Sunday, August 30, 2015

WALDLÄUFER, SPORTO, KOMBU Comfort Fashion Footwear Fall 2015


Comfort fashionable shoes are NOW the norm for American gals -even those chic city ladies-coinciding with the whole athleisure clothing boom-we don't remember a time when all but the tiniest fraction of men ever put up with uncomfortable shoes.

Reasons abound-including more female urbanites taking mass transit, walking and/or biking to the acceptance of casual summer office attire-paired with lifestyle sneakers and sandals with cork footbeds, setting a high bar for bearable, wearable all day wardrobes, year round.

Colder temps do mean different head to toe ensembles...and foot-wise, three lines previewed certainly offer many stylish feet worthy shoes that are pavement pounding, durably acceptable-and affordable.


WALDLÄUFER-a German brand (aka Forest Walker), is putting down roots on this side of the Pond...with quality classic styles and boots for men and women.

Made in Europe ---the WALDLÄUFER selections we saw had signature comfort footbeds, durable air cushioned outsoles, breathable linings, supportive constructive features--- and tonal wise-deliver in Fall fav colors.
FAME $170-easy slip on

Rocker style all day walkable WALDLÄUFER dynamic BLISS-textured leather combo $175
energy-cushioning outsole

in Suede-Toni $170-cute with jeans/trousers

ELIZA $170-we got  pair of these---in black combo---the ahhh comfort is there at the first step-fit wise ---we found this style runs big and wide-especially in the heel compared to our Made in Italy shoes...buyers might want to size down and a narrower width ---

CINDY-pretty pump $170

TARA $170-in breathable Black Microfiber

footbeds are removable---but imo-you won't want to-they have great arch support+cushioning

IRIS $255 in Corda (or black)-soon enough  will need cozy warmth of push lining...nice bucks details.

FOR THE GUYS...Dress, Dynamic and Tex collections... front Jared $210, right back Tom $215,  left back Tyler $215
New to us-but what we consider to be a USA heritage brand "reimagined"... SPORTO expands beyond it's Original Duck Boot™ offerings---with some really cute bootie styles...a silhouette that works with a lot of wardrobe options. Onboard-comfort+durability including EcoSystem-weatherproof-ness, cork footbeds or latex foam footbeds insulted with Thermolite, vulcanized rubber shells (not an industrial mold)...and... MAJOR BONUS POINTS-founders gave the seed money and locale (210 Lincoln Street) to the Two Ten Footwear Foundation charity.
cute cute cute...feminine silhouettes...plush faux fur-shearling lining, on block heels that are easy to walk on...Lark, Harlie styles 

RANDY---got back strap buckle it ankle detail

Ravine mixed textures-in chelsea boot style 

Duck Boots are always practical...leather upper/rubber bottom Dede $

adorbs-Pam-Alah  five color options including purple (not pictured)
a trendy version of a  Duck Boot classic---
add some warmth---Delinda -waterproof-and with slip resistant outsoles. Like-the contrast stitching on leather upper...and patent...nice combo for winter!

quilted upper sheds the wet weather well-Lydia 

DARLA-has the metal eyelets of hiker styles...with wooly lining 

WHITE FOX---outsole that is a platform sneaker hybrid-super popular---with cool quilts upper=

KHOMBU had its antecedents in outdoor footwear-now with city style cues... PLUS-
 paired up with the USA SKI TEAM...for this agrees and before the race waterproof toughie boot-

USA SKI TEAM -KHOMBU boot=FAB-and made in the USA TOO!!!! ALTA
ethnic wool upper...atop duck book...Maya

KIDS get the cutest boots-KIDS SWEATER=patterned wool inland-nice boot bottom ---like-pull tab in back---makes on/off easier

More kids-weatherproof, grippy outsoles, a colorful package! 
Sleek Lady Boots...water-snow tough, grippy outsoles, all weather comfort...

sometimes need a higher boot-the Anne lace-up works for narrow+wider calves,

Annie-color options...
Annie----quilted upper upper, faux fur plush lining, patent black duck boot reinterpretation we thinks would look great with skirts too. Like the lace-up details too...NICE. 


guys like outdoor sneaker styles---and black with yellow pops-perfect! Pete-ultra lightweight too.

weatherproof workbook ...burly one ----that we see on city streets more and more...nowadays-lightweight enough to wear off a construction site or the farm!

meets OSHA standards-grip on slick, oil laden surfaces

imo-another kicking' workbook style-that wears well off the job...Carter