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Nat-2

Paris-inspired booties and an LED watch from a sixth-generation Berlin shoe brand

by Victor Reznik in Style on 09 February 2011

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Known for inventing four-in-one and two-in-one zipper shoes, Munich's Nat-2 shows a simpler side of shoe design with their new desert boot-inspired line created just for girls. The suede Marais booties, named after the Parisian neighborhood, combine classic French subtlety with a flexible fit.

At the helm of Nat-2 is creative director Sebastian Thies, whose extensive know-how is due in part to his family's storied history as innovative shoemakers. Originally founded by "Ferdinand Fischer" in 1856, the company folded during WWII, but was resurrected by Ingeborg Thies, Sebastian's grandfather and a Fischer by birth. The company was renamed Thies-Fischer KG in 1949 and now produces several brands alongside Nat-2.

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In addition to their new streamlined shoe, Nat-2 recently introduced "Time"—a collection of plastic watches that reflect the pared-down aesthetic of the more grown-up streetwear scene. The patented 42 LED scroll system that lights the entire watch face up as each minute passes strikes a balance between the "keep it fresh, keep it classy" style that Sebastian has curated over the last three years. Perfect for the quantum computer nerd, the watch comes in several different colors including olive and purple.

The Nat-2 Time and Marais sell from the Nat-2 online shop as well as from retailers around the world.

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