In 2005, Ludo, creative director of a leading athletic lifestyle brand, came across an article written by Petr Hlavacek describing the oldest shoes ever found. These belonged to Oetzi, the iceman, and dated back to 3300B.C. The shoes were quite remarkable considering the time period - made of deer skin stitched to a bear skin sole with an internal woven net filled with dried grass and moss for warmth and comfort. Inspired by Oetzi's ingenuity, Ludo realized he could redesign this iconic shoe incorporating today's trend, comfort and technology. Hence the concept of OeTZI3300 shoes was born.
CORKlite is our lightweight soft comfort cork footbed. It is made from a compression molded
EVA form wrapped with a 1.8mm cork casing. The footbed is lined with a 1.8mm suede leather cover.
This provides a softer cushioned ride that gradually moulds to the shape of your feet.
The antimicrobial properties of the cork reduces bacterial build up
and allows you to wear the shoes with or without socks.
OTZ is proud to be working on the BlackSpotCow Project in developing mechanisms within our company that allow us to provide financial assistance towards the Arthritis Foundation - a leading international research and education non profit organization for Osteoarthritis, Arthritis and other related joint diseases.
3300 years BC. tattoos found on Otzis body reveal that he too had symptoms of arthritis which may have been treated with primitive forms of acupuncture. These tattoos have become the symbol of our brand, our logo.