Thursday, April 16, 2015



Sperry and Chaco are both active-casual-comfort footwear brands with watery heritage underpinnings-that showed off some terra firma, weather tough 2-3 seasons worthy offerings.

quilted Winter Harbor boot delivers August
For the women-Sperry Active has an 100 gram insulated LIGHTWEIGHT Winter Harbor boot-that manages to be warm, cute with the faux fur details and slim profile-but will defy icy weather -with grip featuring the Adaptive Wave-Siping™ on the mini-lug EVA outsole that disperses water (just like on the boat shoes), the SON-R Technology™-unique outsole/midsole that provides sensory feedback for greater stability+agility (could make an endurance obstacle race/training shoe with this-imo), removable compression molded footbed ---covers the whole foot, and 100% waterproof/breathable. $130
Adaptive Wave-Siping™-mini-lug outsole

4 color options

Nice touch-the cord/grommets lace-up for great fit- to keep the snow out---akin to the details of the Top-Sider.Winter Harbor boot has wave shape upper stitching and the iconic logo patch.

SPERRY MEN's Active-prior post


snapped this pic on the subway-hints of ethnic print deftly used in a men's shoe mixed upper material and treaded rubber outsole in contrast white(ish)-even rocking a deep pink/orange---in lifestyle hybrid sneaker....reminded us of how Chaco's jacquard webbings in bright colors are paired with-leather/textiles uppers in earthy or bold tones...similar effect.
comfy wool/fleece collar-lining

River sandal specialists CHACO -made famous with outdoors minded types-for their durable all-day comfort and arch supporting (removable) LUVSEAT™ footbeds-certified by Podiatrists (APMA)--- introduces some very colorful (and fun) Mountain Lifestyle water-tight footwear for Fall'15---featuring (depending)-uppers made of quality primo full-grain leathers, distinct treatments and  vintage hardware buckles, ombré wool side panels, and bonus points-outsoles with the grippy + non-marking EcoTread™= 15%-25% recycled rubber content... and 3-3.5 millimeter lugs for great traction.
CHACO-women's Barbary-cute wool fold - down collar-water tough, full grain leather upper-nice lace-up web patterns - warm with plush fleece lining-$150

Barbary-like the iconic Chaco web design detail. 3mm lug depth

Grippy outsole...durable hold up on concrete or on a dirt trail-the Barbary has the non-marking EcoTrend™light rubber outsole

Hopi--ez on/ how this bright red side panel-made of ombré wool contrasts with the full-grain leather-cute water tough wear. Chevron shape vintage buckle echoes the upper emboss treatments---wrap around strap for great fit...waterproof too! $160
comfy wool-fleece lining-3mm lug depth

Quinn $110
Sloan-sandstone-citron-neat color combo $120
elastic gore stretchy panel on upper-ez on/off
Warm slides are our go-to weekend footwear style- except in the snow-just so easy.

Chaco's Sloan and Quinn - textile mix-ups of warm variegated wool/smooth full-grain leather upper-waterproof too! Comfy lining-nice contrast stitching, and a treaded 3mm outsole.
women's Outcross EVO 4 in crown blue-(men's version too-not pictured)...performance, protection, support and rather snazzy colors/prints with Chaco's famous web details. Mesh+synthetic leather upper-EcoTread outsole w/ 3.5 millimeter lugged outsole, TPU heel lock for stability-really a year-round wear-synthetic leather upper +mesh jacquard webbing-traditional lace system, pull tabs ez on/off $120

Torrie-quilted and grained synthetic upper...protective toe cap, rand and heel, poly jacquard webbing pull tab, comfy mesh lining.  Vibrant colors (Brick Red) play off well vs the jacquard shoe for fashionable athletic $115

dual woven textile upper w/ traditional lace system-.protective toe cap, rand and heel

3mm lug depth

Kanerra---with wool/mesh/synthetic leather upper---takes typical Spring-like tones...citron green-works with grey wool. Nice stitch details...treaded outsole would be great travel shoe for one of those epic adventures in 5 timezones and climate changing environments.

EVERETT premium waterproof full grain leather upper, comfy knit lining, non-marking EcoTread™ outsole-see guys wearing these to work---even in traditional offices-as light colored outsoles are def a 'thing' style wise. $130

Zealander-which is a bro's fav movie-fyi-a guy's get a full grain leather slide-suede collar-burnished finish...on the all day comfortable outsole $120

Zealander-dark earth-wool collar-premium full grain leather upper $120 waterproof full grain leather upper-w. wool collar, comfy knit lining w/ pigskin trim, 3.5mm lug depth
Roland-water resistant full grain leather+suede upper, mesh lined, non marking ECOTREAD OUTSOLE $150

Dusty Olive-is a green we see a lot of for men's apparel/shoes- winter 2015---good looking premium waterproof, full-grain leather upper-woven textile around collar+tongue, with grippy EcoTread™ rubber outsole with 15% recycled rubber content---
Jaeger-Dusty Olive $140 ---traditional lacing+leather pull tab, 3.5 lug depth outsole= EASY ON/OFF

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