“We should all be feminists” was one of the most quoted phrases over the last year, shortly after Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first female figure to take over the creative direction of Dior, inspired her first collection for the French house in today’s woman.

Her starting point was the book with the same title, published in 2014, in which the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie proposes a reflection on feminism in the 21st century. But, while the discussion focuses on power in women today, this manifesto advocates, above all, individuality and gender equality. “The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations”, as we can read in the bestseller.

Because we believe that gender should not be a limitation to our personal ambitions, in Perks we create shoes that go beyond the concept of feminine — masculine. The personality, individuality and daily life of contemporary women and men are the basis of our creative process. With an open mind, a strong personality and their very own style, these are some of the women who inspire us: Charlotte Skonh, Sofie Valkiers, Vera Deus and Coohuco.