In 2015, walk&rest won an award in the Product Design category at the iF Design Award hosted by International Forum Design in Germany
One of the world’s three most prestigious design awards, the 60-year-old design competition selects best products not only for their design, but also for their quality, material suitability, innovation, safety, and durability. It is a rare case for a shoes product to be awarded in the product design category. This award was a nod to walk&rest’s philosophy of shoes, which emphasizes the value of “balanced shoes” that satisfy both the style and comfortableness.
The winning factor for walk&rest was its attempt to overcome the limitations of plastic shoes, by incorporating smooth surfaces, and its success in creating a lightweight product at 70 grams, taking a full advantage of the material. It was also recognized for technical innovations achieved by applying air curve in the interior to maintain a pleasant condition and incorporating dual-injection method to enhance durability.
The simple design of the shoes satisfies both a casual feel and formality, and it is the best representation of the brand’s values. The award has provided an opportunity for the walk&rest brand to revisit its original initiatives and continue promoting the values that it stands for.