Better for the world and for you

sustainable shoes

At Van den Breekel, we are constantly working to improve our products and our way of working. Tens of billions of shoes are produced each year: the shoe industry is therefore an important place to make a change if we want to make the world a little greener. We realize only too well that we have a part to play in this, which is why we are always looking for ways to bring more and more sustainable shoes to market. In this blog we would like to tell you how we do that.

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Know your target market: where do you need to be?

target market shoes

When designing a shoe line, it is essential to think carefully about the target group of your project in addition to the right materials and lasts. For what purpose or activity would you like to develop shoes? And where in the world would you like to market them? There are clear differences when we look at what shoes are popular in different parts of the world.

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Specialist in comfort shoes


At Van den Breekel, we ensure that we can always meet your needs. Our knowledge and experience in the business allows us to look beyond the design of a shoe line. By making special lasts ourselves, designing and producing anatomical footbeds and using exclusive materials, we develop high quality comfort shoes. We recently created a comfort shoe concept for one of our customers, we will tell you more about that here.

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The shoe factory for summer shoes

summer shoes

The summer has begun! When temperatures rise, we prefer to reach for our sandals and flip-flops right away. Much of our body heat escapes from our feet. So airy shoes are great. When developing summer shoes, it is therefore essential to consider the question: how do feet stay pleasantly cool? Read more about how we do that here.

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Who designs shoes in the Netherlands?

designing shoes netherlands

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?

production shoes

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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Sneakers produced in the Netherlands

shoe producing netherlands

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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Prototypes: the beginning of a shoe line

prototype shoe line

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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Designing outdoor shoes

shoes outdoor

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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Designing a shoe last

shoe last

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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