Buzz: American-Made Footwear

In Collaboration
Iconic American brands Danner and Woolrich have teamed up for the holiday launch of Old Growth, a U.S.-made collection that includes a co-branded men’s boot, shirt-jacket and scarf. The Light Mill Street boot, retailing for $340, features Woolrich wool quarter panels. Set to deliver in November, the product will be available on Danner.com and Woolrich.com, as well as through Kith in New York.

Duet Partners
Thorogood, by Milwaukee-based Weinbrenner Shoe Co., partnered with American Eagle Outfitters for four men’s shoes, including the 1892 boot, a vintage 1940s style named for the year Weinbrenner was founded. Produced in the U.S. of oil-tanned Horween leather, the footwear will retail for $170 to $192. It will be available exclusively on American Eagle’s website, Ae.com, starting Oct. 11 and continue selling through spring ’14.

Home Grown
Sofft Shoe Co. is taking advantage of parent company H.H. Brown’s Pennsylvania manufacturing facility to produce a series of fashion clogs. The artisan collection, which is hand-lasted with hand-finished leather uppers, includes three styles incorporating contoured footbeds for extra comfort and support. Retailing from $158 to $170, the line will deliver in November.

Ground Level
Get Grounded Footwear is the newest player in the wellness category. The firm recently launched U.S.-made Groundals, a women’s flip-flop that features a proprietary footbed technology meant to replicate the benefits of walking barefoot. According to company founders Dean Richards and Sandra Sidwell, the flip-flop grounds the wearer to the Earth, allowing the body to absorb millions of free electrons while also enhancing one’s overall well-being and increasing energy levels. A carbon material infused in the PVC sole distinguishes the collection, said Richards. “We want to first grab [consumers] who have a knowledge of this lifestyle and then hit the masses,” he said. The flip-flop, retailing for $50, is now available exclusively on Amazon.com and Getgroundedfootwear.com. Ion Man, a men’s version, will debut this month at $60. Additional styles will be added to the collection by year-end.