January 02, 2018

A healthier hospital starts from the feet up!

Proud to be awarded with the Good Industrial Design Award (GIO) for our work on the Watts shoe. In the jury report, Jan Carel Diehl described exactly what we wanted to achieve with this shoe; a simple design with a lot of "invisible" innovations.

Diehl: "Nothing is simpler than a shoe. But then again, few things are as complex to handle as hygiene measures in hospitals. These are the integral design requirements dictated for a healthcare shoe, which - to the great satisfaction of the jury - sets a new standard. Four types of insoles and soft touch material determine its low weight, fitting and wearing comfort. People wearing Watts shoes are less likely to get tired, which reduces their absenteeism. A built-in RFID (radio frequency identification) indicates when the shoe needs to be cleaned. Antibacterial additives in the material facilitate the process of cleaning and sterilization. Moreover, while hospital footwear is often white and boring, this shoe looks appealing thanks to the smart color choices."

We fully support these words. A healthier hospital starts from the feet up!


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