Ridgemont Outfitters and Iron & Resin announces the launch of their Kickstarter campaign for IR x RM Outback Riding Shoe, the next generation riding sneaker. The new riding sneaker is the evolution of Ridgemont Outfitter’s original outdoor and adventure shoe to a proper motorcycle riding boot.
The new shoe was inspired by both founders’ mutual love of motorcycles and the need of bike enthusiasts to discover hard-to-find, aesthetically pleasing motorcycle gear. Stacy Lowery, founder of Ridgemont Outfitters, and Thom Hill, founder of Iron & Resin, got to work to create a special pair of shoes, featuring genuine Horween, full-grain leather from Horween’s tannery in Chicago. Stacy and Thom decided to use 2.5mm thick pieces for the shoe’s main upper panels and modified the standard shoe cap by extending it to offer shifter protection. As an additional thoughtful touch, they provided this same feature on the right foot for vintage British bike riders.
Speaking of vintage bike riders, for motorcyclists who ride a kickstart bike, they will be pleased that the new shoe provides a sturdier Vari-flex Bi Fit composite lasting board by 25% from the heel to mid foot. This new feature gives riders more protection from deflection when kicking over their bikes. The new shoe also retains its normal flex characteristic in the front, enabling normal walking gait. Additionally, the IR x RM Outback Riding Shoe’s collar is made of soft but durable oiled suede, and hidden within the collar, both medially and laterally, is a nylon malleolus – or ankle bone – protector. And last but not least, the shoe utilizes a fully waterproof, breathable lining from Sympatex.
“I am excited to work with Thom in introducing the new IR x RM Outback Riding Shoe,” said Stacy Lowery, founder, Ridgemont Outfitters. “We are Southern California companies that share the same vision in outdoor adventures and creating quality, one-of-kind products. Turning the ordinary sneaker boot into a proper motorcycle riding sneaker with Iron & Resin’s materials and colors was a match made in heaven.”
“Stacy had me at motorcycle,”
Ridgemont was founded in 2013 by the team of Alex Hall and Stacy Lowery, who stem from a deep background in design as well street and outdoor culture. Ridgemont has quickly established a cult following at the intersection of urban and outdoor in which the brand provides a functional selection of footwear to fit both worlds. The design ethos is technical where it needs to be, yet casual enough to be worn during all of life’s daily adventures. Stylish, unique, irreverent and blazing new trails, Ridgemont Outfitters is a modern outdoor brand that is ‘Built For Your Life’. www.
Born in a small, Southern California, blue-collar beach town, graced with world class point breaks and seaside racetracks, and where ghosts of a once towering oil industry still linger in the shadows. Iron & Resin is the brainchild of several friends who, after decades of collective experience building successful clothing brands, decided to turn back the clock and start anew. The result is a small, hand built collection of goods that draws heavily upon the founder’s own lifestyles and experiences.