Are you looking at the same factory that make boots for Heine Gerrike and Frank Thomas in Europe?
Don't know that factory. Do you have any details?
You know, at times like this I feel bad for the Daineses and SIDI's of the world. They were pioneers in this field and spawned so many clones - kinda like IBM, etc. However, the clone market bring more competitive products to consumers. So, take the good with the evil I suppose. Anyway, what the clone market has created is a great number of look-alike boots on the market where you will see copies of SIDI's heel design or Alpinestar's SMX calf designs. This makes most boots look almost the same. But.. there are differences.
The FT boots look familiar and I know where those boots actually come from. They can be found with many different manufacturer's touches or labels on them from a varying number of sources.
While I won't knock my competition - I will say I am happy we are not sourcing from the same factory. We actually had a prototype of the FT boots right now that we are examining - but will unlikely pick them. In testing these boots, we found that the lateral support allowed too much movement as it is made from TPU plastic which can flex. Flexion here can lead to breaking the ankle in a violent accident. The better way would be to use either Carbon Fibre - ala Dainese / Alpinestars, or to use Titanium. However, the price of the boots would jump significantly. Now, you can argue that SIDI uses TPU type plastic on some of their boots - this is true, but remember the prior model actually had a pretty solid Titanium ankle / calf support. The new Diablo's have TPU type plastic for the ankle / calf support, but have you seen the thickness ?!?! You can't bend it. That makes a significant difference. Admittedly, some of the price includes the name and marketing - but there you go.
The question then is do you want to compete with SIDI or Alpinestars? Or just make a good enough boot with your name on it? When you consider the number of Boots available on the market, it can be a tough call. Even the FORMA boots look like pretty superior boots - but I don't know their price range yet. Does anyone know who carries them? I am curios to find out how much they are.
Attached is a picture of one of the potential prototypes. This would be a mid-level boot to us. The ankle support is Titanium, which limits rotation of the ankle in the event of an accident.