The Komrads ICNS have a history that goes way back. The sneaker was first made around the fifties in the Sovjet Union in response to the American basketball trainer, Converse All Stars. The Komrads ICNS symbolised the ‘comrade of the people’. In the 80’s and 90’s they also dominated the streets and many rock festivals.
However, the production was stopped in 2009. We thought differently. In 2015, Komrads reanimated the cult classic, remained faithful to the original black & white design but also added new, colourful versions. The Komrads ICNS were born!
Time for another important milestone: making the ICNS fully sustainable!
Of course the cool design of the ICNS has been retained! New is the sole made of 100% recycled rubber, the fabric is 100% recycled cotton and PET bottles, as well as the laces. No more metal rings and the insole is removable and made of recycled carbon (Arnetech insole). Production has also been moved from Slovakia to Portugal, where sustainable production and the best working conditions are guaranteed.
We kept the model close to the original design, but scores highly in terms of sustainability. We make the ICNS sustainable using recycled rubber & cotton.