The brainchild of Angela Spieth and Michael Oehler, Trippen shoes were created in 1992 in response to the designers' dissatisfaction with the shoes available on the market. They channeled their frustration with the current selections by creating the epitome of what they wanted in a shoe. It just so happened that it was what everyone else wanted too.
First and foremost, Trippen is marked by its dedication to social responsibility in its production methods. This means Trippen shoes are produced by master craftsmen in Europe, predominantly in Germany and Italy. While this is more expensive than the cheap labor available in Asia, it provides European artisans with the opportunity to practice an art that is quickly becoming lamentably obsolete. This comes with the additional guarantee that Trippen shoes are not being made in sweatshops. It further benefits our world by reducing the pollution that comes with transporting shoes from Asian to the Trippen headquarters in Germany.
Trippen shoes are innovative. They are not like any other label. They come in a variety of shapes, from wooden soled clog-inspired heels to pliable, athletic-looking flats. Some pairs look more like art than shoes. Others embody the quintessential wear it every day and everywhere shoe, that pair of shoes that goes with everything and that your feet enjoy wearing. Trippen is characterized by a close attention to details, which tend to be surprising, seeming to demand a second glance. A few examples include creative use of laces, strikingly artistic soles and heels, and toes that curve upward reminiscent of pixie slippers.
Though they are certainly unique, Trippen shoes do not follow trends. They are not designed for one season. Rather they are intended to be worn year after year. They are meant to be loved, not tossed aside when they become out of date. This is also a gesture to conscientiousness about the waste involved with reinventing one's wardrobe each year.