New Balance debuts its custom American-made project in New York.
What's the best way to get the word out about your Made in the U.S.A. bona fides? For New Balance, it meant bringing bloggers and fashion stylists to a swanky underground New York bar to create a custom pair of American-made shoes while sipping custom cocktails—named in honor of some of the nation's most iconic figures, like Johnny Appleseed.
The comfort chain builds a comfort tree in support of Meals on Wheels; holds annual shoe drive for the needy.
Once again this holiday season the Pedestrian Shops are helping neighbors in need. The 41-year-old comfort footwear retailer will be raffling off its holiday Comfortable Shoe Tree—adorned with more than $4,000 worth of footwear, socks and accessories—as part of the Festival of Trees benefiting Meals on Wheels of Boulder, CO. The tree can be viewed at its downtown location at 1425 Pearl St.
Former Titan design director Eric Rutberg reveals a bold, eponymous collection.
Not one for habitually following trend forecasting reports, British designer Terry De Havilland made a rare exception for his recent spring collection. "I had a tipoff that my designs from the '70s were part of a heavy-duty prediction chart," says the designer, who made a splash that decade with his strappy Margaux platform wedge. Instead of watching copycats reinterpret his work, De Havilland beat them to the punch and knocked himself off. "My '70s styles are what my customers want so that's what I'm giving them," he explains.
Fiorentini + Baker releases a luxe capsule collection for little stars.
Merrell's Evera MJ pump allows women to ride in style.
With gas prices showing no signs of dropping dramatically any time soon, not surprisingly bike racks in metros across the country continue to get their fair share of use as commuters increasingly ditch their cars in favor of more affordable two-wheeled transportation. For women, however, the trouble has been finding a shoe that they can comfortably and safely ride in, but also be stylish enough to wear around the office.
Birkenstock and its original recovery shoe move into the outdoor and specialty running channels.
Reebok tunes up its Classics division with Swizz Beatz at the controls.
Athlete endorsements are nothing new: Converse had Larry Bird and Magic Johnson; Nike had tennis rebel John McEnroe, the great Michael Jordan and (for the moment) Tiger Woods; and Reebok has featured Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal and Venus Williams as some of its legendary endorsees. Slightly newer, but no longer considered groundbreaking, are the musician endorsement deals. Rappers Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Nelly have all lent their names and faces to Reebok over the years.
Jeff Halmos, one-half of the CFDA award-winning creative firm Shipley & Halmos, says there's an unwritten rule that if he or design partner Sam Shipley wouldn't wear it, they won't make it. It's a guideline that's helped actualize a focused (just three styles) and well-received debut collection of men's footwear for fall and is providing the framework for the duo's Spring '12 collection.
Columbia aims to outpace its outdoor competitors with a waterproof minimalist collection.
"Less is more" might be the most influential philosophy in footwear at the moment, and it certainly is at Columbia, says Mark Nenow, vice president of footwear. Inspired by the minimalist movement racing through the athletic world, the company is releasing 25 new lightweight styles for Spring '12, including a trail running shoe, the Ravenous Lite, weighing in at just over six ounces.