Sunday, February 19, 2012


A Kick-Off of New York Fashion Week

words/showroom images Judith Ecochard

Hosts with the most-shoes, that is,  that we can actually walk in all the live long day...HH. Brown (owned by Berkshire Hathaway, FYI) midtown digs hosted the launch of "A DESIGN AFFAIR"-whereby the 300+DSW footwear/accessories chainstore sponsor/Fashion Institute of Design contest invited students to submit creative designs in the hope of winning the fab prize of actual production and distribution of the winners.

Limited run productions -will be available online and fittingly of course, NYC-DSW stores.

As inspiring and fun as that was, we loved our tour around the showroom- where we got to eyeball the Fall 2012 collections from Vintage Shoe Company, Walk-Over, and Kokese.

Vintage Shoe Company's men's shoes for the upcoming season boasts the same fine hand washed/distressed leathers, detailed hardware, and hand burnished rich patinas this 125 year old company is acclaimed for.

Enduring styles from Martinsburg, PA...that would look just right anywhere.

Timeless classic oxford with lug soles....nicely fused with dressy uppers-croc/smooth leather

super soft chukkas---in rich autumnal colors and pale pastels

motor bike inspired, multi-strap boots. wear slouched or all strapped up

Made in the USA, Walk-Over dates from 1758, established by George E. Keith as the first men's brand in the footwear industry. WOW.

We previewed the relaunched Walk-Over collection a few seasons ago--- and the immediately popular wearable saddles and bucks---are all freshened up with fall tones.


Comfortable and contemporary-we liked the handsome all leather uppers with punched out well as the suede shoes with stylish, rainbow toned,  rubber outsoles and contrast stitching.

Korkese seemingly appeared on every gal's feet-particularly in the 1970's-with that cushiony footbed that is just a pleasure to walk on. ALL DAY.

Classic styles
Lucky us, the company has has added fashion boots and shoes in want it styles-that are city proof and stylish.
A knockout-this Marlo bootie ($210) is available now in a natural tan, canyon (burnt red) and smoke---this green delivers this summer

Classics, boots, sandals and clogs-all made with the same integrity as the originals.

Retha-menswear inspired-

Madison Clogs with wide buckles-in mahogany croco texture and smooth black leather ($165) 

Emma $175-color block leather uppers, cushioned leather footbed

Spring selections-bold color blocking on the comfy wedge....

Paige $170-cork footbed
Ande $155 cushioned leather footbed-intrcately braided wedge-vacchetta/full grain leather upper



Walk-Over--- featured in the Marlon Gobel Autumn/Winter 2012 runway show at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Custom Walk-Over for Marlon Gobel wingtip boots crafted in black caiman, café caiman and grey leather, along with a custom Derby in navy and grey suede, accompanied the menswear designer’s latest creations on the runway. Styles were designed exclusively for the Marlon Gobel runway collection.

Vintage Shoe Company took the runway in the Studio at Lincoln Center with the Nicholas K Fall 2012 collection. The Vintage Shoe Company BLUFF in black and brown harness leather, along with custom versions crafted in tan suede and aged grey leather, were styled with the entire men’s collection. Leather strap additions accessorized the collection.

The BLUFF in black and brown harness leather are from the current Vintage Shoe Company collection, and can be found now on

Downtown at the buzzy Milk Studios...ASSEMBLY presented clothes for the cool kids...properly shod with the Sulpher boots on the men---and he Covington bots on the gals---in black and chocolate harness leather by the Vintage Shoe Company. Available now.