100% natural plant tissue and seriously good for your trotters
Cork is a 100% natural plant tissue and is the bark from the cork-oak tree. Cork is the only tree whose bark regenerates allowing for sustainable harvesting. Cork trees are generally harvested in cycles of nine years after the tree reaches maturity around 25 years old. During this period, the tree is at its most active phase of growth and is easier to strip without damaging the tree.
Cork trees do not require the use of irrigation, chemical herbicides or fertilizers. Used cork materials can be easily recycled as raw material for insulation, flooring and products for areas as diverse as construction, fashion, design, health, energy production and the aerospace industry.
Cork trees are mainly found in Mediterranean regions such as Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Morocco and Algeria. There are 2.7-million hectares of cork-oak forests worldwide, making them a natural habitat for a range of flora and fauna and essential to carbon dioxide absorption globally. Cork-oak trees are also found in South Africa, all around the Cape, and even in the Kruger National Park.
Cork bark is a vegetable tissue which is 100% natural. It consists of a honeycomb of microscopic cells filled with an air-like gas. Cork has qualities such as lightness, non-permeability, elasticity, compressibility and natural orthopaedic qualities. . It is also a good thermal insulator and is and highly resistant to abrasion. It is an ideal material to use in footwear. Cork outsoles are normally bonded with resin for increased durability. Insoles made from the material offer an anatomically-correct foot bed, offering numerous pain-relieving and comfort benefits:
1. Form-Fitting: Cork is a relatively soft material that is densely compacted for shoe use. However, when subjected to the weight and heat applied though normal wear, cork insoles mould themselves to the wearer's foot. This creates a custom fit that conforms to the wearer's natural shape, offering a high degree of comfort. Despite its ability to mould to a certain degree, the material stays firm compared to rubber or artificial insoles, maintaining proper arch support and foot alignment.
2. Odour Resistance: Cork is a moisture-wicking material. Bacteria feeds on the sweat secreted by feet when inside shoes or sandals. By using cork, there is far less moisture build-up left in the shoe, creating a naturally anti-bacterial environment. As a result, any shoe using a cork insole will naturally be relatively odour-free just from normal use.
3. Impact Resistance: For those on their trotters for extended periods, cork insoles and outsoles offer a degree of relief. The material's natural elasticity means less impact force is transferred up into ankles, shins and knees, reducing joint stress. The material's ability to hold the heel and foot in an orthopedically-correct position –combined with its shock absorption capacity –potentially reduces forms of foot pain. For this reason, many premium shoe manufacturers and medical supply companies offer cork insoles or orthotics to reduce plantar fasciitis pain.
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