ROCKFORD, Mich. (June 2013) – Drawing on the brand’s strong outdoor heritage, Chaco is launching its spring 2014 collection, featuring versatile new cross-over performance shoes, colorful custom flips, and premium leather sandals. With the new OutCross collection, Chaco has created open, amphibious shoes built for adventurers scouting rivers, guiding rapids, or hiking trails. Inspiring “Chaconians” to make the product their own, the revolutionary ReversiFlip™ custom flip allows users to interchange reversible strap sets to personalize their look instantly. For around town, Chaco’s mountain lifestyle collection offers artisan- inspired leather sandals with handcrafted details. All Chaco products feature the LUVSEAT™, a footbed certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) for long-lasting support and comfort.
OutCross Blends Sandal and Trail Shoe Capabilities for True Outdoor Performance
Continuing Chaco’s heritage of versatile products, OutCross shoes bring together the support, comfort, and durability of Chaco sandals with a lightweight, breathable, and open design that provides protection and toe coverage. Developed with both the river guide and trail trekker in mind, the OutCross can go anywhere that adventure leads.
The OutCross Lace and OutCross Web combine protective, deconstructed mesh and synthetic leather uppers - providing breathability and drainage - with an easy single-hand closure system. The uppers are built on Chaco’s LUVSEAT™, an APMA-certified and anatomically-shaped footbed. A supportive PU midsole merged with an integrated TPU shank provides long-lasting comfort and support. Rubber toecaps and heels provide durability and protection for the foot. The OutCross outsole provides superior wet and dry performance by utilizing a non-marking Vibram™ TC-1 compound with 3mm lugs. The OutCross Lace features zigzag polyester webbing straps that conform to the foot with a tethered lace lock for a secure fit. The OutCross Web wraps the foot in webbing that evokes the classic “Z” style, and which ensures a reliable hold with a molded ladder lock.
Men’s OutCross Lace, $120 Women’s OutCross Web, $120
ReversiFlip™ Revolutionizes Everyday Flips with Interchangeable Straps
Inspired by the successful MyChacos custom sandal program, Chaco is launching the innovative ReversiFlip™. This unique flip allows consumers to customize their footwear look again and again with an interchangeable strap system. The easily removable uppers allow for quick-change updates to multiple patterned and solid-colored straps. Three sets of four different patterns will be available for a total of 12 combinations at launch, giving “Chaconians” the ability to express themselves anytime, anywhere. Built on Chaco’s renowned and supportive LUVSEAT™ footbed, the ReversiFlip™ has a low profile design, instant cushioned comfort, and built-in durability. The non-marking outsole features a river-inspired design made from EcoTread™ 25% recycled rubber.
ReversiFlip™ Sandal, $6 ReversiFlip™ Strap Set, $20 each
New Collection of Crafted Leather Sandals Features Style and Support
With plenty of style for adventures around town, these timeless flips blend rich details with support and comfort underfoot. Each flip is fashioned with embossed and printed leathers and unique hardware for a polished artisan look. Ranging in price from $80 to $100 at retail, this collection features gender-specific supportive LUVSEAT™ polyurethane footbeds. Every sandal is built on a non- marking outsole made and artfully ‘flecked’ with Chaco’s proprietary EcoTread™ rubber, containing 25% recycled content.
Five new patterns highlight the women’s offering. The Palma wraps the foot with decorative top grain and antiqued leather straps, utilizing gore for a personalized fit. The Addison Flip, available in subtle earthy colors, has a unique cross-strap construction that gently wraps the toe. The Harper Flip features luxurious suede straps and a leather toe post with a sleek look and supportive fit. The Liberty Flip’s diamond braided suede upper detail is beautiful and novel. The Jacy Flip is a clean classic flip with richly colored pebbled leathers and a webbing toe post for casual comfort.
Palma, $100 Addison, $90 Harper, $85 Liberty, $80 Jacy, $80
Men’s flips include the Kellen, Corbin, and Nikolai. These sophisticated sandals feature textured top grain, embossed leather uppers, and metal rivet details, with smooth luxurious linings for ultimate comfort.
Kellen, $95 Corbin, $95 Nikolai, $85
NearGround Collection Grows With New Minimal Styles for Women
Following up on Chaco’s successful spring 2013 launch, the NearGround collection updates include streamlined, low-profile footwear that is versatile, supportive, and most of all, instantly comfortable. New styles include the Raja flip with double straps, the Mystic and Royal sandals, and the Greer MJ Mary-Jane style shoe.
Raja, $60 Mystic, $90 Royal, $90 Greer MJ, $85
The Active Adventure Collection Expands With Highly Breathable Styles
For spring 2014, Chaco’s Active Adventure Collection adds four new highly breathable low-cut styles and two waterproof options. All Active Adventure styles feature Chaco’s renowned LUVSEAT™ long- lasting support platform and are built on a uniquely comfortable footbed construction. A durable and premium PU footbed is supported on a lightweight, cushioned EVA midsole with integrated ESS shank. An aggressively lugged 5mm EcoTread™ performance outsole supplies superior grip.
The women’s Touraine Waterproof and men’s Trailscope Waterproof are ready for transitional spring conditions, with seam-taped waterproof internal booties and water-resistant suede and mesh uppers. For warmer or dryer environs, the Touraine and Zora for women and Trailscope and Grayson for men offer breathability, with open mesh uppers strategically wrapped with premium leathers and accented with jacquard webbing. A durable rubber toecap and heel, as well as a gusseted tongue, protect the foot from debris. Each of the Active Adventure styles employs an earthy modern color palette, durable lacing hardware, and proprietary EcoTread™ 25% recycled content performance outsoles.
Women’s Touraine, $115 Women’s Zora, $120 Men’s Trailscope, $120 Men’s Grayson, $125
Born on the river in 1989, Chaco builds premium footwear and accessories for outdoor-minded people. What started with sandals for river guides has evolved into sandals, shoes, and boots that offer Chaco’s uncompromised support no matter where you roam. All Chaco footwear features the LUVSEAT™, a uniquely contoured platform that properly aligns and supports your foot and body to enable a lifetime of adventure. As a result, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has awarded its Seal of Acceptance to all Chaco footwear styles. The APMA Seal is intended to
raise awareness by identifying products of exceptional quality that are manufactured with comfort, health, and safety in mind. Simply put, Chaco is fit for adventure. Chaco is a part of Wolverine Worldwide’s Performance Group, which also includes Merrell, Saucony, Patagonia Footwear, and Cushe.