Originally launched in 1953 by a Brooklyn-based shoe company, Kork-Ease became an instant hit thanks to their simple, handmade design and super lightweight materials, which added height without making it feel like you had two bricks strapped to your feet.
Originally created in the 50's as a comfort shoe, Kork-Ease burst into the fashion scene as a must-have in the 70's. Any respectable hipster under 30 owned at least one pair of them. Celebrated and adored, Kork-Ease spawned a variety of wedge 'wanabees.'
At the peak of the shoes' popularity in the mid-'70s, every fashionista raved about the comfy kicks, and the style pretty much came to define the decade. No wonder the Kork-Ease wedge earned a permanent place in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's Landmark Shoe Collection (which includes only 25 types of shoes in its entire collection).
Today's Kork-Ease sandals boast the same materials - featherweight cork bottom, super soft leather upper - that made the original so popular This spring, the Brooklyn-based company is relaunching the classic crisscross strap sandals for a new generation of hipsters, just in time to cash in on the '70s revival that's sweeping fashion circles.