What's so special about these sandals?
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!
Words from our early adopters
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
The Maku Benefits
The 3 straps are individually adjustable thanks to the proprietary Maku RedLink™ fastening system
Gentle on the skin for all-day comfort
Easy and quick slip-on
Slip Makus on and off easily – no messing with laces, velcro®, or buckles
Respects your toes' natural spacing
Custom-built straps compress between your toes without separating them
Hugs your heel
The deep heel-guard protects your heels from objects and dirt
Just the right shock absorbance
Without introducing bulk or compromising on ground-feel
4-way flexible sandal
Respects the natural movement of the foot, decreasing foot fatigue for all-day comfort
Fewer trip-ups and more stability with a grip that's perfectly balanced for city streets, wet surfaces, and light trails
Abrasion-free strap design
Straps recede into groves in the sole, and are held away from the ground by the tension in the straps
Designed and built to last for years, from some of the highest quality materials on the market.
After years spent testing 50+ types of rubber, we custom designed our own recipe to meet our all of our high standards: flexibility, abrasion resistance, puncture resistance, shock absorbance, and a strong grip.
For our White on Tan model, we use 100% genuine premium tan soft suede leather
For our Black on Red model, we use a premium, synthetic, and vegan red soft suede leather with advanced color fastness properties
For our Black on Black model, we use a premium anti-slip and durable rubber footbed]
We custom produced straps from a special nautical fiber (from the boating industry) because of it's highly durable qualities (resistant to salt, sea, and sun) while being soft on the hands of sailors (softer than cotton feel)
Curious Red triple guarantee
We'll replace your Makus in case of defects in material or workmanship
Exchange your Makus at no cost within 30 days. Terms and conditions apply.
Return your Makus for a full refund within 30 days. No questions asked.
The legacy behind Maku sandals
Your sandals are inspired by the simple footwear of the Tarahumara, a native American tribe of northwestern Mexico. The Tarahumara—known as ‘the running indians’— have developed a tradition of long-distance running up to 300 km (200 miles) in one session. They run in a traditional form of minimal sandals called ‘Huaraches’, made from a piece of leather or old tire rubber and a rope. We've improved on this original minimalist design and tailored it to fit your everyday urban life as well as the great outdoors.