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10 Unlikely and Surprising Kickstarter Successes of 2012

Hickies replace traditional shoelaces with a system that lets users easily slip in and out of their shoes while keeping them snug and secure. It eliminates the worry or need to ever tie or untie shoes again by turning every shoe into a slip-on. They adjust to any size shoe and come in a wide variety of colors and styles. With the help of more than 3,300 backers, Hickies raised nearly $160,000 in 45 days.

10 Unlikely and Surprising Kickstarter Successes of 2012

January 3, 2013

If 2012 proved anything, it's that the country's entrepreneurial spirit

is alive and well. No place can that spirit be better seen than on the

online funding platform Kickstarter. The website has helped thousands of projects get off the ground.  Here are some of our favorites from the past year.

This story originally appeared as a LiveScience article.

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