Magaluf concept design is a sole for summer shoes inspired by Mediterranean islands. Beaches, summer mood and nature are the key elements of Magaluf. The project is carried on by a small creative team, led by Nicola Zacchi, who is looking for a new way to express style in shoes.
Who is Nicola Zacchi?
Nicola Zacchi has a degree in communication from the University of Milan, and has an eye for fashion and trends. He spent long periods abroad and this gave him a wider knowledge on styles and less-known brands. Thanks to all this, together with the design team of BCF, he developed the project of a summer shoe sole and now he is going to tell us everything about it.
How did you come up with the idea of Magaluf?
The inspiration behind Magaluf came during some trips to the Balearic Islands, looking at some of the traditional local shoes like Avarcas and Espadrillas. From this experience came the idea to have a comfortable shoe ideal for walking, going to the beach and to the city at the same time. Bright colours are the key element of this new type of shoes that are linked to Spanish traditional patterns and atmospheres.
It was difficult to find the distinctive feature that makes Magaluf different from all other summer shoe soles?
Not really, the key element is that Magaluf can be used in various situations and on all terrains, on the beach but also in the city, a summer shoe ideal for everywhere. The difficult part is to find an unsaturated market. The competition is hard in the Spanish market as it is to have an original product out there, but the idea is to propose something unique made by the freedom to experiment. Of course then the Made in Italy is another main characteristic of our concept design.
What are the distinctive elements of Magaluf?
The main features are versatility and flexibility, both achieved thanks to the rubber sole. Resistance is also a very important character, as it is to a have good grip on all terrains. The colours of the sole will be white and natural rubber, while for the upper we are thinking of bright tones that will recall Mediterranean sunsets.
How about new projects?
We are thinking of making a winter model of Magaluf, a “beach shoe for cold weather”, similar to the original summer version but with a more resistant upper made of leather. Here for the colours we forsee a black or natural rubber sole with dark uppers. The name of all the models will always be associated with iberian cities, neighbourhoods or beaches, like for example Gràcia or Malasaña.