Q & A! 3 questions—3 answers to Margit Ahnert and Roswitha Gritsch from our design and development department:
What were the requirements for this new series?
One thing was clear for this series: sporty design! That’s why we had to come up with a new last with a sporty toe without losing our usual wearing comfort. We also wanted to meet the growing demand of our customers for toe caps made of composite material.
The development of a new sole was mandatory for the new look and an important part of the whole project. And one thing was and is at the top of the list: Weight and flexibility. So it was an exciting task.
What were the requirements/challenges in the choice of materials and colours for the series? What are you particularly proud of in retrospect?
We like to follow the sports shoe market to bring along trends for the younger target group and to achieve a high acceptance. High-frequency technology and PU foils processed on lightweight uppers/textiles are the design elements that also support the construction and functionality of the model at the same time. We are particularly proud of our textile models.
The abrasion-resistant bicolour materials have a sporty look and yet these shoes are also worn ‘business-like’, gladly with more colour in play. Our red safety half shoe CP 4360 ESD is a statement, for our collection a welcome attention. Metal-free, super light and almost seamless, these shoes also offer perfect wearing comfort. A shoe that you can’t see the safety criteria on.
What extraordinary details would you want to highlight specifically that were special during development and now in the market?
We have consistently chosen design elements that can be found in every model in the collection. Every model in the group, whether microfibre, functional textile or woven upper, has the same genes.
This is challenging when all the technical specifications laid down according to the EN standard for sandals, half shoes and half boots have to be right.