We're problem solvers revolutionizing the footwear industry.
What we do
We make breakthrough footwear that is distinct, comfortable, and made from plants not petrochemicals or animals. This minimizes our environmental impact. We were founded in 2018 and are based in Brooklyn, NY.
Why we do it
Our Founder and CEO Dave started the company to inspire progress in the fight against climate change by making footwear a force for good. We want to put a dent in climate change and environmental degradation. We choose footwear as our vehicle because it’s the most carbon intensive component of our daily wardrobe. Big journeys start with simple steps, and we hope to inspire others who seek progress over perfection, for themselves and for our planet.
How we do it
We make progress by creating visually distinct footwear that showcases a strong sustainability ethos. We seek to perpetually improve the sustainability of our shoes by pioneering new applications of natural materials and forging new manufacturing processes at scale.
Dave Founder / CEO
Dave is our Founder and CEO. He has a love for shoes and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Before founding Kengos, he was a consultant at BCG and worked in corporate finance at LVMH. He wears a size 9.
Dave is married to his wife Paula, and they live together with their dog Canela in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Outside of work, Dave enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the city with his wife, and playing golf.
Micah is our Chief Product Officer. A lifelong product and design fanatic, Micah has spent his entire professional career in the footwear industry, delivering thousands of styles across some big name brands from concept creation to consumer purchase. He wears a size 13.
Micah lives in Connecticut with his wife Nicole, 6-year-old son Coen, and 4-year-old daughter Everly. In his off-hours, Micah loves spending time with his family, cooking with his kids, and going on long runs in the woods.
Ivan is our Sourcing Specialist and Supply Chain Manager. He is born and raised in Mexico’s shoemaking capital, Leon, and grew up surrounded by lasts, uppers and outsoles. Now he works as Kengos' local representative liaising locally with all of our supply chain partners.
Outside of work he loves spending time with friends and rooting for his favorite fútbol team Club León. He wear's a size 12.
Howard Colvin is our Director of R&D and leads all things science here at Kengos. He has over 30 years of experience in the tire industry as a chemist and a polymer scientist and has over 50 US patents issued to date, most of which he self-authored.
He is the winner of the 2021 Melvin Moon Distinguished Technology award made by the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society for “exceptional technical competence by making significant and repeated contributions to rubber technology”. He wears a size 10.
Seton Content & Social
Seton is our Social Media Manager. She has a love for fashion and the latest shoe trends. She has been crushing the social media game ever since she started at Kengos. She takes an idea and makes it come alive in the digital world.
During her time off, Seton enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dogs, Periwinkle and Levi at the beach and traveling as much as she can. She wears a size 7.
Inspire people to improve the status quo and move the world forward. Change is good.
Innovation for Good
Pursue breakthrough innovations in design and material science, focused on fact-based improvements in environmental impact throughout the entire product lifecycle.
Never ask a customer to choose. All Kengos products look good, feel good and do the entire planet good.
Create beautiful products that embrace functional design and stand out from the crowd.
Tackle important problems without taking ourselves too seriously. Have fun and foster an inclusive community spirit.