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Step into the future of footwear

You can be a part-owner of Xero Shoes for as little as $100

You’re invited to become an owner of Xero Shoes, a lifestyle footwear brand with foot-crafted shoes and sandals that let your feet do what’s natural — bend, flex, move, and Feel The World®. Xero Shoes, a woman-owned Colorado company, has generated over $7 million in sales since incorporating1, with revenue growth of 85.3% from 2014-2015 and 91.9% from 2015-2016. Xero is now expanding its product line, as well as its online reach and wholesale channels, and is accepting investors to help fuel that growth.

This offering is open to a limited number of people in the US and internationally and, thanks to new crowdfunding rules, you don’t need millions to support a company you believe in.2

Get more details below, and click the INVEST button when you’re ready to join our worldwide community that Lives Life Feet First.

Live Q&A

Lena and I did a Facebook Live Q&A on Sunday, May 7th. Check it out here on our Facebook page

Our Product

What makes Xero Shoes special?

It’s simple: We believe in feet.

Your feet are supposed to bend, move, flex, and feel. Xero Shoes’ foot-first designs let your feet do what’s natural.

Natural Fit — Wide toe boxes let your toes spread and relax. A non-elevated “zero-drop” heel for proper posture.

Natural Motion — XEROs are so flexible you can roll them up and put ’em in your pack or pocket (great for travel), and light enough that you may forget you have them on. Your feet can move and flex naturally. And they’re low to the ground for balance and agility.

Natural Feel — Our patented FeelTrue® soles give you four levels of protection, while still providing your feet and brain with the stimulation they need.

Our DNA

Distinguishing design elements used across a product line make up the Brand DNA, or the “redline.” It’s what makes people recognize your brand and, when done right, stop you on the street to say “Where did you get those?!”

In addition to our commitment to Natural Fit, Movement, and Feel, Xero’s redline includes:

  • Huarache-sandal inspired heel straps — not only functional, they’re eye-catching
  • Light weight — you can’t see it, but you feel it in all of our products. Three pairs of our Z-Trail, for example, weigh less than one pair of a familiar sport sandal
  • Ground-hugging — the sleek profile stands out among thick, padded footwear
  • Simplicity — our designs are simple, authentic

 

Be the movement

As much as XERO Shoes are about movement, they’re also part of a movement, one shared by our customers and investors: an alternative to the idea that you need a new pair of $175 shoes with some new, “magic technology” every three months.

Instead, you can recapture that free, powerful, honest feeling of letting your body walk and run and jump and play the way you did as a child.

Remember how much fun it was when you were a kid, feeling the summer grass as you ran effortlessly across the yard? We want you to have that feeling all the time, at any age.

We want to change the way people think. In the way people think: natural + food = better for you our aim is for people to think: natural + movement = better and, of course: Natural Movement + footwear = Xero Shoes

Your investment in Xero Shoes is the first step to help make this a reality.

The Xero (R)Evolution

For our first four years, we sold DIY sandal-making kits based on a 5,000-year-old design. The kits give you a sandal that perfectly fits your unique foot shape, and can be tied and decorated to express your personality.

When Dennis Driscoll joined the team as Chief Product Developer in late 2012, he combined his 35 years of footwear design experience with the requests and feedback from our customers. This led to a complete footwear line, including ready-to-wear thong style sandals, sport sandals, casual and performance shoes, and boots.

In addition, Dennis is working on more than a dozen new designs for 2018 and beyond.

Our (funny) history

When we launched in November 2009, we called our products Invisible Shoes. In 2010, we incorporated as Feel The World, Inc. (FTWI), and in 2012 rebranded our products and established a d.b.a. as Xero Shoes.

But that’s not the whole story, let alone the funny part. That’s in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSLpHC1plyw

The Hobby becomes a Mission

“We don’t want to do much… just change the world.”

While Xero started as a “barefoot running” company, and a hobby at that, it quickly became a mission for Steven, Lena, and everyone working at Xero Shoes.

Steven has become a leading authority on natural running form, as well as understanding how to design footwear that supports natural movement rather than interfering with it in the ways that most modern shoes do.

His videos and articles — both instructional and comedic — about natural running and walking, “barefoot” shoes vs. typical running shoes, have over 2 million views.

Diving deeper into understanding natural movement, and hearing from thousands of customers who’ve had their own life-changing experiences wearing now-renamed Xero Shoes, Steven and Lena have a fire lit under them.

The couple says, “We firmly believe in the value of Natural Movement and want to make it the obvious choice for people living a healthy lifestyle. We want people of all ages to enjoy a natural gait and optimal function. We want to demonstrate the performance benefits of letting the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of your feet and legs function as the springs and shock absorbers they’re meant to be.”

But, of course, knowing that most people buy shoes simply because of the way they look, Xero Shoes is committed to recognizable, eye-catching designs that people notice.

As a “lifestyle brand,” our commitment is to developing a complete line of natural movement footwear for any activity, letting you go anywhere, and do anything in Xero Shoes.
Xero Shoes let your feet be feet. Take the next step with us.

Why, yes, we were on Shark Tank

In January 2013, we appeared on the ABC show, Shark Tank and turned down a $400,000 offer from Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary, who wanted 1/2 of the company.

https://vimeo.com/146040600

The show, though, was hugely impactful.

First, the effort of preparing to appear on the show focused our commitment to the future of Xero Shoes, and it solidified our working relationship.

Second, even though we were only selling our $20 DIY sandal-making kit, being in front of seven million people generated almost three month’s worth of revenue for us in the first week.

Third, the Sharks had some, well, issues with us. Daymond said our product was just “rubber and string.” (Of course, Daymond made his money selling clothing that was just cotton and ink 😉 ). We took the Shark’s criticism and suggestions to heart and these helped guide our future product development.

Finally, even though Xero Shoes started as a “barefoot running” product, we always believed our sandals were attractive to people outside that niche. The calls and emails we received after the show aired proved us right. Most of the new customers we heard from knew nothing about barefoot running and, in fact, weren’t even runners — they just hated having their feet wrapped up in tight shoes, or loved the idea of a super lightweight, durable sandal.

The show keeps on giving. With reruns airing on CNBC, we continue to benefit from being “in the Tank.”

Reviews / Press

Xero Shoes has over 1,000 four- and five-star reviews combined on our website and Amazon.com, as well as reviews in online and print publications.

 

Why we’re raising money through crowdfunding

We have four reasons for turning first to our customers, fans, and followers:

  1. First, gratitude. Xero Shoes has grown primarily through word-of-mouth. Our customers built our business. If you’re one of those customers, and helped us get to where we are now, we think you should have the opportunity to go with us into the future.
  2. Second is simply practical: A growing company needs capital. A rapidly growing company needs more.In both 2015 and 2016, we were not able to buy enough inventory to meet demand and ran out of many sizes, styles, and colors.Our projections for 2017 and beyond require larger inventory purchases.
  3. Third is what’s called “the democratization of capital.” Typically, companies in our stage of growth find a small number of wealthy investors and only that small group benefits from the future of the company.We think everyone should have the ability to support a company they believe in and, thanks to new crowdfunding rules, that’s now possible.
  4. Finally, we believe in the power of a community. We know that a group aligned around a goal can do more than any individual. Having a worldwide community that is invested – literally – in our future and our mission can have unimaginable power.We want to work with — and have fun with — this community to bring the benefits of natural movement to the world.

 

The Xero Team

Xero Shoes started as a “mom & pop” business in a corner of a spare bedroom. Steven remembers, “We debated whether we should by a table to get everything off the floor!”

Now, the company has 12 employees, including top footwear talent who’ve joined the the company because of their belief in the benefits of Natural Movement, their experience with our products, their commitment to the company’s mission, and their expectations about the company’s future.

Founders

Steven Sashen
Co-founder, CEO, Board Member

Steven is Xero’s strategic and marketing visionary. He is a Masters All-American sprinter and his diverse background includes creating Scriptware, word processing software for film and TV writers, and working professionally as a stand-up comedian and Emmy award-winning television personality. He has created numerous instructional, educational, and comedic videos for the Company that have received over 2 million views and helped establish the brand’s authenticity and personality. Steven has a BS from Duke University and an MFA from Columbia University. Lena Phoenix
Co-founder, COO, CFO, Board Member, Board Chairwoman

Lena oversees financial strategy, human resources and operations. A fourth-generation entrepreneur, she previously founded and sold a mortgage company, Preferred Capital, LLC. Since that sale, she has served as President of a management, internet marketing and publishing company, and managed operations for a housing cooperative. She is also an award-winning author. Lena attended Reed College and holds a BA from Naropa University.

Executive Team

Dennis Driscoll, Chief Product Officer. Dennis was previously the Global Design Director for Crocs, Inc., a billion dollar per year public footwear corporation, where he managed all of the new product designers. Dennis was one of four founders of Avia Athletic Footwear, which grew to $500 million in revenue and was acquired by Reebok. He has held senior positions at Converse, Wilson Sporting Goods, Doc Martens Footwear, and Osaga Athletic Footwear.

 

Melissa Page, COO. Melissa has more than twenty years of experience in big brand management. Most recently, she served as Director of Retail and Operations for the Henley Vaporiums in New York City. Her reach within Henley extended from product development and placement to store design and build out to retail marketing and staff management. Previously, Melissa has played a leadership role in helping to establish and grow the retail and wholesale businesses for J. Crew, Levi Strauss, Hawaiian Tropic and Wenger – Maker of the Genuine Swiss Army Knife. She holds a BA from Boston University.

 

Suze Bragg, VP, Business & Investor Relations. Suze joined our team after serving as the Operations Officer and the Board Treasurer for Food Rescue Alliance. Prior to this, she held positions as the chief strategist for a financial firm, operations and compliance director for a nonprofit, and marketing & community relations for Whole Foods Market. Suze was on the first Internet Project Office team at IBM, created the first digital marketing roles at Sealy Posturepedic and at Reed Elsevier in the Reed Business Retail Group, plus held senior marketing positions for successful tech startups. Suze has completed Master’s certificates at George Washington University and Duke University, and holds a Bachelor Degree from Appalachian State University

Market Overview

Here is, of course, the obvious part: Footwear is a big business. People wear shoes and sandals. We make shoes and sandals for people.

  • Global Footwear Industry annual revenue $52,175,000,000
  • Annual U.S. consumer footwear spending $29,750,000,000
  • Men’s & Women’s athletic shoes 30 % — $10B, domestic
  • And 25% of that is “other”, including sandals — $7.4B

(http://www.statisticbrain.com/footwear-industry-statistics/)

A bit more detail: The markets for which our shoes and sandals are targeted are growing.4

The outdoor sports footwear dominates the sports footwear market and is anticipated to occupy more than 47% of the overall market share by 2020.5 These sports shoes are designed for fast and easy movement and facilitate hiking, walking, aerobics, gym and training, running, and outdoor activities. An increase in the participation rates in outdoor activities and high awareness of leading a healthy and active life will propel the market’s growth over the next four years.

The athleisure footwear segment accounted for a market share of over 27% in the global sports footwear market in 2015 and is expected to maintain its dominant position in the market during the forecast period.6 Athleisure sports footwear includes footwear that can be used for both athletic and leisure purposes.

According to Arushi Thakur, an industry expert from Technavio, “The growing adoption of casual sports footwear has primarily stemmed from a rise in fitness consciousness among consumers, who are incorporating athletic sporting activities like running as a part of their lifestyle.”7

The running shoes segment was the second largest segment in the market in 2015 with a market share of 21%.8 The increasing purchasing power of consumers in developing economies, and a growing consciousness about leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining physical fitness are key factors that are driving people to take up running.

Competition

Not surprisingly, we compete with any shoe company that offers footwear products for the activities in which Xero Shoes customers engage: walking, running, hiking, working out, yoga, paddle sports, etc.

The athletic footwear industry is concentrated, with large brands that represent a significant portion of industry sales. Many brands are owned by large conglomerates that are active in other shoe types and a wide range of industries. The largest companies involved in athletic footwear include Nike, Inc., Skechers, Adidas AG, V.F. Corporation, E. Land World, Ltd., Puma SE, ASICS, Ltd. New Balance Athletic Shoe Company, Inc. and Wolverine Worldwide, Inc.

Some of the companies listed above produce minimalist footwear. Examples of competitor’s products include the Nike® Free, Merrell® M-Connect and Barefoot, Vibram FiveFingers®, VIVOBAREFOOT (Terra Plana) and Luna Sandals.

Frankly, we like that there is competition in the Natural Movement category. We believe it demonstrates and supports the value of the concept and the promotion done by other brands helps bring attention to Natural Movement. As they say, “a rising tide lifts all ships.”

Further, we believe that, among the competition, Xero Shoes® enjoys a unique position. Our key product differentiators include:

  • Durability – our FeelTrue® soles have a 5,000-mile sole warranty
  • Versatility – the same product can be worn for action sports or casual use
  • Both sandal and shoe offerings – including DIY sandal kits
  • Authentic inspiration – Design originating from the needs of its competitive athlete co-founder that is true to the heritage of Tarahumara huaraches sandals
  • Ultra-lightweight construction
  • Flexible soles – Xero Shoes® and sandals are easily packable, as well as allowing natural foot motion and ground feel while still offering protection for the foot
  • Simple and secure – lacing and tensioning systems that allow a personalized fit for comfort, including a patent-pending lacing system in the the Cloud and Venture sandals
  • Unique and elegant look
  • Core product design – doesn’t require a redesign each year
  • Competitive price point

 

Financials

See the offering circular (link in the menu, above) for complete details

Since the inception of Xero Shoes®, a majority of sales have been generated by word of mouth and online advertising. We plan to further identify, activate, and support brand evangelists, influencers, and Ambassadors with both online campaigns and in-person events.

Further, we’re focusing on expanding our wholesale and distribution channel to help bring Xero Shoes into retail stores around the world. In addition to the above, our growth strategy includes:

Growth Strategy:

  • New products, both at higher price points and impulse price points
  • Expansion of retail kiosks at shopping malls and airports
  • Addition of select new international distributors
  • Greater online visibility through 3rd-party sites and affiliates
  • Additional digital marketing with proven return-on-investment

Use of Proceeds:

  • New product inventory
  • Accelerated product development
  • Increased marketing for retail partners and direct customers
  • Hiring industry-savvy marketing and sales talent
  • Improved software infrastructure

Intellectual Property

Feel The World, Inc. has registered 14 trademarks and applications pending for 12 additional marks in the US and internationally. There is no guarantee that these additional marks will be registered. Successful registrations to date include Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, South Africa and Singapore. The Company has 113 registered domain names.

The Company holds 2 design patents covering its tread design and Cloud sole. A utility patent has been allowed for our unique huarache-style lacing system.

 

Your Investment has Rewards

When you become a Xero Shoes investor, you get more than just shares in our company. At any investment level, you become part of a team that’s helping change the future of footwear.

At each level, you’ll get our Xero Bonus package:

  • Limited edition Xero Owner T-Shirt
  • Rox Mat – our foot massage and strength tool
  • Early access to new products
  • Special Friends & Family sales
  • Your vote on new styles and colors
  • Your vote on how charitable contributions are distributed
  • Invitation to the Xero VIP party

You can invest any amount over $100 for US residents and $500 if you live outside the US. The rewards packages change at these levels:

 

$100 Level, Class B Non-Voting Common Stock:

  • Investor-only access to sale events offering 25% off one pair of full price shoes per quarter (up to 4 pairs per year) for two years, or until any of your shares are sold or transferred (whichever comes first)

$240 Level, Class B Non-Voting Common Stock:

  • Investor-only access to sale events offering 40% off one pair of full price shoes per quarter (up to 4 pairs per year) for two years, or until any of your shares are sold or transferred (whichever comes first)

$500 Level, Class B Non-Voting Common Stock:

  • Investor-only access to sale events offering 50% off one pair of full price shoes per quarter (up to 4 pairs per year) for three years, or until any of your shares are sold or transferred (whichever comes first)

$1000 Level, Class B Non-Voting Common Stock:

  • Investor-only access to sale events offering 50% off one pair of full price shoes per quarter (up to 4 pairs per year) until any of your shares are sold or transferred.
  • Autographed Steven and Lena Bobblehead doll

$5,000 Level, Class B Non-Voting Common Stock:

  • Investor-only access to sale events offering 50% off one pair of full price shoes per quarter (up to 4 pairs per year) until any of your shares are sold or transferred
  • Autographed Steven and Lena Bobblehead doll
  • Your nomination of a charity for the Company to consider supporting

$10,000 Level, Class A Voting Common Stock:

  • Investor-only access to sale events offering 50% off one pair of full price shoes per quarter (up to 4 pairs per year) until any of your shares are sold or transferred
  • Autographed Steven and Lena Bobblehead doll
  • Your nomination of a charity for the Company to consider supporting
  • Invitation for two to VIP Sushi & Mini-golf event with Steven & Lena

$50,000 Level, Class A Voting Common Stock:

  • Investor-only access to sale events offering 50% off one pair of full price shoes per quarter (up to 4 pairs per year) until any of your shares are sold or transferred
  • Autographed Steven and Lena Bobblehead doll
  • Your nomination of a charity for the Company to consider supporting
  • Invitation for two to VIP Sushi & Mini-golf event with Steven & Lena
  • 2 pairs of shoes made with custom colors chosen from select palette

$100,000 Level, Class A Voting Common Stock:

  • Investor-only access to sale events offering 50% off one pair of full price shoes per quarter (up to 4 pairs per year) until any of your shares are sold or transferred (whichever comes first)
  • Autographed Steven and Lena Bobblehead doll
  • Your nomination of a charity for the Company to consider supporting
  • Invitation for two to VIP Sushi & Mini-golf event with Steven & Lena
  • 2 pairs of shoes made with custom colors chosen from select palette
  • Ability to name a shoe (subject to Company approval because, well… you know)

 

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We look forward to having you join us and
Live Life Feet First!

 

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RISK

Feel The World, Inc. (“FTWI”) is offering securities through the use of an Offering Statement that has been qualified by the Securities and Exchange Commission under Tier II of Regulation A. This page is not a recommendation of or an offer to sell securities. Any securities offered are qualified in their entirety by and subject to the terms of the Offering Circular, which can be found at https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1690455/000106299317001033/offeringcircularx.htm or by clicking on the Offering Circular tab at the top of this page.

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Notes

1As of February 28, 2017 according to unaudited company records. Please refer to Offering Circular at https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1690455/000106299317001033/offeringcircularx.htm for audited financial information. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

2This qualified offering is being conducted pursuant to Title IV Regulation A Tier 2 and is subject to the terms and limitations set forth in the Offering Circular found at https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1690455/000106299317001033/offeringcircularx.htm.

3http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/crox/revenue-eps

4-8http://www.technavio.com/report/global-general-retail-goods-and-services-sports-footwear-market