“IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE CHILD’S FOOT TO DEVELOP NATURALLY…”
“ I was born in 1960 in Busan, South Korea, where I live today. I used to be a microbiologist, but 25 years ago I left the microbiology lab and started to do business in the shoes world, working with my college colleague at Reebok (Korea) and developing Shimano cycling shoes.
At Shimano, I worked for 12 years as a vice-president with a focus on sales. In this period, Shimano became a leading brand in the world market, surprassing many Italian brands. Also household name brand Nike tried to compete, but in this category it was unsuccessful because our footwear was very functional and was made accordingly to the latest technology.
After this experience, I decided to create my own company and develop special footwear to assist the natural and proper development of human gait. This is how MBT, the most popular brand in the ‘good condition shoes’ category, was created in conjuction with our Swiss partners.
I soon sold this company and created a new company WildCat Co., LTD.
Our first line of production we chose was bespoke boot inserts. These inserts can be modified and modeled directly according to the shape of the foot and are thus produced individually for each of our clients. They are currently only sold in Korea and imported to doctors in Japan.
During my 25 accumulated years of experience in the footwear industry, my goal has been to create 100% functional shoes for children. My basic inspiration was the expolration of sports, healthy walking and leg and body rehabilitation. Attipas shoes were developed in collaboration with the Department of Orthopaedics at the National Seoul University, and utilised the results of modern studies on the development of the baby’s foot.
Newborn feet are not filled with rigid bones, but soft and elastic cartilaginous tissue that you do not even record on the X-ray. Any deformation of this cartilage can negatively affect the child’s entire motion system. Therefore, it is very important that the baby’s foot should have the most natural development possible and that nothing should prevent it from moving.
This positive effect of natural walking on the whole organism is confirmed by scientists around the world, and walking and running barefoot are becoming more and more popular in all developed countries of the US and Europe.
Any artificially altered environment during development, such as a solid heel and sole, is a burden for the baby’s leg. The child will make an average of 18,000 steps each day, so his shoes should be light.
Our job is to help and support this perfect natural development of the human foot.
The Attipas infant and toddler footwear range naturally helps children’s feet to be properly formed, providing as it does an experience that is close as barefoot walking as possible. The shoes are extremely soft, flexible and mimic the shape of the baby’s foot in order to facilitate the natural development of the baby’s legs. A baby’s first steps should be correct, because they are the basis of proper posture and gait for their entire lifetime!
Attipas are the shoes of the present and the future. Over the past two years, our popularity has grown, spreading to more than 30 countries and our biggest reward is the joy of children who have loved their shoes. I hope that in the Republic of Ireland too, parents and children will appreciate and enjoy wearing our shoes designs.
So far I have no grandchildren to wear Attipas shoes – my adult son is a bit too old for the shoes I’ve developed. But when our family does have another generation they will grow up in Attipas.
I believe the crucial importance of the legs and their activity, so I want to create the best supportive shoe designs in the world!” – says Mr. Oh Dong Jae, Attipas CEO