Close to a dream: that’s how I describe my new Trippen shoes.
I’ve been obsessed with the German label for the longest time, eyeing up their collections online and contemplating whether to bite the bullet and deal with paying the additional duty later.
But a while back while trawling for Trippen shoes I stumbled across NZ-based Head Over Heels and have kept my eyes firmly focused on their incoming selection of the Berlin-based brand.
Still, as with any matters associated with love it’s not about leaping on the first pair that comes across my line of vision, but finding the right ones. Not that I’m looking for my ‘sole mate’, but a foot-to-shoe relationship cannot be built on a fleeting online infatuation where I sit at night staring at my laptop screen visualizing how X might coordinate seamlessly with Y in my wardrobe. The last thing you think about in that case is the actual ‘fit’ of the shoe, which is always more important than the superficial beauty that has you mesmerized with your credit card half slipping out of your wallet.
Recently I was in Christchurch for a visit and on a free afternoon my first and only stop was to head straight to the Head Over Heels store located at the Container Mall, where I carefully perused the shelves with utmost focus, not wanting to let anything slip by me—even though I had my heart set on Trippen shoes there may very well have been another pair just waiting for me.
I tried on 3 different brands including Beau Coops, Trippen and Lokas, but found the quality of the latter wasn’t great and the fit of the Beau Coops mules in my size just felt a bit hit and miss. In the end I came away with these Trippen ‘Fancy’ shoes. The quality and construction is superb; they feel so comfortable and are a lot lighter than anticipated. This particular pair is secure with the lace-ups at the back of the ankle to stop the feet from sliding and I die ten times over for the shape of the sole which reminds me of Geta, the traditional Japanese clogs worn with Kimono.
I’m also a sucker for handmade shoes with an off beat design, and especially one that has a mid-shaft where you have to ask: is it a shoe, a boot or both? Trippen are never trend led, but design led. What’s more, these shoes are produced responsibly — the soles are actually made from recycled tyres, would you believe?
There’s an organic simplicity to the design of Trippen shoes and I can see myself building up a collection! They’re modern, clean and allow the wearer to express something unique of themselves…
In these shoes I feel authentically me!