Co-founder of Riplaces, David Nicholson is quoted saying, “we’re elated to partner with GP2C during Rett Syndrome Awareness Month. When this way to give back was suggested, we couldn’t wait to see how we could make an impact. Both Riplaces and GP2C are local to the Jacksonville area and the partnership makes a lot of sense. We have recently been getting feedback at the running events for the other uses of Riplaces. Finding a local partnership to illustrate this is nothing shy of a blessing.”
Girl Power 2 Cure is proud to be partnering with Riplaces throughout the month of October, Rett Syndrome Awareness Month. Riplaces has created a revolutionary way to replace shoelaces with a Core + Bungee system. It not only has a cool, clean look but also gives you the ability to fine tune and adjust the way your shoes fit without ever having to tie laces again! For each system sold between October 13th - October 31st. Riplaces will donate a Core + Bungee system to GP2C!
Riplaces are ideal for:
With this design in mind they are also ideal for those with special needs. No more struggling getting shoes on and off anymore!
Riplaces was founded in 2014 by David and Karen Nicholson here is their story as told by David:
"One day I was sitting on my back porch, in the freezing cold of a Florida winter, a chilling 55 degrees. Karen,
would not let me in with my nasty work shoes on. My shoelaces were a mess and in an unbreakable knot. I sat on the cold concrete steps, and thought how stupid shoe laces are. I said to myself, “what I need are some tiny little bungees to go between each eyelet, then I can just slip my shoes off and on”.
I looked over to find bungee cords on the bed of my truck. The only problem is that there were hooks on the end. I began to create in my mind some sort of a loop with a connector to snap the bungee into, which would
hold it in place.
Riplaces were born.
I immediately told my son, Sean, and Karen about my idea. Sean got it right away; Karen needed a “visual” so I used some crepe paper and a paint card sample to create the first “skinny” and bungee.
We made a prototype from hair ties and some make shift connector. I used some big plastic bozo the clown buttons from Walmart and hair ties. We later decided to call the connector part TheCore.
It's the core of Riplaces, it’s what holds it all together.
At first, I thought my shoe would be loose or too floppy. The exact opposite was the case. The hair ties were way too tight and didn’t stretch enough. I had to take my shoes off after about 5 minutes because my feet were going to sleep. The elasticity of the bungee ended up being the hardest problem to solve. It needed to stretch enough to allow your foot to slide in, but be tight enough so your shoe would fit snug.
After many variations, we finally nailed it!
Now let me digress a bit. Some of you are saying, “this guy thinks 55 degrees is cold? what a wimp”. There’s a reason why 55 degrees was freezing cold. When I graduated college, my first job was as an electrical engineer working at a local power company in Jacksonville, Florida. After about 6 years, my wife and I knew that God was calling us to serve in a different capacity for the next season of our lives.
We ended up leaving the U.S. and serving as missionaries in Guatemala for 4 years and then moving to Guerrero, Mexico for 10 years more. My children grew up in the Latin culture and all are completely bilingual and bi-cultural. As a matter of fact, we have three grandkids that are half Latin, from Cuba and Mexico.
So, after living 14 years in the tropics and going barefooted and wearing sandals, 55 degrees was pretty chilly. Now I’m back in the states and am forced to wear shoes. All those years of no shoes indirectly resulted in Riplaces.
This has been an incredible journey as we continue to meet all kinds of awesome people who love Riplaces and are helping spread the word."
We would love for you to try Riplaces and see what a difference they can make in your life while supporting Girl Power 2 Cure at the same time. Don’t forget for every system sold between October 13th – October 31st. Riplaces will donate a system to Girl Power 2 Cure!All Posts
I am not only a volunteer and donor, I am also a mother of a Rett girl. This organization is more than inspiring! They made me want to do more than just wish and pray for a cure, but rather become part of finding one! They make you feel so welcomed and understood, as if they have known you all your life.