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Vans and A.skate team up to empower kids with autism.

February 18th, 2014

Vans has collaborated with A.skate, a non-profit created to introduce kids with autism to the engaging and therapeutic effects of skateboarding, to deliver the Era Laceless Pro. The shoe features Vans Pro Skate performance upgrades plus the added benefit of an easy closure option. Custom “Obsessed to Skate” insole artwork by Jay Croft calls out autism’s obsessive tendencies and brings awareness to A.skate’s mission to channel that energy through skateboarding. “Autism, like skateboarding, can be unpredictable and oftentimes unruly,” says Crys Worley, founder of A.skate Foundation.

Nike is making Marty McFly’s self-lacing shoes.

February 17th, 2014

Forget the Delorean and hoverboard–the Back to the Future franchise featured another futuristic design: self-tying laces. In Back to the Future II, Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly slips on a pair of Nike high tops that automatically tighten and adjust to his feet. Guess what? Nike is making them. Yes, yes, we know the company released a limited range of McFly’s Nike MAGs (with manual laces) in 2011, but these new shoes not only look like the ones in the movie, they will feature an automatic lacing system.

Palladium and Married to the Mob team up on styles that drip in ‘tude.

February 13th, 2014

Heritage boot brand Palladium is no stranger to collaborations and the latest is one for the books. Women’s streetwear movement Married to the Mob (MTTM) brings a mash-up of feminine and urban influences to the brand’s iconic Baggy silhouette. “One part young, bright and in-your-face attitude, and one part dark and mysterious edge, this capsule is a great representation of the MOB founders and undeniably sets the path for our consumers to walk and talk in MOB fashion,” says Hommy Diaz, global product line manager for Palladium. 

Clarks teams up with Timo Weiland for its Fall/Winter 2014 presentation.

February 12th, 2014

Timo Weiland teamed up with Clarks USA for its Fall ’14 presentation as part of New York Fashion Week. A series of classic heritage styles including the Wallabee Ridge, Newby Jump, Desert Boot and Desert London complimented the brand’s collection of casual prep and sportswear-inspired duds, which drew on the designers’ continuant New York concept with strategically placed stripes, muted, checker plaid patterns and leather detailing. 

Walk-Over on the runway at New York Fashion Week

February 11th, 2014

Walk-Over, a division of H.H. Brown, teamed up with two menswear designers to create custom footwear for their Fall ’14 shows at New York Fashion Week. The Greenwich, CT-based brand turned out high shine patent leather wingtips in black, cream and burgundy for David Hart’s L.A.-inspired presentation, while styles from the latest Walk-Over collection complemented Lucio Castro’s Parisian-inspired line. 

Two Ten celebrates 75 years of giving back to the shoe community.

February 10th, 2014

Two Ten Footwear Foundation will today celebrate its 75th anniversary on the steps of the Massachusetts State House with the presentation of a citation issued by Governor Deval Patrick. This recognizes the foundation’s outstanding service to the country’s footwear community of 250,000 members, many of whom are from Massachusetts. 

Ruthie Davis and Duckie Brown pair up for Fall/Winter 2014.

February 7th, 2014

New York shoe designer Ruthie Davis has joined forces with Duckie Brown for the brand’s first foray into womenswear. The Ruthie Davis (Heart) Duckie Brown collection is a culmination of Davis’ aesthetic and Duckie Brown’s ability to blend whimsical sportswear with elegant tailoring. The line features two color-blocked pumps in jewel tones including navy, fuschia, magenta and olive hues. Rich, saturated leathers in unexpected color combinations are juxtaposed against Davis’ high-shine rose and yellow gold signature architectural heels.

Dr. Martens launches its Spring/Summer ’14 #StandForSomething campaign.

February 3rd, 2014

What do you stand for? That’s the question storied British brand Dr. Martens asks in its Spring/Summer ’14 campaign. Throughout its history, the label has been adopted by countless rebellious characters, subcultures and tribes; the people who stand out from the crowd in their own unique way. 

Ugg pops up at Penn Station.

January 31st, 2014

Ugg’s first ever mobile pop-up has rolled into town in time for Sunday’s Big Game. Today and tomorrow the Warming Station will parked in front of Penn Station in New York, handing out free hot chocolate to passersby and selling scarves, hats, mittens and gloves for all to keep everyone warm during the lead up to the Super Bowl. Meanwhile the city’s four Ugg stores will be running in-store contests to win a pair of tickets to Sunday’s game.