The Kūkini Koa is a premium version of our standard Kūkini Trailrunner. A 3mm leather footbed is combined with a 4mm vibram rubber sole and hand-stitched around the entire perimeter. Limited to 48 pairs made per year, the Koa is a timeless piecefunctional piece of art that protects your foot.
Based on the ancient Kamaā La'i Hawaiian sandal design to protect feet from sharp hardened lava rocks, the Kūkini is made entirely of leather and is designed for wilderness exploration. The Trailrunner has a 7.5mm thick sole and is 100% handmade. What does that mean? Raw materials are purchased, templates are handcut, stamps are done by a hand press, stitching is done by hand - no machine prep, processing - everything done with a single set of hands in Kaua'i Hawaii.
Footbed cut from Herman Oak (St Louis, Missouri) vegetable tanned leather, 6.5oz Sage Tundra leather anchor straps & 6oz Sand Pebble Grain leather achilles tendon strap from Horween Leather Company (Chicago, Illinois). Hand burnished edges sealed with Hawaiian kukui nut oil. *leather bonded with water based contact cement free of toluene.
Handcrafted with exceptional materials, these have become my favourite “barefoot” sandals. They are beautifully made in Hawaii and are perfect for anyone looking to feel a stronger connection to the ground/earth. Lacing them up takes less than a minute and holds in place perfectly. Solid craftsmanship and overall feel.