Monday, April 9, 2012

BORN, BORN CROWN, ISOLA, SÖFFT Women's Footwear Spring/Fall 2012

Garment District, NYC

words/images Judith Ecochard

H H Brown's comfort brands takes a fashion forward step for Fall 2012...with three of its collections- Born, Born Crown, Isolá and Söftt serving up wearable styles that have a lot going for them, visually speaking.

At a recent editor's preview....we first took in the Born and tad more sophisticated-urbn street chic- Born Crown collections including the Spring 2012 samples available now.

Belinda full grain leather upper/lining in pretty colors

Metallic leathers--Albright-Born Crown
Loved-the leather flower petals slip-ons-that are adorable without sacrificing any of the  durability and exceptional cushioning properties that we associate with Born---as well as the use of top quality materials.

Shay-espadrilles sporty in solid or stripped fabrics

Clogs and mules get updated with zip details, stacked heels and narrower lasts for a more sleek modern look.

Reflecka-fun-decorative raffia wrapped wedge-ethnic boho chic with a strappy leather upper

A Born claim to fame-the polyurethane outsoles that absorb impact, grip, and are durable.

Lace-ups inspired by mens' Derbys-Oaklyn saddle shoes-full grain metallic or burnished full grain leather upper,---Joely full grain leather or metallic leather upper-both with leather lining

FALL 2012-

BORN CROWN has these dark brown/black suede over the knee kickers (Lotta $285)  are destined to be worn A LOT.
Virginia $260 lace-up Victorian inspired boot-Ismelda $165 -equestrian jodpher style boot w/punch out details, nice brown finish

Iselle $295 asymmetrical zipper with cute buckle strap

Kylin $140 solid heel tassel pump/loafer hybrid 

Kylie and Roslyn Bootie-$185

Jamal $210 multiple buckles easy side zipper for easy on/off

Niala $140 staple work shoe-can go with jeans too.

Aletta (left-$175) 

Arline $150
Menswear inspired oxfords and flats-are still popular...
Lamm ($150-left) Agatha ($150-right)

tuck leggings into these-Cady $260

Olana $275
Born crown manages to give the wedge a new lease on life-in boots, Mary-Jane style she and booties-in nice jewel tones.
Lusi $155

Jeda $165


mad for plaid-chic blend of plaid and suede with a feminine velvet bow.

Stowaway snake print ballet flat $130

Velvet is a winter fabric---and is put to good use in solids and pretty prints in a take on the classic Belgian slipper.

Samella-right $140-alos in gray plaid too

Brigid $160 plaid velvet

mod go go boots for the 21st century

 "Sexy, confident, inspired..."feminine and glammy for sure...yet Isolá fits the HH Brown comfort mission with dual density  (impact latex/cushioning foam) construction built in- and Grade A buff leather with TPU inserts or total TPU outsoles that absorb shock and protect one's investment...

summer sandals-Madra in fun croc  or snake embossed leather

Peeptoe Dela-gold foil metallic

Oasis snake print wedge sandal

Tory-esque (or C Wonder?) Dore patent prrptoe-with grosgrain ribbon detail

ballet flats Brit

Loved-these gladiator style sandals and rope wedge -stunning from any angle.




Olencia in bold color block patent

Alary-patent and bold hardware-gold tip insole makes pedis look even better


Blanca-patent suede high heel-delicate buckles ankle cuff-love.
Truthfully-our latest obsession....these spike heel suede or leather boots with front knee cuff, metal/leather trim detail
-fantastic in any color suede.

There was plenty to love for Fall 2012...booties in textured leather, metallic---and glazed leather.

Flats, booties, boots, open toe pumps---all perfect for fashion mavens who don't want to be crippled---with close to spike heels that are actually tolerable for those of us who are on our feet for hours...

height with comfort-the wedge.....with a neat chevron middle seam detail

mixed textures on the uppers and the heels-

open toe suede...nice snake print trim on the outsole....

Balta- a carry over that gets refreshed in black snake print for Spring 2012---and metallics and suede for all 2012

Vaguely scandinavian sounding---Söftt is a new to us but apparently is a huge seller at Nordstrom's---as it is known for its high style with lots of comfort---in a huge range of sizes and widths too.

This was a daily big collection-with a lot of on-trend shoes and boots---and clo/mule-a style we love as it is so easy to wear and get some height, without feeling like we are scaling a mountain.

side pocket detail on a slight wedge leather boot-tuck jeans/leggings into these---

perforated suede boots-can wear these all year round

love these---mdern not clunky-with clog's benefits like all day comfort

Mary jane with a button snap ...cute

another look we love...side zip, solid rubber soles make theses practical, uppers-in leather, contrast stitching...make them stylish