Buzz: Rainman, David Scott & More

Water Works
Japan-made Rainman is set to debut in the U.S. for spring ’14. The new men’s brand, which just delivered in Japan this summer, makes rain shoes that can be worn for formal, business and casual occasions. Rainman offers two styles to stateside customers: a low oxford and a high boot (below). Both looks come in three colorways and a variety of sole options, for a total of 18 SKUs. With a retail price of between $220 and $240, the shoes are targeted to better independents and department stores.

Great Scott

U.K.-based men’s brand David Scott makes its entrance into the U.S. for spring ’14. The men’s shoe collection features a range of traditional Goodyear-welted looks handmade in England, as well as more mainstream styles produced in India. Founded in 1983, the label offers shoes for $100 to $300. “We are adding a twist to fashionable classics,” said David Jacobs, managing director. “We try to make [the shoes] young, but an old man can [also wear] them easily.” David Scott already is carried in the U.K. by Topshop, Office, Kurt Geiger and other retailers.

Art Class

Stratham, N.H.-based Timberland Pro is getting artsy with its Renova series of duty shoes, designed for health care professionals. For spring ’14, two clogs will feature the work of master artists, including “Water Lilies” by Claude Monet and “Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh. The art is strategically spread across the right and left shoes. The styles feature the brand’s signature Anti-Fatigue shock-absorbing comfort system and its rocker silhouette for enhanced gait. The shoes retail for $125 and will deliver in December.

Comfort Curve

Nelsonville, Ohio-based Georgia Boot broadens its comfort offering for spring ’14 with the launch of Zero Drag. The collection is built around a three-layer system: the Comfort Core 5 footbed, which provides cushioning and stability along with ergonomic arch support; 24/7 Comfort System midsole that offers lightweight flexibility and comfort; and a thermo-polyurethane outsole skin that is slip and oil resistant. Uppers are made of waterproof leather. The line includes 6- and 8-inch laceups, a pull-on and a side-gored boot. Retail prices range from $150 to $185, with delivery slated for January.