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OUTDOOR RETAILER Cool Gadgets, Gear, Trends A/W 2014/15 Part 6: Wool

Outdoor Retailer/SLC

Whether appearing in footwear or accessories, good ole' wool/felt -in solid and patterns evokes winter days/nights- spent cozy by the fire…adding textural 3D feel that's more fashion than function…



From CHAOS hats----a new LUX collection that is well priced- is aimed more at those spending time on the streets/off the slopes…with plush wool blends-including recycled cashmere and merino wool…with matching scarves, and gloves. So many choices----as always with this label. Impressive.

cable knit details-Flame
comes in multiple color waves-Redbud


River and Gage-50% merino wool/50% acrylic
SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR…hand knit in Nepal---the bright toppers we love-all lined with Polarfleece® polyester-many styles are available including this  Pangdey Hat---and one of a kind, often sold out (!) Rimjhim (Hindu for spontaneous flowing raindrops -something like that) hand warmers $25- lined - also w/Polarfleece® polyester -made from the hats' remnant yarn. Great for texters…wish we had bought another pair

Wolverine's 1883 men's and women's lifestyle footwear add eye catching wool side panels to the label's upscale casual styles for A/W 2014.

casual chic= Mae ankle bootie-with suede woolen upper, cushioned footbed, rubber outsole $135

hiker style gets a bit of tailored polish with felt inserts-Bento-mok-toe wedge lace-up in nubuck leather/wool,  leather lining+footbed, EVA outsole $170
keep this up Wolverine will dominant the street feet as much as it does with their OSHA regs. met work boots

Though based out of MIAMI of all places…ZDAR boots are catching on with retailers and consumers- …as it's slim for outdoor boots=stylish silhouettes--- combined with the performance attributes of boiled wool/felt, treaded natural rubber outsoles with hemp fabric embedded inlays (durable+eco!), and the cushioning insoles---are just the kind of one/two punch kicks the fashion sorts needed/will want for winter.
Sascha Natural--wool felt/shearling with leather trim---slightly higher mid calf boot-$389
Igor -combo shearling/wool felt-natural rubber outsole with hemp inlay-$369
in natural and black(pictured)

Love the knit cuffs-Mascha Ethnic unblock and natural $329

Marina-also comes in a space age silver metallic…very cool looking, imo 

Sanuk's Schooner Dean ez slip on tweedy boat shoe style- heel bends  down…corduroy overlay wool collar+canvas lining-wear w/o waxed cotton laces too

SANUK delivers some very three season "They're Not Shoes" selections for men…with wool in the uppers. Additionally all that handsome flair mixes well with the über comfy high rebound, molded EVA footbeds with AEGIS antimicrobial additive and Happy U rubber outsoles for vegetarian friendly kicks for guys.

Vagabonds-Rounder Peacoat-grey camo wool upper+mudgard with polar fleece lining-warm and neat looking, "No-Ledge" profile for sleeker look

ADIDAS Outdoors' multi-tasking grey/black burly Italian wool felt lace-up hiker light boot (men's, fyi) is lined with moisture wicking/insulating PrimaLoft® 100grams, and has a weather defying rubber toe and heel cap plus a TPU mudguard for optimal protection. The grippy Traxion™ super high traction outsole ---adds to this look being not only city sleek-but workable in tracking trails in snowshoes too.
Bonus points for the deft pops of color via the trim... also comes in black/dark orange. Surprisingly- there is not a women's version.

Felt Boot $130 Men's sizes 6-12, 13, 14 ---imo fashion forward NBA players would rock these kicks if they came in sizes 20-22. We can already hear a backbeat….

knit cuff, wool sides, leather rubber---tough boot that looks cute with jeans tucked in
SALOMON is synonymous with technical footwear ---but these lifestyle HIME mid and high lace-ups---pictured above and below---are spot-on combos of soft textile, knit cuff (mid) and faux fur (high lace-ups). What's inside/out is very Salomon-the natural motion midsole and Contagrip® treaded ice grip rubber outsole-that won't change composition when it gets waaaay below zero---bolstering the Climashield® waterproof warmth of the uppers.

Hime mid-$140

$160 also- in charcoal grey/black---we like the quilting pattern

Contagrip® outsole---works even when the temperatures really get below zero…in charcoal grey/black too kinda see here.