Unlike many similar sites, the team behind Cobble & Hyde are veterans of the shoe industry who decided to diversify their private-label business model with a companion collection sold directly to consumers.
The shoes are produced in India on a classic Blake construction that allows for a lightweight, flexible structure. It also makes them easy to re-sole, adding to the life of the shoe.
The collection focuses on classic silhouettes from wingtips to chukka boots, all retailing at $220. According to president Bart Nydish, the footwear can be kept accessibly priced by taking the line straight to consumers.
According to Nydish, the collection’s target audience is professionals of all ages, with a more casual series of weekend looks in the works.
Shoes are available in sizes eight to 13 in a medium width. Each pair comes with its own travel shoe bag. Shipping as well as exchanges or returns are free. To ensure a proper fit, there is a measuring guide on the site as well as proper shoe-care tips.