design defined

The average person walks approximately four miles each day – that is 115,000 miles in a lifetime.

Say what you will about the look, feel or aroma of the human foot, there is no debating that it is a strong, sensitive and highly specialized structure. Designed for endurance, the foot contains 26 bones, more than 150 ligaments, 7,200 nerve endings and a complex network of muscles and blood vessels.

It is the capacity of the foot for strength, sensory perception, balance and endurance that inspires the foundation of kigo's design. kigos are made to maximize the foot's ability to function as it is naturally intended, while keeping it protected from the elements.

No matter what your daily activities, every kigo style keeps your feet comfortable through key design features defined below.

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Anatomical Shape:  Designed to contour the shape of the body. kigos are designed to mimic the natural shape of a foot allowing full freedom of movement.

Cradle to Cradle:  Production technique striving for a waste-free process where all components used to create a product can be recycled or reused at the end of its lifecycle. Well-loved and well-worn kigos can be recycled or upcycled through partnerships with PLUS Compound Technologies and Soles4Souls.

Flexible Outsole:  Ability to twist, bend and roll the outsole of a shoe without significant resistance. kigo outsoles have great flexibility - twisting, bending and rolling - allowing your foot to move freely.

Lightweight:  Something that weighs very little or less than average. One kigo weighs an average of 3.6 oz (W) | 5.5 oz (M) compared to the average running/walking shoe weighing in at 12.0 oz.  

Minimalist Shoe:  Lightweight footwear featuring a wide toe box, anatomical shape and thin, flexible, zero drop, minimal toe spring outsole. kigos feature all of these design aspects in our styles.

Proprioception:  The natural ability of the body to unconsciously sense its position, balance and movement through receptors. The foot holds many of these receptors which send messages to the brain and help the body to function as intended. kigo creates shoes that maximizes the foot's ability to feel the ground while still keeping it protected from the elements.

Stack Height:  The amount of shoe material between the bottom of your foot and the ground. kigo styles feature a relatively low stack height, allowing your foot to feel more while still being protected.

Toe Box:  The area of a shoe that surrounds, protects and supports the toes. kigo styles feature a wide toe box which allows the toes to spread, stretch, contract and move naturally within the shoe.

Traction:  A good grip on the ground. kigos feature a fingerprint or square groove outsole for keeping you and your feet securely on the ground.

Zero Drop:  A 1:1 ratio meaning that the heel and toes are the same distance off the ground. kigo outsoles are completely flat with a zero differential keeping feet firmly connected to the ground and allowing your posture optimal alignment.

Toe Spring:  The height that a shoe's toe box sits above the ground. kigo styles are designed with minimal toe spring allowing the foot to rest naturally as it would when barefoot.



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