Discover Germany, Issue 40, July 2016

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Discover Germany | Design | TAPODTS

From women, for women The Dresden-based shoe label TAPODTS seeks to preserve what has already proved its worth, while invigorating the new and innovative. Here at TAPODTS, girl power meets an entrepreneurial spirit and an extraordinary love for highquality shoes and accessories made in Europe. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | I PHOTOS: TAPODTS, LICHTWERKE DESIGN

“TAPODTS’ women’s shoes are the perfect companions for the entire day. Whether for business, evening or casual leisure looks, our shoes impress with great quality, carefully selected leather and with attention to detail,” notes Cornelia Jahnel, executive director of TAPODTS. Alongside Jeannette Scharf and Britta Biele, Jahnel founded the shoe label in 2015 with the goal to offer women’s shoes and harmonising accessories, such as bags or belts, that are not only fashionable and made out of sustainable material, but that also feel great. “We offer shoes and accessories in the premium segment. Thereby, the models range from classical to extravagant, from pumps to boots and comprise of exceptional colours or leather combinations,” says Jahnel. She adds:“We want to fulfil our customers’ demand for fine shoes with that certain something at affordable prices.” 12 | Issue 40 | July 2016

All of their shoes are equipped with exclusive European leather, a 100 per cent chromium-free, tanned leather interior made mostly out of kid leather and a threemillimetre-strong, comfortable memory latex inner sole. While the kid leather has a high absorbing capacity and dries quickly compared to other leathers, the chromiumfree leather protects the environment and does not pose as a health risk as chromium is said to be carcinogenic. As TAPODTS’ shoes are entirely Made in Europe, the shoe lasts are manufactured in Portugal alongside a young Italian designer, Portuguese modeller and German product management team. Customers especially appreciate that the small, family-friendly and authentic TAPODTS team is at eye level with mothers, businesswomen and friends who meet daily life challenges. “Our customers value our team’s long-term experience,

the personal contact we offer and that we combine professionality with love for designing and selling,” smiles Jahnel. The future goal of TAPODTS is to healthily grow nationally and internationally. That is why the shoe label will be present at Milan’s theMICAM international footwear exhibition for the first time this year. “Furthermore, we work with a young Italian designer on a new collection at the moment – guaranteed to be stylish and great for your health,” concludes Jahnel.

Main image: The TAPODTS team: Britta Biele, Cornelia Jahnel and Jeannette Scharf (from left to right). From top right: Sandals. Photo: Lichtwerke Design Chelsea boots. Photo: Lichtwerke Design Bottom: Business backpack LODINE, shoes and belt in ray leather optics.