SAM’S OUTDOOR OUTFITTERS, Brattleboro, Vt.
1. Chippewa Boots Super Logger
2. Merrell Moab — ventilated and GTX
3. Keen Gypsum
Fall trend: Boots for men and women, especially as the weather gets colder. “People are really excited about winter,” said buyer Frank Gibbons.
TRAILBLAZERS, New Haven, Conn.
1. Toms Shoes classic canvas
2. Ugg Australia Classic
3. Toms Shoes glitter and crochet styles
Fall trend: “In the minimal category, we carry New Balance Minimus, the Nike Free 3.0 and 5.0 and the Merrell Pace Glove and Trail Glove,” said footwear buyer John Sahadi. “People have really embraced what Vibram FiveFingers started.”
GREAT OUTDOOR PROVISION CO., Raleigh, N.C.
1. The Merrell Chameleons
2. Ahnu Montara
3. Oboz Firebrand
Fall trend: “We do a lot of casual shoes as well,” said Travis Zarins, VP of merchandise. “We do a little bit of the Patagonia shoes, and Toms are popular with everybody right now. It’s a great price and a great story, and people want more than one pair.”