Thursday, November 29, 2012


Midtown, NYC

words/images Judith Ecochard

H.H. Brown's spacious midtown showroom---staged a media preview for the Spring 2013 collections of its brands: BORN CROWN, BORN, KORK-ESE, VINTAGE, WALK-OVER ISOLÁ, SÖFTT-women's and men's footwear.

Defined by style and comfort---the women's looks featured a wide assortment wedges in pastels-with a metallic sheen leather uppers,  embossed leather strappy heels and flats in animal and reptile prints, chunky heels with wooden blocks, an assortment of ballets flats, and work worthy pumps. Men-as always get the classic lace-up but with a fresh dose of color-often via contrasting outsoles.



Caity-metal sheen finishes-wedge with cushioning footbed

Stowaway flats...sweet round toes ballet style

flexible-great packer-uppers

colorful embossed python uppers for a host of shoes-like the Cassady Wedge

Gloria slie in the moddle with pretty leather flower detail

solid block heel in patent -polished work shoe Danine

cork wedge heel-leather footbed-multistrpa sandal vachetta leather...and patent. Pretty.

Farrah-flat thong with ethnic print strap...patent toe thong.

love the outsoles...

BORN collection....

Lillibelle-these flats with pretty flower petals---our fav

Verna-moc/boat shoe inspired with punch-out details, nice stitch work...sweet lace-up

Naura -leather slip-on w/nice punch-out details

Apryl lifestyle sneakers- in leather and canvas mixed uppers-striped lining very fun-for the street not the gym
KORK-ESE is a celebrated brand from the dawn of the disco era- that has really resurrected itself so to speak---since 2005-taking the iconic signature favorite of that era-and reinterpreting it -into wearable trendy kicks.

FYI-The most comfortable wedge platform boots we have ever worn...helped by a supportive footbed that cushions well.
wrapped printed wedge heel-leather uppers-

we expect to see these in editorial print reads-Haley $170-double criss cross leather sandals-in Vachetta or full grain leather, petite adjustable buckles, cushioned leather footbeds

DIXIE-$170-feminine T strap wedge in vachetta, full grain or metallic leather, 4 1/2 inches heel-adjustable buckle, cushioned leather footbed

no pedicure-no problem...cap toe multi-strap leather uppers-cushioned leather footbed

CONSTANCE $165-latticed front full grain leather upper with hardware grommets-in a retro style we lovr
Constance-ther colors---

dyed cork wedge heel....

SUSIE $170-leather slingback vintage appeal-full grain leather upper-4 inch heel height-cushioned leather footbed, adjustable strap, in fun colors-Red Carpet and Guadalupe Turquoise pictured

SLOANE $170-polished strappy slingback-

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AVA-the original $140-different upper straps-3 1/4 inch heel $140

Aubrey $179-wing tip with feminine flair-washed suede upper, leather lining/sole, 
Vintage Shoe Company shoes-are a made in the USA -heritage brand---with a strong grip on the feet of men...and now women.

Congo boot style-in suede-w/rubber fine line and leather sole

HANA $169-laced walking shoe handcrafted in distressed suede, featuring a small heel, leather lining/sole

brogue flap-welt construction-harness leather upper-from Fall

ERIN $339-Roper boot inspired from the 1950's-harness leather or suede upper, cowboy style with round toe, low-heel--- -sturdy Goodyear Welt Construction, leather lying

Mitchell-$195-penny loafer in full grain leather upper or suede, preppy looks-leather lining/sole

Mitchell-Scott, Chocolate Harness, Hound Dog Suede

SCOTTY-"Weejuns"-slip-on in suede-w/leather lining/sole

SCOTTY $185 Suede -or-leather upper-comfy casual

WARREN-An elegant classic Brogue wingtip lace-up $245- distressed suede, harness or full grain leather upper, leather lining/sole

HENRY $235-traditional Oxford in vintage inspired suedes and leathers w/ leather lining/sole

With a shoe making heritage dating back to 1758, by cobbler George E.'s shoe brand Walk-Over still offers classic designs with a bump in cushioned leather footbeds+ MADE IN THE USA
Derby Midi with hints of color-suede upper, Goodyear Welt Construction, colorful non-slip EVA outsole and midsole $255

Derby and saddle classics are the brand's claim to fame...but now with modern twists ...

CHASE-finely crafted full grain leather $295 or suede $275- uppers with Vibram® non-slip EvaFlex" outsole EVA wedge heel-durable, welt construction-

MARTIN classic in bold colorations, full grain leather upper, hand sewn (!), Littleway stitched Sole construction-made in MAINE...$395

Martin details---

Women's styles too----play on the classic oxfords and derbys-in spring colors...

Adina-rope sandle strap...
Same corporate owner...but a totally different side to chic-Isolá is a very trendy chic brand of women's shoes and sandals for the glamour gal. Gold hardware trims and embellishments-had us thinking Miami Beach-or Capri. Patent leather straps in color blocks ---in sandals with heels---  well done.
ankle strap detail-gold trim toe....




The SÖFFT label---shoes with European comfort and style--- but not too different a market segment than H.H. Brown's other brands we saw, meaning modern gals wanting lookers on their feet without the pain. A huge collection----with selection still on-trend-and for Spring 2013-lots of bold neon pop colors, metallics, jute wedge heels, and animal inspired uppers.

We also saw a lot of office friendly shoes too---and all wearable all day good looks.


we liked the mix of cork and patent here-with leather/gold detail---