Before even one pair of shoes are made our crackerjack-team of designers & engineers travel the globe, attending world markets, fairs and trade shows looking for the right leathers and components (like buttons and zippers). They look for just the right combinations of fashion and color trends to get you exactly what you want.
Lineapelle, world accessory & component fair, Bologna, Italy
Many different things influence the design of a shoe’s upper and outsole. It could as complicated as a building’s architecture, as seen here with the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Marisa upper,
Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore Marisa upper with laser cut-out
or as simple as a stone pattern on a wall, as seen below with an ancient wall in Europe and the outsole design of our Kimi.
Art is also a big inspiration and colorful environments, like the outdoor markets in many parts of the world give us a broad range of color combinations to choose from.
Street of the Diaginols in Barcelona, Spain Tangiers, Spice Multi
See how the color details in this art are reflected in the Tangiers, spice multi.
Sometimes color comes from a simple place like a street market.
But it’s no picnic. These guys are on the move. The whole trip through Europe is done in less than 2 weeks; 9 countries in 8 days is not unusual. A lot of time is spent in train stations and airports and waiting on buses.
Florence, Italy train station
Once, while a female member of our team was checking into a hotel in Italy, she happened to look down (if you are in the shoe business you can’t help but look at people’s feet!) and noticed a pair of our very own Jerri shoes on another hotel guest. Our designer pointed out the coincidence and the two struck up a conversation. They ended up having a lot in common and being single travelers decided to have dinner together that evening.
Don’t be surprised if the next time you’re checking into a hotel someone strikes up a conversation with you about your shoes!