For AW10 Gourmet have introduced a number of new styles in addition to changes to existing core products. The iconic 'Quadici' has been de-specified allowing the price point to drop from £180 to £120. Originally crafted from Italian leather and leather laces sourced from the USA, the shoe is now made in Asia with local materials matched to the same quality spec. This trend has followed across the collection with an overall reduction in price as a reaction to the current pattern of lower price points in the footwear market. With a more accessible product the brand's reach has Widen, currently stocking to 60 retailers for the 22 styles enclosed.

A tipple or two were not in my mind when I set of to road test a pair of Loake Evolution, style Hastings shoes on a business trip to Saudi Arabia. The chances of reaching a state of inebriation that coincided with the need to fall over in Saudi Arabia are extremely thin: alcohol is forbidden under Islamic law that Saudi Arabia enforces very, very strictly.

So strictly in fact, that I was nauseated on my first morning by a crowd, that had caused a traffic jam in which I was stuck, departing the scene of a public execution. Fortunately I missed the beheadings, but witnessed the aftermath, workers from the local municipality hosing down the dais to wash away the blood.

Leading casual and outdoor footwear and clothing brand Chatham has agreed a sponsorship deal with eventing champion and future Olympic hopeful, Emma Hyslop. Impressed with the comfort and style of Chatham’s footwear and how practical the clothing is, event rider Emma has chosen Chatham as her preferred brand, to train in and wear when she’s out and about. 

Chatham will launch its new sail cloth G2 Professional deck shoes at MODA.  Chatham’s innovative use of the material makes it the first sail cloth deck shoe for the British market. Chatham has designed four styles using Contender sail cloth, two for men – Fibercon and Contender – and two for women – Elysse and Beam. Sail cloth is a tough compound that handles well. It’s an exceptionally lightweight, water resistant and durable material, making it the perfect textile for use in deck shoes. All styles are built on the sole kit used for the successful Schooner and Sloop deck shoes launched last year.

As the Grand Prix season is well underway please find below some new pictures of the Sahara Force India Formula One Team drivers wearing their Chatham boating shoes – the classic style Deck in chestnut, in fact it’s Chatham’s most popular deck shoe for the last 20 years. Leading British deck shoe brand Chatham Marine is the official provider of travel shoes to the Sahara Force India Formula One Team for the 2012 season. In total Chatham is fitting 93 members of the Sahara Force India Formula One team with deck shoes from its current footwear collection, with the classic style Deck in chestnut proving to be the favourite choice for travelling to and from races.  

GRS Footwear, the ‘Lunar’ brand owner & UK distributor of Italy’s leading trekking brand, Grisport, has seen sales rocket - even during the current difficult trading conditions. The improved ‘in-stock’ service has proved to be so popular this season that the UK distributor is making a substantial investment to expand its new warehouse complex, effectively doubling space, to meet the needs of an ever-expanding customer base.

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