Hugs & Co Footwear – Got %100 Off, You Get %15

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I was originally introduced to Hugs & Co by my colleague Justin FitzPatrick of The Shoe Snob and if Justin recommends a footwear brand, I don’t hesitate to investigate.  Hugs & Co is a British born label offering suede penny loafer/drivers and now offering suede tasseled loafers/drivers since 2012.  I originally spoke with Hugo back when they only offered penny loafers and discussed his upcoming product. He mentioned the addition of more colors and tassels.  The wait was worth it.

Hugo was generous enough to send me a pair of burgundy suede tassel loafers/drivers.  I combine loafers and drivers in this case because they seem to be a hybrid of the two.  If there was a full leather or rubber sole than they would squarely be loafers—although there is nothing square about them.  However, they come with the classic pebbled sole which puts them in the driver’s seat so to speak.

I like Hugs & Co because they know their place and are not trying to compete the high luxury makers such as Tod’s or Car Shoe.  Instead they offer a straight forward product in quality construction at an attractive price point.

All Hugs & Co footwear is made in Portugal, a reputable shoe manufacturing country, producing for high street as well as boutique retailers.  While they are made in Portugal everything else about them is genuinely British:  Only offered in UK sizes and sold at 65 pounds. At less than 100 dollars they are affordable alternative to Tod’s without missing any style points.

I haven’t had much success with ordering overseas footwear recently.  They all seem to run a bit big.  This time I sized down.  I’d rather have my shoes a bit snug than too big. This principle does not apply to 90% of items of clothing but shoes can be worn in and stretched without much damage to the structure. Most other garments cannot be.

Speaking of structure the Hugs and Co product feels solid and substantial although there is not much to the shoe.  I’ve worn several drivers/loafers in my day and most of them I no longer own because they succumbed to wear and tear and became misshapen.  Only time will tell with Hugs & Co.

For our readers and admirers Hugo of Hugs & Co has graciously offered a %15 percent discount.  Just use code ImageGranted at checkout and you’ll be taken care of.


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Grant Harris is a Washington, DC based menswear specialist. He is owner & Chief Style Consultant at Image Granted, LLC. He owns many more pairs of socks than he should.

Comments

  1. Charlie Gup says:

    The price point is very low, but that is probably why the product looks cheap. The suede is very lo quality and the overall finish looks 2nd/3rd class as well, but of course this is fine for men who don’t mind if their shoes look cheap. You say, “ll Hugs & Co footwear is made in Portugal, a reputable shoe manufacturing country, producing for high street as well as boutique retailers. While they are made in Portugal everything else about them is genuinely British.” How could “everything else” about them be “genuinely British” ? I doubt the suede, rubber, inner soles, etc. are British in any way. Why would you claim this?

  2. Hugs & Co. says:

    Hi Charlie,

    I’m sorry to hear you were not impressed with our loafers. I would just like to clarify that all the materials used are of the finest quality and we are very proud of our final products. The build quality is also fantastic, it is very important to us that our shoes stand up to regular use and I have a sample that I have worn every day for the last year that are not broken yet.

    As a new company we are very keen for everybody to get the best possible impression of us, we would be delighted if you would try a pair of our loafers to see just how good they are. We always offer refunds if you are still not impressed with the shoes when you see them for your self.

    Please do not hesitate to get in direct contact with us at info@hugsandco.com

    Benjie