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Buzz: Georgia Boot, Danner Boots & More

Logging In
Nelsonville, Ohio-based Georgia Boot will reintroduce its iconic logger collection this fall with the Core Comfort Loggers (below). The two-pattern waterproof series features Gore-Tex, with stretchable Armortex fabric lining the gusset to eliminate pinching and a Vibram outsole for traction. The boots also are designed with a removable dual-density polyurethane Comfort Core 7 footbed. Both boots are equipped with solid brass hardware. Available in 15 SKUs, the line will deliver in May. In a separate move, parent company Rocky Brands Inc. is partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation to provide educational scholarships to the dependents of soldiers killed or disabled in service. Under the agreement, Rocky is making a monetary donation to the group, in addition to providing footwear for events including the Patriot Cup, held over Memorial Day weekend.

Double Duty

Portland, Ore.-based Danner Boots will pump up its U.S.-made workboot offerings this fall, adding the Quarry USA series of classic styles (at left) that were previously sourced overseas. (Select Quarry styles continue to be produced abroad.) The domestic collection is being manufactured in Danner’s Portland factory and features waterproof leathers, Gore-Tex linings, proprietary Fatigue Fighter footbeds with memory foam inserts, Vibram outsoles and a choice of soft or alloy toes. Retailing from $210 to $240, the six-pattern series will deliver in October. Also from Danner is the Bull Run collection of unlined workboots. The eight-style offering is available with soft or steel toes. The boots, with retail for $180 to $210, hit stores in July. Separately, sister brand LaCrosse Footwear will introduce its lightest boots to date under the Work Lite label for fall. The four-style collection features waterproof Dry-Core linings, fiberglass shanks and removable molded polyurethane footbeds. The line is available with soft and non-metallic safety toes. Retailing from $100 to $120, the boots will deliver in October.

New Beginnings

Industry veterans David Mann and Arturo Marquina have teamed up to form Manmar Global Merchandising Group, a sourcing and distribution firm based in Miami. In addition to sourcing product for U.S. brands, the company is the exclusive North American distributor for the Karosso and Vandana factories in Mexico. And this fall, Karosso will launch the Karosso Kasual line of men’s casuals, as well as a dress package retailing for $60 to $100 (below). Vandana will introduce a men’s line of sandals, casuals and boots retailing for $70 to $100. In addition, the companion Lady Vandana collection debuts with sandals and boots, retailing from $60 to $80. All product is slated for July/August delivery, with distribution focused on independents and specialty chains.

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