Focusing on production and designing a unique product on that basis was one of the initial ideas behind the Trippen concept. It provides an alternative to the irresponsible use of resources, disgraceful labour costs and poor working conditions. Most Trippen shoes are produces in the Trippen factory in Zehdenick. This small village close to Berlin has been home to a shoe-manufacturing plant since the era of the former GDR. When the workshop in Berlin became increasingly crowded, the first production facility opened with four former employees of the state-run enterprise. 130 employees now work in Zehdenick. And there have also been collaborations with a number of small family businesses in Northern Italy since the launch of the »Closed« collection. Many of these Italian manufacturers find it hard to find young members of staff. Production facilities are currently expanding in Zehdenick in order to cater to this development in future.
The Leather Production
The primarily vegetable-tanned leathers come from small tanneries in Tuscany. During vegetable tanning, plant fibres like tree bark are used instead of chromium salts to preserve the hides. These natural leathers are dyed through without a covering coat of paint and treated with wax finish. Marks and scratches are natural characteristics of the leather.
Production of the Rubber Soles
When developing the soles, the shoe’s longevity and a sustainable use of resources are considered. Most soles are made from rubber. Rubber is very durable, flexible, versatile in design and recyclable.
Production of the Wooden Soles
The nature of the wood determines the shape of the sole. Alder wood is relatively tough. We use it for most our flat wooden soles. Beech is very hard and robust and therefore also suitable for soles with high heels. Poplar wood is extremely light and thus used for our high platform soles. Altogether there are more than 50 different sole types.