Stepping Out With Rag & Bone-------
After years of It bags and It shoes and It hats and It what-have-you, the flailing economy has finally sent shoppers fleeing back to the basics. This is good news for Rag & Bone, which this spring debuts its footwear line with three no-fail styles for women—a tailored loafer, a slipper-esque oxford, and brogue-detailed ballerina flats. The shoes aren’t exactly cheap, but their $330 to $515 price range isn’t head-swivelingly outlandish. “These shoes are good value,” notes Tull Price, the ex-Royal Elastics impresario who is collaborating with Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville on the range. “We focused on classic silhouettes and used all-natural materials and custom lasts and made sure all the shoes are flexible and breathable,” Price continues. “In layman’s terms, that means they’re comfortable the first time you put them on.” Price also points out that the high-quality construction means that the shoes will stand up to inevitable wear and tear—particularly for the label’s local fans. “Marcus and David are both New Yorkers now,” he says. “They know people really walk in the city, so even as we add dressier styles, we’ll still be making shoes that are built to last.” At least there’s one sound investment to be made out there.