Thursday, June 19, 2014

CHACO, TEVA Fall 2014 M/W Footwear


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.

 Z/2 Colorado -Ricochet  ZX/2 Colorado- Window Pane and Ladybug (women's), and two new men’s styles- Z/1 Colorado in the ever-popular Sushi webbing + Z/2 Colorado- 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
Four new styles for guys in the Mountain Sneaker group-all with 3.5mm lugged outsoles for great traction. Water resistant and comfort/fit via the LUVSEAT™ PU footbed on a soft EVA midsole.
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.


Women's multi-taskers from the water resistant, casual athletic Mountain Sneaker bunch all have the LUVSEAT™ footbed and soft EVA midsole for ultimate comfort. Lightweight too-the rubber outsoles sport 15% recycled content (EcoTread™ Light)…plus polyester mesh lining for moisture management comfort. 

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...

 INFO:, Facebook: Chacos, Instagram: ChacoFootwear, Twitter: Chacousa

TEVA Original Sandals-l w/ Durabrasion™ rubber for traction, MicroBan anti-odor footbed, multiple points of adjustment,  EVA footbed for cushioning comfort
TEVA---sandals are openly cited as reference points by fashion designers---who then add on the sparkle and dollar amounts-  needed by their splashy marketing campaigns.

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...
For Fall 2014-several trail, lifestyle and water shoes were shown at a recent press event…a few of which are pictured---
PedlLINK outsoles…-plus toe bumps for protection

Guy's Roller sneakers-with PedalLINK outsoles…right/left---like the detail in the back!

Women's left-De La Vina Boot leather/canvas w/ Spider 365 Rubber sole for grip, waterproof upper, adustable strap for great fit, side zip ez on/off. Far right-De La Vina Low-in Leather/Canvas---also all leather version -both styles. Middle-Capistrano boot with waterproof leather upper MUSH® infused insole great comfort, elastic top for comfort, , inside side zip-ez on/off, and  w/ Spider 365 Rubber sole for grip

Men's Chukkas: Camden Ridge-right-leather upper w/ MUSH® insole for "absurd" comfort, ez on/off with elasticized sides,  with Durabrasion Rubber™ outsoles for traction. ..Middle-Mush Atoll Chukka leather -waterproof w/ lightweight EVA sole-great comfort +MUSH® insole