Goodyear Licensed Products Debuts Line of Men’s Casual Footwear for Racing Fans in the U.S. This March

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Goodyear Performance Collection Combines Fashion and Racing Inspired Details

AKRON, Ohio (February 22, 2016) – Goodyear Licensed Products, part of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, will introduce the Goodyear Performance Collection in the U.S., its first line of men’s casual footwear that blends fashion, comfort and racing-inspired detailing. Having seen strong success in Europe, this line, priced from $60 to $80, will be available this March at specialty and department stores nationwide.

 “Being able to extend our racing heritage into casual footwear, a growing category, enables us to introduce more consumers to the Goodyear family of products,” said Nancy Ray, director of licensed products at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. “We look forward to building upon the success of our safety and outdoor lines and connecting more people to our brand.”

The Goodyear Performance Collection features styles that not only appeal to consumers who appreciate a carefree look, but also have a passion for auto racing. Goodyear’s designers incorporated durability, mobility, traction and comfort into five styles. Specifically, this line includes: Ori Performance Racing ($70.00), Clutch Performance Racing ($70.00), Index Performance Racing ($60.00), Groove Goodyear Racing ($60.00), and the Vulcan Var Canvas ($80.00).

The designers used actual Goodyear tire tread patterns in the soles and utilized real components of car racing shoes. For instance, the design of the Clutch shoe mimics an actual racing boot.

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“This line fills the void for a racing-inspired footwear line not previously available on the U.S. market,” said Joseph Safdeye, executive vice president of SCL Footwear Group, the U.S. distributor for this line. “In developing our Goodyear Performance Collection, our goal was to provide the end-consumer with Goodyear tread-inspired outsoles for maximum durability and traction. This collection provides avid racing fans and general consumers with a quality product at an affordable price, enabling them to express personal style and love for their favorite sport at the same time.” 

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About SCL Footwear Group Goodyear Footwear USA: SCL Footwear Group, LLC was re-established in 2009 as the premiere resource for Work Safety and Industrial footwear servicing the United States and Canada market. SCL was nominated shortly thereafter as licensee manufacturer and distributor for all categories of men's and women's and children's footwear for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in the USA and Canada. For further information: www.goodyearfootwearusa.com

About Goodyear:
Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs approximately 66,000 people and manufactures its products in 49 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate. 

Contact:
Charlotte Daher de Garcia, CGPR
781-639-4924 ext. 112
charlotte@cgprpublicrelations.com

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