What's new in shoes

Aug 6, 2008 at 11:32 p.m. ET

New shoe lines, styles and designs are emerging every day. Check out what's new in shoes, including customizable Keds, colorful boat shoes and pretty pumps.

Choosing shoes

Keds studio

Everyone loves the original Keds Champions shoes. The classic lace-up and slip-on canvas styles have been casual favorites for many decades.

Now Keds has partnered with Zazzle.com to create the Keds Studio program. This cool program allows customers the ability to upload their own artwork, graphics and text to design their own custom footwear. The customized shoes are then produced within 48 hours and customers will receive them within 1-2 weeks.

Custom Keds Keds Studio is a great way to display your own personal style on your feet. The launch of Keds Studio marks the first time a fully customizable shoe featuring user-generated graphics has come to market.

"Since the launch of the Champion in 1916, consumers have been enhancing their Keds with their own personal style using markers, paints, pens and other creative tools," said Gregg Ribatt, president and chief executive officer of The Stride Rite Corporation. "This growing form of expression was the inspiration for Keds Studio. Through our relationship with Zazzle, we can now offer Keds customers the opportunity to bring an uninhibited range of design options and a more professional design aesthetic to this classic shoe. This initiative positions Keds at the forefront of the footwear industry with great innovation and leading-edge technology aimed at unleashing the individuality of the end consumer."

You can shop for the custom shoes at Keds.com or Zazzle.com.

Dani Black Sophie


The company Schwartz & Benjamin creates footwear for Diane Von Furstenberg, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and more. However, they also have their own footwear brand - daniblack. And now daniblack has its own ecommerce website - daniblack.com

The daniblack brand was created by Schwartz & Benjamin CEO Daniel Schwartz and his wife, Barbara. According to Daniel, "The e-store will enable an ongoing dialog with users by allowing them to preview new designs before they are launched at retail, view the latest footwear trends and receive style tips, allowing us to connect with the daniblack customer on multiple levels."

The daniblack brand features a variety of styles, including flats, sandals, pumps, wedges, platforms, boots and shooties. The snakeskin patent pump pictured here is perfect for fall. The glossy patent and platform sole make this shoe a sophisticated choice. These pumps are priced at $185 and available in whole and half sizes from 4-12.

Sebago Spinnaker


Though we are already talking about fall fashion, let's not forget about summer. We still have a lot of warm weather left this season.

Boat shoes continue to be popular for casual summer shoes. Sebago offers a variety of boat shoes for men and women. The women's Spinnaker pictured here is a fabulous choice. It's a fun, comfortable shoe that can be a staple in your wardrobe for many years to come.

If you are looking for a similar shoe in solid colors, check out the Docksides, which feature cool colors like Kiwi Green and Aqua. The Spinnaker and Docksides are priced at $85 for women and $90 for men. Check out the whole Sebago collection by visiting their website at Sebago.com.

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