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Laura Shumaker

Laura Shumaker

Founder and Lead Designer

SFT Climbing

San Francisco Bay Area

I'm a footwear designer with a background in engineering. I've been working on creating the most comfortable climbing shoes in the world by using digital manufacturing to build affordable custom shoes (www.sftclimbing.com).

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SFT Climbing

Founder and Lead Designer

· Brought new category to climbing market: first brand to make digitally-manufactured
custom-fit shoes available.
· Designed initial product line.
· Coordinated material and component-level supply chain to enable 1 week turn-around.
· Designed fully parametric, reconfigurable last models for both flat shoes and downturned shoes.
· Developed a simple, photo-driven system for collecting customer's foot dimensions to build their customized shoes.
· Designed and optimized footwear patterns (uppers and rands/soles) for rock climbing shoe comfort and performance.
· Developed a manufacturing process that produces high-quality custom-fit shoes for 30% less than traditional manufacturing methods.
· Drafted and filed a patent application for SFT Climbing's first shoe design.
· Raised over $35,000 on Upstart.com to support hardware prototyping and business development.