SAM’S OUTDOOR OUTFITTERS, Brattleboro, Vt.
1. Chippewa Super Logger
2. Keen Gypsum
3. Haflinger felted clogs
Top trend: “We’re stoked to see the Chippewa Super Logger [workboot] sales picking up, because that means people are working,” said buyer Frank Gibbons.
BACK COUNTRY, Des Moines, Iowa
1. Merrell Spice Glove
2. Wolky Diana
3. Merrell Rosella Lace
Top trend: “Customers are looking for styles that are a mix: a good winter shoe that holds up but has some style to it,” said Austin Zepeda, office manager. “They’re looking less for the traditional big, heavy, clunky things and [more] for hybrid styles.”
PEAK SPORTS, Corvallis, Ore.
1. Sorel Joan of Arctic
2. Merrell Moab Ventilator Waterproof
3. Keen Targhee Mid Waterproof
Top trend: “Things are starting to cool off, and we’re seeing sales pick up in fashion winter boots,” said Melissa Cherbas, footwear buyer. “And what stays strong for us is multiport waterproof. It’s been our mainstay.”