We believe human beings were born to explore.

No trait is so innately human as our desire to understand the unknown. And we believe that through design and engineering, we can empower the explorer in all of us to go further, to those places where the allure of the unknown meets the satisfaction of discovery.

Our Story

After decades of creating and marketing products for the world’s biggest athletic and outdoor brands, we’d had enough. Seeing first hand how big brands maximize profits by making increasingly disposable products as quickly and cheaply as possible, while using hyped celebrity endorsements and slick marketing to drive up prices, we had become convinced there was a better way. So we created OB/VS to chart a better course.

By choosing the world’s finest materials, our goods deliver better performance and durability. By working with ethical partners throughout the world, we help to set a standard for sustainability and fair labor. And by basing every design and engineering decision on how we can objectively improve the experience of wearing OB/VS shoes, we create products that push the explorer in all of us a little further.

To make the best even better, you must start with the finest materials on earth, procured directly from source.


Performance and comfort begin from within. To create an optimized microclimate for your foot — temperature regulated breathable, our shoes are lined in ultra silky merino wool, humanely sheered and Bluesign® approved.


In a world of increasing disposability, sometimes looking back to time honored materials is a step forward — which is why we use natural top grain leather to create long lasting products that outperform petroleum based synthetics in virtually every way imaginable.


With an enviable Italian mountaineering heritage, and decades of unrivaled research and development, Vibram® has more than earned it’s reputation as producers of the most durable and high performing rubber soles humankind has ever known.

Designed in Portland, Oregon.

From our studio in Portland, Oregon we design and engineer products to enable exploration of every corner of the globe.  


107 SE Washington St. Ste 460
Portland, Oregon 97214
United States of America

Phone: +1 503.703.6015
Email: hello (@) obvs.cc