Lady miscers, I'm pursuing a women's shoe innovation and have some things I need help with, I'd like to hear your opinions please. As a guy, who doesn't wear heels and flats, it's hard to know some of the issues that come with wearing them.
So, I'm not really going to talk about the innovation itself since it would be too easy to steal and I still need to patent it, but one step at a time! My innovation extends to heels, flats, boots, etc.
1. Is there anything specific that you don't like about heels/flats that you wish women's shoe companies would fix/realize? I spoke to this girl who was working in the women's shoe area at Nordstrom and she mentioned things like, offer more width options and make flats more padded/comfortable for girls who are on their feet all day. Anything else?
2. Is there a certain height of heel that is more popular than others? ie. One that can be used for a variety of things, like going out/work/etc.
3. Any preference to pointed toe or rounded toe? It seems like pointed would be dressier and rounded would be more casual, but I am not sure.
4. Any opinions on cap toe shoes?
5. Since it will likely be too difficult for me to start a shoe company completely from scratch as there are so many different variables, I figure it would be best for me to partner with an existing shoe company. Do y'all know of any companies that would be receptive to something like this? My plan is to develop a prototype, get a patent in the works, and then start talking to some companies about partnering (I think I need some kind of lawyer by this point? Not sure if simply NDAs will be able to cover me). The girl I mentioned before from Nordstrom recommended Steve Madden since I am aiming for reasonable prices and a middle-class demographic (actually I'm not even sure what middle-class is anymore, just normal folks, ya know?). If partnering doesn't work (though I am sure there is a company out there that would) then I could always go the Kickstarter route, but I figure it's best to take a smaller slice of a larger pie, than a larger slice of a smaller pie.
It's my dream to become an entrepreneur and as someone who recently graduated university, I don't have a huge amount of money to throw at this, but I am confident enough in my idea and willing to lay it all down on the line (<$10k) to make this into a reality. I've spoken with a few girls/women I trust with my idea and they all believe it has potential to be successful (yes I realize there is bias with people you know, but I asked them to give it to me straight - their reactions seemed genuine).
I'm sure there are things that I haven't thought of to ask or simply forgotten, so if you have any other tidbits for me please pipe up .
Any help/opinions would be greatly appreciated!