Up-and-coming brand: Nat-2

Futuristic high-end shoes made from innovative materials

"A luxury, state-of-the-art footwear brand" is how Sebastian Thies describes his Nat-2 label, which was established in 2007. The sixth-generation shoemaker and designer is introducing new developments, chiefly in terms of materials. Particularly innovative are the first wooden sneakers. To make them, FSC certified ash, birch, beech and other types of wood are applied to organic cotton. Laser cutting is used to break up the rigid structure of the wood so that the material becomes soft and flexible like a high-quality leather. At the same time, the natural texture of wood can still be seen. Both the patented material and the shoes themselves are manufactured under fair conditions in Italy. Thanks to real cork padded insoles, rubber outer soles and glue that is free from animal ingredients, the unisex shoes impress because they are high quality and vegan as well. Typical features of the shoes from the Munich-based German label are their futuristic look and reflective details.

In addition to the wooden sneakers, the high-end brand has other striking designs in its product range, including, for example, shoes made from stone or with uppers that have changing metallic surfaces, and rubber boots with corn. These are also grabbing the attention of prestigious customers, such as Opening Ceremony and Galeries Lafayette.

From Abu Dhabi to China, Hong Kong and Japan, and to Italy, Spain and Switzerland, Nat-2 is represented in nearly all countries worldwide. They have their own concept store in Munich, 'Coilex', where all the newest models can be purchased. But this is not yet enough for Sebastian Thies: by his own account, he and his Munich-based label are currently looking for sales area partners and investors to drive further growth.

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