Kenneth Cole Works Comfort in a Fashionable Pump to go from 9-2-5 and from 5-2-9…and Beyond!

by Rachel Yeomans | November 20th, 2009   

My first pair of “work shoes” that I purchased I still wear to this day as they are simple, comfortable, and very well-made. They are a pair of pointy-toed leather salmon-colored Kenneth Cole pumps, and they are still one of my all-time favorite pair of shoes in my personal collection. As I mentioned, they are fantastically comfortable for heels. So imagine how I felt when Mr. Cole decided to take his current comfort to the next level!

PICT1457 Kenneth Cole Works Comfort in a Fashionable Pump to go from 9 2 5 and from 5 2 9...and Beyond!

Last Thursday during the Chicago unveiling of Kenneth Cole’s new line of footwear, 925, I asked the designer a few questions behind his style and inspiration.

WorkingWardrobe
How did you come up with the concept of 925 technology?
KennethCole
It took four years from conception. It was my goal to make the most comfortable shoe that a woman could wear from nine to five and also from five to nine. For years it was okay for a woman to wear one pair of shoes to work, another pair at work, and another pair after work. This is one shoe for all.

PICT1453 Kenneth Cole Works Comfort in a Fashionable Pump to go from 9 2 5 and from 5 2 9...and Beyond!

WorkingWardrobe
So I take it that 925 is a play on the term “9 to 5”?
KennethCole
That’s right!

WorkingWardrobe
Do you feel this technology will compete with the footwear that you already carry?
KennethCole
Absolutely not because pretty soon all of our shoes will be made with this technology. This is just the preview.

WorkingWardrobe
Will men be as lucky to get this technology from your footwear?
KennethCole
Absolutely! The menswear 925 technology is right around the corner.

WorkingWardrobe
What would a working woman wear with a pair of Kenneth Cole 925 technology pumps that would complete her work ensemble both in high fashion and extreme comfort?
KennethCole
The 925 pumps act as the key element of any outfit. They could go with the business suit to the basic dress, but transition along with that outfit into evening. The shoes work as the launching point to where your outfit can take you.

PICT1452 Kenneth Cole Works Comfort in a Fashionable Pump to go from 9 2 5 and from 5 2 9...and Beyond!

After my discussion with Kenneth Cole, I of course had to try on a pair of his shoes! And oh my gosh I didn’t want to take them off! I have orthotics that I religiously put into all my shoes – not only would I not need those in these shoes, but I feel that they provided even more comfort and support (don’t tell my chiropractor)!

Here is the breakdown of the 925 technology of the Kenneth Cole pump: memory foam, flaxseed pillow in the arch, sheepskin lining, a foam layer for shock absorption, embedded cork, flexible rubber sole and an impact resistant nylon heel lift. Here’s the visual that the store had on display:

PICT1455 Kenneth Cole Works Comfort in a Fashionable Pump to go from 9 2 5 and from 5 2 9...and Beyond!

No matter what the science is behind the footwear, Kenneth Cole not only made my first pair of work pumps – but he may have made my last as well. Here was my personal favorite of the evening, and now lovingly stationed next to a particular salmon-colored pump in my closet.

pKCP 6506421v275 Kenneth Cole Works Comfort in a Fashionable Pump to go from 9 2 5 and from 5 2 9...and Beyond!

0 comments