Shoe confessions at Nike Air Royalty event

Shoe confessions at Nike Air Royalty event

May 5, 2011 |  by  |  Event, Fashion
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This is proving to be one hell of a sporty month for me and I must say I kind of like it. On Wednesday I attended the launch of Nike’s new Air Royalty women’s collection, held at the fashionable Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. If you’re a sneaker freak like some of the girls at this event, you should know that this shoe is Nike’s must have for summer. By using an innovative method called VacTech, the designers have succeeded in mixing the Nike sports heritage with a stylish touch.

I love how the pastel metallic colours make this shoe edgy, yet very feminine, which is an important detail for short ladies like myself. Ditte Kuijpers, the creative brain behind the new shoe, explained to me that the inspiration behind it was the tough basketball world: “We wanted to represent a mix of sports, style and innovation, but still keep the roots of the Nike Air Royalty shoe where it’s always been: the basketball world.” In fact, I like the clean overall appearance of the shoe, making the details pop more.

And since I felt very comfortable being surrounded by shoes, I decided to put Ditte and Saar Koningsberger, Dutch presenter and actrice who is the spokesperson for the new Royalty shoe, to a little test of a shoe Q&A.

Shoe Confessions of Saar Koningsberger and Ditte Kuijpers

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Saar: I’d say about 60 pairs.
Ditte: Although I’m a shoe designer, I must confess that I don’t own that many pairs. I think I have a good 30 to 40 that I love.

Q: Which shoes do you feel most comfortable in?
Saar: It really depends on my mood. I’m a real sneaker freak, so on a daily basis I’m most comfortable in my Nike’s. But if I want to feel sexy and feminine, I turn to my skyscraper heels.
Ditte: I love flat shoes that are still feminine and girly. I think I feel most comfortable in a cute, well cut boat shoe or loafer.

Q: What is the most valuable shoe you own?
Saar: I once bought a pair of motorcycle boots that cost me a small fortune. But I justified myself by thinking that I’d wanted them for so long, and when I laid eyes on these beauties, I knew I had to have them.
Ditte: The new Nike Air Royalties that were presented today hold very special sentimental value to me, because I designed them. I love the colours, they remind me of macaroons and I almost find it hard to wear them; I don’t want to ruin them or make them dirty.

Q: Last but not least, which Amsterdam hotspots do you often visit so you can flaunt your showstopper shoes?
Saar: I love Mazzo for dinner and drinks. Same goes for Witteveen, which is always cosy, fun and serves delicious food.
Ditte: Balti House near the Albert Cuyp serves the best curry in town. Definitely worth a try if you’re in the neighborhood.

So there you have it: shoe confessions of two shoe addicts such as myself. I’ve been told that the presented Nike Air Royalty is the new it shoe among Parisian girls, so I’m thinking Amsterdam girls can’t stay far behind and can’t wait to debut mine. A big thank you to Spice PR and Nike for my very first showstopping pair.

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