Justin Kittredge pitches ISlide, his customizable slide style sandals, in Shark Tank episode 801 – the season 8 premier. Joining him in the Tank is Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown! Justin, a 13-year veteran of the footwear industry, started the business in 2013. Since then, they became the “preeminent leader in slide sandals.”
Slide sandals are like flip-flops, but they have the single strap across the foot as opposed to the thong straps of a flip-flop. When Justin left his job as director of basketball products for footwear at Reebok to start ISlide, he knew there was an unmet need for off-court footwear. He wanted a comfortable Slide Sandal that customers could customize any way they want. They also offer licensed products with sports team names, colleges and more. Customers can order ISlides in bulk for their organizations or teams, too.
The heart of every ISlide is the patent pending “Waves Gel” sole. Complete with built-in arch support, it feels like walking on water. On the company website, you can choose from a multitude of colors and customize the strap with any image or phrase you want.
The company sold 15,000 pairs in 2015 and is on track to do over $1 million in sales in 2016. Kittredge likely wants a Shark's help with inventory and sourcing.
Will a Shark slide Kittredge some cash and invest?
ISlide Shark Tank Recap
Justin will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He’ll need to convince Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Grenier, and Robert Herjavec that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but he’ll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on ISlide will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
ISlide Shark Tank Update
The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on ISlide and Justin Kittredge as more details become available.
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