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3 Brands Creating Shoe Buzz

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From indigo dyed Toms to a subscription service that wants to change the way men shop. Here’s three brands bringing style and buzz to men’s footwear.

Toms and The Hill-Side Team Up for Indigo Dyed Collection

Toms is dabbling in menswear with The Hill-Side for a new collection featuring the menswear brand’s signature Japanese textiles.

The Toms x The Hill-Side capsule collection features footwear for both men, boys and toddlers, as well as neckties, pocket squares and sunglasses. The Hill-Side inject their DNA in the collection with the Indigo Sashiko Men’s Classic—a signature Toms silhouette with an indigo dyed Sashiko fabric upper from Okayama, Japan. Read more here.

How King & Stone Is Building a Private Label Business Through Subscriptions

The genre of subscription retail has matured since the days of the Columbia Tape House Club.

From Dollar Shave Club and Birchbox Man offering an affordable way to try new grooming products, to Surf Shop Box, Bombfell and the head honcho of subscription services, Trunk Club, which ships curated selections of apparel and accessories, men are subscribing to these services to effortlessly update their wardrobes.

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Few, however, are offering men’s footwear at an affordable price. Enter King & Stone, a new men’s subscription service that delivers subscribers a pair of house label shoes four time a year. King & Stone charges $25 a month to receive three shoe options four times a year. The subscriber chooses one of the three shoes to own, meaning each shoe costs about $75 each. Read more here.

Ugg Launches Premium Men’s Collection for Holiday

Ugg is elevating its men’s offerings for holiday. The comfort lifestyle brand introduced Est. 1978, a three-piece collection made with luxury materials that harkens back to the brand’s coastal and surf heritage.

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The collection features bespoke detailing, rich leathers, soft suedes and merino sheepskin in classic silhouettes that offer the same warmth and comfort as the brand’s core collection. Shoe styles include two slippers and a pull-on boot, with prices ranging from $225 for the Thayne slipper to $600 for the Gustin boot. Read more here.

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