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Areni 1 Footwear: The Brand 5,500 Years In The Making 🇦🇲

We handcraft lifestyle footwear that bridges the remotely ancient and the daringly modern

Areni 1 Footwear: The Brand 5,500 Years In The Making 🇦🇲

We handcraft lifestyle footwear that bridges the remotely ancient and the daringly modern

$27,855
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144
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About

Areni 1 Footwear: Comfort, Style, and Craftsmanship Born from Heritage

Welcome to the world of Areni 1 Footwear. Our feet are rooted in a mystical history, and our eyes are set on the horizon of what’s to come. We believe in honest craftsmanship, bold design, and celebrating culture. Handmade in Armenia by a tight knit team of 40 craftsmen, each pair of Areni 1’s is brought to life with passion.

The Premier High Top in Stunning Red

We’re SO confident in our A1 quality, we’ll guarantee your shoes stay stunning for LIFE. The oldest Armenian shoe stuck around for 5,500 years- let’s try and do even better! Scroll to the Our Lifetime Guarantee section of our page to see how it works.

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Our Premier Low Top in Blue/Orange

Discover our Handmade Premier Collection

 Introducing the Premier High Top: a lifestyle shoe for the modern creative. Striking styling combine with subtle touches to make this a one-of-a-kind fashion product. 

Handmade quality, premium Italian leather, and long-lasting TPU soles ensure excellent durability and comfort. A laceless design eliminates pressure points and makes for daily ease of use. 

Our Premier High Top in Black

Our Premier Low Top model was designed to exemplify velocity and refinement

Dynamic elastics work together to offer a perfect fit, while our signature hand-stitched  detailing provides an extra touch of craftsmanship. 

Premier Low Top in Blue/Orange

Inspired by 5,500 Years of Shoemaking Tradition

Armenia is home to the world’s oldest leather shoe- made 5,500 years ago and discovered in the Areni 1 cave. We celebrate this tradition today by including historical inspirations in our modern footwear. 



Urartian Cuneiform: the inspiration behind the Premier High Top

Garni's Symphony of Stones Formation, the pattern used to mold our soles
The Areni 1 Cave and the 5,500 year old Leather Shoe Discovered Inside it

Design

Whether studying the stitching of 1,900 year old pagan Armenian shoes, or recreating ancient script from a 2,800 year old fortress, our designers incorporate glimpses from our past into each model. 

Closeup on the PLT's hand stitched detailing

As incredible as the history behind our products is, we didn't stop there. Our shoes are built to perform in the here and now. By combining the unparalleled quality and comfort of a handcrafted upper with the longest lasting soles available, we have created the ultimate lifestyle sneaker.

Squishy foams fail to provide the midsole stability and support needed during prolonged periods of walking. Antiquated rubber soles offer inadequate shock absorption and wear down quickly. Polyurethane offers optimal support and outlasts both!

Social Responsibility

Major brands mass produce shoes with sub-par materials in dehumanizing factories. We reject this wholeheartedly. That’s why Areni 1’s are made in a workshop by a small team of 40 veteran craftsmen right in the heart of Yerevan using environmentally sustainable and biodegradable materials.

One of our Craftsmen at Work

Materials

Our shoes are made using the finest Italian grade A leather. Because that's not enough, our shoemakers combine it with layers of high durability textiles to ensure your Areni 1’s break in just the right amount. 

Our soles are made from a single custom molded piece of biodegradable polyurethane that outlasts EVA foam 10 to 1 and vulcanized rubber 5 to 1. 

Models/ Colorways

Our two models, the Premier High Top and Premier Low Top, are each available in 4 distinct yet versatile colorways.

 Our Lifetime Guarantee

There was a time when the relationship between shoemaker and wearer was a near sacred pact. The shoemaker trusted the wearer to support his craft, and the wearer trusted the shoemaker to provide reliable quality footwear. We're bringing this back!

Here’s how it works: if your shoes get scuffed or damaged by everyday wear and tear, we’ll support your local community and keep you looking good by paying for your local shoe repair shop to take care of them. If they’re damaged or worn in a way only we can address, you can deliver them to our shipping partner in your country and we’ll take care of getting them to Armenia, fixing them up, and shipping them back. This guarantee covers the WHOLE SHOE, even soles!

SIZING

All of our shoes are produced by EU standards. To find your size, check out the chart below. At the end of the campaign you will receive a survey email to pick your size and color. 


If you find yourself between sizes, we recommend sizing up. As our shoes are built for lifestyle and not exclusively for sport, they are roomier than most.

Our Promise

We pledge to provide you with shoes that are as beautiful and nuanced as they are comfortable and long lasting. We pledge to conduct ourselves with transparency and honesty. And finally, we pledge to help make the next chapter of Armenia’s spectacular story one to remember. 

In the heart of Yerevan
In the heart of Yerevan, with Ararat in the Distance
Completed Uppers Ready to have their Soles attached

Timeline


Delivery

We're working around the clock to optimize for our deliveries for our campaign. A select few super early bird backers will receive their shoes during the live campaign while the majority of orders are set to be shipped out just in time for the holidays! Areni 1 ships globally, so wherever you are in the world, you'll be able to experience our premium handmade footwear!

 About Our Founder 

New Jersey native Cole Tashjian repatriated to Armenia 3 years ago. Initially working as a consultant, Cole began putting together his passion project, Areni 1 Footwear, on the side. From the initial concept boards, to tech packs, to the brand’s very first prototype, he worked to bridge Armenia’s heritage and knowledge in traditional shoemaking with a futuristic aesthetic. Today, Areni 1 Footwear is ready to share its unique story with the world, and to participate in the rebirth of Armenian shoemaking. 

If you have a question for Cole, you can write it to our Facebook page Areni 1 Footwear and he will answer in one of his regular live video sessions!



In Collaboration With Repat Armenia


With Support from The Office of the High Commissioner of Diaspora Affairs 

Former Glendale Mayor and High Commissioner of Diaspora Zareh Sinanian with Our Founder
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Risks and challenges

We have worked diligently for over a year perfecting our product. Having already produced 400 pairs of shoes, we have the utmost confidence in our ability to ramp up production immediately. In the event of an unexpectedly high number of orders, it is possible that we could be slightly delayed, but not likely. We are dedicated to producing the highest quality product in a timely matter.

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