as far as i can remember camper was one of the first famous international designer brands that opened a store in south africa (possibly in 2001/2? i remember going to the shop in the waterfront in my first year of university). their shoes were of such quality & so different from anything else you could get at the time. the boots were especially covetable (though pricey…), and everyone loved their twin range of shoes which were so clever & cute.
of course i also loved their ad campaigns – remember the walking society / walk don’t run and those amazing little books you could steal from the camper stores when the shop assistants weren’t looking?
but then the brand started feeling stale to me, all the shoes still looked the same and nothing new was happening. i visited their flagship store when i was in barcelona in 2007 hoping that i would see something i liked, but nothing excited me. when i was in the waterfront the other day i noticed that the camper store was gone and felt kind of sad about it.
so when i was online …uh… window shopping today, i decided to look up camper for a bit of a catch up – and i was pleasantly surprised by their new range. yay camper! if i had money to splurge on some excellent quality sandals / boots right now, i’d definitely go the camper route.