Ocean Minded has partnered with the Sandalman, a family-owned footwear company in Newport Beach, CA, to refresh two of its bestselling sandals. “There’s been a resurgence of made-in-the-U.S.A. product and this collaborative relationship combines the best of both companies,” says Steve Workman, general manager. The limited-edition premium collection debuts with the women’s Makena (SRP $130) and the men’s Mokulua (SRP $150), both featuring full-grain leather straps, toe posts and footbeds, along with a die-cut sponge SBR foam midsole.
Saucony, Merrell and Bates could soon have their logos on more military members’ feet across the country. Thanks to a policy shift announced by Pentagon officials last week, new active duty soldiers entering boot camp will be supplied with American-made athletic footwear when using a voucher given to them by the government to purchase shoes for training purposes. The rule change is in response to years of pressure from U.S.
New Balance debuts its custom American-made project in New York.
What’s the best way to get the word out about your Made in the U.S.A. bona fides? For New Balance, it meant bringing bloggers and fashion stylists to a swanky underground New York bar to create a custom pair of American-made shoes while sipping custom cocktails—named in honor of some of the nation’s most iconic figures, like Johnny Appleseed.