Friday, December 12, 2014

OTBT+ROCKPORT Year Round Boots/Shoes 2014/15

Outdoor Retailer/SLC

An outdoors focused tradeshow rarely (ever?) has uncomfortable shoes to preview-this crowd would not stand for it…but as the the entire fashion comfort category booms-imo-wearability extends beyond one or two seasons---making both the OTBT and Rockport selections we saw-good deals for consumers who look beyond the calendar and live/travel in different climates.

Boots, particularly cropped boots aka booties-are worn year round…and some of the cutest gal kicks we've seen are by affordable label OTBT (priced in a sweet spot-mostly under $180)…with burnished leathers, on trend silhouettes- nice details-like hardware chains/buckles---in selections that go with frilly frocks, work tailored skirts-as well as casual denim which from what we can see-counts as work wear in ⅔ places that don't require a uniform- in NYC, anyway.

VAMO-Top pick-in taupe-love the cut-out design-w/ the revealing deep orchid color --chunky heel is thoroughly walkable-Available now $156-and also in black with black peaking through

Chain gang embellishment is removable -in the Belfair-western style kick wear with or without socks/hosiery

Red Way $179- Elmwood-roughed up finish -square toe-triangle block heel-
Valley View-cool 3 buckles-leather upper boot-$156-in Honey or Black

Gresham Boot $184-rugged style with metal accents-has serious treaded outsole for great grip in bad weather…warm cuff…
Gower-is a lace-up high top some city smarts with leather upper in crackly finish-hidden wedge inside-springy

nifty looking-for a flatish shoe-lace up moccasin with fringe Dell Rapids $104

OTBT also showed sandals we'd wear in warm weather only.

ROCKPOT has New England DNA-style wise-AND  -has garnered major men wearers (and women) because of how all day bearable the shoes are -easy to walk in and shock absorbing-which is major when pounding cement pavement.

What's New:The Rockport WALK 360 construction---is touted as the brand's most advanced walking shoe EVER---and we saw some active lifestyle kicks-part of ROCKPORT XCS® collection-that  will be on sale for Spring 2015 (Feb. 1 delivery date)…featuring flexibility in all directions, great fit, climate control-ventilates moisture out, comfort---and noticeably-shock absorption for all day wearers, soft footbeds that are energy returning+cushioning---and seriously, the shoes weigh like nothing!

Hiker Low-women $130 -outsoles- absorb shock (Adidas Adiprene®)-and EVA midsole-flex providing just the right amount of spring at heel off…for ideal walking stride. Grippy too-for wet weather conditions

removable footbed-has ventilation, support…&anti-odor properties
The styles pictured here-work year round ---if there is no snow- or-icy conditions...
Hiker Low-color options-there is a guy equivalent called the Toe Guard Oxford-$140

Cute Slip-On in radiant orchid-mesh upper-with comfort features and -slip on heel tab -makes this ballet looking flat all day wearable- PLUS washable- $100-festival goer must.

for women-the Perf Slip-On -form fitting w/ engineered Lycra for custom fit, flexibility, fit and perforated upper for moisture control $120-guy equivalent-leather upper Moc Slip-On $150…very travel friendly and work ok way for Millennials to break out of their sneaker habit and look more polished.
Rockport also has a very handsome group of men's dress shoes-that caught our eye…obvious- the BreakTrail Too Wingtip Boot pictured-is of premium material -full grain leather upper, leather welt construction---
BreakTail Too Wingtip Boot-found on sale $129.97- in LARCH brown-with Adiprene® shock absorption, a moisture wicking-shock absorption comfy leather footbed, EVA outsole that is super durable,. FYI kicks like these need a few wearings-like all leather hiking boots-to be form fitting.

modern and practical=stylish off road look---there is also a plain toe version-onsale also for $129.97

Grippy and shock absorbing outsole…last a long time