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.