It's finally here, the Único. Our specially developed individual premium barefoot shoe made in our factory in Freiburg
One shoe for everything and everyone! With the Único you have combined performance, creativity and comfort in one barefoot shoe. It accompanies you on every occasion and in every season, be it at work, on a hike or for sports, in spring, summer or winter. So the Único is a shoe for you and for you. It can be put together individually. You decide how Único should look for you. Color, upper and sole - you choose. A unique shoe for you that ensures a stylish appearance. A shoe that fits your unique foot. Big, small, narrow or wide. With Único we don't want to restrict ourselves and you, but rather meet your individual needs. Would you like to find out more details about the manufacture in Freiburg, the materials and the elaborate manufacturing process? Then take a look here.
One shoe for everything, in absolute premium quality
High performance outer fabrics can be individually designed
Our idea has always been to make a shoe that is suitable for every use. The result is Único - a shoe for everything. You can put this shoe together individually: the sole area, the colors and the outer fabrics. We currently offer three high-quality outer fabrics. OnDura® is a high-tech fabric with high-strength fibers that offer maximum abrasion resistance and maximum breathability. It is rarely used in the shoe sector because it is expensive and such high breaking standards are not needed. In most cases, cheaper 3D mesh outer fabrics are used. Our fabric is very light and can be water repellent. It can successfully withstand friction and rupture tests that would be unusual and unthinkable for other types of fabrics or natural fibers. In this way, the most demanding standards are met. The best: the fabric is certified according to ÖKO-Tex 100. With regular cleaning (e.g. with a vegetable brush) and resole, we give the Ondura® shoe a durability of at least 6-8 years - that's pure sustainability. The second outer fabric consists of fine hydro calfskin velor, made by a small tannery in Germany. Hydrovelour is waterproof, easy to care for, quick-drying and breathable. Water simply rolls off, dirt does not stick, and there is minimal paint wear. The fine suede is naturally tanned using purely vegetable methods. A shoe for heavy use, which can be worn all year round, made of full leather, i.e. made entirely of leather. The lining is made of very fine and soft goatskin, vegetable tanned, from Baden-Württemberg. With appropriate care and resole, we give the leather shoe a durability of 15 years or longer - a nice and above all very sustainable idea.
The third outer fabric is made from naturally vegan piñatex, which is obtained from the leaves of the pineapple, which are usually considered a residual and waste product. It is a natural product: sustainably produced and absolutely free from animal ingredients. It's strong, versatile, breathable, soft, light, flexible and easy to print, sew and cut. It is almost 100% percent biodegradable. The new Único made of fine piñatex is equipped with a very high quality organic cotton lining. This completely vegan shoe can be worn casually without socks in spring and summer. A convincing alternative to leather, available in beige and black. This variant was important to us because sustainability is important to us and we are happy to respond to your wishes. The shoe is just as comfortable and flexible as the other variant, definitely an eye-catcher and perfect for spring. Piñatex needs careful care, regular waxing gives it a wonderful patina and stays longer. We give the Piñatex shoe a shelf life of 3-5 years with regular care and resole.
Excellent thermals and a dry foot feeling
In addition, there is a high-quality insole that can be removed if required or exchanged for a warmer wool insole when it is cold. The high-quality double Poron XRD is also used here. The combination of the Poron XRD bulge and the Poron XRD insole ideally cushions rough bumps, especially off-road, absorbs energy and protects your foot from blunt injuries. This strong combination is recommended for our Único Standard for running off-road or hiking. If you want even more barefoot feeling, you can remove the insole or replace it with a warmer wool insole in winter. We also use our special perforated ONSTEAM outer fabric. This fabric is unique, it reacts to moisture like blotting paper, pulls out all moisture within seconds and transports it to the outside via the outer fabric. This not only protects the foot from heavy impacts and odor, but also comfortably and dryly on the go at all times.
Pure barefoot feeling with an elaborate sole structure
Único not only convinces with its appearance but also with its comfort. We take the trouble to assemble the sole very laboriously ourselves. Almost all shoe manufacturers today use an injection molded sole that is simply glued on or injected on. Such soles often cannot be resoled and the shoes are thrown away at an early stage. We, on the other hand, deliberately make more effort and cut a natural rubber frame by hand from fine crepe rubber, which reinforces the toe area and additionally protects the outer fabric. This sole edge is sewn very carefully at the edge so that the sole cannot peel off from the edge (by the way, the most famous complaint about shoes). But that's not all, all of our shoes are then carefully balled out with our high-quality Poron XRD and only at the very end does the thin sole you have chosen come on. There are currently three types of soles available. Firstly our Vibram® Megagrip Running Sole, which is ideal for all sporting activities, but also for intense running ambitions. This sole is a mixture of 70% natural rubber and 30% light copolymer (EVA) and offers extremely good grip in wet, slippery surfaces as well as on snow and ice. The second sole is a Vibram® ECO Crepe sole, made of 70% natural rubber and 30% recycled old rubber. It is extremely durable and suitable for everyday use. At home, in the office, with the child on the playground or on walks, the ECO sole is ideal. The third sole is the Vibram® Berlin Edition, already known from our Classic Berlin Edition. We only offer this on the naturally vegan Pinatex models, it is particularly thin and suitable for everyday urban life. All three types of soles can be resole.
Handmade and regional
Sustainability is the top priority for Único. That is why we source a large part of our materials from the region. This enables us to have a manageable supply chain and a reduction in Co2. Our innovative bonding process also dispenses with aggressive adhesives and chemicals. We use a water-based glue. This adhesive is harmless, similar to wood glue, it is applied very sparingly in a modern vacuum spraying process and further processed in a longer oven process under extremely high atmospheric pressure.
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