Handcrafted Leather Sandals
Meet the Kūkini sandals. Hawaiian texts and legends tell great stories of kūkini or Hawaiian runners. Often chosen because of demonstrated athletic ability. At a young age they were trained and logged long training miles through rugged terrain and difficult trails, worked on both speed and distance. Kūkini were employed by royal chiefs to work as swift messengers, spys and to complete tasks that required stealth and courage. They often ran barefoot however in certain situations they used what is called a Kāma'a La'i or Hawaiian twisted kī leaf sandal. A woven minimalist sandal from dried kī leaves (cordyline fruticosa plant) to cover their barefeet when trekking over sharp lava rocks and jagged rocks of the Pali (cliff). This is my creative expression of those ancient Hawaiian sandals.
Kūkini TrailRunner: Constructed entirely of leather is designed for wilderness exploration, with 100% natural grounding & earthing (energy return from earth with energy created by your individual movement force). Hence the all leather soles to facilitate energy exchange
- 7.5 mm Sole made with hand cut A grade Herman Oak (St Louis, Missouri) vegetable tanned leather
- Dyed & Waxed 6.5oz Horween (Chicago, Illinois) tundra leather straps
- 6oz Horween (Chicago, Illinois) sand pebble leather heel cup
- Hand burnished edges
- Sealed with Hawaiian kukui nut oil
- Hand stamped KōNEA Footwear branding
- Packaged with 272gsm military grade canvas drawstring bag. (No plastic)
I suggest not using sandals in wet weather conditions unless you have experience oiling and re-conditioning leather. (Questions 📧mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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