Athletic shoes seem to be having quite the fashion moment these days…with primo priced designer labels offering up fancy bedazzled athletic sandals and lifestyle sneakers/high-tops---
Back during a 1980's transit strike in NYC-the whole wearing running shoes to work- by women in tailored skirt-suits ---who had to walk longer lengths than usual---was a phenomenon that kind of launched the whole thing.
A few decades later…that trend is back---and imo, forever. And no doubt-high heeled fashionistas/print editors, and shoe designers are arching their judgmental eyebrows in horror BUT like leggings and denim, once you wear that kind of comfort-it is sells and is worn.
Which should help the two brands Chaco and Teva-both heritage performance footwear labels who started from a technical needs MO---and evolved into offering several sporty- lifestyle selections…not the other way around.
The benefit of this trajectory is that the shoe construction details are the cake-the decorative touches…the icing-with all backed by gurantees-durably made and given the $s charged for designer shoes, a bargain. Big time.
|-Ricochet Window Pane and Ladybug (women's), and two new men’s styles- in the ever-popular Sushi webbing + Snake Eyes. “From the Vault” collection delivers in a limited-edition shoebox ($125).|
At the most recent OR tradeshow-Chaco celebrated its heritage…with re-issues of its most in demand web designs for its iconic Z sandal styles.
Noted for its ahhhh Chaco LUVSEAT ™ footbed, certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)-makes appearances in the Fall 2014 offerings lovingly cradling feet with special PU lasts.
For Fall 2014 Chaco launches two lines of weather tough shoes...
|Mountain Sneaker Platform|
|Kasan $115, Roland Low$120, Roland $140, Thunderhead $110-Mpountain Sneaker Platform|
|Roland-lugged outsole 3.5 mm- EcoTread™Light-w/ 15% recycled rubber.2 color options|
|Petaluma Mary Jane-$100-in five colors-this is a cutey!|
|Gallant $110-3 color options-water resistant oiled suede and PU coated leather upper w/ stamped design|
|Kendry $110-3 color options…AND all the women's styles have 3mm deep lugs for outdoor traction.|
|Layna Waterproof-in Cabernet $130 Waterproof booties+nucbuck finished, PU coated leather waterproof|
|deeply lugged, non-marking EcoTread™ w/ 25% recycled rubber outsole|
The Active Adventure closed toe, waterproof performance kicks…Holbuck (m) and Layna (w)... …are both made for rugged terrain. Chaco's legendary comfort via LUVSEAT™ PU footbed and molded rubber heel stabilizers provide stability too.
|Holbrook Waterproof-men's in Dark Shadow $150 seam sealed, water resistant suede PU coated leather upper, rubber toe cap +molded rubber heel …5mm lugged outsole-serious traction|
|Holbrook Waterproof Bungee|
|Available now: Outcross Lace Shoe $120…secure accurate fit…synthetic leather +mesh upper that breathes…tethered lace lock-so handy. LUVSEAT™ footbed-designed to move water out, molded PU midsole w/ co-molded TPU shank for mid foot stability---good for on land too!|
|non-marking Vibram® TC-1 rubber outsole-aculted arch, rounded lugs-great grip|
|loved these webbed seat cushions...|
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|TEVA Original Sandals-l w/ Durabrasion™ rubber for traction, MicroBan anti-odor footbed, multiple points of adjustment, EVA footbed for cushioning comfort|
Smartly- Teva has a slew of upper options-including in trend reptile print, metallic leather and bold color webbings-atop their iconic all seasons staple.
|Oringal Sandal---fyi open toe construction prevents water from pooling though we are sure to see gals wearing these with socks|
|LIKE-original Sandal with suede upper|
|Freewheel lifestyle sneakers back have PedalLINK outsoles specifically designed for grabbing onto bike pedals-in suede, leather or washed canvas uppers...|
|PedlLINK outsoles…-plus toe bumps for protection|
|Guy's Roller sneakers-with PedalLINK outsoles…right/left---like the detail in the back!|