Shoe of the Month: Allen Edmonds Turns Best-Selling Shoe into Sneaker

Functionality, versatility and comfort are just a few of the leading key descriptors for upcoming fall fashion – and for Allen Edmonds, a heritage footwear brand by Caleres, its focus is on meeting said “needs of the current moment” by delivering expanded and evolved lines that cater to shoppers’ shifted preferences.

That’s why its fall lineup includes the “Strand Oxford Sneaker,” its best-selling Strand style newly available as a rubber-soled sneaker. The handsome pick—available in a bourbon-colored “walnut” or black—is designed with six-eyelet, lace-up, dress sneaker uppers featuring brogue details and then strategically paired with customizable rubber soles available in colors such as blue or red. It’s just the type of hybrid shoe shoppers might seek when heading back into the workplace, due to its “dress casual” style, FlyFormTM removable insole that provides enhanced support and shock absorption, and its flexibility and comfort.

“As dress codes and workplaces are evolving, we are too,” Allen Edmonds told FN. “We’re expanding our line of elevated leather sneakers, introducing brand new styles of ruggedly refined boots and updating some of our most iconic designs with rich materials and colors like golden turmeric, deep burgundy and edgy shades of green. It’s a collection of functionally versatile footwear built to meet the needs of the current moment.”

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Its Strand Oxford Sneaker offers a heritage look and feel, which authentically speaks to the brand’s beginnings nearly a century ago. “Since 1922, our shoes have set the standard for timeless American style. We work with the world’s top tanneries to source the very best materials like full-grain European calfskin and English suede,” the brand explained to FN.

Allen Edmonds calls U.S. presidents, business leaders and “multiple generations of discerning individuals” among the fans of its footwear – and they said that the brand aims to represent both the “rich history and future possibilities” for American style. “We share many of the same core values as the other members of our family of brands [at Caleres], including a focus on fit, comfort and timeless design. At the same time, we bring a unique perspective to mix through our singular dedication to using exceptional materials and craftsmanship to make the very best men’s shoes, sneakers and boots.”

Handcrafted in Port Washington, Wisconsin, Allen Edmonds said that its attention to quality and American craftsmanship is perhaps its greatest differentiator. “Both time-tested processes and the latest innovative techniques are used to ensure the highest level of craftsmanship for our footwear, including our dress shoes and boots,” the brand said. “A commitment to honesty, integrity and quality have set us apart for the last century and will continue to define our every step forward into the next one.”

SHOE OF THE MONTH: Naturalizer’s True Colors Collection, MAY 2021

“Let’s get real” is the pithy plea behind Naturalizer’s recently expanded True Colors Collection — and the brand’s continual commitment to footwear inclusivity is inspired by the notion that nude is not a “one-shade-fits-all” kind of color.

Naturalizer, a Caleres brand, first dipped its toe into color inclusivity in spring 2019 when it initially debuted the True Colors Collection. Its expanded collection now features ten neutral shades in a variety of silhouettes, ranging from delectable, enticingly named colors such as Nutmeg, Cocoa and Barely Cremé, to richer, more traditional hues in the vein of Mahogany or Espresso.

To create its new range of nudes, Naturalizer utilized its own consumer insights and feedback to help guide the undertones for each shade that should be considered during the design process, the company explained.

And one of the brand’s greatest differentiators is its enduring dedication to comfort and fit. Naturalizer’s Contour Plus Comfort technology is inherently inclusive, as it helps pinpoints those tough-to-find sizes and widths for women’s shoes and translates it into practical, feminine footwear.

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Naturalizer’s Vera sandal in a range of hues.
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But technology aside, Naturalizer’s “Vera” shoe is a top seller in the collection, a simplistically elegant sandal with an open silhouette and modern heel shape, available in all ten shades. Later this year, Naturalizer will launch a limited-edition “Astara” sneaker designed in collaboration with Candace Reels of The Female Collective, which will benefit Black Girls Code, and in addition, will relaunch its RSVP Collection of styles later this summer.

Also in alignment with Naturalizer’s design inclusivity is the brand’s Today We Will campaign, which matches passion with purpose through showcasing the stories of diverse, driven, inspiring female leaders and their chosen Naturalizer styles — bringing the brand full circle.

“Naturalizer is a lead asset within the Caleres portfolio with a rich heritage and signature aesthetic,” the company told FN. It is a brand for all women — with a mission to design shoes that fit how women live their lives.”

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