a picture showing you the cover half on and half off.
Inner part of the shoes. See the stitching on the heel? These shoes are well constructed.
The covers are lightweight and super easy to interchange.
Easy enough that my twelve year old son manages it without me. He has a minor struggle with the zipper every now and then, but nothing too harsh or too frustrating. Since these only come in adult sizes, I think it's doubtful that kids under ten would be wearing them (unless they have giant size feet😃!) so no need to worry too much about frustration unless you or your older child has poor fine motor skills.
Here's the slip on covers.
I like that these can both be dressed up or down pretty easily.
Brandon loves to interchange his shoes!
They fit well, even around the heel and ankle. Brandon can sometimes be particular about how his shoes feel and I haven't heard a single complaint about his Zipz Shoes.
My only complaint as a mom is that he has a hard time, due to Georgia clay, keeping the white soles and edges white! But we can deal with that!
Overall, very good shoes and -surprise- he hasn't outgrown them yet!!!! I love that they are designed in the USA (although being made here, too, would be better). I think they should count as being eco-friendly because you can interchange them and don't have to buy as many pairs of shoes!!
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