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.|
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|
|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.|
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|