On top of the world
Laura always struggled to find comfortable boots, having played as a committed amateur around the world. While breaking the Guinness World Record for the highest altitude football match to highlight gender inequality in sport, she realised most women face the same problem.
She met Ben playing indoor football for "The Galahs" in Australia's Premier Elite* Futsal competition. They decided to team up.
*Social Mixed Fifth Division Sunday League
Laura and Ben assembled a team of professionals from football and footwear to identify what would make the perfect women's boot. The first prototypes, affectionately known as the "Frankenshoe" were produced in Laura's kitchen and put together with the help of shoemakers here in Melbourne.
We have a boot!
Laura then broke the Guinness World Record* for the lowest altitude match at the Dead Sea in Jordan. We tested prototypes with athletes, including amateurs and professionals. They said they were the most comfortable boots they'd ever worn.
The not too distant future...
Now that Ben and Laura have found what makes the perfect female boot, they're wrapping up the testing phase and taking preorders so that women can have their own boots by September, 2019. They will also be travelling to the Festival of Football and the FIFA Women's World Cup to support women's football and continue the fight for equal pay.
What's in a name?
Ida [/ˈaɪdə/] means many things to us. Ida is a Germanic name that means 'work' - which is what our athletes do tirelessly on and off the pitch.
Beyond that, Idas are just cool. Google them. From Ida B. Wells, a champion of the Civil Rights movement to Ida Presti, amazing classical guitarist of the 20th Century. Idas are straight up badasses.
Ida also means 'to go', in Spanish and Portuguese, and can also translate as, 'the way'. We're always on the move and searching for a different way of doing things.