When a 19-year-old ditches plans to study further in order to make men’s loafers full-time, the first thought that would cross one’s mind would be “Whaaaaaaat?” Fast-forward to three years on and Eddie Redmayne is wearing this kid’s bespoke loafers as he accepts his first-ever Oscar. And, it’s not just him. Ryan Reynolds, Jonah Hill, Justin Timberlake, Tinie Tempah, and even Poppy Delevingne are sporting Duke & Dexter shoes; they’ve made this Archie Hewlett’s best decision ever!
Your Introduction To Duke & Dexter
The British label of premium footwear for men, women, and kids is carried by top retailers like Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Liberty, and Fenwick. Founder Archie Hewlett is 21, has been in the business for all of three years, and already has a leg in with the A-listers of America and the elite of England.
Loafers form the base style of his shoes which are targeted at those who love the traditional silhouette but want contemporary stylings. They’re all part of the modern, functional and spirited apparel millennials have come to love so much.
The idea came to him when he needed an affordable and stylish pair for a black tie event and decided to design one himself. With many praises came attention and people started asking him where he got them from—Voila! Duke & Dexter was born.
What You Can Expect From The Collection
- An array of colours, textures, prints and motifs that will pleasantly surprise you. The three main elements in the current range are suede, camouflage prints, and the pyramid design.
- A made-to-measure service for those who would prefer a bespoke pair. You can choose the colour, pattern, emblem, motif, base fabric, piping details, add even add your initials… basically, customise it to the last detail.
- They’ve also roped in artist Daniel Cordas who can create one-of-a-kind shoes by hand painting the motifs or your initials on the upper, no matter how intricate the design.
- Price points are between £165 and £225, but personalisation can hike it up to £500.
London’s The Chosen One
Yes, it is a big deal that the brand’s flagship store is on Earlham Street, Seven Dials in London because this also means that you have access to their in-store exclusives and the bespoke bar which is otherwise only available online—all this, served up with a side of coffee from their R&R lounge for clients.
For The Love Of Loafers
It may seem like the 1980’s preppy shoe has been around forever but it was only mid-last year that big designers resurrected the loafers with Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Berluti and Tom Ford leading the parade at Fashion Weeks. Soon, this now wardrobe staple found its way into men and women’s wardrobes and even high street brands were doing affordable versions of their own. Having a hard time getting your hands on a pair by Duke & Dexter? Are they out of your budget? Here are some other classic versions that are easier on the pocket (all under £100).
1. H by Hudson’s navy loafers are our top pick for everyday wear. Buy them here.
2. Tassels + tan dip dye = Power dressing redefined by Paul Smith. Buy the loafers that mean business, here.
3. Yes, please get a pair in red. It’s more versatile than you realise and works well with most off-duty ensembles. Buy the loafers here.
4. We love the nautical vibe on the blue loafers with white piping. This one’s a good alternative for those who think red’s too flashy. Buy the shoes here.
5. For your version of a red carpet affair, say, a formal dinner and drinks evening with the clan, friends, or colleagues, may we recommend the black loafers with woven detailing? Buy them here.