Footwear brands showed press, buyers and spectators what they can expect to see in stores for spring ’16 Wednesday at Outdoor Retailer, the biannual outdoor industry trade show held in Salt Lake City, Utah. From trail runners to hikers, road shoes and more, the industry’s top brands are ready to flood he market with quality product.
Here’s a roundup of what was on display during the first day of the event.
Keen Readies New Men’s Trail Shoe, Collection for Women
For spring ’16, Keen is looking to attract trail-running fans with its Versatrail, a new silhouette for the brand. The 12-oz. shoe features an EVA midsole that ventures up the shoe into its heel counter, sport mesh, and the brands well-known toggle lacing system.
For women, the brand will offer its new Dauntless collection, geared towards the brave, confident women that wants a variety of shoes that look great and are also functional. There will be three styles available – the Posted, Strappy, and the Slip – all made with full grain leather upper.
Hi-Tec Unveils Two New Hikers
The brand showed off two new hikers for the season, both part of its Flash Range Collection. The shoes are the Flash Hike and the Fast Hike. The Flash Hike boasts a leather upper while the Fast Hike is the same silhouette as the Flash Hike, but features a mesh upper with a leather overlay. The hikers are both waterproof and feature Ortholite sock liners.
Timberland Updates Classics for the Season, Infuses Technology Into Shoes
The brand’s classic silhouettes aren’t limited to just its popular 6-inch work boot. For spring ’16, Timberland has taken its beloved silhouettes – including chukka, oxford and slip styles – and updated them with premium materials, which include waxed canvas, organic cotton and cotton canvas.
The brand will also introduce three new silhouettes in its Amherst collection – the Amherst Chukka, Amherst Oxford and Amherst Slip On – that all boast a mixed media approach to the uppers, also incorporating the brand’s Sensorflex technology along with Ortholite insoles.
Women Get Two New Styles From Ahnu
The brand will release a pair of hikers for spring ’16, the North Peak and the Montara. The North Peak features an event waterproof bootie, PU injected midsole, and a Vibram Duratrac outsole with multidirectional lugs. The Montara is the same silhouette as the North Peak, only without the waterproof elements.
Hoka One One Looks For Three Styles to Hit Big
The brand – known primarily for oversized outsoles – is banking on three styles for spring ’16: the Clayton, the Vanquish 2, and the Infinite. The Clayton is a 24 mm height in the heel and a 20 mm height in the forefoot, has the weight of a racing flat, and offers multiple types of cushioning throughout the shoe.
The Vanquish 2 is the brand’s lightest weight ultra sized shoe – weighing only 9.8 oz.– and boasts an early stage metarocker for heel to toe transition. The Infinite is the brand’s dynamic stability shoe that provides the ride of the Clifton but the support of a medium level dynamic support shoe.
Beer Cozy, Yoga Mat Sandals Will Continue to Evolve for Sanuk
Sanuk will update its popular lines Beer Cozy and Yoga Mat lines for men and women, respectively, for spring ’16. For women, the brand will introduce the Gora Gora, a sandal with two gore slide straps, will be the standout style of the collection. For men, the Hippy Top, a sandal inspired by textured couches that feel like massage chairs, will be the standout silhouette.
Visually Appealing Hiker Leads Columbia’s Spring ’16 Line
The Conspiracy Titanium Outdry is what the brand is banking on for spring ’16. The shoe is an updated version of a lightweight hiker for the brand that boasts a Techlite Fluidframe outsole. The appeal of the shoe, however, is its appearance. The brand believes this shoe is not only functional but is fashionable, something that can be worn out around town after a hike.
More With Michelin Tires From Under Armour
The brand will look for its Verge trail running shoes to hit big, all boasting Michelin tire rubber on its outsoles. The Verge will come in a mid and a low cut version. The shoe will feature full Goretex as well as its Anafoam cushioning.
Modern Looks For Classic Silhouettes From Rockport
Rockport will use its Exosoft technology on a number of silhouettes, including the TruStride, a new shoe for men for spring ’16. The shoe has the look of a heritage product but the feel of something modern.
The heritage look with updated comfort is also an ideology for both men and women for the season with the Total Motion collection, featuring pumps and flats that flex with your feet when you walk for women, and more classic-inspired silhouettes for men.
Saucony to Launch Everun Technology
The brand’s latest technology is a TPU-based polymer that offers a greater energy return than others for the brand in the past, as well as extra durability and is temperature resistant, allowing the shoe to keep its form even on the hottest runs. The technology will be available on five silhouettes, including the Triumph ISO 2, a new silhouette for the season.
Salomon to Introduce Road Shoes
Although the brand has done road shoes in the past, they are set to offer more than they have in the past for spring ’16. Leading the way is the Sonic Pro, a shoe that features 3D stretch air mesh, an Ortholite insole, and an 8 mm drop. Aside from road shoes, the brand will release an update to a popular trail shoe with the Wings Pro 2, which features a new chassis that allows for superior downhill running, keeping the foot from sliding forward in the shoe.
Four New Shoes for Skechers
The running line will expand in spring ’16 for Skechers with four new silhouettes: the GoTrail Ultra 3, GoMeb Speed 3 2016, GoRun 4 2016 and the GoRun Ride 5. The GoTrail Ultra 3 will be available for men and women, and features drainage ports in the sock liner and cushioning, a 4 mm drop with the heel hitting 30 mm, and flex grooves on the sole for greater flexibility.
The GoMeb Speed 3 2016 has the same outsole as its predecessor with a new upper that boasts a flat knit material. The GoRun 4 2016 is new, boasts a 4mm drop, and a circular seamless knit upper. The GoRun Ride 5 features a new outsole, has 20 percent more cushioning than the previous model, a higher sidewall for stability, and removable sock liner.