Has The Sartorialist Backlash Begun?

Hollister Update:

Hunks Installed

Footwear Up & Downtown:

Onesole Lands In SoHo &
Stuart Weitzman Expands
Up And West

There is something a little bit upside-down about this report.
First, Onesole, the novelty interchangeable shoe brand has taken over the West Broadway space that was briefly occupied by watch Boutique SubChrono. Think of a Bermuda Bag (if you are preppy enough) for your feet where a cloglike sole can be fitted with an endless variety of sandal tops creating mules or ankle straps or what have you. You can wear them with your Topsy-Tail unless your hairdo is already fitted with a Bumpits!. Yes, they sound a little infomercially to us too, but they appear to be hugely popular —among whom? We have no idea.
On the somewhat more sophisticated side, Stuart Weitzman will be opening his third Manhattan boutique this Fall on Upper Broadway in the 70s not far from Barneys Co-op. Weitzman is clearly taking advantage of more favorable rental conditions as his label continues to excel at interpreting contemporary shoe trends at somewhat gentler prices than Manolo and Louboutin as well as fuller size ranges. This looks like a solid move, but wouldn't the more stylish Stuart Weitzman be rather more at home on West Broadway than Onesole, which might fit in better with Upper Broadway's fairly eclectic mix?
We take it back. Weitzman is probably preferable in both locations. We're pretty sure that Onesole is somewhat misplaced down the street from M Missoni and a block from Chanel. Everyone loves to knock SoHo as a big mall, but We don't think is has gotten quite that bad...until now.
Onesole 438 West Broadway between Prince and Spring Streets


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