January 20, 2021

These are 5 Trends in Outdoor Footwear You Need to Know About

Although the brands showing at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City cater to different consumers, there were several themes for spring ’18 on display in common. Well before these new looks for the season arrive, here are five trends Footwear News came across during the twice-annual showcase.
Get Ready to Hike
Trail running shoes have been the go-to style for the market’s leading labels to attract new, younger consumers. But light hikers are becoming more prevalent, and executed in ways that are sure to attract millennials. Hi-Tec is one brand delivering eye-catching hiking styles for the season, led by its Wildfire model for men and women, which boasts both lifestyle appeal and performance characteristics.
Women’s (L) and men’s Wildfire looks from Hi-Tec.
Conscious of the Environment
Catering to the performance needs of outdoor enthusiasts isn’t enough to appease consumers spending their hard-earned dollars. Brands must also prove to shoppers that it is also important to deliver environmentally friendly products. Running staple Altra is doing so by adding its Bloom Foam insoles, which are made from algae, to its casual offerings, and Timberland is continuing to work with Thread to use material sourced from recycled plastic bottles retrieved in Haiti in several boot uppers.
Timberland 6-inch boots with uppers

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