After recently introducing Dr. Garçon, a line of comfort-based vulcanized sneakers, to consumers via his website, Drgarcon.com, podiatrist Gregoire Garçon is now offering the shoes to retailers. The colorful canvas looks use a thick cushioned footbed designed to relieve pressure caused by standing and walking. The line also includes a series of companion styles for kids. Retailing from $30 to $80, the shoes are available for immediate delivery.
New York-based Scrubbs, a collection of casuals, are made for a day of sightseeing. Created by Alessandra D’Imperio, the women’s styles are lightweight, featuring removable EVA footbeds with built-in arch supports, non-slip rubber outsoles and colorful, water-repellent satin uppers. “We travel a lot and walk around in sneakers,” said D’Imperio. “I wanted to create something more exciting that you can wear with fun clothes.” Included in the seven-style offering are a skimmer, laceup, gored slip-on, ankle and knee-high boot. Set to deliver in July, the line retails for $90 for shoes and $160 for tall boots.
At-home footwear has taken a luxe turn with the launch of Westport, Conn.-based Poochkis, a line of high-end slippers. According to co-founder and SVP Sangita Malhorta, the collection is targeted to women who want to be comfortable and sexy. “They’re [ideal] hostess looks,” she said about the Italian-made slippers designed by Creative Director Giancarlo Manzone. Among the styles are ballet flats with Swarovski crystals, for $285; a hand-knit wedge style, for $485; and a hand-knit baby mohair and patent leather look on a high heel (at right), for $1,195. All feature Polartec linings. For those on a more moderate budget, Poochkis also offers slipper socks in a range of colors and heights, including an ankle version for $18 and a calf-length version for $22. Targeted to high-end department and specialty stores, the slipper socks are available for immediate delivery, with the slippers following in May.
Wellness brand P.W. Minor of Batavia, N.Y., is introducing two extra-depth lines for fall. The Vintage Collection of men’s Goodyear-welted styles (at left) is handcrafted in the company’s U.S. factory and includes a 6-inch boot, chukka and oxford. The shoes are made of tumbled oiled leathers with leather outsoles, a moisture-management lining and cushioned footbed. Retailing from $350 to $400, they will deliver in August. The company also has created Active Casuals, a series of looks for men and women on a flexible Opanka construction. Designed on a full “European” last, the shoes feature compression-molded EVA midsoles and rubber-and-cork outsoles. Retail prices range from $129 to $159, with delivery set for August.