Sound the trumpet fanfare, roll out the red carpet and dish out the profiteroles – the Oi Polloi Mephisto Rainbow is finally here!
OP stalwarts might remember we teased these puppies all the way back in the AW18 edition of Pica~Post. Perhaps we were being a bit too eager there; we’ve spent the better part of two years tweaking and perfecting them to make what might be the finest comfort shoe ever made (obviously we’re a bit biased).
For those not up-to-date on their history homework, here’s a informative article written by esteemed scribe Sam Waller back in 2015. For the abridged version, the Rainbow is one of the most uniquely interesting shoe designs of the 20th century, and one of the comfiest to boot. It's a miracle we didn't work with them sooner - in the words of head-honcho Nigel: "I noticed that the stitching lines on the Rainbow sort-of looked like a Rainbow, and considering our colours are a rainbow, which is an homage to the Rainbow People of Arizona who I lived with for a bit in the 90s, it just seemed like a natural thing to do. We wanted the colours to be subtle – and the grey of the body of the shoe is a reference to the background on our website. After plenty of tinkering, it all came together perfectly”.
Anyway, we're dead chuffed with the results, and we hope you are too.