As a longtime fan and practitioner of Barre, I was literally unable to "get a grip" during my practice. After experimenting with multiple products, none of them achieved the high quality and performance they claimed. I was in side plank in the middle of class one day, when I realized I was wasting my time constantly coming in and out of position. At that moment, the idea popped into my head to create a flexible, non-slip shoe with all-over grip that could lead me in and out of any position, from side plank to flat back chair. That evening, I was drinking out of a water bottle with a silicone sleeve that I tore off and cut up to create my very first prototype.
Two years and multiple iterations later, that wild idea and on-the-fly prototype has been thoroughly researched, developed and produced, honing pressure points, fit and a patented materiality. The Element 14 performance skin is the only Barre-specific footwear on the market, and our team soon recognized the versatility. The design is equally adapted to yoga, pilates, boxing, water sports and more. One of my favorite uses of the shoe is for stand-up paddleboarding!
My former career as a fashion model gave me the opportunity to travel the world, where I fell in love with design, textiles and architecture. My background in fashion and love for design is fused with my passion for fitness and self-care. It is important to me that these shoes are not only designed and made with care -- exceeding all expectations in functionality -- but that you feel beautiful and stylish when you’re wearing them.
I hope you love them as much as I do!