Thursday, February 6, 2014

OTBT+COBB HILL Spring 2014 Fashion Comfort Footwear


There's a high barrier for women's footwear when it comes to the fashion comfort for dress occasions---imo there's a lot of cute styles but for work situations, they're still a bit too laid back-and not on trend for where we live and where we go.

Lately though-especially when it comes to boots that are now worn ear round- -there's a few labels we cover (Taos, Börn, Korkease)…that manage to bridge that divide. Not for high fashion needs, obvi -or red carpet outings, but still offering selections of shoes we could wear in a lot of settings without cringing from pain. Plus of course, sandals/flats for casual settings.

Interesting -individual retailers and boutiques seem to be the preferred sales source for the collections…though they are available online and at major shoe outlets -on and offline too.

Bexar $159
OTBT-is part of Consolidated Shoes-and-we think-kinda becoming the numero uno brand for this company. Soft leather and textile uppers, hidden wedges, comfy fit courtesy of cushioning footbeds and outsoles…for gals who don't want to sacrifice some heel height.
Some of fav looks from Spring-delivering now.

Vamo $135


Cut-out laser leather, smoking slippers and boots, influence of street wear worthy sneakers-in wedges and details, classic gladiator flat and a terrific beaded sandal-some highlights.
Martha Tx $129

Marin $139

really like this shade of camo-Conrath-$59 great price point 

Uleta right $99, Upland -left $119-worn with dressy shorts-skirts-these pass for city sophisticate

Paducah $79-beaded uppers in ethnic patterns are trendy for Spring 2014

back grommet detail-streetwear sneakers Samsula $179

ribbon strap-on a wedge-Bushnell $125

OTBT Designer-Maurizio Celine-literally working at FFANY tradeshow where we saw some Spring selections. Here-redesigned a Fall 2014 boot…
New to us COBB  HILL is overseen by a well respected/admired industry veteran-Bob Infantino and is part of the Drydock Footwear Group-owned by New Balance.

SO right off-we knew we'd be seeing a serious comfort brand-(yup-comfort memory foam... contoured EVA footbeds, midsoles that secure and responsive)…but was pleasantly surprised by the selections of shoes/boots. Noted-we did focus on Fall 2014-a later post-but these Spring looks-give a hint as to what's stylishly ahead …foe casual and dress.
REVchi snakeskin patterned ballet flat-withsupport-pretty grosgrain ribbon detail $109.99 DriLex® lining for sweat control, memory foam TPE footbed, ground contact EVA-super lightweight---run for mass transit in these slip-ons. 
Wink $69.99stretch woven upper with heel counter-so cushioning and great fit- could probably play a set of tennis in them. Travel/beach ready

Aubrey burnished full grain leather upper cut-out with adjustable buckle ankle strap/round toe-has a retro feel-in Teal $99.99-nice detail-T strap has some stretch for easy on/off-TR outsole has some grip so it's durable, breathable textile/pigskin footbed cover