Original contemporary footwear designed to aid & restore feet to optimal function. Manually crafted by artisan shoemaker Braxton Garma.
Kōnea in the Hawaiian language translates to "restore to health". Every shoe that is crafted is designed as an aid to restore your feet back to optimal function. All shoes are made with flat minimal soles, natural toe box, flexible and constructed around the human foot. *Kōnea footwear uses a human foot shaped last (shoe form) only to attach outsoles and finish the process. A method called slip lasting which is a non-traditional approach to shoemaking, but also utilizing modern sneaker making techniques.
The ultimate goal is being able to live barefoot without any aches and pains. With that in mind my design process is simple: innovate & craft with integrity. KŌNEA FOOTWEAR was conceived because morally I didn't agree with the giants of the shoe industry. Everything that is crafted is made in a tiny studio workshop on the island of Kaua'i in Hawai'i. Footwear available to be purchased in the online shop is made when ordered and/or produced in small batch quantities to encourage slower production schedules, with the intention to reduce waste in manufacturing. All in all to give the consumer an alternative perspective on shoemaking. The way of KŌNEA!