Camper re-releases Kobarah heels – but could YOU don the unusual sandals this summer?

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With the warmer weather returning, many of us will be looking for the perfect summer sandals after being indoors for months.

And Camper fans will no doubt be happy to hear that the brand is re-releasing its highly sought-after, if rather unusual, Kobarah heels, which first hit stores in 2016.

Inspired by cobras, as the name suggests, the eco-friendly shoes – which cost around £100 – have a slingback design and an oddly twisted block heel.

Camper is bringing back its eco-friendly Kobarah heels five years after they were first released – but could YOU put on the unusual shoes?

The unusual sandals wrap around the foot like a snake and cross over the front of the foot twice to keep it secure.

Coming soon in bold blue, red and yellow hues, the sandals are made from recyclable materials.

When the Spanish shoe company, founded in 1975, first released the curvaceous number, it became a huge success.

Inspired by cobras, as the name suggests, the shoes feature a slingback design and a twisted block heel

Inspired by cobras, as the name suggests, the shoes feature a slingback design and a twisted block heel

Fans of the cool girl shoes seem eager to get their hands on a pair as many called for the brand to restock them after their release in 2016

Fans of the cool girl shoes seem eager to get their hands on a pair as many called for the brand to restock them after their release in 2016

The shoe is made from a single piece of molded EVA and the design results in zero waste and reduced energy consumption during production.

At the end of their lives, Camper takes back worn-out shoes to be buffed and used as a new outsole or shoe.

The restocking date for the Kobarah has not yet been announced, but buyers eager to get their hands on a pair can sign up for alerts through the brand’s website.

The unusual sandals wrap around the foot like a snake and cross over the front of the foot twice to keep it safe

The unusual sandals wrap around the foot like a snake and cross over the front of the foot twice to keep it safe

Romain Kremer, Camper’s creative director, said of the shoe at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan in 2016 that they wanted the shoe to look innocent.

He said, as reported by Shoe news: ‘We wanted a very naive look, but very complex technology, comfort and lightness.

“We started by making long tubes of play dough and putting them on the foot and eventually it looked like a Kobra.”

While the heels have not yet been spotted on celebrities, they have gained a cult following among many on social media.

Coming soon in eye-catching blue, red and yellow hues, the sandals are made from recyclable materials, and those hoping to get a pair can sign up for email notifications.

Coming soon in eye-catching blue, red and yellow hues, the sandals are made from recyclable materials, and those hoping to get a pair can sign up for email notifications.

On Twitter, fans of the shoes seemed excited to finally get their hands on a pair, as one joked that they would

On Twitter, fans of the shoes seemed excited to finally get their hands on a pair, as one joked that they would “never know peace” until they owned a pair

On Twitter, fans of the shoes seemed excited to finally get their hands on a pair, as one joked that they would “never know peace” until they had a pair.

One wrote: ‘I need a pair of Camper Kobarah sandals,’ and another, talking about the shoes, said, ‘I want them so much, but they’re kind of hard to find.’

Camper was born on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, the brainchild of Lorenzo Fluxa, a third-generation shoemaker.

These heels are a world away from the first shoes released by the brand, and while unusual, they seem to have found a home among current trends.

Camper creative director Romain Kremer said they created the shoe by making 'long tubes of play dough' before putting it on the foot and getting the final design

Camper creative director Romain Kremer said they created the shoe by making ‘long tubes of play dough’ before putting it on the foot and getting the final design

The shoe is made from a single piece of molded EVA and the design results in zero waste and lower energy consumption during production

The shoe is made from a single piece of molded EVA and the design results in zero waste and lower energy consumption during production

Unusual sandals, some more attractive than others, have been all the rage for the upcoming SS21 style.

Harking back to the ’90s, flatforms and padded flip flops have recently taken over both catwalks and shopping streets.

Strapped sandals perfect for day and night wear and bold colored footwear are also on must-buy lists, so the Kobarah seems to tick a lot of boxes.

Marmite brands such as Crocs are also making a comeback in 2021, as the brand posted its best-ever year of sales in 2020 during the pandemic.

Marmite brands such as Crocs are also making a comeback in 2021 as the brand posted its best-ever sales year in 2020 during the pandemic

Marmite brands such as Crocs are also making a comeback in 2021 as the brand posted its best-ever sales year in 2020 during the pandemic

Love them or hate them, the shoe has since climbed the fashion ladder, even spotted on this year’s Oscar red carpet worn by music director Questlove and on Nicki Minaj’s Instagram last month.

While the heel strap rubber clogs may not scream chic, the modest Crocs have amassed a loyal following of celebrities.

In the past, collaborations with Justin Beiber and Latin pop star Bad Bunny, as well as designer brand Balenciaga, sold out in minutes.

And they appear to be more popular than ever as the US-based shoemaker reports record sales for the first three months of the year, rising 64 percent to £331 million ($460 million).

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