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We made this incredibly comfy sandal. And this incredibly comfy sandal made us. 

A quick history of the original Walkstar

Marcia Kilgore has had her fair share of good ideas, the first one being Bliss Spa, which she founded in the mid 1990s in New York. The most recent being Beauty Pie, a luxury product buyer’s club for beauty junkies.  Bliss Spa became the go-to facial destination for celebrities, supermodels, and stressed-out urbanites alike, and made Kilgore, then in her mid 20s, a very busy woman.

By 2006, Kilgore was multi-tasking, raising a budding family with a business to manage, and wished she could find a cool shoe, ergonomically optimised to be like a yoga class for your feet, for the 20 minutes that she walked her 2-year-old son to playschool every morning.

Nothing of that description existed, and so Kilgore became determined to ‘invent’ it.

And so, after 6 months of searching, visits to dozens of university research centres, and a lot of Googling, she met Dr Dave Cook and Darren James of LSBU, who helped make her vision a reality.

A thick triple-density midsole, with a harder heel, soft midstep platform and mid-density toe-off, would re-align the body with the ground reaction force and get the whole foot working.  To work with the wearer’s natural gait.

It was super-engineered underneath, and sporty-gorgeous on top, and when it launched in 2007…

IT CREATED A SENSATION.

For some reason (stupidity, possibly?) we stopped making our beloved Walkstar. We don’t know why. Maybe like with a hairdresser, we just thought we needed to change. But that sandal was magic. And requests to reissue it kept pouring in.

And so a year ago, when our product director Caroline pulled an original pair out of the sample cupboard, put them on, the obsession began again. Because NOTHING feels as good on your feet as a pair of Walkstars. You might only wear them for 30 minutes a day, or you might have them on all summer, but as we see it for optimally healthy feet (that give your body optimally healthy joint alignment) nothing beats them. And everyone needs at least one pair. It’s like hitting the reset button on your aching feet.

The first shipment will be arriving in June. If you love them as much as you used to, more, in lots of fun colours, will follow.

 

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Designed by Dr Dave Cook and Dr Darren James, of London South Bank University (LSBU), with a patented triple-density midsole that maximizes foot comfort and body alignment when you walk in them. They’re approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association and recommended by chiropractors and podiatrists!.