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Natural cork uppers


Breathable microfiber lining


Synthetic quick dry insole


Vibram Supernewflex 6mm soles


Lightweight - approx. 200 gr

€47.62

€59.52

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Wide toe box
Natural leather
Vegetable tanned insole
Non-skid sole
Flexible sole

The SOUL collection

 

Warmer days and women’s sandals collections are finally back! The perfect barefoot shoes to enjoy this summer! Created to renew the unique bond between us and nature, Tikki SOUL sandals are incredibly light and comfortable, with a minimalist 6 mm ultra-flexible Vibram sole, handcrafted exclusively from premium materials.

 

After extended research side by side with the Tikki® Crafters, we’ve found the perfect alternative to replace the natural leather of our other sandals with entirely organic material. You know this by now - We’re always trying to get one step closer to nature!

 

So, why cork? We know, it’s a surprise. But at the end of the day, it's a material that proves indispensable, because of its high resistance and because of how extremely lightweight and waterproof it is. To give you a bit of a background story, the cork we use is actually harvested from the cork oaks once they reach maturity. Of course, the process doesn’t harm the trees, as the bark regrows completely again afterward. Cork is well-known for its ability to absorb vibrations and direct impact, which makes it perfect. Besides this, it acts as an air cushion. So, it quickly embraces the shape of the foot, from the first time you put the sandals on! 

 

Compared to the leather Soul model, where we used Chrome Free lining, this time around, we went for a synthetic one, made out from breathable microfiber, antimicrobial, that doesn’t generate odor. Its thermo-regulating ability provides maximum comfort and total dryness inside the sandal. Also, the vegetable-tanned leather insoles were replaced by synthetic ones, which are softer and anti-skid.

 

Tikki Crafters recommend: for the SOUL sandals, choose a size that is 0.5 to 1cm longer than the measurement of your foot, then use the Velcro strap to easily adjust.

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What does Barefoot actually mean?

Barefoot shoes are those that allow the feet to move naturally, as close as possible to walking barefoot. Barefoot shoes have the following characteristics:

1. ZERO-DROP - the sole is perfectly flat , with the heel at the same height as the ball of the foot. Raising the heel throws off the alignment of the spine, and forces an unnatural heel strike.

2. FLEXIBILITY -  they have a highly flexible sole, allowing the feet to move unrestricted, in order to become stronger. By comparison, in a stiff shoe, the soles hardly bend, and this eventually leads to muscle atrophy and pain.

3. THIN SOLE - the thinner the sole of the shoe, the more information our brain can receive through the neurotransmitters located in our feet. This is essential for optimal proprioception (our body's awareness of its own position and movement), perfect balance and finding the best posture depending on the type of surface you're stepping on.

4. WIDE TOE BOX - plenty of room for the toes. The more space the toes have to splay, the better the overall body weight distribution and posture. The role of the big toe is very important, as it supports the whole body. Try a simple exercise: do a few pushups supported by your hands, with your fingers closed in a tight fist - you'll notice that it takes a lot more effort and your body position will feel unnatural.

5. ZERO SUPPORT - no orthopedic support recommended. Barefoot shoes have no arch support, no shock-absorbent cushionings or other market innovations. If supported and unnable to move naturally, muscles gradually lose strength, and this leads to painful and weakened feet.

6. NO STIFFENERS - shoes made from a stiff material that doesn't mould to the feet, won't allow them to move freely. It is best for the shoe to mould to the shape of the foot and not the other way around. This is the reason why barefoot shoes are made from soft and flexible materials, without cardboard or plastic stiffeners to preserve their shape over time.

 

What is the difference between Barefoot and Minimalist?

Although our main focus is  Barefoot shoes, we also have Minimalist ranges. These shoes meet all the requirements above, except for the fact that they're not as flexible as the Barefoot shoes, and have minimal stiffeners for durability. They are especially designed for older children or adults, who need their shoes to be more hardwearing and able to cope with heavier use.

Tikki Shoes products are entirely manufactured from natural leather and so must be cared for in the manner usually applicable to leather footwear, with a few exceptions:
1. You must not wash the footwear in a washing machine! Due to rather long washing cycles, their duration usually exceeding an hour, the leather is submerged in water for too long which can result in its scaling and shrinking when drying. Additionally, the risk of colour transfer increases in contact with water. Tikki shoes should only be cleaned with a leather care product.
2. The velour leather sole of indoor footwear requires periodical cleaning when the surface becomes dirty or greasy, causing the fine velour leather hairs to stick together and no longer adhere to the ground. You must not clean them very frequently, only when you notice that the footwear starts slipping on floors.
In this case you must use a damp cloth or wet baby wipes and a hard-bristle brush (e.g. a nail brush, barbecue brush, etc.). You must clean the sole with the damp cloth or wet wipe (you must not rinse the soles with water because that would increase the risk of colour transfer), let it dry, and then rub the sole with the brush until you see the fine velour leather hairs stand up again.
3. The leather on the sides of baby shoes/outdoor footwear/sandals/boots must be cleaned only with a leather care product.
4. The drying must occur slowly and exclusively at room temperature: avoid drying the footwear next to heat sources (radiator, stove, fan, fire, hair dryer or other heat sources, or by exposing the footwear to direct sunlight) which would harden the leather and cause scaling on its surface.
5. Do not use bleach, detergents or solvent-based solutions to clean the footwear.

6. All vegan models can be cleaned with wet wipes or a damp cloth.

Both Nappa and Velour Leather Footwear must be cleaned only with a special leather care product.

The outdoor footwear is not waterproof and so we recommend its use with dry weather. The sole and sides of the outdoor footwear must not come in contact with water, snow, sand, gravel, solvents, tar, soft bitumen or other corrosive materials. Avoid getting caught or stepping on sharp metal objects, stones, glass shards, oils, fuel, and thinners. The warranty does not cover damage resulting from poor roads, footpaths or pavements, or from using the footwear on other rough, abrasive or corrosive surfaces.

We are not liable for damages resulting from not following the above mentioned instructions, or for discomfort resulting from wearing the wrong size or model/fitting of shoes.

 

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