Each and every pair of our shoes is part of a highly skilful, labour intensive process that includes up to 130 individual steps, and over 50 years experience. From concept to finished product, at ara we recognise that our feet are exposed to significant strain where prolonged over-exertion will ultimately have a detrimental effect on the entire body. To ensure that our footwear remains comfortable even when worn for extended periods of time, we incorporate a number functional elements. A case in point is shock absorption, which relieves the stress exerted on muscles, joints, bones and ligaments. Additionally, breathable materials are designed to provide the best possible climate control.
Strong. Light. Flexible. There’s some inner magic within your ara shoes,
here’s a glance as to what’s within.
Fully stitched for a light, soft step under foot. With this method of shoe making, our uppers are stitched directly to padded contoured footbeds resulting in a strong yet flexible bond where all components are integrated thus moulding to the wearer’s feet with time.
An extremely strong, light and flexible method of shoe making, here our uppers are stitched directly to our insoles with our air cushioned rubber soles subsequently affixed via direct injection. The result is a seamless bond between all components for exceptional cushioning and flexibility.
A traditional hand made process whereby our uppers are shaped and sewn to form a “sock” at the fore-foot, ensuring a degree of “give” so as to mould around your feet over time with glove like comfort.
With this method of shoe making we stitch our soles directly to the uppers, creating a strong but flexible bond that harmonises to the shape of your feet with wear. An added advantage is that hardly any glues need be used with this construction, resulting in shoes that are light and airy, ideally suited for summer casuals.
Light and flexible, here our uppers are stitched directly to our insoles for a completely sewn bond between shoe and sole, with our outer soles then either side stitched or ago constructed thereafter. Being sewn, these shoes provide for a degree of give with time, thereby adjusting to your feet seamlessly.
Natural. Beautiful. Unique.
Only the finest materials are used in our shoes, all of which are tested for hazardous contaminants on a regular basis by independent institutes ensuring beauty is more than skin deep.
There’s a world of features to be enjoyed, here’s a glance at what’s on offer.
Our extra light technology offers genuine comfort. The lightness of the outsole and high-tech materials ensure reduced overall weight. As a result, legs and feet are relieved from strain, alleviating tiredness and pain particularly when travelling.
Gore-Tex® shoes offer optimum heat transfer and outstanding moisture management, ensuring a perfect foot climate. The waterproof, breathable and highly durable Gore-Tex® membrane is placed at the very heart of the shoe and has been specially engineered to ensure dry feet and optimal comfort in any type of weather. Even in extreme conditions, your feet are kept warm and dry.
Our exchangeable footbeds ensure a perfect feeling of well-being. Designed to adapt to the anatomy of your feet from heel to toe, they relieve the stress on muscles, bones, joints and ligaments. Easily exchanged and refitted, these shoes offer the perfect solution for those who wear their own specially designed orthotics.
Your feet and their feelings are individual, personal and unique - we suggest always trying on prior to purchase.