June 2012 Blog Archives
On the heels of her U.S. flagship store opening in Manhattan, luxury accessories designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal puts an appropriately patriotic spin on a basic pump and turns it into a star-spangled essential, just in time for the Fourth of July. The Priscilla Stars and Stripes retails for $1,050. Call 212-744-1842 or visit www.charlotteolympia.com.
New Balance updates its ever-popular M574 for Fall and bows the "Backpack" collection, a lineup of five fresh colorways in a heavyweight ballistic nylon, a material that's usually reserved for - you guessed it - backpacks. Retailing for $70, the kicks are topped off with a brown suede logo and tongue, white laces and an ENCAP sole and hit stores on July 1.
Jennifer Aniston might have been voted Best Roadtrip Buddy in a recent UK poll but we think she has some serious competition in the form of Soludos' current collaboration with Baublebar. The slip-on shoe label has teamed up with the online jewelry retailer to release a limited-edition range of canvas beach tote sets stuffed with goodies that pay homage to their top five U.S. seaside retreats: Cape Cod, Miami, Baja, L.A. and Hawaii.
Adidas has yanked plans to release its JS Roundhouse Mids after critics said its shackle-like ankle cuff was offensive and a symbol of slavery. The high-top sneaker with its orange plastic cuff, part of the brand's ongoing collaboration with conceptual fashion designer Jeremy Scott, is reportedly simply a shoe-torial interpretation of the late-'80s "My Pet Monster" toy (same color scheme, same cuffs) but to many it screams slavery and prison.
BOBS from Skechers, a program that launched a year ago for women's shoes and has now expanded to include kids' and men's styles, has given away a million pair of children's shoes in cooperation with various charitable partners, including Soles4Souls. For every BOBS footwear purchased, a pair has been given to a child in need throughout the world, including in the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia and Central America.
Shoe brands, retailers, writers and enthusiasts were all abuzz last week as Fashion Footwear Association of New York's show brought designers from all over to the island of Manhattan. Connections were made, trends were seen and celebrations were held.
One such gathering on Thursday, June 8, celebrated H.H. Brown's newly expanded showroom at 1441 Broadway. Attendees included CEO Jim Issler, designer Carmen Marc Valvo, and Nicholas and Christopher Kunz, the designers behind Nicholas K.
The headlines don't lie. It is hot. This spring has been the warmest ever recorded in the U.S., but Columbia has something cool in store for Spring '13. The active outdoor brand is debuting its Omni-Freeze Zero, a line of apparel that becomes cooler in hot, moist conditions and is incorporating the technology into footwear.
As a general rule of thumb, office etiquette requires minding your minners and holding your tongue, so when the staff at sheepskin boot brand Bearpaw was offered the chance to go on camera and wax lyrical about its beloved boss, Tom Romeo, the team was anything but sickly sweet. Click here to check out the tongue-in-cheek tribute.