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Gentle Souls Go Easy on The Feet Without Sacrificing Style

Posted by Nicole Perry on Saturday, February 11th, 2012 | No Comments »


Gentle Souls Would Indeed Boots

It’s day four of New York Fashion Week, and stiletto-clad fashionistas who are lucky to get tickets will be dashing in and out of venues all over Manhattan to catch the latest show.

According to an article in last Thursday’s New York Times, over the course of nine days there will be 90 shows at the Lincoln Center, which is the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week site,  and approximately 250 other presentations spread around the city.

Can you say, “Oh my aching feet!”

In our previous post, we discussed how comfort and fashion can live together in footwear.  One brand who is doing a great job of this is Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole.

Gentle Souls has created a way to combine fashion, comfort and care for your feet using a patented technology that uses the finest natural materials for organic comfort.  Let’s consider them from the ground up!


The outsole on Gentle Souls style every style is rubberized and flexible for shock absorption and traction.

Next is a layer of granulated cork. This too, mitigates shock while walking, remaining flexible for ease of movement.

The full flaxseed footbed is a patented innovation that provides cushioned support while molding to the shape of the foot. These flaxseed pillows are a displaceable solid that helps provide comfort for the life of the shoe.

The next layer is PORON® Performance Urethane padding which provides more than standard memory foam, absorbing shock while walking, it also offers dimensional stability, breathability, and superior comfort.

All sock linings are covered in deerskin leather which provides softness and comfort as it molds to the shape of the foot. It is very durable and will not crack or stretch when wet.

The linings of the upper leathers are deerskin as well. This adds to the glove-like feeling in the Gentle Souls product.

The upper leathers themselves are chosen for their supple feel and durability to help support and make as comfortable as possible, maybe the hardest working and most physically punished part of the human body – our feet!

So if you are one of the lucky ones taking in New York Fashion Week, consider trading in your killer heels for a pair of Gentle Souls,  Your feet will love you for it!

We’d also love to hear feedback from any of the fashion shows any of our readers may have happened to see!









Nicole Perry

Nicole Perry

Global Market Segment Manager for PORON Comfort materials. Nicole has been involved in the Footwear industry for over 15 years. She also has over 25 years working with high performance materials including custom injection molded and cast polymers for automotive, apparel, electronics, equipment and medical markets. Nicole is passionate about bringing great technologies to market and working with companies that share the goal of helping people enjoy life no matter what they are doing. She holds an MBA from Nichols College.

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