Buzz: Hot Launches From Birkenstock & RW Footwear

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RW Footwear in Stroudsbourg, Pa., a division of BBC International, is reintroducing the Charles Jourdan Monsieur line of men’s footwear for fall ’15. (Charles Jourdan Fashion Group, owned by BBC International, has the rights to the designer name in North America). The series of updated classics, aimed at the contemporary customer, ranges from cap-toe lace-ups to ankle boots. Retailing for $90 to $140, the line targets specialty and independent shoe stores. Delivery is scheduled for September.

Birkenstock fall '15
Birkenstock’s tall Arizona boot for fall ’15
CREDIT: John Aquino

Closing In
Birkenstock is breaking new ground for fall ’15 with its first series of closed-up looks. Inspired by its comfort sandal, Birkenstock’s men’s and women’s boots and shoes incorporate a removable version of the brand’s signature footbed. “It’s the feel of a Birkenstock in a shoe,” David Kahan, CEO of the Novato, Calif.-based company. “Now you don’t have to wear socks with the sandals [for warmth]. It extends the wearing season of the brand.” Retailing from $185 to $325, the line is set to deliver to better independents and department stores in July.

Toe the Line
Women are getting the royal treatment when it comes to pedicures these days, thanks to Pedi Princess, a Gardena, Calif.-based company that produces a line of fashionable flip-flops featuring decorative toe separators. According to founder Laura Slipak, her frustration with ruined nail polish when traditional toe separators were removed led her to create a solution: fashionable footwear that can take women to and from the nail salon. Included in the collection are floral, geometric and animal prints. Retailing from $12 to $20, the flip-flops are available for immediate delivery.

Cat Walk
Rockford, Mich.-based CAT Footwear is updating its iconic men’s Colorado boot (shown above right) with Gore-Tex for fall ’15. The classic style will be available in seven colors and retail for $160. Delivery is slated for July, with distribution through independents, department stores and e-tailers. The brand is also expanding its women’s offering with the Adorn collection, which has a punk vibe. The four styles have novelty hardware touches that include chains and safety pins. Retailing for $130 to $180, the line hits independents and boutiques in August.

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