Men’s: Buzz

Wool Gathering
St. Louis-based Elan-Polo, which licenses the Woolrich name for slippers, is expanding the line for spring ’09 with the addition of street shoes for men and women. The series of active-outdoor looks includes boots (at left), clogs and casuals, inspired by Woolrich’s heritage as a classic American sportswear brand. Set to retail for $40 to $100, the shoes will be distributed through mid-tier shoe chains and outdoor specialty retailers. Delivery is slated for August.



Old Timers
Clarks N.A. is getting nostalgic. For fall ’09, the Upper Newton Falls, Mass.-based brand has updated three iconic styles from its Originals collection — the Wallabee (at left), Desert Boot and Desert Trek — in a new sport series built on a lightweight Opanka construction. Designed for comfort, the shoes feature molded rubber outsoles with crepe at the heel and toe, EVA midsoles and removable footbeds with contoured heel cups. Uppers feature nylon and canvas touches in a range of colors. Set for July delivery, the line will retail from $90 to $110.

Duty Calls
Portland, Ore.-based outdoor brand Keen is stepping into the duty shoe market for the first time with the launch of its new Professional Collection, targeted to health care and restaurant workers who are on their feet all day. The offering consists of a closed-back clog (at left) and laceup for men and a slip-on and Mary Jane look for women, all available in black and white versions. Performance features include slip-resistant outsoles and Keen’s proprietary Keen.Cush memory foam footbeds. The shoes, which are priced at $100 and slated for July delivery, will be sold in uniform apparel and footwear stores.



Lounge Act
Designer Mark Nason is seeking to broaden his reach with Lounge by Mark Nason, a more moderately priced collection targeting the younger premium denim guy. The collection, priced at $125 to $250 and slated for August delivery, offers edgier styles inspired by Nason’s signature boot collection, as well as more traditional driving mocs, lug-sole looks and casuals. Distribution will be targeted to mall-based specialty retailers, in addition to select specialty and department stores that currently carry Nason’s higher-end line.

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