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Duke & Dexter is a British-born footwear label that appeals to men who appreciate the traditional, delivered on contemporary terms. Bold, eye-catching and with an unapologetically rebellious streak, its shoes are designed in London and handcrafted in England.

The materials, colours and textures challenge expectations of what a heritage British shoe can and should be.

They strike a balance between familiar British charm and progressive fashion, without losing sight of the fundamentals that underpin D&D’s footwear design: exceptional comfort and an enduring quality that will support the modern lifestyle.

Since launching in 2014, Duke & Dexter has received international recognition. Its shoes are dispatched to over 120 countries, and the company has worked with worldwide retailers including Harrods, The KaDeWe Group, Level Shoes and Tsum. A winner at the Drapers Footwear Awards, fans of D&D also include Eddie Redmayne, Ryan Reynolds, Justin Timberlake, Jonah Hill, Tinie Tempah and Tyson Beckford.

2018 proved to be a particularly stellar year. Following successful launches of four suede penny loafers and a playful pastel suede collection, the A/W’18 range stole the show in the latter half of the year. The defining success? A chukka boot which provides the solution to how to look ace with lace. This coming-of-age collection focuses on Duke & Dexter’s British roots, breathing new life into heritage materials including corduroy and tweed and a standout monochrome houndstooth print with ample bite.

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The S/S’19 collection continues to allow D&D’s adventurous and confident design principles to take centre stage, incorporating unique fabrics and colourways. Rumour also has it that a collaboration with a certain world famous American Hip-Hop superstar is in the pipeline for early next year.

2018 also offered an opportunity for some reflection on the brand and the bigger picture. In addition to supporting wider British craftsmanship, Duke & Dexter has become a key figure in promoting the creative manufacturing industry in Sheffield.

Duke & Dexter strives to retain a British attitude in everything it does, starting with its approach to design: confidence without arrogance. There is a fearless streak that permeates everything it does.

London has long been a melting pot of world culture, creating the perfect home for the brand, bursting with international sources of inspiration. Rooting the brand in cultural connection is symbolic of a British attitude and has allowed D&D to build a global following among people who appreciate the company’s wicked sense of humour.

One story captures this neatly. As it turns out men with big feet love to be expressive with their footwear. The USA is Duke & Dexter’s largest market and, following a decision to increase sizing options up to a size 15 bespoke, orders started flooding in from NBA and NFL stars. They were thrilled to have discovered a brand that could cater to their unique and confident styling, with no compromise on comfort. Now, Duke & Dexters are worn by sporting ambassadors across the pond, including Olympic fencer Myles Chamley-Watson, NFL wide receiver Torrey Smith and NBA star Brice Johnson.

DUKE & DEXTER  30 BLOOMSBURY STREET, LONDON WC1B 3QJ +44 (0)1491 612848   


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