After months of work and several manufacturing delays, we're happy to say that the Vratim Drum Shoe II is undergoing final inspections before being shipped to us.
We'll be ushering in 2016 with an updated shoe, new clothing items, and lots of other exciting things!
While we can't really show you the new shoe yet, we can tell you some of the updates we've made to the Vratim Drum Shoe II.
The Vratim Drum Shoe II will feature:
Removable Inner Soles
Feet sweat, especially when you're doing something super active like drumming. In the Vratim Drum Shoe I, we had mesh uppers to help the shoe breathe and reduce the heat build up thus reduce sweating, but this wasn't always enough plus sometimes shoes get wet in other ways. With the Vratim Drum Shoe II you'll be able to remove the inner sole to help your shoes air out and dry more quickly whether it be from you playing in a venue with no A/C and sweating everywhere or some misadventure you and your shoes had.
The Vratim Drum Shoe I had very little branding on it. We did this on purpose because we know a lot of people don't necessarily like being walking billboards for companies. That and we've always wanted to keep the focus on the artist and not solely (no pun intended) on our shoes in a picture. That being said, as more and more prominent drummers wear our shoes more and more up-and-coming drummers don't know what shoes their drumming idols are wearing. To help with this, we've added a small label to the side of the shoes to make the brand more apparent, but we still kept it as minimal as possible.
On top of that, The Vratim Drum Shoe II will feature two new colors that you all helped us choose! We've also added an accented heal piece to set us apart from other brands a little bit more.
Improved Overall Quality
Our previous shoes were great and many drummers loved them which means so much to us! However, there were a few cases (about 5-6 out of our total shipment of Vratim Drum Shoe I's) that had some quality control issues. Even though it was only about 1.2% we're always striving to make sure we have the best products and best customer service. Because of this, we've stepped up the game for The Vratim Drum Shoe II offering higher quality materials, improved quality control, all in the hopes of reducing that 1.2% to even less.
Vic Firth Instagram Contest
There's currently a Vic Firth contest on Instagram and you get a chance to win a pair of our shoes plus tons of other awesome items!
Head over to the Vic Firth Instagram to enter!
Winner will be announced on 12/22/15
New artist endorsement and we're adding another Australian artist! Please welcome Christian Rady of As Paradise Falls!
“Comfort while drumming has always been a must for me. Until I found Vratim, I had been looking for the perfect pair of drum shoes that not only provided comfort, but the right amount of grip, feel and durability, (not to mention they look incredible). I also own the Vratim hat, shirt and belt, which I love.”
They have a lot things in the works for 2016 so definitely keep an eye on them!
Head over to REVOLVER Magazine and check out We Were Giants's debut EP titled "Dead Society" - definitely worth checking it out.
For fans of: In Hearts Wake, The Color Morale
Head to their merch store to pick up a copy!
You can also check it out below:
New artist endorsement and it also marks our first Australian artist! Please welcome Jayden Mason of Aversions Crown!
"A lot of people forget about little things such as shoes when playing drums, to me its just as important as sticks or a fresh new set of drum heads. Precision playing comes down to control, comfort, grip and feel. Vratim Drum shoes give me exactly that as well as looking awesome! Its everything I search for in a pair of drum shoes to spray some fire at those faster tempos. Definitely the perfect pair for me!”
If you haven't checked out Aversions Crown yet, we highly suggest you do.
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