Skechers recently donated more than $480,000 to programs and classes for children with special needs in Southern California. During a ceremony at the footwear brand's Manhattan Beach headquarters, $209,000 was presented to the non-profit organization Friendship Circle while more than $280,000 was shared between six of the area's education foundations. Proceeds for this were raised during last October's Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, an annual event that encourages families and businesses to support local kids.
When fashion doesn't meet function...
Discount shoe chain DSW kicked off its FIT design competition at the newly renovated HH Brown showroom in Times Square on Wednesday. Over the next six weeks contestants will design a women's dress shoe and boot and five finalists will have their opportunities produced by one of five vendors: Mark Fisher, Nine West, Chinese Laundry, Vince Camuto and Highline United. From there, one winner and one runner-up will receive a paid internship with the brand partner that created their sample and a limited number of the winner's design will be available in New York City and online.
A mix of skate, street and outdoor design creates a unique and enticing collection.
WHEN YOUR BRAND is founded by snowboard legend Jake Burton, cold-weather shoes should be your bread and butter. And while the outdoors are still a part of Gravis design DNA, the companys move to the West Coast from Vermont a few years back threw it full-speed into the skate realm. Today, Gravis creates laidback looks that encompass elements from skate, street and the outdoors.
Driven by apparel trends, a 90s revival and a love for the NBAs starry past, the classic hi-top basketball silo is experiencing a major rebound.
By Mary Avant
Fanatics by the thousands swarmed city streets across America, breaking down police barricades, brawling with each other and those with opposing views, including law enforcement. The riots made headlines around the world. Policemen, in full riot gear, finally had to resort to the use of pepper spray and make mass arrests to quell the angry mobs.
Keen redefines durability with heavy duty construction boot.
KNOWN FOR ITS hybrid outdoor performance products and a signature bump-toe design, Keen is venturing further into the work category under its Utility label for Fall 12, looking to redefine durability in a work boot with the introduction of a patent-pending welt construction in its Wenatchee boot.
Wolverine marks a milestone as its DuraShocks technology celebrates 20 years of punching the clock.
WOLVERINE WILL FTE the 20th anniversary of its DuraShocks series with a new boot for Fall 12. Pairing the brains and brawn of the original with recent technological advances, the brand continues its relentless commitment to making comfortable work and outdoor footwear.
MEET FRDA SALVADOR, a fictional character designers Megan Papay (far left) and Cristina Nelson Palomo craft- ed as the inspiration behind their new line of statement flats and boots. We felt strongly about cre- ating a muse for the line that embodies strength, individu- ality, confidence and power, Papay says.
Dansko expands its mens offering with a fresh take on a classic.
WITH THE FALL 12 launch of its Tacoma, a low-profile clog for men, Dansko aims to appeal to a more urban work force. And while its sure to be a hit with the usual comfort crowd, Creative Director Ann Dittrich expects it to round out the mens assortment, as its polished enough for the office and comfortable enough for everyday wear.
SEBAGO SET OFF on its debut sponsorship of the Quantum Key West Race Week last month, furthering its existing partnership with the Quantum Sailing Team. The Quantum Team is recognized globally as best in class, and to be the provider of its footwear and apparel has been an honor, says Gary Malamet, group vice president and general manager of Sebago.