KOBI is not a shoe but a real laboratory. The result of all our tests. A hybrid that overturns the classic canons of footwear. A fully sustainable high-end of a design & sport shoe for men and women, realized with smart and sustainable materials, to last longer thanks to both their quality and timeless design.
SOLEWe have split the sole into two parts in order to make the walking experience as similar as possible to that of walking bare feet, adding degrees of freedom to both the torsion and the bending of the foot. We use different compounds depending on the models but all of them contain natural rubber which is the noblest material that can be used for the bottom of a shoe, together with recycled material that belongs to the company's own production scrap, obtained through a complex devulcanization process which does not cause the product to lose quality. This way we are able also to reduce the amount of new material needed, and to save energy during the production. Quality, grip and environment are all respected at the same time. in addition, we load the compounds with hemp wood in some of the models. Hemp wood is a waste of its processing. Used as a filler, it allows us to increase the percentage of natural material in our soles, making them even more distinctive.
SHANKBy borrowing the technology from the couches that have a wooden frame, we have replaced the typical metal shank with one made of recycled wood.
SHOE UPPERThe shoe upper is a real construction prodigy. It is modeled in a single piece with a single rear seam and a lower closure. It is an extrusion in bio-based (corn and apple) and solvent free TPU on certified cotton supports.
LININGThe lining is one of the components on wich we have realized most tests. The goal was to find a material that would guarantee breathability, thermoregulation and antibacterial properties. We tested all sorts of yarns, and in the end we went to loom with a composition of our own elaboration based on hemp, recycled polyester and silver.
HEMPThe growth of hemp is rapid (few months are enough) and does not require special attention. It is sown in spring and harvested in late summer at the peak of ripeness. It requires very little water. Hemp plantations do not need aggressive treatments with pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals. The plant can grow up to 4 meters, has robust roots that induce oxygenation of the soil and is capable of reclaiming polluted soils and enriching them (increasing their productivity) thanks to a strong supply of nitrogen. Hemp is also one of the most efficient plants in converting carbon dioxide into oxygen.
ZIPThe tape of our zips is made with recycled polyester, and their production process is guaranteed by various enviromental certificates including the Greenpeace detox.
FUSSBETTThe fussbett is made in an innpovative, eco-sustainable polyurethane, produced by an internal recovering processing waste that allows the company that produces them to reduce the introduction of new material into the production cycle.
NON-SLIP COUNTERIt is made of non-woven fabrics produced using recycled polyester fibres (from post-consumer recycling of PET bottles).