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Shoes, website, photography…drool

September 11, 2009

cole, rood & haan co.

cole, rood & haan co.

cole, rood & haan co.

I’m going to have to exert more focus than normal in writing this post, otherwise it could all get very ugly in some design happiness verbose fit. It’s been covered by the lovely ladies of Oh Joy and Unruly things, but I couldn’t pass this up. The new line of handmade shoes inspired by vintage designs, Cole, Rood & Haan Co. from Cole Haan. Maybe it’s just a strong nerve with me, but I LOVE this. I love the shoes, the web design, the gorgeous photography, styling… should I keep going?

cole, rood & haan co.


The photography is by The Selby, and is beautifully casual and “real”. The website is very classy, but not too corporate. It’s not over the top–it’s easy, clean, but just a few subtle touches that make you feel like you are in a cozy environment (like the way the shoes are displayed in different sizes and without an ecommerce style grid). It’s still functional, but friendlier. Logo is charming and *sigh* last but not least, they have a pair of boots that I love.  The catch? They are $525, noooooooooooooooo! Wooden bases, worn leather, mottled pigment, brogues and dresses…I’ll just keep drooling, and checking back…again…


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