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Buzz: The Original Muck Boot, Totes & More

Cloud Control
Smithfield, R.I.-based The Original Muck Boot Co. will launch The Arctic Adventure Suede Zip style, a knee-high waterproof boot for women designed with a colorful suede shaft, for fall ’14. The boot, equipped for minus 20 degrees, features a fleece lining, EVA midsole for cushioning and a multipurpose grip outsole. Set to deliver in August, the boots will be available in four colors for $170.

Rain Spell

Cincinnati-based Totes goes back to its roots with the debut of rain footwear for spring ’14. The brand, now under parent company Totes Isotoner Corp., first launched in the 1920s with waterproof overshoes. This time around, it will offer Puddle Flats, a collection of lightweight looks made of a patent-pending rubber composition that stretches for a better fit. Inside, a moisture-wicking cushioned footbed adds comfort. The flats, which fold into a travel pouch, will deliver in February and retail for $40. A companion line of rainboots will hit for fall ’14.

Double Header

For spring ’14, Crocs has two debuts: Stretch Sole (below) and the Mondo Guerra collection. On the comfort side, Stretch Sole, with Fit2U technology, features a four-way stretch upper made of faux leather and canvas for men, and all-over canvas for women. An articulated Croslite insole is removeable, and the outsole has a nylon cord running through the length for added stretch. Underneath are rubber pods for traction and durability. Retailing for $70 to $80, the collection will deliver in February to Crocs stores and select retailers. On the fashion front, Mondo Guerra, winner of the 2012 “Project Runway All Stars” show, collaborated with the brand for a trio of flats featuring his unique prints on the uppers. “We’re trying to get people to see Crocs differently — as a stylish comfort brand,” said Dale Bathum, chief product officer for the Niwot, Colo.-based brand. Retailing for $60, the shoes will launch in April.

Spare Pair

Brazil-based Ipanema has added three-pair sets to its spring ’14 mix. Each includes three slightly different but color-coordinated looks in the same silhouette that can be mixed and matched. “This new concept … shows our continuing dedication to reinventing the flip-flop sandal market,” said Ipanema USA’s national manager of sales and merchandising, John Linnehan. “There’s nothing we love more than to change people’s perception of what a flip-flop can and should be.” Slated to hit retail in January, each set of three is priced at $38.

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