New England Footwear: Buy a Pair. Change the Game. Make Footwear Here- in the US

NEF is pioneering performance footwear Made in USA. Technology innovation + smart manufacturing = new jobs, brilliant designs, & great footwear. Join us!
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Doug Clark
Small Business
Newmarket, New Hampshire
United States
3 Team Members

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Help fund NEF's first American factory and return footwear production to the USA!

Buy a pair of our XT Comp Trailrunners (pictured right) and support our technology innovation, smart manufacturing, and groundbreaking design.

Every pair of XT Comps we sell will help fund our first factory. Choose from Mens and Womens!

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1. Who is New England Footwear?
2. Our "Made in the USA" Approach
3. The Factory is the Future
4. How far does $150,000 go?
5. How can you help?


Who is New England Footwear?

Based in Newmarket, NH, New England Footwear disrupts the footwear market by leveraging innovation, challenging conventional thinking, and meeting real human needs in non-obvious ways.

NEF's premiere footwear collection is GoLite Footwear, which includes a range of outdoor footwear from casual to trailrunning.

Doug ClarkDoug Clark is the founder and CEO of New England Footwear. He leads a team of footwear industry experts in designing, marketing, and distributing GoLite and other collections to more than 250 retailers across the U.S.

Doug is a 30 year industry veteran. Prior to establishing NEF, he served as the Chief Innovation Officer at The Timberland Company and as leader of its award-winning Invention Factory. Clark led business and product teams at Timberland for 14 years from 1994 to 2008.

Prior to joining Timberland, Clark was a Senior Product Engineer in the Advanced Concepts Group at Reebok and before that spent six years as a researcher in footwear biomechanics labs.

When Doug began his career at Nike in the late seventies, the company still produced shoes in the historic mills of New England.

But within a few years of joining the industry, he watched helplessly as thousands of footwear factories closed all around New England, taking tens of thousands of jobs overseas.

Many of Doug's close friends lost their livelihood, while U.S.-based product teams began making countless trips to Korea, Taiwan, and then China to get shoes made.

Although Doug was resigned to the industry's drive toward lower-cost labor, it was then that he committed himself to someday find a way to return shoe making back to New England and America.

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Our "Made in the USA" Approach

After nearly 30 years of producing in Asia, we have now developed new techniques that allow for a better way to make innovative, high-quality footwear at a competitive price, closer to home.

In 2011, NEF won a prestigous Green Launching Pad Award from the University of New Hampshire.

The grant allowed NEF to explore technology ideas and manufacturing techniques that would exponentially increase the productivity of a production line, and remove 70% of the labor from the process currently used in conventional "cut, glue, and stitch" Asian factories.

After two years of innovating on designs, processes, and materials, we now know we can make the same or better shoe for less money - in the USA. And we're ready to take this novel approach to scale.

We believe we can make the same or better shoe for the same or better price- in the USA, not in Asia.

Our approach means less glue, less material, less waste, higher quality, and breakthrough designs never before seen by the consumer.

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Buy a Pair and Fund Our Factory


The Factory is the Future

A multi-billion dollar market can be reshored and restored, bringing thousands of jobs home with it.

With your help, we will build our first factory here in New Hampshire, one capable of producing two million pairs a year.

Though the plan is promising and praised by industry veterans, the high cost of building a factory requires creative approaches to raising money.

We're asking the wisdom of the crowd to prove that Americans want footwear made with passion, innovation, and American hands, right here in New Hampshire.

Vote with your wallet!

Buy a pair, change the game. And we'll start making our shoes right here in New England.

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Buy a Pair and Fund Our Factory


How Far Does $150,000 Go?

NEF's first two production lines will cost over $1.5 million to build and staff.

Much of the cost can be borrowed through traditional bank loans and economic development programs to help us fund both equipment and the building.

NEF needs your pledge (and hundreds more) to show potential investors and/or lenders that there is a market and a passion for great footwear Made in the USA.

Many marketers and researchers believe that "Made in the USA" is not that important or motivating to the American consumer.

We aim to prove them wrong, one pair at a time.

With thousands of pairs pre-sold through this campaign and your money in hand, we believe we can leverage, cajole, and hustle the additional funding we need to turn on the production line in 2014.

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Buy a Pair and Fund Our Factory


How Can You Help?

1. Pledge any amount you can!

2. Spread the word via social media, email, or even (gasp) word of mouth!

3. Contact your local media and ask them to pay attention to our campaign!

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  • $20USD
    Recognition at the Factory

    Any pledge of at least $20 will receive named recognition in the courtyard or foyer of our new factory (anticipated opening in late 2014.) But wouldn't you rather buy a pair of Comp XTs instead? (See all the pictures of the CompXT to the left) Buy a Pair below!

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    Comps XTs MADE IN USA!

    Be the first to own a pair of USA-made Comp XTs for 63% off retail! We will ship you a pair of Comp XTs (or an equivalent model) by the end of 2014, once our US-based factory is built and producing footwear. Comp XTs retail for $120. You'll also receive named recognition in the courtyard or foyer of our new factory.

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    Comp XTs at 46% off!

    Get a pair of our current Asian-made Comp XTs for 46% off the $120 retail price. CompXTs come in a choice of 2 colors for men (charcoal or artisan gold) and 2 colors for women (tangerine or lime.) (See all the pictures of the 2013 CompXT to the left) Your pair will ship in late fall 2013. You'll also receive named recognition in the courtyard or foyer of our new factory.

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    Two Pair for 50% off retail

    Buy two pairs of Comp XTs for 50% off! Choose from our current Asian-made pairs delivered in 2013, or American-made by the end of 2014. 2013 CompXTs come in a choice of 2 colors for men (charcoal or artisan gold) and 2 colors for women (tangerine or lime.) 2014 US-made color choices TBA. You'll also receive named recognition in the courtyard or foyer of our new factory.

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    Family Deal: 8 Pair!

    Receive 8 pair of CompXTs made in Asia or the US! 2013 CompXTs come in a choice of 2 colors for men (charcoal or artisan gold) and 2 colors for women (tangerine or lime.) (See all the pictures of the 2013 CompXT to the left) Mix and match colors, sizes, and production location. Choose from Asian-made pairs delivered in 2013, or American-made by the end of 2014. 2014 US-made color choices TBA. You'll also receive named recognition in the courtyard or foyer of our new factory.

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    Business Deal: 22 Pair!

    Receive 22 pair of CompXTs made in Asia or the US, enough for your whole team. 2013 CompXTs come in a choice of 2 colors for men (charcoal or artisan gold) and 2 colors for women (tangerine or lime.) Mix and match colors, sizes, and production location. Choose from Asian-made pairs delivered in 2013, or American-made by the end of 2014. 2014 US-made color choices TBA. You'll also receive named recognition in the courtyard or foyer of our new factory.

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    Corporate Deal: 55 Pairs

    Receive 55 pair of shoes made in Asia or the US, enough for your whole company! 2013 CompXTs come in a choice of 2 colors for men (charcoal or artisan gold) and 2 colors for women (tangerine or lime.) Mix and match colors, sizes, and production location. Choose from Asian-made pairs delivered in 2013, or American-made by the end of 2014. 2014 US-made color choices TBA. You'll also receive named recognition in the courtyard or foyer of our new factory.

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    110 Pair and Design Your Own!

    110 pair of shoes made in Asia or the US! 2013 CompXTs come in a choice of 2 colors for men (charcoal or artisan gold) and 2 colors for women (tangerine or lime.) Mix and match colors, sizes, and production. Asian-made pairs delivered in 2013, American-made by end of 2014. (2014 color choices TBA.) Includes 2 pair of custom US-made shoes per your design (within limits of technology and materials), and highest named recognition in the courtyard or foyer of our new factory.

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