Two Boston-based companies, Rockport and Ministry of Supply, have teamed up to set a new standard in footwear with the launch of a limited-edition Total Motion R+M° collection. Inspired by the innovation of the iconic Apollo missions and striving to recreate the zero-gravity experience, the new collection combines two distinct technologies (one NASA-developed) into sneakers that provide the wearer with a smooth, cool stride throughout the day.
A collection backed by science-based elements, the Total Motion R+M° sneakers combine Rockport’s energy-dispersing Total Motion Technology and Ministry of Supply’s temperature-regulating, NASA-developed Apollo Phase Change Materials. The result is unparalleled energy return and a climate-controlled environment, packaged into a sneaker that also delivers on a lightweight and flexible design for the wearer.
“With decades of experience between us in comfort technology and a shared vision for what could be next, without a doubt Ministry of Supply was the perfect partner to bring this collection to reality,” said Steven Holt, Brand President at The Rockport Group. “Our team worked closely with Ministry of Supply Co-Founders Aman and Gihan to design, test, and deliver a shoe that provides the ultimate in comfort. We’re proud to offer consumers this collection and set a new comfort standard in the industry.”
“Our world has become increasingly hybrid and we’re always looking for ways to engineer the modern wardrobe to match our customer’s evolved lifestyle. Rockport’s shared history in innovation in comfort and our Boston roots, made them a natural partner to create the optimal work-from-anywhere shoe, that extends to any day of the week with ease,” said Gihan Amarasiriwardena, Co-Founder and President of Ministry of Supply. “We’ve heard the desire to keep moving through the modern day, anywhere, and by marrying our flagship technologies we’re excited to launch a comfortable system that can do just that.”
Both Rockport and Ministry of Supply are committed to working towards an eco-friendlier future. From the sneakers themselves to the shoebox, the collection was responsibly designed incorporating recycled materials. The shoe uppers are made from over 50% recycled material content, while the shoebox features at least 75% recycled content and was designed as one piece to use less paper and glue than standard boxes, among other eco-friendly packaging elements such as soy ink.