Tuesday, July 19, 2016




Urban outdoors is a reality-especially for mass transit commuters -living in city sized dwellings...who head out to city or massive national parks on days not spent indoors. Three season kicks- lifestyle sneakers and winter worthy fashionable boots -dominate precious closet space (or under the bed)...vs the most dressy of dressier shoes that rarely get worn these days.
source: gifbay.com

Some highlights:
Khombu is raking in the retail accounts these days (and customers) for good reason-the value and eye candy proposition just REALLY work...esp. for F/W waterproof takes on their stylish molded one piece duck boots bottoms paired with fun textile/woolen uppers in terrific tweed and ethnic patterns. Pictured Julliard (left -ultra fun with comfortable insole $109) and Jazzy center, right $95
a wedge heel is the easiest walkable way to add height and still feel the ground-the Ashao comes in 5 colors...all cozy warm with accent faux fur, weather tough with the brand's K-Guard, K-Comfort for cushioning insole, and great traction via K-Grip $89
K SWISS goes city hip in the MODERN COURT COLLECTION. Pictured High Court in Black-sleek retro appeal-made of leather upper in shoe savvy Portugal-with a cupsole for durability and that hook and loop strap of yesteryear neat design detail $140

in back Court Classico $120-comes in leather $120 with cupsole for durability, classic D rings and a referenced deco stitching

K MART's RISEWEAR™ kicks-like the color blocking of this retro style lightweight, breathable sneaker...velcro strap up top that says 80s...impressive given low price point of $29.99 for the pictured RISEWEAR™Boy's Loop  Red/White/Black Shoe-Basketball-Athleisure style

EDDIE BAUER celebrates its refined retro  throwback full grain leather waterproof lace ups-metal D rings, welt stitched outsoles...paired with the lug sole Vibram outsoles for grip, traction and durability. Laces add of nice pop of color.

TREKSTA's Artica mid height boot with full waterproof lining, insulated suede upper, faux fur trim for fold up or down adorableness. The upper is 4 layer waterproof breathable and insole nsetFIT tech-with a waffle shaped molded EVA/felt/aluminum sockliner with anti-bacterial nano silver technology, midsole molded EVA, N2 Tech Bard, Snow Falke TPU a d Hypergrip™ outsole

TREKSTA's nestFIT technology-that measured/scanned the natural curves and contours of 20,000 pairs of feet (!) to develop a layered really foot friendly approach to its shoe designs... gets into ladies' crossover lifestyle- waterproof boots for serious winter adventures-Artica Collection.

ARTICA TALL-shares features with the aforementioned but is also warmly insulated with Thinsulate
quilted and waterproof split suede upper...inner zip makes for easier on/off. 
nestFIT technology inside every Treksta shoe/boot...can see how all the contours and different materials fit together naturally following contours of feet.
DANNER Mountain 600 aka "...the next generation of Danner Hiking Boots..."is inspired by the original Mountain Light hiking boot. Lightweight tech upper with iconic Danner style-waterproof suede upper and a unique Vibram® SPE midsole-all new compound that enhances rebound, comfort, and improves natural motion and underfoot support, Ortholite® footbed for superior cushioning, TPU heel frame to support and offer stability, and innovative Vibram® Fuga outsole with self adaptive lug design for grip on uneven surfaces-wet or dry.featuring a MegaGrip compound...weights 37 oz which is 35% lighter in weight than the original---in men's and worm's $179.95