Seattle-based See Kai Run is stepping into the sneaker category with a series of nine styles for fall, including low- and high-tops for boys and Mary Jane shoes and low-tops for girls. The sneakers feature colorful canvas, leather and wool uppers; flexible rubber bottoms; breathable fabric linings; removable cushioned leather insoles and adjustable hook-and-loop closures. Available in baby and toddler sizes 3 to 9, the sneakers are priced from $37 to $40 and will deliver to stores in July.
Rainboot maker Chooka is branching out with a new collection of skimmers for girls. According to the Kent, Wash.-based brand, the waterproof shoes are designed for drizzly spring and summer days. Available in youth sizes 8 to 2, the shoes come in an array of solid colors and polka-dot prints. Elasticized straps provide a more secure fit. Retailing for $45 a pair, the skimmers will ship to stores next month.
Morganville, N.J.-based Valencia Imports, maker of the Rachel and Scott David lines, has added a small collection of girls’ shoes under the Wassup brand, which it introduced for boys last fall. The collection is meant to be a faster, more fashion-forward counterpart to the Rachel label. Styles include wedge booties, lace-up oxfords and Western-inspired boots, detailed with brogueing, faux-fur accents and glitter. Available in sizes 6 to 12 and 13 to 5, Wassup is priced from $30 to $40 and will begin delivering in September.
Newcomer Hoo Shoes is bringing a bit of whimsy to the kids’ category. The European-made collection, created by designer Tom Kramer and business partner Charlie Newhouse, is centered on a family of 10 original owl characters, each with its own unique personality — from edgy, adventure-seeking Ralph to girly, princess-loving Chloe to responsible do-gooder Mark. Each character has a designated shoe (see Chloe’s, above) or a series of shoes designed to mirror its personality. The idea, said Kramer, is to appeal to a broad audience and for kids to identify with a particular character. Available in sizes 18 to 41, Hoo is priced from $60 to $70 and will debut in stores this fall. Each pair will be sold in a specially designed box that includes a card describing their respective character.