Friday, August 16, 2013

Outdoor Retailer-New/Cool Gadgets/Gear/Apparel/Footwear S/S 2014 Part 4

Salt Palace, Outdoor Retailer Utah
Part 4
Sherpa Adventure Gear, Dansko, Redington, Bearpaw, Baffin, Pakems, Sperry Topsiders, Rider's, Birki's

Much has been written about the outdoors' oriented apparel and footwear multi-tasking as casual lifestyle pieces...or in the case of some labels like NAU, functioning as street ready clothes, too.
Some items we thought might work...

Kipu Tee-Spring 2014 color option

Performance wear tops-not a new category by any means---are manufactured by scores of labels. One of our female favs- in terms of cut and style-making a top we really do wear around town-is Sherpa Adventure Gear. The Kipu Tee's diagonal seams, pretty print inserts, flattering v-neck, bright color options (some available NOW)=look good, fit well and also manage to wick away sweat/UPF 30+, anti-microbial and keep us cool via a stretchy, soft IceFil® fabric...

Bonus points for the size range available...XS-XL.

Considering we are fairly adapt at new sporty adventures, fly-fishing manages to elude us in terms of finesse-but still manages to be fun and zen, all at the same time. We know this cause the Redington® folks graciously allowed would -be casters to try just that-some reeling+roddin' extra liability insurance needed!

women's Siren Boot

two sole options-sticky walnut (left)-felt (right)-designed to "turn the traction ---up a notch" w/  Goat Head™ sole spikes-specifically engineered hardened stainless steel traction spikes
And -just like most endeavors-attire and footwear specific needs are manufactured...including these rather nifty looking wading boots we would actually want to wear.

men's Super Prowler-other guy options-Elite and regular Prowlers
Anglers get style---plus support, traction and comfort ---(all day on/in a river requires that)-with the five (5!) color options with snazzy toned matchy match/contrast laces- all designed to fit a 3mm neoprene bootie with heavy socks.

The fans of the shoe brand DANSKO...which are ginormous swaths of females, everywhere, seriously-are going to be happy, happy, happy with this new Santa Fe Collection-Shayla walking shoe, pictured below---so ready to deliver in pretty color waves that guarantee all-day wear even while sitting down at a desk.

Shayla-available 11/25/13 $130
Comfort yup---and with a lot of techy features-sourced from top-of-the-line companies know for quality ---this lightweight kicks sport breathable mesh uppers, Scotchgard™ treated suede leather for stain resistance, Poron® cushioning for underfoot flexible bliss, Dri-lex Eco™ lining featuring DuPont™ Sorona® renewable sourced fiber for moisture management w/ Cleansport NXT™ for organic odor control, Strobel construction for flexibility, reflective pops, and like all Dansko shoes-a footbed that's multi-dense and offers great arch support.
grooved-durable slip-resistant outsole
The color options-blue nubuck w/lime green, black nubuck w/ pink-in particular ---will have ladies keeping these walking shoes on all day. sizes 36-43
BEARPAW is morphing into a footwear lifestyle hybrid...we'll get into the details in a later post-but had to gush ASAP about the local artists' collabs this California based brand undertakes- via their HOMEGROWN PROJECT... specifically offering up some of their plush comfy boots (Emma, Moc) ---that in turn, get the L. da Vinci treatment--- and then are auctioned off to benefit a charity of the artist's choosing.

Brilliant-these amazing kicks are specialized by Alex Jimenez- an illustrator and graphic designer from Sacramento, CA-who chronicled the acclaimed 101 highway of the Left coast line...on one pair---

local landmarks, and inhabitants
Campfire Friends

Surf's Up

Eye-catching-no doubt retailers were begging for these one-offs to go into production....

coming soon-Bearpaw apparel casual separates+accessories

Lifestyle and portable-Baffin's Packable rain boots---which we saw last season-now come in a patent gray too. Waterproof, these bad weather kicks roll down into handbags size zipped pouches. 

women's Packables-three colors available now-gray-Spring 2014 delivery

Baffin-naturally these shiny boots go with black!

Pakems High Top Boot-pretty cute too
The across the street Pavilion at OR attracts attendees- with some established and new brands showing off their wares---including the practical Pakems collection of easy to slip on, comfy shoes-the brainchild of Julie Adams. 

serious padding in the footbed/midsole...and water resistant...with a rubber outsole that will last and a footbed with a message-like "be kind" OK

Lightweight, foldable/compress-able---a real relief for wearers of ski boots, spiked heels, and just plain ole' shoes that don't fit. 

In fact, when we were at the booth-a colleague from the Big Apple literally stopped in her tracks, marveling at how smart these Pakems were as a choice for Big Apple gals...who routinely swap outta shoes they can walk in---for office ready stilettos...right outside the towering skyscraper entrances alongside the banned from the inside cigarette smokers. Logjam alert.

Pakems $12 accessory bag- cute carrying case-roomy enough for essentials.

$60-clog style-wear with the heels down-

compress and compact-after a day hiking, SUP, skiing---men's/women's-$70 high top
Sea Siders-$75 by the original boat shoe Sperry Topsiders

SPERRY Top-siders Original boat shoes should be like the Webster's def...of that footwear category. How to update a handsome classic without tampering with the sacredness of the iconic shoe...this brand, owned by Wolverine-just nailed it, perfectly!!!! 

Say ahoy to Sea Siders-delivering February 25th, 2014-$75.

Spring 2014 can't come too soon for sailors wanting these breathable Sperry Topsiders for the 21st century. Terrrrrific!
As the PR guy said---this is the boat shoe Paul Sperry (founder) would make if he were alive today...the breathable mesh uppers with leather accents,  toe protecting/shock absorbing EVA-and non-marking rubber outsole with Razor Cut Wave-Siping™for traction on wet/dry surfaces , stitched 360º Lacing System™ with rust proof eyelets for a secure fit,  Tru-Moc construction...and the logo emblems...all here, freshly reinterpreted for hotter temps.

Nautically natty color options...sailors who never will hoist anything will want them too.

OLÉ OLÉ OLÉ OLÉ...OLÉ...OLÉ----practice your vocals now-as World Cup fever will grow this year...and fans will don their country flag colors in support of the biggest sporting event on the planet!!!

We're sure it is practically law in Brazil (Brasil) for native companies to salute their highly ranked team. At OR-Rider sandals---flaunt their country's flag- with its trendy colorful flip-flops---called what else, duh---Brazil $20

No ordinary flip-flops though-from the country that lives in them, Rider's take on this style feature the slim, comfy, supportive Flexpand sole with a non-stick textured upper.

BTW-recyclable and made from 30% recyclable materials-with-also- 99% of Rider's industrial waste -recycled or re-used.

 Olé to that too.
AND naturally, patriotism runs rampant-we showed these Birki's (soon to be rebranded in the Birkenstock family)-last season---but now the ole' red white and blue Stars and Stripes, "Haiti" $79.95- comes in a black footbed---with all the comfortable tech know-how that'll ensure fans stay upright through the entire match. Available NOW.