British shoe company DUKE + DEXTER has been on a steady incline within the men’s footwear arena since its launch several years ago, and for Spring/Summer 2022, the brand plans to take things to the next level.
The global footwear brand was founded in 2015 by Archie Hewlett – who sold loafers out of his bedroom – and counts celebrity fans including Ryan Reynolds, Snoop Dogg, Michael B. Jordan, and Dwyane Wade as brand ambassadors. For SS22, the collection aims to be a reflection of “leisure” and recalls “old school country club” nostalgia of the ‘80s and ‘90s with a range of sneakers and dress shoe options.
Tennis shoes comprise white leather uppers with perforated side panel detailing and tan gum soles, while loafers include an all-white version with an extended “penny hole” slit and black outsoles and a brown-and-white colorway version with sleek brown leather contrast. Moreover, a suede running shoe is also offered with a grey and neutral color contrast, white midsole and tan ridged gum sole.
Hewlett – who oversees production and works alongside a team – says the brand is, “all about deeply passionate and talented people who are out to push for change in an industry that’s increasingly shifting towards something we hate: fast fashion.”
“The team does it with conviction, creating styles and stories that exist for a reason. It’s this purposeful drive and desire to always be better that makes us who we are,” he adds.
D+D’s SS22 collection and the campaign will launch on April 29, and more information can be found on the brand’s website.
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