Kengos are 87% plant-based; our goal is 100% by 2022.
We believe in making shoes that look good, feel good, and do good for the planet. From sourcing local materials to crafting quality design, each step of our process is a step forward for the footwear industry.
What goes into a Kengos shoe?
Plant-based composition: 100%
Plant-based composition: 98%
Synthetic composition: 2%
Plant-based composition: 68%
Natural mineral composition (sand): 28%
Synthetic composition: 4%
Plant-based composition: 99%
Synthetic composition: 1%
What makes Kengos different
We’re proud to always stay a step ahead of the footwear industry. While industry-standard brands use leather, synthetic foams (EVAs), plastics (PETs, TPU/PUs), adhesives, synthetic rubbers, polyesters, and nylons in their shoes, we don’t. It’s this simple difference that drives us to design products that eliminate waste without asking you to compromise on style, comfort, or price.
No Animal products
No Synthetic rubber
No Polyester or Nylon
No Thermo polyurethane
Our shoes do with 5 parts what others do with 30+.
Shoes are the most carbon-intensive item in your closet because they have so many components. We’ve redesigned our shoes from the ground up to deliver fresh, quality style with a lower footprint.
We created and patented a new way to make shoes that uses no harmful glues or chemicals whatsoever.
It’s a simple equation:
Fewer components =
smaller supply chain =
smaller environmental footprint.
Our products are designed to deliver great style, comfort, and durability together with science-backed sustainability.
What are the 5 components?
How are they assembled?
The Lace-Ups are assembled by hand without the use of any glue or adhesive! We call this construction method the 1Knot™ because --you guessed it!-- it's held together with just one knot.
The 1Knot gives the Lace-Up it's unique look by exposing the stitching that holds the shoe together around the perimeter for the world to see. This functional design element is central to the look and feel of the Lace-Up.
The 1Knot also makes the Lace-Up designed for disassembly. No adhesives means we can take the shoe back at the end of its life, disassemble it, and compost or recycle all five of the components.
That's footwear evolved. That's Kengos.
Piece Knit Process
The piece knit process refers to the way that our upper is produced. It’s the smarter way to manufacture because it optimizes how much material we use and consumes only what’s necessary. The traditional cut-and-sew technique is much more wasteful in comparison. Piece knitting also gives us limitless design opportunities for the future. Kengos go-go boots, anyone?
Less is More
Fewer parts equal less waste, less energy usage, and easier disposal.
Components in Kengos
Amaize Knit Upper
Pure Flex Outsole
Components in Typical Shoes
Plastic Lace Tips
Metal eyelets (8 - 16)