Reliable Knitting Works, makers of the Muk Luks line of slipper socks, sweater boots and accessories, is taking its business year-round. For spring ’13, the brand will launch a companion collection of women’s flip-flops that incorporate its signature patterns and textures. Included in the offering are basic flat and wedge designs in tribal and bohemian patterns. Additionally, a sport collection with arch supports is detailed with woven straps inspired by Mexican motifs found in woven belts and accessories. All styles keep comfort in mind with outsoles made of a blend of EVA and rubber for added cushioning. The line retails for $19 to $27.
French rainboot brand Le Chameau, distributed by Baton Rouge, La.-based Lipsey’s, will introduce a portable rainboot for spring ’13. The lightweight, mid-calf style easily folds into a nylon bag that can be tucked into a purse or briefcase. Available in three colors, the boots will retail for $112 and are set to deliver in February. Sizes range from European 37 to 42.
New from Danner for spring ’13 is the St. Helens, a collection of light hiking and backpacking styles. The brand, a division of Portland, Ore.-based LaCrosse Footwear Inc., will offer the series in both mid- and low cuts for men and women. The boots are built on a low-profile EVA outsole with nubuck, suede and nylon uppers, and feature Gore-Tex for breathable waterproofing. Styles will retail for $110 to $140, and deliver in January to outdoor shops.
Arsho Baghsarian can’t seem to shake the shoe bug. The designer, who retired in 2008 after nearly 45 years in the footwear industry, has been busy with some new creations — a series of collage-inspired shoe art. Baghsarian said the one-of-a-kind collages begin with colorful oragami paper that she cuts into the novelty shapes. While the shoes may appear whimsical, Baghsarian said she took ideas from actual styles she created over the years for brands including Stuart Weitzman. “I do [bold] bottoms to show off the different prints of the paper,” said Baghsarian. “I think of them as wearable shoes, not just pictures.” Originally given as gifts to friends, the series is now available from the New York-based designer with prices to be determined.