WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
The Dutch shoe brand is a go-to for sneakers and some of the most innovative heels in the game.
Filling Pieces is known for their sleek trainers and architectural heels. Images via @fillingpieces.
There might be one too many sneaker labels in the shoe game at the moment, but Filling Pieces is one of the originals worth following and buying into.
The Dutch brand, which has just turned ten years old, was started by Guillaume Philibert with the simple idea of creating a “premium sneaker at a fair price point” and “bridging the gap between streetwear and high fashion.”
Philibert came up with the’ Low Top’ at the time: A sleek, logo-free design known for its curved silhouette and cool, zig-zag soles. It successfully infiltrated the luxury realm – people pair their Filling Pieces low tops with everything from Hermes Birkins to Chanel ready-to-wear – yet Philibert kept to his promise of keeping prices accessible.
Sneakers are usually priced between 170 and 250 pounds.
Since then, the brand expanded its offer to include a wider variety of sneakers featuring more experimental silhouettes, plenty of colour blocking and contrasting materials. There’s also Texan-inspired boots, leather loafers and as of late, high heels – but not as you know them.
Philibert has developed a signature metal heel, called the Carabiner and resembling the hardware you’d usually find in a mechanic’s tool box. His new-season designs – destined for “dream-chasers, game changers and mountain movers”‘ – feature gold, silver and purple versions of the Carabiner heel on lace-up sandals and leather ankle boots, to striking effect.
As the brand expands and gets ready to enter a new decade, its philosophy of “challenging the status quo” and offering responsible design has stayed the same. Last April, it also dedicated a day to only selling products of organic origin and donating 50 percent of its profits to Ocean Cleanup to raise awareness about the environmental crisis.
We didn’t do this as a marketing stunt or a way to polish our image. Instead, we did it to create awareness within our company and our community about our responsibilities,” said the brand.
You can get better acquainted with the brand on its Instagram feed, where you’ll find news about its latest drops, peaks into its Amsterdam flagship, and see all the different ways its community of cool creative figures wear the shoes – it can range from full tracksuit looks to feminine Cecilie Bahnsen dresses paired with chunky sneakers.
Their documentary, narrating the brand’s story and commemorating 10 years in business, is also a must-watch.