Buzz: Chooze, Miki House & More

Baby Love
Chooze gives kids even more choices this fall. The Dallas-based children’s brand, known for its intentionally mismatched footwear, has added a new baby line, called Weechooze. Priced at $24 a pair, the fully vegan shoes (above) feature soft, no-slip bottoms and are packaged in a handled gift box. For older kids, Chooze will bow the outdoor-focused Adventure Collection, a series of hiking shoes and boots with rugged TPR outsoles. The styles, priced from $47 to $60, have removable, molded EVA insoles with antibacterial protection. Water-resistant uppers and breathable linings wick away moisture. Chooze also is stepping into the accessories area with the launch of Choozepacks, double-sided backpacks that incorporate convertible straps, giving kids two different designs in one. Small- and large-sized versions are available, priced at $40 and $44, respectively. All three of the new Chooze collections will begin shipping to stores in early July in time for back-to-school.

House Calls

Fellow Japanese brands Miki House and Mizuno have teamed up on a special collaboration. The series of children’s sneakers will launch mid-month in all Miki House concept stores globally. The offering includes two styles: the Standard, intended for walking and jogging; and the Rocket Dash (below), designed for running. Both are available in multiple colorways. Priced from $119 to $145, the shoes feature Mizuno’s ergonomically shaped insoles that can be removed.

Cozy Corner
Reading, Pa.-based Booroo Shoes will rev up its collection of wool-lined boots, clogs and slippers this fall. Soft launched in Europe for fall ’12, the line will debut in the U.S. in August. Uppers include a colorful assortment of suedes and leathers, in addition to eco-friendly materials. Retailing for $50 to $65 for kids; $70 to $95 for women’s; and $50 to $75 for men’s, the collection is targeted to department and specialty stores.

Add Ons

Dickies will extend its footwear reach in fall ’13 with the addition of at-home and lifestyle looks for men and women. The brand has signed a licensing agreement with New York-based accessories firm R&S Sales Co. for styles including slippers (below) and flip-flops that incorporate design details from Dickies’ authentic and work-inspired looks. The line will retail for $14 to $30 for men’s product; and $10 to $20 for women’s. Delivery is slated for September through mass merchants and sporting-goods stores. A series of flip-flops will be added in spring ’14.

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