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Chrome Industries taps footwear veteran Christopher Silverman.
Submitted by Lyndsay McGregor on October 24, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicSan Francisco-based cycling accessory company Chrome Industries is stepping up its shoes. Known for its seatbelt buckle bags, the brand's new president, Christopher Silverman, is committed to expanding its selection of pedal-friendly kicks. "I want to continue to push the boundaries of what we can do from a footwear perspective, whether it's new styles or fabrications, whatever it may be, all while remaining true to Chrome's core consumer," says Silverman, whose resume includes stints at Levi's, X-Large apparel (with the Beastie Boys), Mossimo Australia and Volley. 

In particular he plans to focus on the brand's...

Thom Solo's avant-garde creations happened by chance.
Submitted by Lyndsay McGregor on October 23, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicThom Solo ended up in shoe design purely by chance. As a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston he would often construct couture-like creations based on ideas that randomly popped into his head. "I've always had a true love of fashion and fine art, and that's what's really developed my aesthetic and everything I've done," says the 24-year-old Bostonian, who graduated in 2012 with a dual degree from Tufts and SMFA. Back then he thought of his surreal stilettos only as sculptures, but when his stylist friends started to pull them for projects, he realized shoemaking might be something worth pursuing, and his towering heels were soon gracing the pages of...

Palladium pals around with Singaporean artist Sabotage.
Submitted by Anonymous on October 22, 2014

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Heritage boot brand Palladium has become as renowned for its popular partnerships as it has for its iconic Baggy silhouette. Up next for the California-based company is a collaboration with Singaporean artist Sabotage (SBTG) for Spring '15. Synonymous with sneaker customization, the buzzed-about artist (real name: Mark Ong) pairs his signature camouflage pattern with Palladium's Pampa Oxford, Pampa Hi and Baggy styles. 

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Ringo Starr signs with Skechers.
Submitted by Anonymous on October 21, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicSkechers is really racking 'em up. The latest famous face to join the Manhattan Beach, CA-based brand's Relaxed Fit campaign is the world's most famous drummer: Ringo Starr. The former Beatle is swapping his drumsticks for kicks in Spring '15, starring in TV, print, outdoor, online and point-of-sale ads through June 2016.

"We are incredibly excited to be working with such an amazing world-renowned artist as Ringo Starr," said President Michael Greenberg. Ringo possesses the charm, cool charisma and instant global recognition that will elevate awareness for our popular Relaxed Fit footwear collection both in the United States and especially around the world. And his...

Fur feels fresh yet sophisticated on spring's sexiest silhouettes.
Submitted by Anonymous on October 21, 2014
Fur Real

By Tara Anne Dalbow

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Fur for all! Seasons at least. Once reserved for the winter months, fur has found its way onto the spring runways in the form of technicolor coats and cozy flats. Fur mohawks give young designer Francesco Russos stilettos some edge (far left) and take Dries Van Notens platforms from chunky to woodland-chic (at left). Simone Rocha riffs off the infamous furkenstock with a fur trimmed slide and Hedi Slimane gives Saint Laurents platform...