Today we can show you first images of the upcoming collaboration between Rockport and Barbour on a series of boots for Holiday 2010.
“The collaboration came about based on the brands’ shared set of ideals of quality and technology. Each company has an unwavering commitment to quality products that can be seen in a wide array of executions from dress shoes to boots for Rockport, and from jackets to sweaters for Barbour.
Barbour pioneered the method of using oilskins which today is translated through their proprietary waxed cotton fabrics to keep seafarers, laborers, farmers and city dwellers safe from the harsh cold and wet weather. Similarly Rockport pioneered the use of advanced athletic technologies in traditional dress shoes to enhance overall walking comfort.
Both Rockport (established 1971) and Barbour (estasblished 1894) have combined their long-standing design traditions to create a limited edition boot collection in three distinct styles: the Cap Toe Boot, the Plain Toe Boot and the Chukka Boot.
The Rockport x Barbour collaboration features authentic Barbour waxed cotton fabric, Barbour heritage tartans, Barbour hardware as well as an integrated adiPRENE by adidas footbed, which provides superior shock absorption at the heel strike.
Throughout the collection Rockport has paid attention to considerable details including hand stitched linings, beautiful pull up leathers, and rawhide laces. In addition Rockport has used its patented Walkability outsole, which helps mimic the natural walking stride by assuring a smooth strike of the foot and an efficient roll and flex of the foot throughout the walking motion.”
The boots will be released at Rockport Las Vegas, Barbour New York, Bodega Boston, Opening Ceremony New York and Blackbird Seattle November 2010.
More images of the boots follow after the jump.