Meet Kegan Schouwenburg, the 29-year-old CEO and Co-founder of SOLS, the company that's bringing 3D printing to footwear and creating dynamic foot beds engineered to change the way the world walks. Kegan says, "We're doing this because our feet hurt. Because 'orthotic' shouldn't be a dirty word. Because generic insoles just aren't cutting it. Because people everywhere should be empowered to walk further, run faster, jump higher, dance longer."
SOLS, which recently celebrated its first birthday, has raised $8.5 million. Here's Kegan's story.
Denise Restauri: How did you come up with the idea for SOLS?
Kegan Schouwenburg: SOLS is a culmination of a few experiences. On one side I grew up wearing orthotics. Not only were they weird, but they meant not being able to wear the shoes I wanted to wear.
On the other, I've been experimenting with 3D printing since college. I distinctly remember saying back in 2005 or 2006: "One day this is how we're going to make everything." I hated the idea of prototyping something digitally, and then seeing a less perfect version ship from the manufacturer.