For their latest “Made in Germany” collab, the folks over at ROOS present a very special project. With the Grubenhelden x KangaROOS “Pawer”, they unite tradition, progress and timeless sneaker style.
Climate change calls for renewable sources of energy and the switch to solar power and other green alternatives is in full swing. But therefore, traditional methods disappear – and the people that used to put in hard work lose and important aspect of their lives. German company Grubenhelden aims to reconcile both of these realities: by re-using parts of worn coalminers clothing in their textiles, they pay homage to mining history in an environmental-friendly way. By now, the upcycled fabrics even appeared in clothes shown at New York Fashion Week.
For their collab, KangaROOS and Grubenhelden incorporated lots of nice little details that allude to the day-to-day work of miners. The mind-colored outsole symbolizes the slippers of those working underground, while a speckled midsole reminds of cabbage dust. The upper’s dark parts represent the tunnels and the lighter ones come from actual miners pants. In fact, the white fabric is so-called – pardon our French – “ass leather”, a reinforced material used to keep the seat of the trousers from wearing out. For more authentic highlights, the shoe’s lining features reused miners shirts.
In addition, the characteristic ROOS pocket contains the text of the “Steigerlied”. Handcrafted in Germany, the sneaker is limited to only 301 pairs. It comes with a leather key ring, a pair of mint-colored socks and an actual piece of hard coal.
DID YOU KNOW?
The number “1494” on the Grubenhelden x KangaROOS collab’s golden lacetags symbolizes the year of birth of Georgius Agricola (Georg Bauer, called “Pawer”). Thanks to his groundbreaking works, many people consider him to be the founder of geology as a scientific discipline.
Release Details – Grubenhelden x KangaROOS “Pawer”
The Grubenhelden x KangaROOS “Pawer” launches on March 20, 2020. The sneaker retails for 270 €, while sizes go from EU 38 to 47. It releases at 43einhalb, Acribik, Afew, Schrittmacher, Suppa and on grubenhelden.de.
For another premium leather sneaker, also take a look at the ASICS GEL-LYTE III OG “Kobe Beef”.