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Native, since its conception, lived through its mantra of producing shoes that are made to wander. In support of that, easy to slip on designs seem to be a must on most of its designs, including the Jefferson Block. The upper material creates a soft canvas to cushion and protect the feet. Coming in a wide variety of sizes, each can avail of a pair to suit them. Men can choose from 3-13 and women from 5-12.
Apprehensive at first in using injection-molded EVA uppers because of its restrictions, Native pushed through and eventually made it one of its signatures. Having Jefferson's low-top and sneaker-like profile, the Block version sports strategically-placed stripes which add a certain quirk on the whole vibe of the shoe. Pairing it with a simple and summer-ready outfit will certainly highlight the design of the shoe.
Despite its simple and straightforward design, the Native Jefferson Block does not sacrifice its features like comfort, shock absorbency, odor resistance, and easy maintenance. The perforations all around increase its breathability, making it an appropriate footwear for wet and hot conditions.
In 2007, coming home from a snowboarding trip, Canadian Damien Van Zyll de Jong mentioned his plan of putting up a footwear company. Although it may seem like an impetuous decision as he has no background in the industry, Damien proved that his dream could be made into reality.
The United States and Japan were two of the most reputable countries when it comes to footwear quality. Damien, however, took a surprising turn to China to know more about the manufacturing process. With his love for sneakers as the foundation for the business, he set his eye on building a company that is non-conventional but mass-produced. In 2009, after two years of carefully building the brand, Native sneakers were launched.
- The Native Jefferson Block, like all footwear from the brand, is constructed without any animal hair or hide used.