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Updated on August 28, 2014
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As a 60-something female, Marisa Wright is well aware of the challenges facing women throughout their life in health, beauty and fashion

Once you've discovered Camper shoes - your feet will be in heaven!

I've always liked Spanish shoes (and not just my flamenco shoes!). There's something about the leather, the quality of the workmanship and the shape of the lasts. I can't remember ever being disappointed with a pair of shoes designed in Spain. They used to be fairly easy to find in British stores, but now I live in Australia, I found it hard to get Spanish footwear - until I came across Campers!

If you're familiar with Camper shoes, you'll know they take it to a whole new level. The leather is still soft and durable, the workmanship is still top-notch - but Camper adds a quirky, original sense of style and fun that I'm finding simply irresistible.

And of all places, I found them on Amazon!

Camper Women's 20830 Helena Alto Pump
Camper Women's 20830 Helena Alto Pump

Looks like a classic pump, feels like walking on air! Rubber heel and sole for a cushioned ride.


Smart Work Shoes

Since buying my Campers, I've found that lots of people have discovered them long before me - but many assume they only do sneakers and lace-ups, not shoes you can wear to work.

Not so! My first purchase was a pair of mid-heel work pumps. What I like about them is that they're undeniably a classic pump shape,but the sole and the high heel are made of rubber, so I glide silently (and comfortably!) when I walk, instead of clacking along the office hallways - very handy for sneaking up on the boss!

Camper Women's Agatha Sandal
Camper Women's Agatha Sandal

A typically comfortable but quirky Camper sandal


My Favourite Sandals of All Time!

My favourite pair, though, are my fifties-inspired wedge sandals with crossover straps,which get constant wear in summer. The wedge is quite high but they're so comfortable, I don't even kick them off when I get home!

Once again, it's the design detail that really make these sandals. For instance, the back of the wedge is rounded off, so your heel strikes the ground and you can roll forward on your foot naturally, something you can't normally do on a high heel.

The sandals also illustrates one of Camper's hallmarks - it doesn't take the obvious road when putting together a design. The shoes aren't, in fact, identical: the shoe is made of suede and leather, but on the left shoe, it's the right strap and the left crossover that are suede and the other side is leather - on the left shoe, it's vice versa. It's a small touch but to me, it demonstrates a fun yet thoughtful approach to design.

I'm not sure if that model is still made (I bought them four years ago) but they have plenty of other styles to choose from.

Nothing to do with camping!

I think one of the reasons people aren't aware of Camper's more feminine shoes is the name. If you had never seen a Camper store, you'd assume they sold shoes for trekking, right?

Actually, "Camper" is the Catalan word for "peasant" - nothing to do with camping at all. The name was chosen to reflect the company's location (Barcelona, the heart of Catalan country) and the down-to-earth nature of their product. The original shoes were more about utility, and it's only in recent years their range has expanded in so many interesting directions.

No Half Sizes

I have only one complaint about Campers - they don't make half sizes. What is it with that? Half sizes were invented for a reason, surely - not everyone's feet are an exact size.

In practice, if you pick a style with laces, a bar or a high front, it won't matter if your shoes aren't an exact fit. Where it is a problem is if you're buying pumps. If pumps are too big, they'll fall off your feet. If they're too small, they'll pinch your toes.

Actually, if they're Camper shoes they probably won't pinch your toes, because the leather is usually so soft, it will expand to accommodate them. However that can mean they'll wear through at the toes more quickly - which is a shame, because they're the kind of shoes you'll want to wear for a long time.

History of the Camper Brand

Camper was founded in Inca, a small town in Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain in 1975. However the family behind the brand has been making shoes for generations.

The real origin of the company probably goes back to shoemaker Antonio FluxĂ , who in 1877 travelled to England to learn about industrial shoemaking, and brought back the first machines to manufacture shoes. His children and grandchildren grew up in the shoe factory and continued in the trade, and it was his grandson Lorenzo FluxĂ  who launched the first Camper store in 1981.

Camper shoes - comfort AND style
Camper shoes - comfort AND style

The "dress" Campers may not be for everyone. They appeal to me because I'm one of those people who hates dressing to conform at work. I love the fact that my Campers comply with the "rules" of office dressing while flirting with anarchy - and especially, that they're comfortable at the same time!


All text copyright Marisa Wright.

Cream shoes photo by jyri.


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    Marisa Wright 4 years ago from Sydney

    That's the thing about Camper, Claudia - their design is quirky, which means that every now and then, they do something that's just a tad TOO quirky and you wish you could change that one feature of the shoe!

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    Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

    Hi Marisa,

    I have a pair of black camper knee-high flat boots which I find really comfortable. I actually used them for the first time during a 10 day vacation in Switzerland, it was November and quite cold. I did all the touristic-day-long-walks with them. They never left my feet sore even when they were new.

    I would like the front part of the boot to be less rectangular, but otherwise they are very good shows and have a nice design, besides being very comfortable.

    Great idea for a Hub!

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    stivi 5 years ago

    for spanish shoes you can write me to:

    i am in spain and look for you

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    corina 5 years ago

    Very unique shoes, thanks for sharing!

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    jamterrell 5 years ago

    Very good hub. Thanks for sharing.

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    Bird 6 years ago

    I am looking for new pair of shoes. Normally I like FitFlop the best but I heard many people talk about Camper. I should try this one.

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    2uesday 6 years ago

    I had a pair of camper shoes that were my favourites. They went well with dresses,skirts or trousers and packed well in a suitcase and they were so comfortable. I bought them in a sale and have not seen a pair like them since. Enjoyed reading this, did not know about the name. Thank you.

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    Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

    Tammy, there are Camper shops all over the world including the US:

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    Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

    I am going to check these out. Is there a store in the US?

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    PerfumeFan 7 years ago from New Jersey

    I'm going to check this one out. I hope not all styles have rubber soles. Great hub!

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    couponalbum 7 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

    Nice hub! Online shopping can be the best way to shop for all types of shoes as it saves your time and money both. I do have a hub on how to buy designer shoes by using coupons. I have joined your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine!!

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    Rebecca Graf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

    That sucks that they don't have half sizes. I'm finding them less and less and I really them.

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    2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

    Pat has a pair of quirky blue/green print Campers with rubber heels. Not quite business-smart, but good for brightening up an everyday-smart outfit.

    We agree that its shortfall is lack of half sizes.

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