Already a sensation across Europe, North America, Japan and New Zealand, DKODE is hitting the UK’s fashion-savvy streets in early 2014. Launched in 2002 DKODE’s history dates back to 1976 when its founder José Sampaio set up the SOZÉ footwear factory in Felgueiras, approximately 70km North East from Porto and 400 km north of Portugal’s capital Lisbon.
Designing for both men and women, DKODE’s rule-breaking footwear emphasise design innovation and attitude. And as their knowledge of footwear production testifies being stylish needn’t compromise comfort. For their S/S14 pret-a-porter collection two distinct colour palettes are available: fawn, champagne, cognac, khaki, quiet blacks, faded metallics and a rather seductive blush feature alongside a brighter spectrum that includes sunburnt orange, cherry, ochre, tan, mustard, violet and a range of electric and aqua blues.
Their combination of materials is also striking; soft leathers, distressed leathers, deluxe suedes, wooden Cuban heels, buckles on straps and brass buttons are just a few contrasting textures. This season toes peep out of DKODE’s boots and wedges, single as well as multi-straps embellish their summer sandals and chunky straps add panache to mules, whilst perforation detailing and subtle stitching add sophistication to their pumps and boots; heights vary from flats to elevated platforms.
Boots include tomboy-style flats, ankle and calf-length cowboy boot-inspired versions and a Victoriana lace-up style. Brogues have been created for both men and women in mind and the dapper slip-ons are not just for the boys, but the girls too. DKODE’s sportswear-inspired brogue-cross sneaker will delight the urbanite and the urbane.
For S/S14 DKODE are thrilled to welcome Aleksandar Protic’s cutting edge guest designs with his backless, peep toe, wedged boots with zippers and adjustable straps – these are bound to appeal to those that consider footwear as mobile pieces of art – showcased on the catwalk in Portugal Fashion SS14.
Future plans include an exciting online store and an accessories and clothing line that echoes their signature philosophy of DKODE as a brand and as a statement; ‘dream walking’ for ‘fashion lovers’ as they eloquently put it. In the meantime DKODE is destined to be a “Worldwide Wow” footwear extravaganza.
Coming soon to the UK for Spring 2014 www.dkode.com