END (Environmentally Neutral Design) is launched in Portland Oregon by Andrew Estey and Ben Finkela
Andrew Estey, was a former global design director for sport culture at Nike Inc.
win $250,000 USD in seed money from an ‘Angel’ investment competition
Raise over $1 million USD to continue the new brand
END releases it range through four online stores, REI, Zappos, Rock Creek and Backcountry
END’s Fall line uses 35% to 59% fewer complex parts/material than Outside Magazine
delay retail launch of brand due to quality-control problem in the production assembly line
Problem is said to relate to companies goal to make the shoes glue-free
Also END planned on 30% recycled foam midsole but had to settle on 10% recycled content due to durability issues
However END’s outsoles are up to 25% recycled content, compared to Nike's 3%.
Also lightweight minimalist design has halved number or workers needed to construct the shoe down to about 75 people
profiled in Runner’s World November 2008 “Green Issue” as an industry leader
END begins selling through specialty retail stores, selling to 100 stores in the United States, Canada and Japan
END Stumptown 12 oz Shoe rated Best Trail Shoe Debut by Runner’s World magazine
Ben Finkela leaves END as a day-to-day partner (remains a shareholder) and moves on as Publisher of Wend magazine
LaCrosse Footwear (112 year old, $128 Million revenue boot manufacturer, of Danner, etc) announces intent to buy END
sale said to have been solicited by END, who were having financial difficulties, and said to worth about $500,000 USD
wins won “Best Road Running Shoe Debut” from Runner’s World magazine,
END Footwear sold to LaCrosse
Citing problems with the US economy, LaCrosse said it will discontinue recently-acquired END Footwear as a standalone brand.
LaCrosse says it will incorporate END’s lightweight designs into its LaCrosse and Danner branded product for fall 2010.
END co-founder, Andrew Estey, launches Lume, footwear, socks, etc conceived as a lifestyle brand targeting active baby boomers
Footwear seems to have taken backseat as Lume becomes a social network medium for outdoor enthusiasts.