The original concept behind Duke & Dexter came from velvet slippers - but not in the way you might think. We loved the colours, variation, motifs and totally different styles that could be created from velvet slippers but wanted ones to wear everyday, for dress up and down occasions. What we didn't like was the pretentious association of velvet slippers and their inflated price tag. It seemed as though they had to be either incredibly expensive or just cheap imitations.

So we decided to fill the gap ourselves by combining what is a traditionally British shoe with our own contemporary designs - inspired by colour trends, patterns and imagery from around the world.

All of our shoes are individually designed with variations in material type / trim / lining material / sole etc. Even our velvet type is different. We didn't like the long, shiny velvet commonly used, so instead, we use our signature velvet - a short, consistent, non shiny, brush velvet which enhances our solid, clean colours. Asides from velvet, we now have styles made using canvas, linen, pony hair, quilt and needlepoint.

Duke & Dexter is about individuals who value their wardrobe, fashion and distinct style, appreciating fine quality without the need to pay an unreasonable price for it.

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