SHOE BIZ: Kooba will launch footwear on Aug. 5 at the FFANY New York Shoe Expo. The collection will feature platforms, flats and gladiator sandals with a similar look to the firm’s classic hobo bags and totes. The shoes will retail from $225 to $450 and will be offered at spring market to the same distribution channels as the bags, including high-end department and specialty stores. “I’ve always been obsessed with shoes, so after building a successful handbag business, it just seemed like a natural next step to translate our unique mix of rich and interesting leathers, attention to detail, and an effortlessly chic sensibility into footwear,” said Abbe Held, founder and creative director at Kooba.

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