SOLE COMMERCE Buzz: Brands To Get Excited About
Written by The Daily Front Row | January 24, 2019
Sole Commerce Buzz is your exclusive preview to this year’s fair. Check the Daily every week for the brands we’re most excited about! Sole Commerce runs February 25 to 27.
Sole Commerce is the leading footwear and accessories event in the United States. Merchandised within Coterie, the show highlights some of the most interesting brands available now. Here are some editor’s picks to introduce you to who is showing:
Kenneth Cole (found at SOLE COMMERCE)
This New York legend is returning to Sole Commerce with his trademark sophisticated kicks. From day to night, weekday to weekend, Cole has you covered.
Gabor (found at SOLE COMMERCE)
Gabor has a long history — the brand was originally founded in Germany in 1949 by Joachim and Bernhard Gabor — and remains a family business, run by Joachim’s son Achim. Today the brand makes a variety of shoes, as well as handbags.
CoFi Leathers (found at FOOTWEAR @ COTERIE)
Who knew leather could be so aesthetically versatile? CoFi founder Steffi McTigue did. Though considering her father, Clive, has been in the leather industry for 45 years, it’s safe to say she has the inside scoop on the textile.
Thierry Rabotin (found at FOOTWEAR @ COTERIE)
“I like to design shoes that envelop the feet giving the pleasant sensation of walking barefoot,” Rabotin has said of his work. His Italian-made shoes have been doing that for over three decades.
Ross & Snow (found at FOOTWEAR @ COTERIE)
American brand Ross & Snow is bringing Italian craftsmanship stateside. Blending a refined eye with high-quality craftsmanship, the brand makes shoes that don’t force you to choose between function and fashion.
Joan Oloff (found at SOLE COMMERCE)
Shoes are in Joan Oloff’s DNA. Her grandfather opened the family’s first shoe business in Brooklyn in 1920. Oloff herself became a podiatrist, but has since used her education to innovate the high heel game. Heels that are also designed to be comfortable? Yes, please!
J/Slides (found at FOOTWEAR @ COTERIE)
This New York brand is a go-to for anyone with a luxe streetwear aesthetic. It’s an excellent source for trendy, modern wares.
Anaki Paris (found at FOOTWEAR @ COTERIE)
This French brand is committed to responsible production, by limiting the amount of waste it creates. Ethical fashion — très chic!