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Funky Footwear – Fluevog’s Open Source Footwear

IS YOUR IMAGINATION ahead of the whole shoe industry and you're sick of waiting for them to catch up? Here's your chance to go over their heads and deal with someone who actually cares what you want. All that you need is that brilliant idea. Even just for part of a shoe - scribble it down and send it to us. We don't care if it's on a bar napkin, as long as we can make it out. So, fax it, mail it, email it, bring it in, just get it to us!

Will I Be Rich? Are you insane? Nobody gets paid for Open Source Footwear designs because nobody owns them. That's right: once you send us your design, it becomes public domain, freely available to all. We might use the whole thing, base a design of our own on it or just part of it. And your idea might only be for part of a shoe anyway. This keeps everything fair. Having said that, if you're chosen, we'll send you a free pair!

Will I be Famous? Even better. You'll be Fluevog Design Alumni. We'll name the shoe after you. Give us a second choice, though, just in case your name happens to be "I. M. Satan", or something. We'll also put you on our website, so get into that photo booth and smile, Bucko!

Will I Be Pretty? Ask your Mother.

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there Since we launched Open source Footwear, it's become one of the most visited pages on our entire website. (The most visited is this picture of John, wearing only underpants.) We make selections through a combination of peer voting, feasibility and if we just plain like the designs. Then, we cover all the costs & development process (it takes about a year to produce a shoe) and get your shoe onto the market, without having to put our prices up or go broke. Always a bonus. It's worked beautifully and you've proven that Fluevogers have more to say than just, "Way rad, dude". You do it; we love it. Bring it on.

Submit
 
Ready: Aim Fluevog! Once the sun's risen and you've cleaned up the chicken entrails, it's time to put your design into the cannon and fire it at us. Just follow the instructions - so simple, even we can do it.
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The Submissions
 
You want results? We're all about results. You can check out the impressive number of submissions and vote for your picks, or you can see those rare and superb specimens that passed every test and will now ascend to the status of Real Shoes.

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and fridays are interview updates
 
John regularly peruses through the Open Source submissions, and once in a while he finds a design that stands out, calling to him to be made into a real shoe. Since 2002, there have been many Open Source submissions, but only a select few have been chosen. You can see The Chosen Winners and their designs that have ascended to the legendary status of Real Shoes.
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Real Open Source
 
Without Open Source Software, this whole concept wouldn't exist. If you want to find more about the real thing, here are some excellent places to start.
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