OneGround Footwear

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OneGround, a young footwear brand, is offering direct-to-consumer leather sneakers on Kickstarter until Monday, October 20, 2014. Their first collection includes The Edgar, a low-top; the Maya, a chukka; and the Walt, a slip-on. Available in beige, blue, or black colorways, the unisex designs feature a full-grain calfskin leather upper, a rubber sole, and a suede liner. Going for $99 on Kickstarter, the casual kicks are priced lower than designer options. Affordability, while noteworthy, is not OneGround’s only selling point, however. The small company crafts their shoes by hand at a family-owned, 50-year-old shoe factory in Istanbul, Turkey. Their small operation allows them to move more quickly than established designers, and they can release new collections as frequently as every 60 days.  This means that customers can expect a new wave of high quality, responsibly manufactured shoes every two months, about twice in one season for double the style.

Holly

Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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