The Iceman Walketh: Transcend the Machine with Prehistoric Footwear Technology

Found­ed in 2009, OTZShoes is a rel­a­tive­ly new brand with a dis­pro­por­tion­al­ly rich and sur­pris­ing­ly fas­ci­nat­ing his­to­ry built into its busi­ness mod­el. In an age where day-to-day reg­i­men so often con­sumes the sim­ple plea­sures, the founders of OTZShoes dis­cov­ered inspi­ra­tion in the past, in basic yet com­plex footwear worn by a man frozen in ice for the past 5,000 years. The video above speaks to the brand’s cul­ture. But this is their story:

OTZShoes takes you on a jour­ney back in time to a pre­his­toric man named “Oet­zi” who has been car­bon dat­ed to 3300 B.C. His mum­mi­fied body, unveiled from his frozen state by “glob­al warm­ing”, was wear­ing noth­ing more than the basic essen­tials he need­ed for sur­vival — gear for pro­tec­tion and warmth, as well as a unique pair of shoes.

We have re-mas­tered these basic essen­tials from the past in a fresh and rel­e­vant way. Our gear, from footwear to ruck­sacks, is envi­ron­men­tal­ly respon­si­ble and was cre­at­ed with the same under­stat­ed com­plex­i­ties that run through Oetzi’s DNA pro­mot­ing the art of well being.

OTZSHOES’s unique uni­sex shoe col­lec­tion con­sists of sneak­ers, mocs, boots, and slip-ons that are avail­able in suede, leather and can­vas. Our shoes are craft­ed using top grain napa leathers and oiled suedes, and an insu­lat­ing yet breath­able stretch inner sock lin­er. Our cork footbeds are designed for pre­mi­um com­fort using our unique CORK­fit and CORK­lite cork footbed tech­nolo­gies that grad­u­al­ly mold to your feet cre­at­ing the ulti­mate cus­tom fit. The antimi­cro­bial prop­er­ties of cork com­bined with our soft suede cov­er, pro­vides an unpar­al­leled walk­ing expe­ri­ence that com­pli­ments your every­day needs from the highs and lows of our mul­ti­cul­tur­al metrop­o­lis to the many trails that path our majes­tic planet.