Camper is a Spanish footwear brand that’s been around for years. The shoes are designed and developed in Mallorca, but I’m not sure that’s where they are still manufactured. I’m spotlighting Camper footwear because it’s great quality, uniquely designed, comfortable, and less pricey than designer footwear. I adore and respect their commitment to quality and modern aesthetics at a below-designer price point.
These Euro shoes are made for walking because in Europe walking is a popular mode of transport. The footbeds are spongy, yet supportive. They are robust, and the leather is usually very soft. The vibe is casual, a little quirky, and a little Fluevog-esque. Heels are flat and low, and colours run the gamut. Toeboxes are usually round or almond-shaped for maximum comfort. Regular and high-volume feet do best in Campers because they run quite wide. Often they can also fit an orthotic.
Despite their commitment to comfort, I don’t think Camper makes the best sneakers. Too flat, unsupportive and not nearly enough cushioning. There is lots of sneaker competition on the market, and we’re spoiled by getting exactly what we want from brands who specialize in sneakers.
My low-volume feet tend to find Campers too wide, and they are sometimes a little chunky and casual for my sartorial preferences. I used to have a pair of black Campers in the ‘90s, and my favourite house slippers are the Camper Wabis, (I’m on my second pair and have a third pair in storage). I will keep on looking at the brand because you never know. At some point they’ll make a pretty pair of shoes suited to my feet and I’ll nab them. Camper also makes excellent men’s shoes that run quite wide.
If you like the aesthetic and don’t have low-volume feet, keep Camper on your radar. Have you had any experiences with Camper shoes?