Upcycled Fire Hose Kūkini Trailrunners
KŌNEA FOOTWEAR ♻️ Upcycled Fire Hose Project
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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.
- Recycled High pressure bonded single ply EPDM rubber fire hose outsole.
- 7.5 mm Stacked mid-sole made with hand cut A grade Herman Oak (St Louis, Missouri) vegetable tanned leather
- Natural vegetable tanned 6oz Horween (Chicago, Illinois) Essex leather straps & heel cup
- Hand burnished edges
- Sealed with Hawaiian kukui nut oil
- Dyed with "lepo" (volcanic rich mineral dirt from Waimea Canyon)
- Comes with 272gsm military grade canvas drawstring bag with embossed leather patch branding
*I suggest not using sandals in wet weather conditions unless you have experience oiling and re-conditioning leather. (Questions 📧mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)