Foot Petals is debuting a line of gel products called Technogel. The new material offers shock absorption to distribute pressure and reduce stress with each step. Unlike other gels, Technogel is not petroleum-based, which means the cushion will avoid hardening, smelling or yellowing. The Technogel products will sell for $9 and $15, according to size. The new line will ship to Foot Petals accounts this month.
For spring ’14, Starensier will introduce BreatheRight Neo, a new form of neoprene that is breathable. Using an open-cell technology, the product keeps water out but allows air in. The fabric can be easily tooled for various fabric and form options, including shoes and wet suits. BreatheRight Neo retails for $7 a yard.
Icebug AB is set to unveil a new sport shoe for spring, as well as a line of ArchFlex insoles. The firm’s Ardor Olx look was created for walkers and hikers. The style utilizes the company’s exclusive rubber soles for traction in wet and dry environments, a reinforced toe and steel studs in the sole for better grip. It will retail for $140. Icebug’s new ArchFlex SlimSport insoles come in 5-millimeter and 2-millimeter thicknesses. They will retail for $45.
For spring ’14, leather looks run the gamut, according to Diane Coopersmith, in-house designer for leather and suede treatment company Skinprints International. She said new iridescents, snakeskin and animal patterns are especially on trend, and black-and-white stories and metallics are still dominant requests for the spring line. Metallic dusts, futuristic holographics and crackled black-and-white leathers also have sold well and are available by the foot.
Clarino, partner of Matmarket, has improved its signature synthetic leather for the spring ’14 season. The Tirrenina Nubuck Diamond (at right) and DS-Buck, the new additions for the season, are thinner — starting at 0.5 millimeters — and maintain their strength. The Tirrenina system has eliminated the need for solvents, making the process less harmful to the environment. Tim Berglund, VP of sales at Matmarket, said, “People want to do more with less.”
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct maker of the Ardor Olx and ArchFlex lines.