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KOIO, a New York-based luxury sneaker brand founded in 2014 by Chris Wichert and Johannes Quodt, set out to fuse attractive style with practical comfort. Inspired by fine Italian craftsmanship, Chris and Johannes spotted an opportunity to bring innovation to the competitive high-end sneaker space. Their vision centered on quality construction and sustainability.

This dedication shows across KOIO’s range of sneakers, hi-tops, and sandals, hand-crafted from top-grade Italian leather and premium materials sourced ethically. KOIO prides itself on transparency and fair labor practices throughout its supply chain. Besides men’s and women’s footwear options catering to diverse tastes, KOIO recently introduced a vegan sub-brand called Pale Blue Dot, specializing in plant-based and sustainable fabrics.

A successful Series A funding round secured $6 million on the business growth front, allowing expanded product lines, advancing R&D in sustainable materials, and meeting increasing sales volumes. KOIO operates via online channels and flagship stores in fashion capitals like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami – cultivating a community with discerning customers.

By integrating modern aesthetics, responsible production, and enduring quality, KOIO occupies its own niche, appealing to consumers who don’t believe ethical sourcing and luxury craftsmanship are mutually exclusive.






New York, NY, USA

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