The Collabs: Reef and OPI Launch Line of Nail Polish-Inspired Sandals + More News

Robyn Merrett
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April 19, 2021: Reef and OPI have joined forces to create a vibrant sandal line inspired by popular nail lacquer shades. The classic colors “Gelato on My Mind” — a cool, pastel blue, “Do You Lilac It?” which is a light purple and “Tiramisu for Two,” a smooth coffee cream have been transformed into flip flops just in time for summer. The sandals come in Reef’s Seas silhouette, a style that is equipped with a trendy square toe, soft padded tube straps and a sponge outsole. The capsule is available at Reef.com with styles retailing from $35.

April 17, 2021: For the first time, Sebago has teamed up with Engineered Garments on a collaborative collection — and there’s plenty for people to choose from. The lineup features six Sebago styles for men, each coming in two different colors, which were given a new look by Daiki Suzuki, designer for Engineered Garments. According to Sebago, the collection is a representation of its “high artisanal value mixed with Suzuki’s Japanese aesthetics,” and is also inspired by “U.S. sportswear and outdoor clothing.” They are executed with full grain leather, suede and asymmetrically textured uppers, which sit atop industry-leading Vibram outsoles. The debut Sebago x Engineered Garments collection dropped April 17 via Nepenthes stores in London, New York, and Tokyo, as well as other select retailers.

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April 15, 2021: Veja and Shanghai-based brand Icicle have teamed up on two sustainable sneakers for spring ’21. The styles include Veja’s Campo, which feature chrome-free leather, and the Nova, seen in jute, recycled cotton and polyester for the upper. Both are detailed with Icicle’s signature off-white and beige color palette and include Veja’s “V” and the Icicle logo. To coincide with the collaboration, Icicle launched a companion capsule of eco-conscious clothes and accessories. The collection is available for pre-order online and in stores now.

April 14, 2021: Keds and celeb-favorite maternity brand Hatch Collection have teamed up to give women a treat for Mother’s Day. The brands today released three collab sneakers co-designed to help moms balance their busy lives in comfort and style — and they also take in mind the changing needs (and feet) of women during pregnancy. The collection includes limited-edition versions of the Champion canvas laceup ($65), the Ace leather laceup ($85) and the Doubledecker Terry slip-on ($75), each outfitted with a cushiony Softerra footbed. This marks the first footwear collaboration for Hatch. Founder and CEO Ariane Goldman told FN she decided to work with Keds because “with all that women do, and with their strength and hardworking attitude, I wanted to give them something they could run and walk in, by a brand known for ease, community and comfort.” The shoes are available online at Keds.com and Hatchcollection.com.

April 10, 2021: Superga has partnered with Japanese designer Teppei Sugaya on a line of unisex sneakers. Taking its name from the Italian equivalent, “Artefatto,” the Artifact by Superga collection includes four modern sneaker silhouettes designed to pay tribute to Superga’s 100 years of experience in shoemaking. Each pair features iconic Superga details repurposed, such as a classic textured bumper turned 45 degrees, waxed cotton laces and a heel patch logo designed to mirror the one found on a pair of Superga tennis shoes from the 50s. Styles in the collection range from $99 to $119 and are currently available to shop at Superga.com.

April 6: Zappos and M.M.LaFleur have joined forces to launch an initiative that helps support women as they interview and return to work amid the coronavirus pandemic. Together, the brands have curated select M.M.LaFleur pieces and head-to-toe looks available at Zappos.com. Furthermore, Zappos has pledged to donate $25,000 to Dress for Success Worldwide to support programs that support women in underserved communities around the world.

April 1: Birkenstock and Toogood have teamed up to give the classic sandal a contemporary twist. Together, the brands re-sculpted the shoe with the help of canvas, felt and suede — ultimately creating sandals with new cuts and puffy forms. The collaborative collection includes three styles: the Forager, the Mudlark and the Beachcomber. Each shoe draws inspiration from the idea of “objets trouvés, fragments of the past unearthed for collection and display.” In addition to footwear, the collaboration includes apparel and a sculptural bed. The line is currently available at t-o-o-g-o-o-d.com.

Highlights From March 2021

March 30: Biion Footwear and DC Comics have joined forces to create a limited edition Batman and Superman collection. The line will feature performance and leisure shoes featuring the iconic emblems of Batman and Superman. The Batman footwear features black uppers with a golden bat symbol across the toebox while the Superman shoe is equipped with a steel blue body and a red toebox. The Superman shoe is finalized with the red and gold “S” emblem. Both the Batman and Superman shoe feature a rubber sole and are ideal for golfing, boating and everyday life. The shoes are available for adults and kids sizing. A pre-sale launch began on Biion.com on March 26.

March 30: Brazilian footwear brand Melissa has created a limited-edition collection with Parisian vegan shoe label Rombaut, whose celebrity fans include Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus and Charli XCX. The release consists of two styles: Melissa’s classic Possession sandal and a “melted” version of Rombaut’s signature Boccaccio sneaker. “With temperatures rising around the globe, I wanted to bring attention to this by having our signature sneaker style – the Boccaccio – literally melting,” said designer Mats Rombaut. Both shoes are made with Melissa’s proprietary plastic material, which for the first time consists of 50% recycled PVC from factory waste and 30% bio-based renewable carbon content. They also are recyclable through Melissa’s sustainability program. Retail prices for the line range from $98 for the sandals to $169 for the Melting Boccaccio sneakers. The looks will be available starting March 31 on Shopmelissa.com and Melissa flagship stores, as well as Rombaut.com, LN-CC, Ssense and other select stockists.

March 9, 2021: Wolverine has joined forces with fellow Michigan-based brand Dragon’s Milk on a new limited-edition boot that celebrates the New Holland Brewing Co.-owned stout label’s 20th anniversary. The Wolverine 1000 Mile x Dragon’s Milk style — inspired by the hand-brewed, bourbon barrel-aged stout’s dark colors and notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak — features suede tanned in a waxy mohawk that exposes its natural grain and texture. Each pair of shoes comes with bronze hardware detailing and a removable metal fob in the shape of a dragon. An embossed Dragon’s Milk logo can also be found on the tongue. “This is a fantastic partnership between two Michigan-based heritage brands highlighting our commitment to craftsmanship and the many skilled craftspeople it takes to create a unique, handcrafted product,” Wolverine global brand president Tom Kennedy said in a statement. The boot, priced at $400, is available for preorder ahead of its release date on April 6 on Wolverine.com/DragonsMilk. Wolverine will donate 10% of all sales from the collaboration to the USBG Foundation’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program.

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