Shop Talk: Bucketfeet Hits Soho… Hunter Finds a London Home

Merging Art & Shoes
Chicago-based Bucketfeet lands in the heart of New York this summer with a pop-up shop in Soho. The store, now open at 108 Wooster St. through July 31, offers a selection of men’s, women’s and children’s canvas styles that have been designed by 50 artists from 20 countries around the world. The brand will debut exclusive shoes throughout the summer. The space also will host art workshops and installations alongside the merchandise.

Hunter’s London Roots
Hunter will bow its first global flagship in London this fall. The British brand entered into a deal with the Crown Estate for the 5,300-sq.-ft. shop. “Choosing to establish our first retail presence on Regent Street stays true to our heritage as a British brand. Alongside our global e-commerce site, it allows us to create an immersive environment in which to engage directly with our customers and communicate the spirit of the Hunter brand,” James Seuss, CEO of Hunter, said in a statement.

Fluevog Heads to Market
John Fluevog is growing. The brand plans to open a store in Ottawa’s ByWard Market in July — the Canadian designer’s first in Ottawa. The new location, at 61 William St., will celebrate its grand opening with a special-edition shoe.

Aetrex Goes Bicoastal
Aetrex Worldwide opened shops in Wayne, N.J., and Pleasanton, Calif., on Thursday. The 1,300-sq.-ft. New Jersey store is located in the Willowbrook Mall. The California store is slightly larger, at 1,800 square feet, and is part of the Stoneridge Mall. In addition to selling shoes and orthotics, both locations will feature the brand’s foot scanning technology, iStep.

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