The North Face Unveils New Environmentally Conscious Footwear for Spring 2010

New technologies mesh with style and design

SAN LEANDRO, California—July 15, 2009—The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced its new footwear collection for Spring 2010. Continuing to build upon its commitment to deliver sustainable product, The North Face unveils a lifestyle collection that uses no glue and eliminates petroleum-based EVA midsoles.

The North Face Suzy Q-Zy collection features two 100 percent glue-free silhouettes. In lieu of glues and cements, the Suzy Q-Zy construction connects the insole to the outsole with unique snap-and-lock TPU connectors, which plug into a stitched plate hidden neatly beneath the shoe’s footbed. The combined sole is then sewn to the upper, creating a simple, environmentally-conscious shoe for everyday wear. The Suzy Q-zy Slip-on is a full-coverage shoe, and the Suzy Q-Zy sports a Mary Jane silhouette.

“The no-glue construction of our Suzy Q-zy collection is a significant stepping stone in the footwear construction process,” said JP Borod, Product Director of Footwear for The North Face.

The North Face also introduces the men’s Kyoto collection, two lifestyle shoes that eliminate the need for a petroleum-based EVA midsole by using stacked and stitched layers of natural, renewable cotton canvas to cushion impact. The sockliner is crafted using 20 percent post-industrial recycled materials and the outsole is 30 percent post-industrial recycled rubber. The Kyoto collection offers a lace-up and slip-on version.

“Our research and design teams are continually developing and testing new ways and technologies to make our footwear more sustainable,” said Borod. “We are proud to offer consumer-friendly, everyday footwear in a first-of-its-kind environmentally sensitive manner.”

In addition, the company is releasing new technical trail running shoes, multisport shoes and hiking styles. The North Face Endurance Team athletes have been working with The North Face RD&D to create the Single-Track, a lightweight, neutral-platform running shoe, as well as the Devils Thumb and Sentinel trail runners. The multisport segment introduces the Alkaline collection, available in Gore-Tex, non-Gore-Tex and water draining, amphibious versions. New hiking silhouettes offer full-ankle coverage options in Gore-Tex and non-Gore-Tex applications, as well as synthetic and leather mid and low hikers.

The North Face also presents new youth footwear to round-out its current kiddie kicks collection. The Hedgefrog—also available in adult sizes—is an amphibious sandal inspired by the award-winning The North Face Hedgehog. New youth lifestyle offerings mesh the durability that parents want and the style and function kids demand in styles such as the Kruze and Kadence.

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About The North Face®

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in San Leandro, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company's products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains.