Buzz: Chaco, Keen, Softwalk & Cordani

Multisport Moves
Chaco, a division of Rockford, Mich.-based Wolverine World Wide Inc., will both expand its sandal offering and bring the brand back into the multisport world. Called XO3, the new construction puts soft polyurethane underfoot in midsoles and in removable footbeds. The XO3 can be seen for both men and women in the Updraft sandal and the Ponsul closed-up water shoe, as well as in the Tedinho, Torlan and Vade multisport shoes and boots. Prices for the Chaco spring ’12 line, which delivers to outdoor and independent footwear shops in February, range from $110 to $125.

Hit the Deck
Portland, Ore.-based Keen is going nautical this spring with two new boat shoe styles. The men’s Newport shoe and women’s Catalina slip-on, both retailing for $95, feature leather uppers, siped outsoles and leather-and-fabric linings. Both styles will deliver early in 2012 to outdoor and family independents.

Map Quest
Carlsbad, Calif.-based Softwalk will navigate its way into spring with the launch of 41 Degrees, a series of lightweight women’s casuals named for the latitude point of Nantucket, Mass. Designed for easy travel, the EVA styles weigh just 7 ounces a pair. For added comfort, the line features removable cushioned footbeds with moisture-wicking top covers. The three-pattern series is available in a range of leather and fabric combinations. Set to deliver in January, the shoes retail for $60 to $65, with an open-stock program in place.

Junior League
Cordani is courting a new generation of customers this spring with the launch of a children’s sandal collection. Michael Ciccia, owner of the Wakefield, Mass.-based company, said the series of cushioned-footbed sandals for boys and girls will give kids the opportunity to experience the same level of comfort as their moms do. Available in European sizes 20 to 34, the shoes are made in Spain and retail for $72 to $78. The line delivers in January.

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