2013/14 Snowboard Boot Trends At A Glance
We caught up with the industry’s top boot designers for a candid look at the trends, forecasts, and fanfare shaping next year’s lines:
1. A New Paradigm—Brands and retailers are diversifying their boot offerings to emphasize discipline-driven designs instead of products simply based around flex and price tiers.
2. Don’t Call it a Comeback—Classic lacing is enjoying a steady resurgence. Nonetheless, zonal lacing—and a combination of closure options—continue to dominate the market.
3. Street-driven Style—When it comes to boots, expect aesthetics informed by skate shoes. But there’s more at work here than steez—these boots often have low-profile soles that offer enhanced board feel as well.
4. Seam Welding—By using new fabrics and welding (rather than sewing) seams, brands are creating lighter boots that flex more naturally. In addition to shedding weight, these boots shed production costs and beef up margins.