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– Hanane & Will

That's a question we get asked often. It's not just all the little things that make them what they are. It's that those who try them often end up wearing them more than anything else. For us, this says a lot!


1st person to wear Maku

I have very sensitive feet and was concerned about irritation before getting my Makus. But when I started wearing them, I was extremely pleased and realized how comfortable they are. I run, dance, sail, and exercise in them, on land, rocks, sand, and salty water. My Makus follow me everywhere. They've been through two Wicker Park festivals, several Greek Islands, the Turkish and Italian coastline, the Montreal summer, and more! I like to experiment a lot with fashion, and have enjoyed wearing them with everything from jeans to Japanese Hakama.

– Nadim Sioufi

Interior Designer, Canada

22nd person to wear Maku

On a trip to Brazil, after a long day of walking, when all my friends were complaining about their feet hurting, my feet still felt fresh and free. I was surprised by how comfortable my Makus were, as opposed to the common feeling of tightness and hotness at the end of a long day.

– Romy Assouad

Entrepreneur & Dancer, Beirut

2nd person to wear Maku

Before my first pair of Makus, I had never worn sandals because I didn't find them comfortable or good looking. And today, I use my Makus for everything: walking, biking, hiking, etc. What's funny, is that when I used to wear 'high tech' shoes, my feet would get tired only after a few hours. With my Makus I can walk all day and my feet still feel fresh.

– Kristyan Sarkis

Award-winning type designer, Amsterdam

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The 3 straps are individually adjustable thanks to the proprietary Maku RedLink™ fastening system


Respects your toes’ 

natural spacing

Custom-built straps compress between your toes without separating them


Cotton feel

Gentle on the skin for all-day comfort


Just the right 

shock absorbance

Without introducing bulk or compromising on ground-feel


Hugs Your Heel

The deep heel-guard protects your heels from objects and dirt


4-way flexible sandal

Respects the natural movement of the foot, decreasing foot fatigue for all-day comfort


Puncture resistant sole

Keeps your feet safe


Grippy sole

Fewer trip-ups and more stability with a grip that's perfectly balanced for city streets, wet surfaces, and light trails


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Back in 2009, I thought that going barefoot would solve my knee pain. It didn’t, but something unexpected happened. Back then, I had made myself sandals to run in but ended up wearing them more than all my other shoes.
I wore them almost everyday until they broke. That’s when I decided to buy something similar. This was very frustrating because what I found either felt like cardboard or was bulky or unrefined. So I made my 2nd pair, improving the design and durability. This same story repeats 37 times!
At some point I had made a pair of sandals for my partner Hanane, and we'd wear them almost everywhere. People were regularly coming up to us on the street asking us where we got them from. It was obvious that there was something special about these sandals.
We began accepting orders, and had people buying them across 4 continents. That started a long process of “get real-world feedback, improve, repeat.” With every upgrade, we wanted the best materials so the sandals would be even more comfortable and durable.
5 years and 37 tries later, we finally had it right. So right in fact, that as soon as we sold 50 pairs, a hundred more lined up. With each pair taking us 4 hours to make by hand, we knew we had to find a better way to bring Makus to the world.
And that’s why we're here today, reaching out to you. Launching a Kickstarter campaign will help us deliver the unmatched quality, comfort, and design of Maku sandals to you and to the world.
We love our Makus, and we hope that you want your own Makus as well. Thank you so much for sharing this journey with us!


William Choukeir

From as far back as he can remember, William has been taking things apart and making things (like his own toys, remote-controlled helicopters, meditation chairs, and clothing). When William faces a problem, it's quite possible that he'll get disappointed with what's available in the market, and build something himself. He has such high standards and is obsessed with making beautiful industrial-quality consumer objects. By day, William is a designer who helps businesses make things people want. It's this combination that initially brought the 1st pair of Makus to life, and drove their persistent improvement, year over year

David El Achkar

Over the years, David has launched and has helped others launch a variety of businesses. He truly enjoys making things work simply, setting up and optimizing operations, as well as the creativity involved in designing solutions where none were previously available. Early adopter turned co-founder, he joined the Maku team to launch a new brand and setup the infrastructure needed for people all around the world to enjoy what was once limited to a very narrow circle. At his core, David values minimalism, quality, and design. His Makus are the first thing he grabs when leaving home

Hanane Kai

Hanane is an illustrator, maker of picture books, and an occasional award-winner. She's in love with materials and textures; with their tactile and visual qualities. That passion drove her to source the world for materials she can fall in love with; materials that ended up in Maku sandals. Hanane's special ability to know what stirs emotions in people guides the design direction of Maku. Without her, Makus would have never ventured out of our home into the wild. She has spearheaded efforts of getting early versions into peoples feet, collecting feedback, and integrating it in following iterations


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