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Trippen Produktion


Our Production


Social responsibility is foundational to the Trippen universe. In 1998, the brand established its own production facility in a former GDR shoe production area in Zehdenick, Brandenburg. Manufacturing in-house allows fabrication to occur on demand, reducing waste while optimising quality control and flexibility. Experimental concepts can be tested quickly, generating truly unique designs. It also allows Trippen to keep its pricing honest. Investments in marketing and packaging are reduced to a minimum, allowing revenue to go directly towards premium materials and labour costs. Ensuring wages are equitable and working conditions fair is top priority, especially given Trippen’s commitment to reducing unemployment and promoting social integration in its local community.




First Sole Seam

Second Sole Seam




The Leather Production



Trippen sources its primarily vegetable-tanned leathers from small tanneries in Tuscany. During the vegetable tanning process, 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 a wax finish. Small marks and scratches are therefore part of the leather’s natural characteristics.


Hides after tanning

Drying hides


Production of the Rubber Soles


Inside the sole production plant

When developing their soles, Trippen prioritises the shoe’s longevity alongside the sustainable use of resources. Most of our soles are made from rubber, which is is very durable, flexible, versatile and recyclable. A resoling service is also on offer to further enhance the continued quality of Trippen shoes. Twenty pairs are resoled per day on average in Germany, and five per day in Japan.


Raw rubber in the mould

Soles after vulcanising


Production of the Wooden Soles


Cutting planks into blanks

The nature of the wood determines the shape of each Trippen sole. Alder wood’s sturdy nature makes it ideal for most flat wooden soles. Beech is very hard and robust and therefore suitable for soles with high heels. Poplar wood is extremely light and thus used for Trippen’s high platform soles. Altogether, the range of wooden soles encompasses over 27 different types.


Cutting blanks

Shaping the soles


Removing the spigot