8 Days ‘Til the Take Flight 1.0 Launch – The Compression Landing System (Parkour Shoe)

8 Days ‘Til Launch – The Compression Landing System

One special innovation we brought to the Take Flight 1.0 is something we’ve called our Compression Landing System™ (CLS). The CLS is a specially designed and formulated layer of EFA foam that we’ve added to the insole to increase comfort and absorption when landing. We think you’re going to feel the difference and love it because best of all, even though it increases comfort and cushioning, it doesn’t take away feel. Additionally, we’ve designed this layer such that if you prefer, you can even take it out of the shoe completely. In that ways it’s like an added optional feature to the shoe. Now tell us this: how many shoes have you ever purchased that had optional features? We’ve never heard of it. And that’s just one more way the Take Flight 1.0 is bringing innovation to shoes everywhere and Parkour shoes specifically.

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13 Days ‘Til Launch – The Keeper of the Take Flight 1.0 (Parkour Shoe)

13 Days ‘Til Launch – The Keeper of the Take Flight 1.0

When we set out to make the Take Flight 1.0 we wanted everything to be special. And that included the details that surrounded the shoe such as the box. So similar in style to the Take Flight 1.0 shoe design, we created the box. As you can see below it’s a sleek design that combines a retro patent leather feel with smooth, sophisticated style. In addition to having a prominent Flight Man on the top of the box, we even wrote the shoe name on the outside so there would be no confusion about what you were getting. Think about this for a second: have you ever seen a shoe that had its name on the box? Not even Nike does that with their $300 brand Jordan shoe. But that doesn’t surprise us. Like we said, we wanted everything about this shoe to be special. It’s just one of the ways we’ve making waves and setting a new standard.

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The keeper of the Take Flight 1.0.

Click here to pick up your pair of Take Flight 1.0s for only $65!! The price goes up to $85 on July 11th so don’t miss out!

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14 Days ‘Til Launch – Details, Details, Details (Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoe)

14 Days ‘Til Launch – Details, Details, Details

Whenever we make a new product at Take Flight, we pay close, close attention to the details. That’s where the design magic happens and we never skimp on anything. The Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoe was such a monumental project that we focused on the details all the more! And for this insight there are three subtle design aspects we thought we’d share:

#1. The Tongue Design

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This is the image on the outside of the tongue of the Take Flight 1.0.

 

#2. The Sockliner Print Design

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This image is printed on the inside of every 1st Edition Take Flight 1.0.

#3. The 2nd Insole Design (more on this tomorrow)

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This image is printed on the 2nd insole. It distinguishes our Compression Landing System which we’ll talk more about soon.

 

It all adds up to a Parkour shoe that has been laced from toe to heel with the most attention ever given to a Parkour shoe. We think you’ll see the results when you train in it, and we think you’ll friends will see the results when they ask you where you got such a cool looking shoe 🙂

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Click here to pick up your pair of Take Flight 1.0s today! You’ll get them for only $65 and save $20! Just go to www.TKFLT.com and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoe – Days 22 to 16

We are counting down the days to the Take Flight 1.0 launch by giving you daily insights into the shoe and its development process! Here is a recap of the last 7 days!

22 Day ‘Til Launch – Giving Credit Where It Is Due

The Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoe was an extensive process that took us more than two years to make, and it cost tens of thousands of dollars just to design. There were also tons of people involved in this process. So before we go any farther in explaining the shoe, we have to give credit where it’s due. And most prominently that includes acknowledging the Take Flight pros who were involved.

In the process of making the Take Flight 1.0 we brought in the added expertise of some of the most talented and loyal Take Flight Traceurs. They advised and gave their input on general concepts and most specifically as it pertained to outsole design for grip. The primary Traceur advisers on the shoes were Toby Segar, Joey Adrian, Nikolay Stasolik, D’Ondrai Jones, Nathan Jones, Stefan Hinkelmann, and Jonathan Tapp. Also, as we’ve said, initial concept and performance consultation was provided from David Belle although he left the project in the early stages. Simply put – without this incredible group of guys, the Take Flight 1.0 never would have become what it is today. And we think you’ll be even more thankful for all the input these guys gave once you try the shoe on and spend a day tracing in it. You are going to love it.

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21 Days ‘Til Launch – Made With European Sizing. Wait, What?!

One of the important decisions we made about the Take Flight 1.0 was what sizes to make the shoe in. As many have found out, we don’t technically have every typical American shoe size available in the Take Flight 1.0. Although we make sizes from 5.5 to 12.5, there are technically no American 7.5, 9.0, or 10.5 shoe sizes in that breakdown. But even though some might see that as missing sizes, the truth is we have a shoe size that will fit everyone (as long as you are between 5.5 and 12.5). What most people don’t know (and what is a little odd, too) is that the EU has less shoe sizes in the same range than the US. And yet everyone in the EU still manages to find a shoe that fits them. Incredible! Following this model we decided to make the Take Flight 1.0 in 10 EU sizes from 38 to EU 47, and when we translated the sizes to US by dimensions it technically left out a few US sizes. So what does this mean exactly? What it means is that at first glance, it may seem that your US size is missing from our online store. But the reality is, it isn’t. And if you’re from Europe then you won’t notice the difference at all

The Take Flight 1.0 is available in the following sizes:
US Sizing: 5.5-12.5
UK Sizing: 4.5-11.5
EU Sizing: 38-47

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20 Days ‘Til Launch – The 1st of 50

Today is the 5th year anniversary of our international clothing launch. In those last 1,826 days, we’ve gone from zero followers and 6 inaugural t-shirts, to 100,000+ followers and our very own shoe, the Take Flight 1.0 shown here. If we can make that transformation in the first 5 years of our international presence, then the obvious question is, what do the next 5 years hold? The answer is 50 different shoes.

Our pledge is that by June 25, 2019 we will have released at least 49 additional new Parkour and Freerunning shoes. They’ll be different styles, different colors, and different focuses all designed uniquely to make sure that every Traceur on the planet has a Take Flight shoe they can fall in love with. The Take Flight 1.0 just so happens to be the first. We love it and believe it will stand the test of time, but you gotta believe it’s just the beginning. And here’s the best part: all we need from you to make these next 49 shoes happen is your continued support. Continue being enthusiastic about what we do; continue supporting our videos and vision; continue interacting with us online and keep sharing our posts and telling your friends about how much you love our clothing. We’ll do the rest and make you proud

The Take Flight 1.0 is the first of 50 Take Flight shoes. That doesn’t mean the 50th shoe will be called the Take Flight 50.0, but it could be. You’ll just have to wait and see.

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19 Days ‘Til Launch – A Shoe For Traceurs Who Train Hard

Make no mistake about it – the Take Flight 1.0 was not forged for those who like the idea of jumping and climbing, and vaulting. It was forged for those who want to train, and more specifically, it was forged for Traceurs who want to train hard. Every aspect of this shoe was designed to withstand the demands of thousands of jumps completed on concrete. From the idealistic combination of cushioning and feel, to the flexibility and simultaneous strength of the sole, to the tread grip combined with the stickiest, durable rubber compound, the 1.0 is both light and incredibly strong in ways few companies have ever achieved. But the unique quality of the shoe doesn’t surprise us. That’s because not Nike, nor Adidas, nor Under Armor, nor any company in all the world has ever taken so much care in designing a shoe for Parkour as we did for this. And we think you’ll see the results the first time you put this shoe on as well as the 100th.

The Take Flight 1.0 is a shoe for Traceurs. So wear it, and train hard.

 

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18 Days ‘Til Launch – Designed By A Traceur

There is something essential about the Take Flight 1.0 that most other Parkour shoes don’t have – the Take Flight 1.0 was designed by a Traceur. A couple days ago we gave credit to the Take Flight pros that were integral in consulting on the shoe. Those included guys like Toby Segar, Joey Adrian, and David Belle. However, the most influential mind behind the Take Flight 1.0 was Take Flight founder Adam Dunlap. And in case you were wondering, Dunlap has been a dedicated Traceur since early 2007. It was Dunlap’s vision, dedication, experience, and worldwide travels to France and China during development, not to mention his personal work and training with David Belle, that made the 1.0 what it is. It’s also his birthday today, so we thought posting about his influence was especially fitting. Here are two personal photos from Dunlap’s desk that show a bit of the creative process behind the 1.0 as well as the finished shoe.

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17 Days ‘Til Launch – Timeless Style

One thing you’re going to realize as soon as you get the Take Flight 1.0s – they look even cooler person. Clearly function was the most important aspect for us when designing the shoes as we wanted something that performed and stood up to the demands of Parkour. But second to function was style. And for that we wanted something that looked sweet AND we wantedsomething that matched a huge array of apparel choices. We could have made the shoes blue, for example, but we felt that was just too limiting! Our goal was to make a shoe that went with virtually any outfit, and would also stand the test of time and still be ‘hot’ in 10 years. With a refined urban design and black and white as our color choices, we think we accomplished this. And if our photos haven’t yet convinced you of this, then just wait until you see a pair in person. We think you’re going to love them all the more.

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16 Days ‘Til Launch – The BEST Grip on Rails of Any Shoe You’ve Ever Worn

What’s one thing that a Parkour shoe absolutely must have? Amazing grip. So one of the things we set out to do was make sure the Take Flight 1.0 had the best grip of ANY shoe ever used for Parkour. To do this we created a waffle type outsole to provide grip texture and we made the sole out of the stickiest-durable rubber compound we could devise. The result is a shoe that is unrivaled in it’s ability to help you stick and grip rails, walls, and any other type of urban or natural surface you will encounter. In fact we’re so confident in the gripping ability of Take Flight 1.0 that if you don’t agree with us that it has the best out-of-the-box grip on rails of any shoe you’ve ever worn, we’ll give you your money back. That’s part of our TSG (Traceur Satisfaction Guarantee) and our vision to stand behind our products 100%.

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Stay tuned into our Facebook page for all the insight and news about the Take Flight 1.0s, set to ship worldwide on July 15th!

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Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoe – Days 30 to 23

We are counting down the days to the Take Flight 1.0 launch by giving you daily insights into the shoe and its development process. Here is a recap of the last 8 days!

30 Days ‘Til Launch – The Beginning

The development of the Take Flight 1.0 began in Lisses, France in August 2012. Take Flight founder Adam Dunlap was spending an extended amount of time in Lisses working with David Belle at this time. Belle was an endorser of Take Flight in 2012 and Take Flight was also the exclusive producer of Belle’s personal brand. And thus it was because of this relationship, and through this relationship, that in August 2012, Belle and Dunlap began discussing the design and development of the Parkour specific shoe that would ultimately become the Take Flight 1.0.

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29 Days ‘Til Launch – Two Years in the Making

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day? Well neither was the Take Flight 1.0. When the Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoe launches on July 15th, it will be almost two years (23 full months!) since development began. As a part of this process we designed more than 50 soles, more than 50 uppers, and we sorted through hundreds of materials options to find what we feel is the perfect combination of style and function, performance and durability. No one has ever worked so hard to design and develop a Parkour shoe as we did on the 1.0, and the result is one amazing all around shoe that you can be proud and confident in wearing as a Traceur.

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28 Days ‘Til Launch – The David Belle Shoe or the Take Flight 1.0?

Here is a photo of the very first prototype for the shoe that would ultimately become the Take Flight 1.0. The story? Originally the Take Flight 1.0 was destined to become the David Belle Shoe! At the time of the shoe’s initial development Take Flight Founder Adam Dunlap was working very closely with Belle, and Take Flight was the company behind Belle’s personal brand. It was through this relationship that in August 2012 Dunlap spawned the idea to make a Parkour specific shoe for the David Belle brand. Belle loved the idea, they got right to work, and initially all structural and performance aspects of the shoe were directed by Belle through Dunlap. This photo shows the first prototype we made in direct accordance with Belle’s instructions. The problem? When the shoe arrived in France for Belle’s approval, Belle didn’t like it at all! It was soon after this that we redesigned the shoe and transformed it into the Take Flight 1.0.

Although the 1.0 now represents the Take Flight name and brand, many of the original performance concepts including grip, flexibility, and cushioning still remain from Belle’s original instruction and vision. All this means that even though the Take Flight 1.0 isn’t the world’s first Parkour shoe, it is the only training shoe in the world to have the direct added influence of Parkour founder David Belle.

 

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27 Days ‘Til Launch – A Shoe From the Future

We designed the Take Flight 1.0 to stand the test of time. In order to do this we thought about the future of shoe technology and style and what design aspects were not only ideal for Parkour today, but what design aspects would still be ideal in 20 years. Sounds simple, right? It wasn’t. Predicting the future never is. But we had to start somewhere, and so we began with futuristic inspiration while staying grounded in Parkour’s history. Below is a collage of the photos we used as the initial inspiration for the Take Flight 1.0. We drew from Tron with the purpose of making a shoe that was sleek, refined, efficient and yet brilliantly captivating. And of course, at the center of it all is a famous picture of David Belle (he looks a bit like the Flight Man, doesn’t he?). We are thrilled with the final Take Flight 1.0 shoe as we feel it captures the aura and essence of these photos. But we’re not done yet. Even though the original Take Flight 1.0 is solid black, keep your eyes out in the coming years for Take Flight 1.0 modifications that reflect the brilliant colors of Tron.

Click here to see the full album of photos:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151963357568548.1073741859.96044803547&type=3

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26 Days ‘Til Launch – Every Detail Mattered

Here is a photo of one of our initial concept renderings for the Take Flight 1.0. It shows the importance that each detail had and the depth to which we scrutinized every aspect of the shoe’s design and construction. As cool as this shoe looks, a few aspects made it non-conducive for the demands of Parkour. But we built off concept drawings such as this, took out the aspects that were weak, replaced them with better ones, improved the sole design for better grip, and we also decided to go with solid black colorway for the 1st edition. The result is a Parkour shoe without rival called the Take Flight 1.0. We spent 2 years working on every detail so you’d love it from the first day you put it on. And we guarantee you will or your money back. It’s part of our TSG (Traceur Satisfaction Guarantee) .

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25 Days ‘Til Launch – Function Took Precedence and the Design Evolved

The photo we posted yesterday was our original-final design. We loved it just as much as you guys did. But there were functional problems with this shoe including a lack of flexibility based on various design components, and there were too many slits in the upper which allowed debris to get stuck in the shoe while Tracing. Also, as much as we loved the black and blue color combo, we felt the initial 1.0 shoe needed to be made of a solid colorway that was more versatile. So we continued refining the design inching closer and closer to the final version. This was our next set of renditions.

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24 Days ‘Til Launch – The Outsole Design was Crucial

One of the most important design focuses we had when developing the Take Flight 1.0 was the outsole design. Why? Well of course when doing Parkour, grip is so, so, so important! And that often relies quite strongly on the tread design of your shoe’s outsole. Worth noting, we didn’t want a flat bottom sole like other Parkour shoes – we wanted something with texture, or as we call it “grip design.” The importance we put on making the grip design perfect is highlighted in the fact that it took us more than 8 months of designing and testing to get the sole right! Here are 6 of the about 120 sole designs we made in a quest to create the perfect outsole. So how did we do? Well that’s something you’ll have to decide when you wear the shoes  But the first time Take Flight pro Joey Adrian wore the 1.0s he emphatically approved when he said, “The Take Flight 1.0s have the best grip on rails of any shoe without a doubt.” We humbly think you’ll agree.

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23 Days ‘Til Launch – 4 Stripes Inspired by Bruce Lee

The finishing touch on the upper design of the Take Flight 1.0 were the stripes. Originally there were 7 stripes on the side, then it was reduced to 6, then all the way to 3. We didn’t like any of them though! And most importantly, like everything we make at Take Flight, there had be real meaning behind the design decision, and without this we were stumped all the more and incapable of deciding. However, one of the original visions for the 1.0 was to make the shoe look strong and stealthy like a tiger. So Take Flight 1.0 designer Adam Dunlap went back to this vision. The stripes, being made in the image of a tiger claw scrape, led Dunlap to Bruce Lee and Enter the Dragon. Sure enough there were four claw marks on Lee during the final epic scene of the film, so we decided to pay homage to this by giving the Take Flight 1.0 four stripes as well. And how does this relate to Parkour, you ask? Well Parkour founder David Belle is actually a Bruce Lee fanatic and was no doubt inspired in many ways during his training by the accomplishments and legacy of Lee. So adding this design aspect into the shoe as homage to Bruce Lee’s final and most epic film, not only acknowledges a legend (Lee) that has inspired many Traceurs, it also gives credit to some of the inspiration that made Parkour what it is.

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Stay tuned into our Facebook page for all the insight and news about the Take Flight 1.0s, set to ship worldwide on July 15th!

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CLICK HERE to find out more about the Take Flight vision to support Parkour, Traceurs, and communities everywhere!

 

 

Let the 30 Day Take Flight 1.0 Countdown Begin!!!

The Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoe is scheduled to ship internationally on July 15th. That’s only 30 days away (!!!), and soon after Traceurs worldwide will be Tracing the streets in what we believe to be the greatest Parkour shoe ever developed.

In anticipation of this momentous occasion, we’re starting a 30 Day Take Flight 1.0 Countdown. Every day for the next 30, we’ll be posting on our Facebook page about the shoes, and on each day we will share a new unknown insight, fact, and/or a never before seen photo about the shoe’s design, development, and performance.

Today is the first day of the 30 day countdown so we’re kicking it off right now and right here on the blog:

The development of the Take Flight 1.0 began in Lisses, France in August 2012. Take Flight founder Adam Dunlap was spending an extended amount of time in Lisses working with David Belle at this time. Belle was an endorser of Take Flight in 2012 and Take Flight was also the exclusive producer of Belle’s personal brand. And thus it was because of this relationship, and through this relationship, that in August 2012, Belle and Dunlap began discussing the design and development of the Parkour specific shoe that would ultimately become the Take Flight 1.0.

The release of the Take Flight 1.0 is the most anticipated shoe launch in Parkour history. We hope you tune in over the next 30 days to learn more about the details of the shoe and all that went into making it.

Until July 8th, the shoe will be on a pre-order special and you can save $20 (25%!) by purchasing it just a few weeks in advance. Click here to pick up your pair!

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On July 15th, the highly anticipated Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoe launches to the Parkour masses worldwide. Let the 30 day countdown begin.

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CLICK HERE to find out more about the Take Flight vision to support Parkour, Traceurs, and communities everywhere!