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Cult shoe since 1964

In the 1960s, the natural form moccasin was a revolution. Today, the cult shoe is more topical than ever as a pioneer in modern casual wear.

The Grashopper is a revolution in a time when footwear is following the most narrowly defined dictates of fashion, and the classic ladies’ shoe features a slim, pointed style, usually with a stiff leather sole. Comfort just simply does not factor in. Music from the US, affordable travel and, above all, the Student Movement, give the 1960s their contemporary flair. 1964 is the perfect moment for a casual shoe that takes on the theme of time and becomes a symbol of a generation: freedom, idealism and self-determination.

Inventor and founder of Sioux, Peter Sapper, designed Germany’s first moccasin in its natural form. When the Grashopper was presented for the first time, it was subject to its fair share of amazement, a little ridicule, but also plenty of admiration. The Grashopper would go on to become the most successful Sioux shoe with worldwide respect and copied many times.  

Emancipation of the feet

A zeitgeist of the wild 60s is “emancipation of the feet”. Breakthroughs and changes in culture and clothing styles.


1967 saw the first Grashopper advert on television and also the first television advert from a German footwear manufacturer. (Director: Michael Ballhaus)

The Original is copied

The Grashopper enters licensed production. From 1967, the British company Clarks, produces the Wallabee. The licence was to last for 30 years. (From left to right: Peter Sapper, Karin Sapper, Lance Clark)

Emma Peel wears Grashopper

British actress, Diana Rigg, is a huge fan of the Grashopper. She became famous for her role in the 60s cult series The Avengers.

The wild 60s

The shoe for a new lifestyle. In with new freedom of movement, out with fustiness.

The comeback of a classic

The moccasin sneakers from the 60s (with the original natural crepe sole) are available again in 2014.


The success story continues. The Grashopper strikes again in 2016 and gets a stylish, white, lightweight rubber sole.


With its distinctive, handcrafted moccasin seam, the grass shopper presents itself in an unmistakable retro look.


Traditional shoe craftsmanship and made in Europe make every grass shopper a unique piece.


We have not made any compromises when it comes to wearing comfort and fit for over 5 decades.


The icon was revised in 2016. Above moccasin and below sneaker, the grass shopper of the New Generation impresses with a completely new look and completes the grass shopper family.