5 years on - The world understands that social issues and environmental crisis are now matters of urgency.
Day after day, prophets of all kind are pulling the emergency cord, the entire economy is turning green and sustainable-developementising speeches are spreading around.
Actions remain scarce but words abound.
Beyond movies about the environment, beyond multinational companies building green windows to hide disasters, beyond the Copenhagen speeches filled with words and political promise….
And despite this green-fronted economy, let's try to offer a different vision which combines fair trade and ecology and links together economy, social initiatives and the environment.
A vision that proposes cultural change. Transparency.
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The SLIDER. Since its first appeareance in our collections the slider became our most iconic sneaker. With its clean lines and strong concept Pierre Hardy simplifies to the extreme the structure of a trainer. An essential to any shoes collection.
Our journey began in 2014, with a mission to create our personal dream shoe, one that would accompany us on any quest and adapt to any situation.
So we went straight to the source—the heart of Italy—where craftspeople have been perfecting the art of handmade shoes for hundreds of years.
We were thorough. We visited 34 factories before we found the one that mirrored our vision for Koio, in the gorgeous coastal village of Civitanova.
What emerged from this partnership were shoes that truly fused the artistry of luxury with the ready-for-anything ethos of modern city life. We knew the shoes would speak to a generation of people who recognized the distinction between quality and excess, and that—like us—eschewed traditional paths in favor of forging their own.
Constructed with the finest calf-skin leathers and hand-finished with unrivaled attention to detail, Koio products truly embody the spirit of their inception: they are ready for any journey—whether it’s the streets of a foreign city or an unexplored road home.