Tracey's footwear has a loyal following amongst women in both the UK and Japan, and has also struck a chord with female cyclists who love the comfort and style of her shoes with their rubber sole to cycle around the city in. With both Neuls and Tokyobike sharing an appreciation for simplicity and a contemporary approach to design (and Neuls being a fan of their bikes after seeing them at Clerkenwell Design Week) their collaboration to celebrate the London Design Festival and London Fashion Week makes perfect sense.
Fern", an ankle boot with a heel-shape designed to sit right into the pedal and not slip. The reflective detailing on the back of this boot is a ribbon strip.
I really love the fluid shapes of both bike shoes and their organic and sculptural style - something typical of Tracey's designs, which hasn't been compromised for the bicycle. But the one that really caught my attention was Fern which I couldn't resist trying on...
Slipping into the Fern, the feel of the soft grey leather along with with the thick insole instantly screams "comfort", which is of course great both on and off the bike. It's like a glove for your foot, which over time will mould to your shape... bonus. The distinctive pointed toe shape (a huge plus for me with my love of Winklepickers) was originally sculptured in clay by Tracey and made into a mould on which the boot is created. No one else owns this shape in the shoe industry, making it that touch more special.