where cork meets fashion.
Created in 2012, rutz walk in cork is a Portuguese brand born from a passion for the art of shoes and its savoir faire. Furthermore to be encouraged to take an active role in ethical fashion and sustainable consciousness.
Therefore rutz walk in cork united the two Portugal’s major industries: Footwear and Cork. Considered as “The Sexiest Industry In Europe” and the leader of Cork production in the world, rutz walk in cork joined the best of it to deliver a unique, ecological and sophisticated fashion goods to the world.
Name 'RUTZ' has two meanings: On one hand, the brand name recalls our “roots”, our Portuguese origins and traditions which will inspire our collections. On the other hand, the name shows us our “routes”, the paths we will follow towards to a better future: the eco-friendly choice of material and the concern with lightness and comfort.
Let’s walk “in” cork.
Cork is the bark of the cork oak. It is a 100% natural plant tissue consisting of a hive of microscopic cells containing a gas identical to air and coated primarily with suberin and lignin. It has a range of applications associated with its attributes that no technology has yet managed to emulate, match or exceed.
It is a 100% natural raw material, that is 100% reusable and 100% recyclable, extracted from cork oaks without harming the normal development of the species and without damaging the tree. The extracted cork is 100% harnessed. Once processed, into stoppers for example, cork can also re-enter the production process. The cork can be recycled by shredding and the granules resulting from this process can be used in other products, such as shoes and accessories, cladding panels, fishing buoys.
Over 50% of its volume is air, which makes it very light. It weighs just 0.16 grams per cubic centimeter, and it can float.
Impermeable to liquids and gases
It is totally impermeable to liquids and practically impermeable to gases, thanks to the suberin and cerin present in the composition of cork cells. Its resistance to moisture allows it to grow old without deteriorating.
Antistatic and anti-allergic
It does not absorb dust and prevents the appearance of mites and, therefore, contributes to protection against allergies.
Cork is resistant to wear, thanks to its honeycomb structure, which makes it less affected by impact or friction than other hard surfaces.
Excellent thermal and acoustic insulator
The 40 million cells in each cubic centimetre of cork act as a real decibel absorber, making it an excellent sound and vibration insulator. Its molecular structure allows it to absorb heat and retain it for a long period of time.
Elastic and compressible
It can be compressed to around half its thickness without losing any flexibility, and it decompresses, recovering its initial shape and volume, as soon as it ceases to be compressed. This flexibility is given by its airtight cells containing a gas mixture similar to air. It is the only solid that when compressed on one side does not increase in volume on the other axis. It is able to adapt to variations in temperature and pressure without suffering variations, due to its elasticity.
The slow combustion of cork makes it a natural fire retardant and a kind of barrier against fires. Cork burns without a flame and does not emit toxic gases during combustion.