As a night runner, she saw a need and decided to do something about it. Who said our best ideas don't happen while on a run?
When Rose and her husband, Lee, went out for an evening run two years ago, they didn’t know they were going to stumble on a new invention. Especially in the dark, Rose didn’t feel comfortable running far from home, so she told Lee to go ahead and she’d see him back at their house. Lee and Rose had met while he was training for a marathon and eventually, she caught the running bug, too. When he finished his run that night, he told her that he kept focusing on all of the things that he could trip over while running and the fact that he could see the cars but the cars couldn’t see him.
“He said, ‘I need headlights for my clogs shoes’ and I told him he should just go buy some,” said Rose, figuring that type of product was already on the market. But after doing some research, they realized that their brilliant idea didn’t exist.
In their kitchen, where most great inventions take shape, they started putting together crude prototypes of the shoe headlights. Their first model was little Maglites duct-taped to the sides of their running shoes. When that didn’t work, they tried to attach LED lights in various ways, eventually getting an iteration that seemed to work the best. The lights, which attach to the top of each shoe and light 270⁰ around, provide up to 33 meters of visibility.
So from an idea and kitchen tinkering came the Croc Lights,They already have more than 2000 backers enthusiastic about the product.
The lights are hands-free, rechargeable or Use battery, and is very light, Rose says. But what’s more important is that they provide an extra layer of safety, especially for female runners. That’s one of the reasons that Rose, is so excited about this product. “Where I get nervous is when crossing through intersections. With (the Croc Lights Runners), there is no question there is a person there. It really makes a very unique motion that grabs the attention.”
Not only do the lights themselves grab attention, but the concept has piqued interest from all over the world, both from runners and retailers alike.
“It just really gave us a boost and a lot of confidence that we are doing the right thing by doing this,” Rose says.
“We said we would keep doing this until someone told us it was a stupid idea and we never heard that,” says Lee. “Actually, quite the opposite.”
These headlights for your croc shoes are bright which can increase your visibility when you night out, great for hiking, cycling, running or walking at night, also helpful for walking the dogs at night. Funny gift for your friends on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas etc.
Bringing Croc Lights to market requires a lot of perseverance, and they hope to have more supporters to buy their products so that they can have the motivation to develop more and better products.