Primarily a bespoke service in the UK, Heel and Buckle, now open at Palladium Mall, entered India as a retail store offering a fine mix of high street and luxury brands. Launched in London in 2011, the young multi-brand store, which has (unfortunately) limited its bespoke services to the UK, stocks brands like Alessandro, Rad Russell, Paco Gil, Pazzion, Magnani and most recently, Church’s, the UK’s iconic footwear label. Currently with three outlets, one each in Mumbai, Delhi and Gurgaon and also available online on heelandbuckle.com, the retail chain intends to expand its presence to cities like Bangalore, Chandigarh and Jaipur, with an initial target of up to 12 outlets within the year and 120 shop-in-shops, by 2018.
The store is set in a 675-square-feet space and reflects the old world English feel that the brand stands for, while the colour scheme combines earth brown with warm gold. “Our stores are consistently woody, with warm ambient lighting for added sophistication,” explains Dhiraj Bathija, managing director.
The men’s collection boasts a mix of brogues, Oxfords, moccasins, monks and derby shoes in leather and suede. Colours range from staid black to classic tans and a few in bolder cyan and brick red. A pair of Rad Russell textured derby lace ups in tan leather, best worn with a pair of fitted jeans, caught our eye.
The women’s line carries a wide range of dressy pumps, casual flip flops and everything in between. We loved a pair of black Pazzion peep toes with metallic gold detailing. Christened Dandy, the smooth leather shoes are livened with textured, slim gold heels, with the design also extending to the platform lifts. We also eyed a pair of Paco Gils in brown leather. The pointed toe boots feature a double button flap fastening with slim block heels, ideal for a casual lunch date. For something more chilled out, we suggest the Pazzion embellished slip-ons available in aqua, peach and almond. Lending your ensemble a bohemian touch, they are crafted from butter-soft leather. The range of bags on offer include leather totes, shoulder and messenger styles.