BLACK, WHITE, Black+White…
As boldly graphic as a Mark Rothko painting-the neutral colors of black and white-with bits of accent colors (and textures)---make a big statement -for S/S 2015 outerwear apparel and footwear.
Tonal wise-it's sharp-sleek, urban friendly (though that white is tough to keep---white)…and for sure, these two colors are always best sellers-irrespective of what ever shade some trend forecaster is peddling for the season.
|Shades of grey orange black white- for Wolverine men's-with all of the comfort+durability-Manistique= quick dry breathable mesh+polyurethane upper, C3® Compression Molded EVA footbed, EVA sock liner+dual density rubber outsole|
|CAT FOOTWEAR just keeps delivering the coolest shoes as of late- taking its work wear heritage and amping UP style elements-like this wedge on a kicker tough silhouette…later post -the more graphic collab offerings with Camille Walala that literally stopped us in our fast fast fast NYC paced strides.|
|Cat's Colorado Boot--Fall 2014 $120|
|Weathered white by ARIAT's Fashion Collection-with craft design accents+crackled ruggedness -influenced by 1850s California Gold Rush. Left-tiny brass studs accents on Copper Creek ($119.95) footbed-NICE! Right Dreamer has low block heel-more polished than ballet flat $129.95|
|Palladium -Clorox bleach worthy-bright white Flex Collection non-washed canvas uppers -men's- reminds us of the spotlessly clean kicks worn in a picture of Derek Jeter walking a NYC street…impressive portrait in many ways including the un-marked by mankind or nature shoes…and the subject, of course.|
Leave it to Adidas---widely mispronounced in the USA imo-is none the less-a label who just gets it as far as its target market (millennials) --- clothing/shoe wear wants. (I.E check out the customization options of footwear including #ZXFLUX from Instagram images).
|We thought this a very daring B/W color scheme- on the acclaimed Terrex Downblaze jacket $285 (men's +women's versions)…performance piece with FORMOTION™, Pertex®Microlight offers lightweight durability-windproof wear, Primaloft® Gold insulation-ultra-fine fibers+water repellent down…and love the baffle stitching-insure no cold spots-with heat retaining on neck, sleeves and waist too. 2 hand pockets.|
|Terrex Skyclimb Top (M version above-women's below) another eye catching technical piece-with move with ease FORMOTION™, Polartec® Alpha earth-lightweight, breathable, insulates when wet, Polartec® Power Dry moisture management keeps wearer dryer, Pertex® Equilibrium disperses moisture to outer most layer=impressive hybrid construction $195|
|Terrex Skyclimb Top-W -|
|SKINS Compression wear---five technical fabrics-Adaptive technology-warms+cools with techy properties embedded, bonded hems for no chafe lighter weight comfort (vs flat lock) and construction with strategically placed Memory MX panels for biomechanics function+injury prevention+precision fit based on 3D body scans =best fit we've had in this category when it comes to long tights we have…awesome! Pictured from Cross Fit NYC event-A400 series-50+UV protection non mesh areas and 360º reflectivity pops ---Men's long tights+long sleeve top, Women's ¾ tights+Tank Top-with neoprene straps won't dig in.|
|AVEX® Highland Autoseal-one handed patented pour Travel Mugs ---just push to sip-release to seal-leakproof…delivers these matte bottles that are very chic for this category of Gunga Dins. We were given a spot quiz on the middle and right-pictured selections---at the booth-we liked the middle B/W the best---apparently a guy preferred tonal option-vs the white, grey, black blue-pictured on the right. WHATEVER.|
GREENs for Spring leaves the deep dark forests for more seasonal lighter shades of open air gardens…joining neon-acid versions of this color that screams SEE ME! A good thing for visibility.
|NAU's women's VINEYARD jacket is DWR treated-repels wet weather+stains recycled polyester ripstop matte finish…|
|Bergans-Technical wool jacket-Vikke Lady (Guy) jacket made of naturally performing 100% merino wool , front pockets, elastic cuffs with thumb holes for great fit. Flatlock seams in contrasting colors.|
|Super lightweight-windproof+water repellent, snug fixed hood, front pockets in mesh for optimal breathability-strategic placed to not interfere with pack or hip belt.|
|L.L. Bean Active Apparel-attached hood +cuffs keep elements out in lightweight pack down into pocket friendly size-windproof nylon jacket with reflective details|
|Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody-took this pic at Schoeller booth using their stretch woven shell fabric for a wind shirt that's breathable +packs down inside the chest pocket -internal carabiner clip loop for easy racking on harness.|
|Convetiblility-makes a long ride comfier for sure- Versa jacket -running and cycling versions- use tiny magnets not annoying zippers or velcro to get sleeves on/off. Hood one handed adjustments-and reflective accents...|
SUGOI showed a terrific athletic-run collection-alongside their cycling focused attire. Japanese slang for cool- anointed to the founding duo known for their pursuit of cutting edge fabrics (we agree!).
|mesh insert ventilation|
|OBOZ is getting to become an in-demand footwear-cult like devotion. Pictured the women's Emerald Peak-support with structural cage of welded TPU, neoprene collar for sock-free comfort +keep debris OUT. W/ synthetic leather overlays protect toe+heel $110 (Leaf green)|
|THE claim to fame SALEWA 3F -here--- in the LP Flow Mid GTX (Basilica/Foliage)-trademarked-Flex- Fit- and Support---it is obvious just by looking at this boot-gender specific lasts (W-medium,narrow, M- wide, medium), Multi-fit footbeds, 3D lacing that divides foot into 3 areas-targeted lacing systems' accordingly (running shoes need this more)-with lacing up to the toe for more precise fit-in particular, and flexible +supportive motion that flexes with heel-toe motion. With the NEW GORE TEX TECHNOLOGY SURROUND™provides moisture wicking climate control all around the foot-with special laminate linings incorporated into the uppers-channels beneath the foot and a lateral radiators to facilitate air circulation, all adding up to breathable shoe wearing experiences in waterproof boots. Impressive. More on this launch in a later post. Outsole is Vibram's Hike Approach sole|
|ALP Flow Mid GTX-women's-in Venom-Bright Aqua|
|WOLVERINE's outsole of the above pictured Manistique|
|Tremont Collection-Tamara lace-up $110-this is in Teal-kinda blue-green like. Inspired by NB's racing flat-with a perforated upper, Dri-Lex® lining, textile footbed cover -on a removable PU footbed |
COBB HILL uses a lot of parent company New Balance's unique comfort technology that delivers fashion comfort that we can vouch for--- in the REVhex wedge boots that are exceptionally all day worthy with NBs REVlite midsole, EVA outsole and wicking Dri-Lite lining=our go to kick for NYC.
|gorgeous retro-Euro feel in this Alexa T-strap-Abbott Collection-punched out upper, adjustable hook and loop-1 1/2inch block heel, EVA footbed-in a Teal-green blue hybrid.|
|back decorative details+stitching|
|made for walking TR outsole...|
|FUUUUNNNN! D6 SURFSKIMMER for kids…or adults of a certain size that's less than 150lbs-entry level -patented gripper handle-remove and play with just the board. |
Westwater Series of heavy duty 420d TPU fabric bags, made of new and improved FISHPOND fabric-smart details from small pouches to sizable haulers…in Cutthroat Green with orange/blue accents…boasts YKK#10 water resistant zippers
Rolltop backpacks and duffels, guide lumbar packs, slings, messenger bags…and huge duffels…features like webbing loops for attachments, removable -adjustable adjustable straps, padded Jacquard carry handles, exterior -interior zip pockets…functional details made to carry gear-stuff. From $29.95-Westwater Pouch-$229.95 for Boat Bag
Part 1 Manly Snacks
Part 2 Energy on the go
Part 3 Glamping+Grilling
Part 4 Power Up -Stay Connected
Part 5 Grey is the New Black
Part 6 Solid and Saturated Colors