BACKWOODS, Wichita, Kansas
1. Vibram FiveFingers, Bikila and Komodo Sport running shoes
2. Keen, Denver slip-ons
3. Chaco (all styles) Top trend: Barefoot. “With Vibram and the amount of press it’s had, it’s what people are coming in asking for,” said manager Eric Schmidt. “It’s about comfort: [Customers] want something comfortable they can knock around in, wear all day long.”
SNAKE RIVER OUTDOOR SPORTS, Pocatello, Idaho
1. Dansko, Professional patent leather clogs (in all colors)
2. Merrell, Barefoot collection
3. Keen, Targhee 2 boots Hot fall brand: “Ugg Australia, [which] starts to pick up around late October and continues to sell through February,” said apparel head Tesa Hancock. One of the most popular Ugg styles, she said, is the Triplet, a tall boot with three buttons available in a variety of colors.
PHILLIP GALL’S OUTDOOR & SKI, Lexington, Kentucky
1. Vibram FiveFinger styles
2. Merrell, Trail Glove running shoes
3. Keen, Vasque Breeze, a “perennial best-seller,” according to buyer Doug Baker. Up-and-coming brand: Oboz, a relatively new outdoor resource, which primarily makes hiking boots.
KITTERY TRADING POST, Kittery, Maine
3. Columbia Top trend: Lightweight shoes: Customers are “getting away from old-school, full leather, full rubber shoes,” said Andrew Minster, footwear manager. “They want more composite styles, multiple types of materials. They’re getting into fabrics and lightweight knit.”
LO-MAN OUTDOOR STORE, Babylon, N.Y.
1. Ugg Australia, all colors and size categories
3. Merrell Hot fall trend: Said manager Vinny Notarstefano, “Sheepskin linings: Sperry Top-Sider is very big with [them].”