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The boot with a sleeve

Wrayann Estey creates footwear for kids that their moms will like too


by: VERN UYETAKE - These boots are made for walking and also carrying stuff. Wrayann Estey is excited about launching Lume Footwear at the West Linn Old Time Fair.It is amazing what you can find in the pockets of kids.

For instance, that is where Wrayann Estey of West Linn got the idea for her new company, Lume Footwear.

“The whole idea is about kids and what they put in their pockets,” said Estey, the mother of four children.

The result is a boot with a sleeve, which will surely replace pockets as the best place for kids to store their stuff. Their mothers, who are quick to pick up good ideas, are already desiring their own version of sleeved boot.

This newly launched product will be unveiled at the West Linn Old Time Fair on Friday and Saturday. Lume Footwear will operate strictly online for a while, but Estey will be looking to sell her boots far and wide.

She said, “I want to have sales representatives in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming.”

Estey is nothing if not ambitious about her new venture, because she believes she has a really good product.

“It’s 100 percent waterproof and can stand up to 20 degrees below zero,” she said. “It’s great for walking on all terrains.”

Although Estey had the great idea, she was also lucky to be married to an award-winning footwear designer, Andrew Estey.

“I’ve spent 20 years as a shoe wife, and I’ve seen it all,” she said.

“This is not just another shoe,” Andrew Estey said. “It’s fun to play in and it’s interesting. It comes in six colors for children aged 4 to 11.”

When moms heard about Lume Footwear for children, they became interested in getting their own boots with sleeves, which sent Andrew Estey back to the drawing board to design something fun for females. The ladies line will be ready in the spring of 2013. These boots will be equipped to carry motherly objects such as keys, phones and garden tools.

About the only bad thing about Lume Footwear is that the shoes came along too late for Estey to wear them herself.

“I think about all the games I watched my daughter play soccer at West Linn High School,” she said with a sigh. “I could have used them myself for years.”

The Esteys are already thinking about reaching out way beyond West Linn and the Pacific Northwest with their new bootwear.

“This is a product that can do as well on the streets of Manhattan as your backyard garden,” Andrew Estey said. “I am super excited for Wrayann. We want to achieve a lifestyle brand for kids and women.”

Plus another group.

“I want to reach out to nursery workers,” Estey said.

For more information about the boots, visit lumefootwear.com or call 503-998-0490.




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