SAN FRANCISCO, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In plenty of time for back to school, PLAE launches its autumn/winter collection. Inspired by the five elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Ether, each shoe in its "Elements Pack," is assigned a unique 'superpower' detailing the characteristics of each element.
"Every day kids are out conquering the elements," explains Ryan Ringholz, PLAE founder and chief designer. "They see every encounter with the natural world as an opportunity to interact in play. We wanted to reflect that connectivity and spirit."
The new collection introduces three entirely new body types to an already dynamic array of styles:
Cam is a modern take on a slip-on constructed of synthetic nubuck and suede with a single tab closure.
Kaiden's sporty silhouette combines the sleek look of a hi-top with the durability of a waterproof hiking boot.
Claire is a knee-high boot constructed of suede and beautiful space knit fabric.
The collection also features new spins on popular existing silhouettes and thoughtful details including coated metallic leathers, vibrant colors and sophisticated knit fabrics.
PLAE previewed the collection Friday at its first-ever fashion show hosted by "Modern Family" starAubrey Anderson-Emmons and her mother, comedian Amy Anderson. Held at Fort Mason in San Francisco, the event featured kid models on the runway as well as aerial and hip hop performances and live art by PLAE's "artist-in-residence" Oliver Black.
"At first we were concerned that the elements might be a little high concept," adds Ringholz. "We wondered, would kids get it? So, we asked them. Without missing a beat, they all responded, 'oh, you mean like Pokemon?' Kids are so much cooler than the rest of us."
The collection is available at www.goplae.com, Nordstrom and select retailers.
ABOUT PLAE:PLAE kids shoes combine premium, eco-friendly materials with the biometric science often reserved for elite athletes to construct shoes that endure the rigorous demands of everyday play. Each pair features unique interchangeable straps, allowing for limitless looks on just one pair of shoes and the ability to customize fit. PLAE shoes are offered in whole and half sizes 6 toddler through 4.5 junior and retail starting at $49.95. Products are available in retail partners worldwide and online at www.goplae.com.