DUCA DEL COSMA ADDS KING CHEETAH LIMITED EDITION TO 2020 RANGE
We are introducing a limited-edition leather sneaker among our latest golf shoe range for women linked to the conservation of one of the world’s rarest animals - the highly distinctive King Cheetah.
With a population in the wild only just reaching double figures and around 50 living in a protected environment, the King Cheetah is the rarest cat on the African continent. With its special colours and markings, it was once thought to be a separate species. However, the King Cheetah is now recognised as the same animal as the more common cheetah – the fastest animal on the planet capable of speeds up to 120 kph/70 mph – but with a pronounced fur pattern mutation in its thicker coat.
Rare glimpses of the King Cheetah in the wild have been confirmed in Zimbabwe, Botswana and northern South Africa. Among a number in wildlife facilities are those at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) close to the Kruger Park in South Africa, founded by nature conservationist Lente Roode. Earlier this year, joint owner of Duca del Cosma and ‘Africa lover’ Caroline van Wezel visited the animal shelter and saw a King Cheetah for the first time.
“I was captivated and learned about the special breeding programme designed to preserve the King Cheetah,” said Caroline. “So, I decided to help by promoting a limited-edition ladies shoe in its striking markings and by adopting a cub – named DUCA – who hopefully will play a significant part in preserving the wonderful species herself. We hope that our retail partners will stock this special shoe in support of the HESC project and women golfers will love to be associated with such a worthwhile enterprise while wearing a fashionable shoe that will turn heads for all the right reasons,” she added.
Since, the King Cheetah shoe has been celebrated by golfers worldwide - having been awarded a bronze medal in the Global Footwear Awards golf category, among internationally renowned brands. Its distinct design and luxurious texture certainly puts this golf shoe in a league of its own!
Our Italian designer and founder of the Duca del Cosma brand Baldovino Mattiazzo has paid tribute to the rare King Cheetah with an exclusively designed sneaker. As with other animal print patterned shoes in the range, the King Cheetah style is waterproof and suitable for wearing both on and off the golf course. The Marquessa-style sole is reminiscent of the Cheetah’s foot pads in providing grip and stability, while the chic black lacquer leather and beige suede symbolise the animal’s striking appearance.
Duca del Cosma also continues to proudly sponsor:
- The KLM Open - European Tour event
- Southend United Football Club
- Cure for Cancer Foundation
- Nyenrode Business University
- Black Mamba: an all-female anti-rhino poaching unit in South Africa
- Old Course Loenen