Buzz: David Tutera, Wellrox & More

Wedding Vows
Wedding planner David Tutera is prepping his own shoe line. Tutera will debut bridal footwear as part of a licensing agreement with Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Antebi Footwear Group LLC. The collection of 20 styles, which is slated to release in January, features jewel embellishments, feathers and Swarovski details on a variety of heel heights and wedge looks. The offering, retailing for $95 to $195, will be available at select department stores and bridal boutiques. In addition, Antebi plans to host trunk shows and personal appearances with Tutera.

In Toe
New York-based Wellrox is taking a novel approach to comfort this spring with collections under the EVO and Terra labels. Inspired by the company’s original Pedi Couture women’s flip-flops (designed with individual toe separators for a perfect pedicure), the new lines capitalize on the flip-flops’ wellness features. Both EVO and Terra use Wellrox’s toe separating GRAB technology, which offers extra grip, relief and alignment of the toes for balance and support. The Terra series of casual looks features a leather-lined contoured footbed, polyurethane wedges and rubber outsoles, and will retail for $98. The sportier, lower-profile EVO collection is designed with a molded EVA footbed and rubber outsole, and will retail for $80 to $100 for women’s and $110 for men’s. For maximum comfort, all toe separators are made of Lycra wrapped around memory foam. Both lines will start to deliver in November to athletic specialty and outdoor stores, independents and comfort retailers.

Getting Crafty
Classic handsewns continue to pick up momentum, and the newly launched Handsewn Co., based in Owensville, Mo., is ready to satisfy demand with its men’s and women’s footwear. The collection is produced in the Dominican Republic and consists of four patterns on leather and cup soles. According to President Stephen Moergen, each pair comes with a card featuring a short bio about the artisan who hand-finished the shoes, as well as a pair of shoe bags. Retailing for $160 to $190 for men’s and $100 to $130 for women’s, the line is targeted to independents and specialty stores, and will hit retail in August. Rounding out the offering will be men’s accessories, including belts, portfolios and money clips, and women’s handbags. Set to bow in December, the accessories, also produced in the Dominican Republic, will retail from $250 to $500.

Barely There
Sullivan, Mo.-based Klogs is getting grounded with the Zen Comfort Collection, a series of barefoot-inspired looks. The four-pattern offering of casuals is unlined for an earthy feel and features anatomical footbeds and polyurethane outsoles for enhanced comfort. Set to retail for $90, the line is targeted to independents.

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