Camper Shoes

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Lorenzo Fluxa first introduced Camper shoes in 1975. The Fluxa family, who hail from Majorca, Spain, create unusual shoes that are quirky, funky, and downright whimsical. For instance, some of their shoe designs include a right shoe and left shoe that don't match. This sense of playfulness has made Camper shoes a huge hit with many music and film celebrities.

Camper Shoes and the Culture of Celebrity

Nicole Kidman and Rosie O'Donnell both love their Campers. The Brothers Gallagher, better known as the pop band Oasis, wore Camper shoes on one of their album covers. Campers are a hit with celebrities, but they're also big with the population at large. Each year, millions of Camper shoes are sold in over 60 countries around the globe.

The shoes Lorenzo Fluxa originally created back in the 1970s were based on the peasant shoe, the espadrille. In fact, the word camper means peasant in Fluxa's native tongue. Even today, the shoes, though not inexpensive, cost much less than similar brands. The Fluxas clearly prize earthiness and common sense as much as they prize profits.

For the best variety of Camper shoes, I suggest you shop online. Campers are not always easy to find in stores, but they are widely available over the Internet. If you're in Spain, be sure to stop by the Fluxa's latest project--a restaurant that has no chairs or tables, and serves food on biodegradable plates!


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