iGUANEYE

INNOVATIVE FOOTWEAR THAT PROVIDES THE SENSATION OF WALKING BAREFOOT ON ANY TYPE OF GROUND

The project

Inspired by the Amazonian tribes, who used to dip their feet in the liquid rubber from trees creating a protective film that allowed them to walk freely;
Moved by the intent of enabling the modern urban tribes to walk freely again; Aspiring to offer the ultimate level of comfort for wanderers.
iGUANEYE is a small company based in Oporto, Portugal, dedicated to the cause of ultimate comfort without ever compromising on great design. The result? The most comfortable and stylish sandal ever, leveraging the latest technologies to recreate the feeling of walking barefoot.

IGUANEYE (France)

IGUANEYE founded by Olivier Taco in France. He graduated from the National school of design in France (ENSCI) and started his minimalistic journey with a customisable 3D printed sandal in 2012 with his first crowdfunding campaign. His main inspiration ever since has been provided by indigenous Amazonian peoples, who would dip their naked feet into liquid rubber from trees to protect them in the jungle.

ALOFT, LDA (Portugal)

ALOFT founded by Pedro Castro, is a sole manufacturer specialising in technical and high-performance footwear. Castro, who is also the CEO of ALOFT, has 25 years’ experience in the footwear injection industry.

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

I have been searching the most minimalist sandal since 1998 and the begining of my design
scholarship at ENSCI/les Ateliers. After many leather prototypes, I discovered the story about
Amazonians who used to dip their feet directly into liquid latex to get something like a second skin protective layer. From that story I drew the first model : the Freshoes in 2006. I was then looking for a solution to make a prototype of my design. With very little money, it was impossible to afford the service of a moke-up agency. Molds for a rubber prototype would have been very expensive.
Then the project stayed in my sketchbook for 2 years.
During summer 2008, I was in a very isolated place in the Aveyron's Valley in France with friends for holidays. I had the chance to buy a very basic rubber shoes for kayaking for 8 euros. I drew the line of my design on it with a white ink pen, cut it, sewed the big thumb strip to the bottom. I tried this first prototype right away. Me and my friends have been really surprised to discover that this very minimalist foot protection was holding very well to the feet even during very energic moves. It was also giving very good protection to all sensitive part of the feet, even on the rocky trail. I wore the prototype for various activities during this summer and it was clear that it was turning heads. This is what made me decide to begin the journey to create iGUANEYE company and produce the Freshoes.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

Most of us live in cities. We spend most of our times in closed concrete cubes (office)… or in metal boxes (cars, metro…). Our bodies are most of the time wrapped under layers of clothes. The parts of our body that are suffering the most are our feet. All day long they are litterally locked in closed shoes. One of my favorite moment in a day is when I come back home and can finally get my shoes off and walk on a soft surface.
When summer comes and temperatures get high, we desperately need to remove our shoes. The best is walking barefoot on the beach and ideally anywhere. But on rough grounds, we have to protect our feet. The challenge is to get as close as possible to the barefoot walking (aeration, flexibility) while offering support and protection for the feet.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

I created iGUANEYE taking inspiration from the Amazonian indians who used to dip their feet in latex from trees to protect them.
I did the experience and also dipped my feet in liquid rubber to get this second skin protection.
This is how the iGUANEYE Freshoes were born.
From that point, I entered the classic prototype/3D file iteration until the final product and the first sample injection mold. The main body is made of a very flexible elastomer. Inside, there is a cork and leather insole for maximum comfort.

THE COLLABORATION:

At the end of my first crowdfunding campaign, I received a call from a Portuguese sales
representative saying that he was working in a big injection company. He asked me to come to
Porto to present my idea. I said : « I have very little money. If I come I will need your help to build the mods and develop the product ». He answered : « Come. We will help you » .
This has been a fantastic chance for the project. José (Procalçado) and Pedro (Aloft) helped me a lot. Without their expertise and support, it would have been impossible to achieve the project.

THE FUTURE:

I envision my company as one of the key player in the open shoe business. iGUANEYE offers
unique products. You love them or not but they are similar to no other product.
We are already selling the Freshoes and the Jungle but we won't stop here. Many new products will come in the Future Yes, we need to scale-up. iGUANEYE is in need for maturing his branding and opening new market. We want to be present in the biggest trade fairs in our field and have a strong presence on the web through our website and social media. For that we will need further assistance and money. We are looking forward to build partnership with any company or individual who may help the project to grow and grow with us at the same time. We are not looking for financial investors.

THE MESSAGE:

Finding the good partner is key. It is impossible to have a 360° accurate view around your project. Having an expert in one or more fields involved permits to find the best solutions.
Others allow us to reveal the best we have inside. Beware to unbalanced association. The project must be a vertuous win-win for all parts.

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

Tagenea

Tagenea

Seamless

Seamless

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing

NO/thing

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Fresko

Fresko

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

Sense of nature

Sense of nature

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Manual bag

Manual bag

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

Sensing Color

Sensing Color

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Soft touch of industrial waste

Soft touch of industrial waste

Time of your Light

Time of your Light

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Step Smart

Step Smart

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Tista

Tista

Fashion Design Courses

Fashion Design Courses

Velluto

Velluto

New Matters

New Matters

RemBrandt

RemBrandt

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Smartcoat

Smartcoat

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Biolea

Biolea

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space Between

The Space Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

The light around your life

The light around your life

The Hemp Chair

The Hemp Chair

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

Spell My Name

Spell My Name

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

Modern Knitwear

Modern Knitwear

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

NO1R

NO1R

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

Make and Create

Make and Create

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Second Life Bag

Second Life Bag

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair