Comfort Buzz: Lamo, Prevata & Hush Puppies

Boot Charmers

Lamo Sheepskin of Los Angeles is expanding its offering for fall with the launch of Dije, a collection of Australian merino sheepskin boots (at left), beach flip-flops and sheepskin scuffs, all detailed with interchangeable handcrafted jewelry. Each pair comes with a set of detachable charms inspired by nature and designed around stones such as seed pearls and jade (additional charms are available for purchase). “I wanted to take the classic, basic [surfer boot] and give the wearer the option to dress it up or down,” said designer Martine Fennelly. “Dije reflects modernity — a combination of comfort, fashion and individuality.” The fall collection comes in gray-ice, black-diamond, fireplace-red and hot-chocolate. Dije retails from $40 to $200 for the shoes and $15 to $30 for the charms. Delivery is set for April to boutiques and department stores.

Starting Over

Upscale Italian brand Prevata is relaunching after a three-season absence from the market. The name, recently acquired by Montreal-based Enzo-M, will debut for fall in independents, department stores and e-tailers. The new collection will stay true to the brand’s DNA and will continue to be designed by Bob Lewis, who has updated the brand with modern lasts. The series of tailored and dress looks incorporate comfort elements such as uppers with a hint of stretch and padded insoles. Heel heights range from very low to 3 1/4 inches. The brand will also continue to offer widths AAAA to C and sizes 4 to 12. Retail prices are set at $225 to $325 for boots. Delivery is slated for June.

Accessory Push

Hush Puppies of Rockford, Mich., has signed a multiyear licensing agreement with Gloversville, N.Y.- based Grandoe Corp. for a collection of men’s and women’s slippers and gloves to be distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada. According to Hush Puppies, the agreement will give both companies access to Grandoe’s extensive distribution channels, which include department stores, as well as other specialty stores offering apparel, footwear and accessories. The slipper line will comprise a range of silhouettes, including booties, scuffs and clogs in materials such as shearling and brushed suede. Styles will feature Grandoe’s proprietary comfort technologies, including a patented Web-Flex cushioned footbed with dual-density, two-color grip outsole and a featherweight TPR outsole with a durable grip bottom. Set to hit stores in August, the slippers will be available boxed at retail prices from about $50 to $110 and on hanging chips for $30 to $50.

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