Feature Glossary

You’ll find many of our shoes share many features like a polyurethane outsole, removable insoles, and leather uppers. These features are meant to make your shoe a comfortable one. Below is a glossary of features and how they make your shoes excellent for all-day wear.

  • Airped Plus Footbeds

    can be found in many Josef Seibel and Romika shoes. Airped Plus system comprised of (1) a perforated, moulded foam insert covering the footbed that evaporates sweat using activated carbon, and (2) a midsole with channels to keep air circulating. Together, the system absorbs shock, reduces odour, and maintains its supportive shape throughout its lifetime. Airped Plus is also anti-static and uses recycled materials in manufacturing.

  • Amaretta

    is a man-made suede woven like conventional fabric with fibers finer than silk. Shoes made from Amaretta maintain its shape over time and can be formed into smooth curved surfaces for a clean look. It is also lightweight, breathable, moisture-absorbing, and washable. How to care for Amaretta.

  • Cork

    is a lightweight material that may be found in midsoles of shoes. Over time the material molds to the foot of the wearer for custom comfort. Even so, it stays firm and maintains the arch support it was designed with while absorbing shock. Cork is also moisture-wicking and doesn’t let bacteria grow which can produce odours. Finally, cork is a renewable resource which is always a plus.

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  • Direct Injected Sole.

    Direct injection is a process that involves placing the upper into an outsole mold where liquid polyurethane is injected. The process produces consistent quality and offers the highest sole to upper bond, removing the need for stitching or glues. It also creates a watertight seal between the sole and the upper.

  • Goring/Gusset.

    Goring is a piece of elastic integrated into the shoe that is meant to give flexibility. It allows the shoe to fit snugly against your foot without binding it. Goring is especially useful in slip-on designs where there are no laces or other ways of loosening the upper. Shoes that have goring on both sides, are said to have double goring. Sometimes the word “gusset” is used to refer to the cutout which contains goring.

  • Hook-and-Loop

    adjustable straps are a good alternative to laces because they offer a convenient and secure way to adjust the shoe. The fastener is made of two pieces of fabric: One side with small hooks and another with small loops. When these two pieces of fabric meet, the hooks connect with the loops to form a bond that will not loosen unless pulled apart deliberately.

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  • Leather

    is a time-tested material for shoes. Its pliability allows the shoe to stretch and shape itself to your individual feet over time. Leather is also a breathable material which prevents foot odour and swelling at the end of the day. With proper care, a pair of leather shoes can last you season after season while still looking great.

  • Padded footbeds

    not only feel great but help reduce foot fatigue by massaging its muscles to maintain circulation with every step. You will appreciate how much better your feet feel at the end of the day when wearing a shoe with a padded footbed.

  • Polyurethane (PU)

    is a lightweight, flexible, cushioning, anti-slip, and durable durable. It can be made softer or harder which allows it to be used for absorbing shock in the midsole and provide durability and support in the outsole.Dual-density soles mean different densities of polyurethane have been combined for a great balance between shock absorption and durability.

  • Removable insoles

    are great for those using custom orthotics or inserts, which take up space inside our shoes and may create a tight fit. With a removable insole, you can make room for your orthotics for the optimal comfort for you. Another benefit of a removable insole is that you can air them out outside the shoe to reduce odours.

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  • Romotion

    is a patented technology that features a dynamic footbed in the midfoot area that encourages that natural gait and strengthens foot and ankle muscles, which are often times weakened from lack of muscle activity resulting in bunions, arthritis, and fallen arches. The footbed relieves the achilles tendon, knee joints, and hip joints from strain and distributes pressure across the entire foot. This activates the sole muscles for increased blood circulation to reduce foot fatigue at the end of the day.

  • Thermoplastic Rubber (TR)

    soles feature advantages of both rubbers and plastics. They can be injection moulded for a consistent quality. It is durable, flexible, and weather resistant. The material is able to be coloured to the desired look.

  • Top Dry Tex®

    is a membrane found on Romika and Josef Seibel shoes that makes the shoe waterproof and windproof, while still remaining breathable, thus creating a comfortable foot environment in all weather conditions. Some Top Dry Tex shoes can be machine washed at 30 °C on a delicate cycle and then air dried by stuffing the shoe with newspaper (never in the dryer or sunlight). Always check the label to see if your particular shoe can be machine washed.