As it nears almost 30 years of sandal-making, Carlsbad, CA-based surf brand Reef continues to expand its reach beyond the beach by adding boots to its lineup for Fall ’13. “We had incredible success with the launch of our Bellas Costas closed toe footwear in Spring 2012. Boots are the natural next step,” says Kelley Bruemmer, director of girls’ footwear.
True to form, the collection infuses handmade materials from Guatemala, rich leathers and jute with a quilted foam foot bed inspired by the brand’s bestselling Dream sandal. “The boots have a natural, handmade feel that focuses on craftsmanship. We used distressed, traditional textiles that play off our Latin American heritage,” she says.
The design team is also continuing its collaboration with Guatemalan artists by purchasing hand-woven fabrics and applying them to select styles as part of its ongoing We Heart collection. The line ranges in price from $130 to $180 and will ship to retailers in July.