Size and fit

The Native Nova Hydroknit has a regular fit for both men's and women's sizes. This slip-on sneaker features a 3D knit upper, giving a lightweight and sock-like feel and allowing free movement. Its high-top construction also provides a form fit.

To keep the foot warm and dry during, the shoe comes with a waterproof membrane and water and stain-resistant spray protection.  

Native Nova Hydroknit Style

The Hydroknit has a simple yet sleek construction that adds to its charm. The available colorways can go well with any casual outfit to flaunt on the streets. 

For women, donning the kicks with a pair of jeans and topped with a shirt may grant a relaxed yet stylish look. A sweater and coat can also be worn during the cooler seasons. As for men, pairing the sneakers with some chinos or jeans and a long-sleeved shirt may complete a chic look during the weekend.

Notable Features

Native Shoes' Nova Hydroknit is a minimal waste shoe as it uses 50% recycled PET yarn for its knit upper. It also has a waterproof feature keeping the foot dry, especially during the rainy days. For its sole, it uses a Dynalite midsole and lite rubber outsole, providing grip and traction as if "hovering the hemisphere." 

Native Nova Hydroknit History

The Vancouver-based company named Native Shoes was founded back in 2009 by Scott Hawthorn and Damien van zyll de Jong. Its main goal was to release casual shoes with a unique look and feel with great functionality that is hardly seen in other brands. It did get to bring out silhouettes that are lightweight, durable, and comfortable to use on different occasions and conditions.

Although it hasn't been long since it first started, Native has grown exponentially with branches released in about 30 countries. From releasing EVA silhouettes, the brand took various innovative approaches to the materials used in making a shoe. The result was coming up with high-tech materials such as the form-fitting 3D knit and incorporated them into their future releases.

This time, Native brings out a shoe made with minimal waste materials, and that is the Nova Hydroknit. It is made of future fibers and recycled materials that offer breathability and lightweight comfort. Its waterproof features grant long-lasting protection every day from either rain or snow.  

Nice to know

  • Some of its colorways are Jiffy black and Shell white.

Facts / Specs

Style: Minimalist, Sock
Top: High
Inspired from: Casual
Closure: Slip-on
Material: Knit, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Technology: 3D Print
Season: Spring, Summer

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