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It was bound to happen at some point... A collaboration between Floris v. Bommel and Ollie B. Bommel! Just this once, there’s no ‘Van Bommel sneaker’. Instead, behold our ‘Bommel sneaker’, probably better known to you as Oliver B. Bumble. Please check the bottom of this page for more information on the availability.
“Because of the shared surname, Mr. Bommel is like a running theme throughout my life. On the Van Bommel side of my family, I come across him in various different forms. My most vivid memory is without doubt the animated film ‘Als je begrijpt wat ik bedoel’ (English: ‘The dragon that wasn’t (or was he?)’). I celebrated my 8th birthday party at the cinema watching this film. Almost 40 years later, when dark clouds appear in the sky, I am still afraid a dragon will emerge from the storm. As an expression of support to Mr. Bommel, the proceeds from the sales of the sneakers will go to Toonder Compagnie. That is the company that manages the work of Marten Toonder and keeps it alive.”
For the limited edition Ollie B. Bommel sneakers, a new image of Mr. Bommel was developed. And it is also a fairly unique one. Normally, Mr. Bommel is in the middle of reading a story when he is depicted. He therefore hardly ever makes eye contact with the reader. Especially for the sneakers bearing his name, Mr. Bommel has made an exception. He took his time to calmly pose and be immortalised as a fashionable and self-assured gentleman of stature. In the process, he makes direct eye contact with the viewer. Mr. Bommel’s portrait is displayed on the tongue of the sneakers and on the leaflet.
In the spirit of Mr. Bommel, the detailing is subtle and modest. The colour of Mr. Bommel's fur is reflected in the warm cognac-coloured suede. The heel and footbed feature the tartan design from his gown. Floris van Bommel’s signature style is incorporated into the sneakers by means of a bright blue tongue. Under the portrait of Mr. Bommel on the woven label on that tongue, it reads: "Van Bommel sneakers? Bommel sneakers!".
A portrait of Ollie B. Bommel, created especially for this limited edition, can be found on the inside of the textile tongue label.
The tread of the sneakers combines the red colour of Mr. Bommel's dressing gown with the bright blue that Floris van Bommel often uses for soles.
Floris van Bommel’s signature style is incorporated into the design by means of a bright blue tongue.
The heel is finished with a piece of yellow suede featuring a motif of Mr. Bommel's dressing gown.
The shoe is made of lightly oiled suede in the colour of Mr. Bommel's fur.
The proceeds from the Ollie B. Bommel sneakers will be donated to the 'Toonder Auteursrecht foundation'. This is the foundation that manages the work of Marten Toonder and keeps it alive. In addition, Van Bommel is donating the domain name www.Bommel.nl to the Toonder company.
The sneaker launch has once again shown who the most popular "gentleman of the hour" is in the Netherlands. The limited edition "Floris van Bommel for Ollie B. Bommel" sneaker was sold out in no time.The 2nd edition is available now. The Ollie B. Bommel sneaker is available in the Floris van Bommel online shop, in the Dutch and Belgian Floris van Bommel brandstores and from the Floris van Bommel dealers listed below.
Oxener Sinds 1905 Loseweg 59 7315 BC Apeldoorn 055-5213709 www.oxenerschoenen.nl
Van Dael schoenen Rijnstraat 34 6811 EW Arnhem 026-4422238 www.vandaelschoenen.nl
Shuz by Schmit Langestraat 25 1811 JA Alkmaar 072-5119549 www.shuz.nl
Shuz by Vollaerts Grote Houtstraat 31 2011 SC Haarlem 023-5321813 www.shuz.nl
Shuz by Schmit Bernard van Kreelpoort 10 3901 AK Veenendaal 0318-767276 www.shuz.nl
Van Bommel schoenmode Nieuwe Emmasingel 54-56 5611 AM Eindhoven 040-2449407 www.vanbommelschoenmode.nl
Klijsen Schoenmode Hoogstraat 7 2513 AN Den Haag 070-3649127 www.klijsenschoenmode.nl
Nolten Schoenen Frederik Hendriklaan 293 2582 CE Den Haag 070-3311370 www.nolten.nl
Nolten Schoenen Liguster 30 2262 AC Leidschendam 070-3311370 www.nolten.nl
Van Arendonk Schoenen Herestraat 30 9711 LJ Groningen 050-3116999 www.vanarendonk.nl
Ten Eekelder Schoenen BV Enschedesestraat 5 7551 EE Hengelo 074-2912453 www.teneekelder.nl
Strating Schoenen Kerkstraat 94 1211 CS Hilversum 035-6213151 www.strating-schoenen.nl
De Splenter Schoenen BV Noordstraat 69 4531 GD Terneuzen 0115-617566 www.desplenterschoenen.nl
Van Tilburg mode en sport Laar 6-8 5388 HE Nistelrode 0412-611288 www.vantilburg.nl
Van den Assem Schoenen Molendijk 12-16 3262 AK Oud-Beijerland 0186-623567 www.assem.nl
Van Bommel Schoenen Grote Markt 25 4811 XN Breda 076-5207303 www.vanbommelschoenen.nl