Hi, we are Mark and Greet,

founders of Komrads, world-lovers and serious sneaker addicts.

Our four children and their future is the motivation and inspiration behind our advocacy on environmental awareness. We contribute to the change of the fashion industry, one of the most polluting industries there is.

Our adventure started back in 2015 when KOMRADS was founded with one sole purpose: creating a sustainable cult brand rooted in current culture, embracing the now but with huge respect to the heritage of our product and the planet we live on. Appealing to a community of dreamers, creators, musicians and believers. We produce with respect for people and nature.

 

Our Dream 

 

The more we became aware of production processes, the more questions we had about the fashion industry:

How polluting is this industry? What about the Rana Plaza disaster and the numerous sweatshops? What about the fact that less than 1% of material used to produce fashion is recycled into new clothing? What about climate change? Every year 18 M hectares of Rain Forest -an area the size of England and Wales – is felled and replaced by great swathes of palm oil trees and rubber plantations (the main material used to make sneakers).

And so, this was the starting point of our dream. A dream to produce a comfortable and fashionable sneaker that does not cause harm to our planet. A sneaker for which we do not have to harvest natural commodities. A sneaker built entirely from re-used and recycled materials (link to ‘our promise’ page). After 1,5 year of trials and errors with innovative materials, Komrads APL was born.

And the story doesn’t end here.

THE HERITAGE

When the Czech Boot Company designed its trademark model as an answer to the Western Shoe Revolution, it was completely unaware it was about to shape cult history. The shoe was a milestone in iconic footwear, unparalleled in design, coolness and comfort. The Soviet sneaker quickly revealed itself everywhere as an unpretentious hit – turning it into an underground gem for years to come.

If it weren’t for devotees in Belgium, the story would have ended when production was discontinued. In line with our European story, they kept Komrads’ story close to home. But, the only way for a true legend to live on is for it to find a new cause. The shoes, still produced in the original factory in Partizánske, have been summoned to a new era of cool, in which nostalgia is no longer a thing of the past. It’s a shoe that celebrates personality and rejoices over individuality.

 

BRIGHT COLORS, HAPPY FACES

Komrads came, saw and conquered in colors; but now it’s time to expand even more. The second wave has started: this collection is the next chapter in their quest to bring nostalgia back to life. A new head of design has brought a wind of change to the brand, which resulted in a true Komrad (r)evolution. Intricate details, bold colors and a brand-new design yet again sets a daring statement to the world: Komrads are on the rise!