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Camper are one of my preferred brands of shoes. Made in Sapin they are expensive, but long lasting and very comfortable.
My Camper Shoe Experience
I have had two pairs of Camper Shoes. My first pair were a flat, black, leather bottomed pair of "Mary Jane" style shoes, ie. with a strap and buckle. They were simple in design other than the strap, which had double holes and was thick and the buckle which had two throngs (I'm not surer exactly what you call them, but the middle bit of the buckle which goes through the holes in the strap). I loved these shoes as they we very comfortable, never rubbed and I could even wear them without socks. They lasted about 3 1/2 years before the soles became very thin and I could feel bumps underfoot, however the top of the shoes remained in almost perfect condition.
My second camper experience is a pair of their "Twins" range. These "Twins" are great as I can't stand the idea of wearing essentially slightly different shoes, being a bit of a perfectionist this would annoy me! They are actually identical, the only identical pair of "Twins" I've seen from Camper. These shoes have the same leather bottoms as my first pair and use the same quality black leather as them too, only they have patent toes. They are in a sort of "Brogue" style, lace ups with the traditional "hole" patterns along the sides. I love this pair too, and have had them for 3 1/2 years, the soles as with the first pair are now becoming quite thin, but the tops are still in excellent condition. This pair is extremely comfortable too.
Both pairs of Campers were/are worn a lot, several times a week, so they really do wear very well.
I didn't know this until recently but apparently Camper will replace the soles of their leather bottomed shoes up until two years after you first buy them, as long as you have the receipt. This was rather annoying to find out, as even though at pre 2 years both of my pairs were still going strong I could have got them re-soled which would have added to their lifespan. When I buy my next pair of Campers I will enquire about this.
Black polish is the only thing I need, I even find it cleans the patent toes of my second pair. The patent prt does tend to get surface marks of dried water from the rain, but a quick polish gets it off. Other than cleaning I never have to do anything else maintenance-wise with these shoes.
I think my first pair were around £90, so not cheap. My second pair I am fairly sure were £100, this is full price, so it would be possible to get Camper shoes cheaper in the sale. I think I bought both pairs in Carnaby Street, although their are Camper shops littered throughout London. Outsider of London I am not sure if there are so many Camper shops, but it is possible to buy them online.
Camper sizing is a bit odd, I think both pairs were a size 8, which sounds huge, but they are not, I take size 6 usually in Clarks and Ecco, so they come up very small.
These are a great brand of shoes, very wearable as well as an interesting fashion, although I guess not to everyone's taste. They are expensive, but I think long term they have been excellent value for money.
I'm a big fan of Camper shoes, and have bought several pairs at their own-brand shops in London. This time I decided to buy oniine direct. The service was good and the shoes arrived quickly. Unfortunately one pair was too snug so I decided to send it back in exchange for a bigger size. Would you believe it took Camper a month to refund my purchase! I sent several emails to them trying to find out what was going on. Response times were poor -- typically 48 hours or not at all -- and the answers regarding my refund/exchange were always vague. After a month of waiting I phoned their UK customer service and a credit was issued straight away. I love Camper shoes, but after such shocking service I'm reluctant to buy another pair of their shoes.My advice: buy in store or from a different online retailer.
Camper is a unique brand of shoe. Originally designed and manufactured in Majorca Camper shoes and boots are a fantastic quality brand, with unique designs, for men, women and children.
The majority of camper womens designs are flat, or with chunky heels. The shoes/boots are fashionable and unique but always fantastic quality and above all else comfortable. I own at least 6 pairs of Campers which I have purchased over the last 8 years. They are all still in tip top condition and still look current due to their uniqueness.
Camper like to add a twist to basic designs. One of my pairs of boots are made from georgeus red leather, with a straight zip on one boot (as a normal shoe) but with a zip that twists round the leg for the other boot. They are fantastic quality and look so amazing that everytime I wear them somebody makes a flattering comment. One of their main reocurring designs is for 'twins' shoes and boots. LIke the boots these are shoes which are the same design, but different on each foot. For instance a pair of my campers have the word 'love' embroidered into the leather. WIth LO on one foot and VE on the other!
While the designs may sound strange when described you have to see them to appreciate them. Although they can be expensive (upwards of £80 for shoes) they really do last and do not go out of fashion. I am still wearing shoes which I bought 8 years ago! and I still feel fantastic in them!
Check out their website to have a look or amazon or Javari to see if you can pick up a discounted pair!
So then after another trip to town I seem to have aquired yet another pair of Camper shoes. I am the biggest sucker for this brand so thought I should share the love regarding their products.
Camper are a Spainish shoe company that according to the people writing on Wikipedia was founded by Lorenzo Fluxa in 1975 after inheriting his father's shoe company. As far as I am aware they are now reasonably well extablished, selling shoes throughout Europe, America and I even found a store in Newmarket, Auckland (NZ). Camper produces an abundance of shoes for both men, women and children.
Camper produce shoes not on a vastly huge scale and are typically sold by independent shoes stores throughout the UK, through a few Camper branded stores (London and Manchester definitely) and on occassions you can find examples of their footware in Schuh. In fact Camper shoes are so supremely awesome Amazon have got in on the act (or at least market place sellers have). Shoes are typically manufactured in Morocco (so not to far away from home which is nice) and appear of excellent workmanship. I have never ever destroyed a pair, despite repeated and sustained abuse.
As they are not produced on a huge scale you will only spot a few individuals around and about wearing them but it is highly unlikely you'll venture out and 'clash' with anybody, althouh I doubt you'd go running home to change as you'll both know that you are just bastians of exceptional taste!
So then the shoes, like I said they have shoes for all genders and ages but I have only had experience of the men's range (although I must admit some of the womens and especially children's shoes are rather funky). Shoes available are not overly formal and tend to have a soft, gentle appearance with plenty of round edges and curves, they are almost soothing to look at if that's possible, there is not a winkle picker in sight! At times the shoes almost look comedic in a strange way but with that they have a very casual air that screams comfort at you.
Designs are typically of a casual outdoor shoe but they do have products that are more like a trainer but they are predominantly made from leather. The designs will definitely not be for everyone and although some of the shoes appear a little formal they are unlikely to be getting matched with a dapper suit, more likely your weekend trousers, or nicely exchanged for that stalwart of the British males appearance, the training shoe. They go nicely with jeans and don't stick out like a sore thumb. The womens shoes again appear casual and I'm sure every lady will find a multitude of things they could go with! Ladies designs tend to come in slightly more adventurous colours than the standard blacks, browns, greys and whites for men (fear not though the occassional red or yellow pair will appear).
The fit they use is reasonably wide, although I have slim 'European' feet and don't find them excessively wide. I will say that it is worth trying them on as I have found that I tend to move down a size when purchasing a pair. I usually wear a Euro 46 (UK 11) but with Camper find that the Euro 45 provide a much more comfortable fit. That is also something else about Camper, their sizing appears to be what we'd know as half sizing in the UK, so it is so much easier to get a better fitting shoe. The comfort from every pair I have ever owned is amazing, which is the whole reason I have been prompted to write the review. Over the previous four pairs I have owned I have had no blisters and not expereinced any pain from rubbing! The leather is always super soft, which I'm guessing is indicative of good quality hide?
Care is simple and polish can always be applied, but due to the matt tones of the leather it is liekly that wax would be the prefered care method as it will maintain the rugged, loved look that a lot of the designs seem to have. The stores I have bought them from have been independent and give you excellent care instructions for the shoes.
As I have said I am now onto my fifth pair in about 8 years and have not quite worn any of them out. Although one pair I have almost worn through the sole but they have taken quite a pasting over the years (my 1st pair you see). I do however believe that once the sole is destroyed I won't be able to find a cobbler who will breath new life into them. Soles are soles but if it's possibly these aren't quite your conventional sole, thus likely to make repair impossible or very difficult. Plus a replacement sole would probably completely change the character of the shoe (if I keep going like this I'll be giving the shoes a personality next)!
Right then, now for the even worse news, the price. Camper I find are expensive. The cheapest pair RRP is likely to be a minimum of £60 pounds but most styles I believe land around the £80 mark and if it's a boot or has a lot of leather it'll be £100+....ouch(for those south of the Equator the prices are even more eye watering)! However fear not, as the designs are definitely of an aquired taste you often find them in a Sale with pretty significant reductions, in fact I am yet to pay full price and as any respectable consumer will know, haggle!! An extra £5 off is always a bonus and can easily be achieved!
Teenagers may not find these too appealing, likely due to the cost but also the homogeneity of teenage fashion (a broad statement there, sorry to any heterogenous teenagers).
I find that these shoes are sturdy and will last very well, I am generally quite hard on my footwear and don't look after my shoes particularly well but these have stood up to the punishment. All in all I'd whole heartedly recommend these to everyone but am also aware that these will not be to everyones taste. I do believe that once you make the investment you will be so happy at how much comfort and style they will give you though!
It took me 3 weeks and about 10 hours of looking to finally track down a pair of Camper shoes. Eventually I bought a pair in Hull after disappointment in Cambridge, Norwich, Lincoln and York, but they were worth the wait! This little-known Spanish company makes some of the best looking and most distinctive shoes around. They’re actually very comfortable, no need to wear them in and no blisters (which makes a nice change). The quality is good too although the soles will probably not last more than a year. The only place I could find that sold them was Sole Trader, but I got terrible service at more than one of their stores and they didn’t seem to be bothered whether they sold me a pair or not. The manager at the Cambridge store was particularly rude. Anyway, a little independent shop in Hull had just received a delivery and they opened the box for me. I now walk around town looking like a bowler (the shoes I chose look pretty much like bowling shoes), but it brings a smile to people’s faces. £80 for a fashion accessory? Yes, it is excessive and I had to promise my wife I would get a good 2 years wear out of them. Anyway, I like them and I feel happy when I wear them .... sad, eh?
When I first saw the great bowling shoe design of Camper shoes, being the ultimate fashion victim, I just had to have a pair! They were the height of trend a few months ago and people would stop me in the street to ask where I got my shoes from! Of course, you also get the predictable, 'been bowling today, then?' Very amusing... Anyway, after months of wear and tear the soles need changing. Again, the sole is not your standard 'run of the mill' affair, and I can't find anyone who can replace them. The camper shop told me that you couldn't replace the soles, which for them is great, 'cause you have to buy a new pair of shoes. Unfortunately for them, next time I won't be buying camper.