Sporto’s claim to fame is creating the original duck boot. To celebrate the shoe’s 40th anniversary, the outdoor brand teamed up with Vibram to launch reimagined iterations of its renowned duck-boot styles for fall ’16.
For the season, Sporto’s traditional weather-resistant duck boots will utilize Vibram’s IceTrek outsole technology. Prices of the boots featured in the collection will range from $110 to $140. The collection will be available at Sporto’s worldwide retailer partners, and those include national department stores, specialty footwear locations, national footwear retailers, online retailers and independent retailers.
“We’re excited to commemorate the Sporto Duck Boot’s 40th anniversary with a partnership that brings this all-weather classic style to the next level of performance and functionality,” said Brandy McCarty, SVP of brand strategy for Eastman Group and Sporto, in a statement. “It’s the ideal way to kick off a year of projects and partnerships to celebrate this iconic American brand.”
To kick off the collection with Vibram, the brand will release five designs for women and foray into men’s footwear once again with a capsule collection of four silhouettes. The boots, according to the brand, will be made with handcrafted all-weather treated leather uppers and boast traditionally vulcanized rubber shells and outsoles designed with for exceptional traction on wet, dry and icy surfaces in mind. They will also feature a herringbone design on the sole, which is common in athletic shoes, accentuated with a bold color to display its technical properties.
In addition to the Vibram outsoles, the shoes will also have Thermolite and wool insulation in the footbed, as well as duck head-inspired detailing on the side.
“The first challenge was actually designing a duck boot, a rare style in Vibram’s wheelhouse. I looked at many different iterations in the market, past and present, and noticed they were essentially the same design repeated,” said Robert Lee, designer at Vibram, in a statement. “I wanted to change that, and maintain Sporto’s traditional DNA but also infuse modern technological design influences.”