A year ago, Allbirds was a pair of wool shoes designed by a New Zealander. Not something you’d peg as a fashion statement.
Now here we are: Allbirds are what you wear if you work in Silicon Valley or the New York tech scene. They’re so omnipresent that The Gray Lady has taken notice.
Co-founder Joey Zwillinger is trying to make the shoes even more popular, by raising $18 million and putting the online retailer in physical storefronts in San Francisco and New York. Expect more brick-and-mortar stores in 2018 — along with pressure to prove that the company can do more than outfit the tech set.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.