If you read any of the various clothing forums that dot the internet you've most likely ran into a post regarding Walk-Over shoes. They usually involve some dude stumbling upon a real crisp pair of bucks at his local thrift spot for around $5. He buys the bucks, obviously, and then goes home to Google the brand. The story usually ends with him staring at posts in those very same clothing forums inquiring about the shoes and their origins. Lots of older cats remember Walk-Over fondly and lament on the company's early to mid 1990's demise. If my facts are correct, Walk-Over's claim to fame was bringing the buck to America (inventing the buck?) and producing it for pretty much everyone. Regardless, Walk-Over's rich, albeit spotty, history firmly establishes their place in American made footwear history. Thanks to a licensing deal or a much needed infusion of capital, Walk-Over is back slinging bucks to the American public - red brick sole fever is officially an epidemic. If you pop on over to The Standard Edition you can peep a preview of the new/old line that was shown at both ENK New York and Compass. The first thing you may notice is the striking similarity to Mark McNairy's New Amsterdam line and that's because, well, Mark freelance designed Walk-Over's relaunch. I wasn't surprised when I heard this news and neither should you. If you were relaunching your red brick sole heritage shoe line and needed a designer, who better to turn to than the current king of the buck? Right? Anyway, the launch seems slated for S/S 2011 and as of now there is a severe lack of information available (i.e. pricepoints, brand philosophy, country of origin, availability, etc.). While the jury is still out on this one, lets take a second to welcome back Walk-Over.
[Pictures courtesy of The Standard Edition.]