Timpers, a shoe company created by UA students, will supply footwear for the Spanish Paralympic team in Tokyo 2020.
They will also supply footwear for all members of the Royal Family and the committee and media professionals during the opening and closing ceremonies
Timpers' Olympic trainer model
Alicante. Friday 16 July 2021
The Alicante start-up Timpers, created by students from the University of Alicante, has been chosen to supply footwear for the Spanish Paralympic athletes in Tokyo 2020. The shoes, designed by visually impaired people, will be worn by the athletes during the opening and closing parades, along with representatives of the Royal Family, members of the Spanish Paralympic Committee and media professionals. On this occasion, Timpers has created a pair of shoes with an exclusive and commemorative design for the event, where the flag on a white background and the word Spain written in Braille stand out.
Roberto Mohedano, one of the founders of the company, explains that the fact that their shoes have been chosen for the games is a dream come true for them. It is the realisation of an idea that was already in their heads when they started with the company in the football team for blind people in Alicante. Roberto says that they were the ones who contacted the Spanish Paralympic Committee to offer their product and got a very positive response, yet the footwear for Tokyo 2021 had already been chosen. The pandemic arrived and the company had to withdraw. It was then that the committee contacted them, they needed a reliable company that could produce the shoes in a very short time. The company works with factories in Catral, which makes speed of production easier.
According to Timpers, the special feature of these trainers is that they are designed for everyone blindly and by touch, which makes them attractive and can be seen "with other eyes". That's why they are the first inclusive shoes on the market. By choosing materials only for what they evoke when we touch them, we achieve unique sensations, which can go from reminding us of different objects to taking us to certain places, always achieving really attractive contrasts of textures.
Timpers was created by UA students Aitor Carratalá, Architecture, Roberto Mohedano, Business Administration, and Diego Soliveres, Law, as a brand of trainers designed by people with visual disabilities that aims to break stereotypes that place people with disabilities away from the world of fashion and design. The company, which has also become a social inclusion project, focuses on touch, resistance and sensations as the main values of the product. What started with a line of trainers for online sale has ended up as a social inclusion project in which the fabrics, colours, dimensions of the laces, technical features and logo in Braille have been created by Diego Soliveres, who was born with a 75% visual disability.
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