designing shoes netherlands

Who designs shoes in the Netherlands?

19 May 2022

We are committed to the development of original and progressive shoe concepts. We get excited by creative requests work and them out in detail from start to finish. The beginning of a shoe line is the design. The first sketch grows into a true building instruction for the prototype and the final samples. With these samples you can have the shoe line produced. Imagine: you have a good idea, but not the knowledge or experience to work it out into a flawless design. Then you can come to Van den Breekel.

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Production at Van den Breekel: how does it work?

5 May 2022

After producing the prototype and the samples, the next step in the process begins: production. You may think that it is only now starting, but actually most of the work has already been done. Once everything is clear, it’s just a matter of preparing everything for serial production. The appropriate materials, the perfect last and the most beautiful patterns have already been chosen. What happens next?

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shoe producing netherlands

Sneakers produced in the Netherlands

21 April 2022

The production of sneakers is best done close to home. Often the choice is made to outsource the production process to companies in low-wage countries. The main reason for this is that production costs are relatively low there. Yet we see a change in the choice behavior of shoe designers: they increasingly choose to produce in their own country. And rightly so, we think. Why? We will explain it briefly for you here.

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prototype shoe line

Prototypes: the beginning of a shoe line

7 April 2022

In this meeting, we go around the table with our shoe designer and the customer to put the ideas on paper. The customer’s wishes are listed and critically examined. Is it possible? Does it work? What could improve the concept? How can we convert this idea into the optimal design? In this extensive brainstorming session, we come to decisive conclusions that will guide us throughout the process.

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shoes outdoor

Designing outdoor shoes

24 March 2022

It takes a broad knowledge and long experience to design the perfect outdoor shoe line. The choices of materials, construction and fit must be carefully made and fully adapted to the terrain where the hiker will be. At Van den Breekel, we have that knowledge and get excited about creating a high quality outdoor footwear line. We use the best materials to create a beautiful line.

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shoe last

Designing a shoe last

10 March 2022

Without a good last, you can design and produce such a beautiful shoe, but if the shape and values are not right, it will be useless. When designing a good last, it is therefore essential to do this with great care and attention. At Van den Breekel we design our own shoe lasts and we know exactly what is involved.

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Create a shoe collection

Create a shoe collection

24 February 2022

Are you full of creative ideas but don’t have the possibilities to realize a shoe collection yourself? Don’t let that stop you from coming up with innovative plans. Van den Breekel produces shoe collections for hard-working entrepreneurs to bring a beautiful product to the market. Are you curious how that works? Then take a look at the process here.

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How do I start my own shoe brand?

How do I start my own shoe brand?

10 February 2022

Dreaming about your own business is often easier than actually setting it up. We know all about it. Maybe the inspiration is there, but you have no idea where to start. Yet it is a shame to let a good idea go to waste. In this blog we will give you a hand on the way, and we will list a few important steps that you should take into account when setting up a shoe brand.

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sustainable shoes


19 January 2022

Sustainability is a concept that is inextricably linked to the new shoe market. Not surprisingly, of all the clothes one buys, shoes remain in use perhaps the longest. Shoes say a lot about the person who wears them. Today we want products that are produced in a way that minimizes the impact on the environment and nature. So do shoes. Raw materials are sustainable when they have no negative impact on people, the environment and nature.

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vegan sneakers


5 January 2022

More and more people are consciously choosing a sustainable, vegan sneaker. These conscious choices are made more each year, especially among young people, because we realize more and more that we have to walk around on this earth for a while. Therefore, our choice increasingly falls on alternatives of animal materials. Of course, these sneakers have existed for a long time, but since a few years we see more and more that animal materials are deliberately exchanged for vegan substitutes.

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