Buzz: Monique Lhuillier, Hush Puppies & More

Bowing Bridal
On the heels of her spring ’13 footwear launch, Monique Lhuillier will debut bridal shoes for fall ’13. The four-style capsule collection will retail for $650 to $795. Materials for the shoes — all heels — include satin, leather and lace. Lhuillier, who is known for her high-end ready-to-wear and bridal gowns, said wedding footwear was a clear next step for her eponymous label. “I incorporate my signature design elements including lace, delicate details and subtle sexiness,” she said, noting that the collection is slated to hit Monique Lhuillier stores by March. “I have always wanted to dress my brides head to toe, and it is exciting to complete the vision I have for each look.”

Well Heeled

Vionic by Vasyli, a series of comfort-driven sports sandals for men and women, is growing its offering to include women’s athletic-inspired and tailored looks for fall ’13. The expanded collection will include flats, wedges and sneakers in a range of colors. Like the sandals, the shoes will incorporate the San Rafael, Calif.-based company’s signature Orthaheel technology, which is built around a biomechanically contoured motion-control footbed made from triple-density EVA. Retailing from $89 to $99, the line delivers in July to independent comfort stores, catalogs and e-tailers.

High Five
Rockford, Mich.-based Hush Puppies will add women’s styles to its novelty Five men’s collection for fall ’13. Like the men’s line, women’s silhouettes will be built on lightweight and flexible outsoles by Vibram. Uppers will feature novelty takes on classic wingtips and kiltie mocs, combined with outsoles in a range of neons including yellow, pink, blue and orange. Retailing from $159 to $175, the line delivers in August to specialty stores, independents and Hushpuppies.com.

Time Out

Spanish comfort brand 24 HRS, aimed at everyday travelers, makes its U.S. debut this fall with a line of casuals, dress-casuals and tailored looks for men and women. The shoes are built on a nonslip rubber outsole that incorporates 73 strategically positioned impact absorbers that allow air to freely circulate, then flow out of a series of vents. Retailing from $130 to $200, the line is set to deliver in February/March.

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