By  on April 12, 2010

Cole Haan’s fall collection reflects an effort by the 82-year-old accessories brand to build on core values emphasized by chief executive officer Dave McTague— heritage, craftsmanship and timeless styles — and spice them up with fresh creativity.

Representing contemporary American styles, several handbags feature a new leather weaving method unique to Cole Haan; there are over-the-knee riding boots that fold over to reveal a wool herringbone lining and high-heeled oxfords.

Innovation abounded at the Nike, Inc.-owned brand, including pod technology that provides tread on high heels and the use of Nike Air construction in shoes, which are designed for comfort and function. Many boot styles are waterproof with shearling, equestrian buckles and corset details.

In line with Nike corporate policy, Cole Haan no longer incorporates exotic skins such as python in the collection, so now there are crocodile-embossed suede bags in colors like plum and slate.

Key handbag shapes include a small duffle done in loden or caramel leather with woven straps. There are also several convertible bags such as a shoulder bag with a new fob — a horse pick — that converts from shoulder bag to cross body and also a clutch.

Key footwear shapes include riding and motorcycle boots and ankle boots on a stiletto or platform heel.

Prices in the collection range from $78 for a zip pouch to $2,495 for a shearling coat.

The Maria Sharapova for Cole Haan Collection, designed by the tennis star and now in its fourth season, is more trend-driven, featuring studded over-the-knee boots, high-heeled velvet lace up sandals and elegant skimmers in leopard hair calf, aubergine and India ink.

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