Behind the Design: The Ember Moc

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There’s nothing more annoying than lacing up your shoes while sitting half in, half out of your tent — something our designers discovered while on a recent camping trip at Big Surf on the California coast.

Ember Mocs in assorted colors

“We started riffing off this idea of a shoe that would be easy to get on and off,” says Cori Steele, Teva’s Senior Footwear Designer. “We wanted to create an outdoor-inspired leisure shoe, something universal and easy to wear for people who are camping or traveling on airplanes.”

Teva Ember Moc featuring a collapsible heel.

The solution? Teva’s Ember Moc. Part sneaker, part sleeping bag, this supremely chill shoe is the missing link between lounging at home and kicking it by the campfire. It’s a laidback, comfortable slip on outfitted with a collapsible heel, soft slipper-like fit, and cozy quilted rip stop uppers inspired by classic down sleeping bags.

Walking out of the door in Ember Mocs

“We started designing the shoes with different closure systems, zippers and Velcro all inspired by sleeping bags, but we realized that being as simple as possible would be the best approach,” says Steele.

Ember Moc Sketches

The collapsible heel was inspired by some of Teva’s first water shoes, while the triangle-shaped stitching was borrowed from Teva’s heritage webbing patterns.  Even colors like Picante red and Amber yellow were borrowed from classic rock climbing ropes.

Ember Moc shoes and Original Universal Puff sandals

The Ember Moc features stitching inspired by Teva’s original webbing patterns. 

“Old climbing ropes had unconventional colors that still looked really beautiful together, and that’s the energy we were going for. A lot of inspiration was taken directly from the outdoor experience,” says Steele.

Girl sitting on rocks with Ember Moc shoes.

“Teva was born in the outdoors, and so is this shoe. The Ember Moc invites you to go on adventures big and small, and I feel like that’s at the heart of Teva’s DNA.”


Shop the Men’s and Women’s Ember Moc at and show us how you #StrapIntoFreedom on Instagram @Teva.


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