❝ The first time I thought about the Digitsole was when a longstanding old French company specialized in hunting products asked me as an engineer to help them create a shoes collection. They were looking for a real innovation to launch its hunting shoes collection; but after days of brainstorming in their office, nothing very significant came up.
Then, the CEO invited me to go hunting. And this was my first time ever. It was in March in the center of France and of course, it was very chilly. All the hunters had already been waiting in the forest for over three hours. They were freezing. When I arrived there, it took me less than 5 minutes to have a terrible feeling of frozen feet and toes and I immediately asked the CEO to drive me back home. He said that he would not drive me back until I had found the idea. I had no other choice but to think quickly and told him without any conviction that I could design a heating shoe that could be controlled with a remote. I really didn't really know how to do it, but I was freezing and I just wanted to go back!
A few weeks later, I designed a heating sole that was powered with a simple battery. That was in 2006. The first heating insole was created! Since the creation of the connectivity, I was obsessed by the idea of connecting this heating insole. Today, it's done... ❞
Karim launches a R&D project combining the knowledge of footwear designers and electronics experts.
After two years of development, the first generation of Digitsole Warm Series is presented at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City
Digitsole completes successful Kickstarter and Ulule campaigns.
The second generation of Digitsole Warm Series is elected one of the best Innovation at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas.
The Warm Series development is complete and the production is launched. The Warm Series is available in more than thirty countries.
Digitole presents the first generation of Smarshoe and it becomes one of the biggest buzz at the CES International in Las Vegas 2016
Award: Best European Startup 2017
CES 2017: Award in the category: Biotechnology and Sport fitness