Michelle Boor is going solo. The co-founder and former creative director of Vouelle recently exited the French footwear label to bow her own high-end women’s brand, Michelle Boor Paris-Vienna. The first collection, featuring sculptural women’s styles inspired by art deco and old Hollywood, is slated to hit retail in spring ’14. The made-in-Paris shoes will sell for 299 to 500 euros, or $405 to $677 at current exchange. “I am pursuing a natural and more personal continuation of what I started with Vouelle. Keeping my collection small allows me to perfect my artistic vision,” said Boor, who tested the shoes by making a few styles exclusive to Printemps in the fall, and now is looking to build an international wholesale presence.
ShoeString Shoes is keeping things close to home. The Boston-based kids’ firm, creator of the Zooligans brand, is prepping to launch United Shoes of America, a collection produced entirely in the U.S. from American-made materials and components. Available in sizes 4 (toddler) to 6 (youth), the assortment features a mix of colorful canvas styles, including a Mary Jane shoe, bump-toe oxford, slip-on vulcanized shoe, low-cut sport oxford, high-top sneaker and T-strap, as well as a suede chukka boot with a lug sole. Shoes are packaged in boxes that, when arranged together on a shelf or wall, form a graphic image of an American flag. Priced from $35 to $50, the collection fittingly will debut in stores on July 4.
Lacoste will introduce on-course golf shoes this spring. The two men’s-only styles are made to be worn both on the green and in the clubhouse and feature lugged outsoles, athletic styling and water-repellent uppers. The shoes, dubbed L.ift and L.owangle, will retail for $110 and are set to deliver in April to accounts including Saks.com and Zappos.com.
People Footwear, a new line from some of the founders of Canadian brand Native Shoes, also focuses on molded foam styles and is slated to debut for late spring ’14. The brand’s four unisex shoes and a sandal are based on classic silhouettes and use the brand’s proprietary water-repellent EVA foams, along with fabric uppers. Priced from $55 to $65, the looks will deliver April 1 to select boutique and independent accounts in the U.S., Canada and overseas.