Head designer G.D. Kim’s inspiration for designing the KI ecobe came from a problem with sweatshops seen throughout Asian footwear manufacturing hubs. “Over my 20 years in footwear design I have been through many factories, the fumes from adhesives create a very very bad work environment for factory workers, and in Asia, where most shoes are produced, workers often don’t have access to masks or proper ventilation” said G.D. Kim.
Ki ecobe is a modular shoe that doesn’t use any adhesives and comes in separate pieces which the end user assembles, making the manufacturing process much less labor intensive.
Having won 8 international design awards including the prestigious Red Dot and iF design awards, Ki ecobe is looking to enter the marketplace soon, and will available from June 20th on Kickstarter for pre-order starting at $69.00.
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