Debuting today, Kork-Ease partners with Free People to unveil their first collaboration to date, an iconic ’70s platform. The skyscraping archival Original style is reintroduced as the Heights platform, available in four era-appropriate colorways.
Since its debut as the go-to shoe for ’70s counter culture and disco fiends, the Kork-Ease Original Wedge has stood as an iconic silhouette of the platform sandal. With the resurgence of ’70s-inspired fashion, the brands decided it was the right moment to introduce this beloved classic to a new generation.
Perfect for the upcoming festival season, Heights stays true to the simple and clean design of the Original with a four-inch platform, cross straps and a suede-wrapped wedge. Kork-Ease and Free People pay homage to the brand’s rich heritage by stamping this shoe with the Original Kork-Ease logo exclusively for this collection.
“We have been waiting for the perfect moment to put this shoe back on shelves. When Free People approached us for this exclusive, it was a no-brainer; their brand champions the femininity, courage and spirit of Kork-Ease,” said Tom McClaskie, Kork-Ease creative director. “We dug into our archives and brought back a mold from the early collection to create this shoe. It is time to reclaim ownership; wannabes have come and gone, but only one brand, the one that made a wedge a movement, can remain timeless. “
Free People is feeling the free love as well. “We’ve always loved Kork-Ease with its iconic ’70s vibe,” offers Kathryn Schutt, DMM shoes and accessories at Free People.” We were thrilled by the chance to collaborate on the revival of the original platform, a true classic re-imagined.”
The Heights platform is available in rust suede, caramel suede, rainbow snake embossed leather and bleached stained denim atop a four-inch suede-wrapped platform with a metal buckle. Renowned for comfort, each shoe has a leather cushioned foot bed, leather-lined straps and a rubber sole. Made in Brazil, the platform wedge is available exclusively at select Free People stores, freepeople.com and korkease.com.