Kork-Ease was born in Brooklyn in 1953. About twenty years later, the brand solidified its spot in footwear history with the release of the famed buffalo sandal; a sky-high platform wedge with crisscrossing thick leather straps.
That sky-high wedge sandal flourished in 1970’s New York. In the aftermath of the spirited 1960’s came the height of bell-bottomed disco fever. It’s impossible to picture any dance floor beneath the disco ball without imagining fashionistas in the crowd wearing our cork wedge.
The sandal, known as the “buffalo sandal,” is the shoe that stood in line at Studio 54. It’s also the shoe that launched a thousand copies. Beyond dance floors, our famed sandal traipsed across Manhattan crosswalks, rounded Brooklyn corners, and populated every corner of the country where disco reigned.
With retro-inspired silhouettes, the same lightweight construction, and bold leathers, Kork-Ease today is crafted for the slightly offbeat, artsy woman. The Kork-Ease woman appreciates the do-it-yourself lifestyle, and embodies a free-spirited vibe. She shops classics updated with a modern twist. In the image of that free-spirited woman, we continue to craft our classic sandals today with a more comfortable construction.
With the creation of the very first cork wedge sandal, Kork-Ease begins in Brooklyn in 1953.
The wedge sandal joins the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s “Landmark Shoe Collection.” The collection contains defining shoes dating back to the 14th century.
Spotted on both men and women, and worn with socks or not, Kork-Ease wedges were all over Manhattan streets.
Studio 54 opens, and Kork-Ease sandals become a mainstay of disco fashion. As we design today, we draw inspiration from those eclectic crowds.
H.H. Brown takes ownership of Kork-Ease, and breathes new life into the brand by reviving the classic sandal under the new name, AVA.
Custom Kork-Ease wedges hit the EMERSON runway show during New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
AVA is updated with our new 2.0 Comfort Technology, which provides a more comfortable foot bed. The result is a new shoe called AVA 2.0, which joins a line of our classics updated with 2.0 Comfort Technology.
We dug into our archive in order to recreate our original silhouette and reimagine it in four nostalgic-inspired leathers for a Free People collab.