UNITED NUDE is the brain-child of architecturally-trained designer Rem D. Koolhaas (nephew and namesake of architect Rem Koolhaas of OMA). This is a design-oriented brand at the intersection of fashion and architecture. Since 2003, the company has embraced the tangible scale of a shoe (among other objects like watches, furniture, and cars) as a means of designing objects of pure geometry and simplicity through form. By taking an architectural approach to design, UNITED NUDE is renowned for its structural capabilities and boasts shoe designs of unprecedented height and form. This commitment has granted them opportunities for collaborations with like-minded fashion innovators such as Zaha Hadid, Iris Van Herpen and Issey Miyake. The brand is guided in equal parts by its insistence on innovation and modernity, and its ability to achieve design classics that transcend time.
About – For over seven decades, ara has been known for crafting shoes that combine attractive design with the perfect fit. A family owned German company with the highest quality standards and leading edge designers, ara combines traditional craftsmanship with innovative technologies to take you through every step of your day and night. Our commitment to style, fit, and quality has allowed ara to become one of Europe’s greatest footwear producers.
Quality – ara shoes are created through a process that combines intensive hand-crafting with up to 130 individual operations. Only the highest quality materials are used and our shoes are subject to independent testing and reporting on a regular basis. It goes without saying that production takes place at the highest technical level and conforms with all international environmental standards. From casual sneakers to flats and pumps to GORE-TEX® boots, ara’s high quality standards are integral to all of our footwear lines.
Fit – Relentless German engineering and sophisticated European styling combine to produce our legendary fit and function. ara designs each shoe to cushion the foot’s complex anatomical structure. Special features, such as a range of widths and flexible materials ensure that the shoe adapts to the foot, not the foot to the shoe. Specially developed ara comfort technologies such as HighSoft & Fusion4 deliver unparalleled comfort and stress-free walking.