Light weight and streamlined constructions are well-known benefits of knit footwear. However, a new Vancouver-based company is pushing the performance capabilities of the trendy upper material with the “world’s first fully waterproof knit shoe.”
Tech start-up Vessi Footwear launched the innovation on Kickstarter last week, describing the waterproof, breathable, moisture-wicking and stretchy shoe has an alternative to “heavy and outdated waterproof shoes.”
Made with the company’s patented Flash-Knit technology, the design was inspired by modern lifestyles that require functionality and style. “We’ve spent the past [two] years perfecting this new waterproof knit material,” said Andy W., Vessi Footwear founder. “With our proprietary knit blend and nano-filtering membrane, we’ve managed to create a material that keeps the water out yet provides breathability and flexibility like a regular shoe.”
Instead of coating, the shoe is made with three functional layers that ensures a waterproof experience. The shell is a form-fitting elastic knit composed of a hybrid blend of polyester and nylon. Using an in-house circle knitting process, each shell is designed to stretch, conform and provide adaptive support for the best possible fit.
The core layer is a waterproof and moisture wicking membrane. The company says the nano-structure of the membrane is “impervious to water yet allows moisture to escape, keeping your feet dry thus reducing sweat and the buildup of odor throughout the day.” Meanwhile, the inner layer is designed to mimic the feeling of wearing socks. The soft yet snug fit provides comfort and support for a variety of activities.
Each shoe is outfitted with Vessi’s lightweight Vzero midsole designed to maximize energy return while providing flexibility and cushioning. The outsole features rubber treads for traction in all weather conditions.
The athleisure shoe, available in gray, white and black, is available for pre-order on Kickstarter starting at $99.