OeTZI 3300 OTZ-300GMS
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by Nick Pang, of Minimalist Running Shoes and NRC shoe review editor
OeTZI is a young company banking on a new footbed technology called CORKlite.
CORKlite is a sandwich of cork and perforated EVA. The CORKlite footbed is much lighter than the CORKfit with a little more bounce and absorption - the CORKfit is firmer in comparison. They now appear in the new OTZ-300GMS and in the future OTZ-MADLIB styles.
The CORKfit footbed used in the previous collection weighs 6.2 ounces (EU 43) whereas the new CORKlite footbed weighs 3.0 ounces (also EU 43). It is also thinner and compact in size.
I actually took the CORKfit footbed out from my OTZ-1 Low Leather and swapped in the CORKlite for a perfect fit - lighter and thinner! Maybe OeTZI should sell the CORKlite footbed separately?
As the footbed conforms to your foot over time, you can wear your pair without socks as I do as the antimicrobial properties of cork reduces bacterial build up.
The uppers are made of Italian coarse linen and the toe box is ultra-wide! The 300GMS runs slightly larger and you might want to size down a full size (half sizes not available). I went with my regular shoes size (EU 43) and after the break in period, they felt looser.
As with CORKfit, a breaking in period is required to allow for the CORKlite footbed to gradually compress and conform to your foot. The more you wear them, the more comfortable they get.
OeTZI3300 has done an amazing job with the new 300GMS line and its bright colors, quality coarse linen, comfort, eco-conscious, zero drop, and super wide toe box - perfect for the minimalist runner lifestyle.
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