May / June 2019
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Summer Looks

Festival Daze

As Summer Heats Up, Footwear Brands Put their Best Festival-Ready Options Forward.

Whether it’s Coachella or Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza or Mo Pop, shoes put the exclamation point on a killer festival outfit. But the perfect street-to-stage style needs more than good looks. Festival footwear also needs to feel good for a full day and night of shows in every kind of weather, and be ready to go the next day for more of the same. Read full story.

Sponsored Content

Multi-Functional Outdoor Footwear Simplified: Ready for the Beach or Backyard Barbeque

Whether it’s a trip down Class III rapids on the Colorado River or lighting up your backyard barbeque, Khombu has you covered when it comes to summer seasonal footwear.
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Q&A

Foot Locker Forges Ahead

Chairman and CEO of Foot Locker discusses the retailer’s strategy and next steps.

Online? In store? As far as Foot Locker’s Dick Johnson is concerned, it’s immaterial. Almost 18 months after integrating its digital and in-store operations, and a year into an intensive back-end overhaul to speed up its site, Foot Locker has reaped the rewards... Read full story.

Trail

Fit & Feel

Brands are focusing on creating a smooth and protected ride on the toughest terrain.

Brands are fine-tuning the design of their footwear uppers to hug the foot, and combining them with midsole and outsole innovations that create a smooth and protected ride on the toughest terrain. Here’s a peek at some new styles ready to blaze the trail.  Read full story.

Industry Profile

From Saving Souls to Selling Soles

At 87, industry veteran Tom Adams is still innovating with his latest brand, Fit2 Shoes.

It’s a beautiful late February morning in San Antonio when Tom Adams walks into the board room of his local patent attorney to discuss Fit2 (pronounced Fit Squared) Shoes, and the journey that led him to spend more than eight years and invest capital from nearly a dozen investors on two patents. Read full story.

Hosiery

Trail Mix

Talking fit, feel, style & tech in the outdoor sock market.

Darn Tough Vermont’s Women’s Hiker Micro Crew Midweight with Cushion, $23, is built to to deliver durability and fit for the hiker who demands more from a sock. Read full story.

Brand Strategy

Vibram Vibes

The industry already knows Vibram. Now, the outsoling firm is going after the consumer.

For brands in the footwear space, Vibram is practically a household name. But as it moves into its ninth decade, the Italian outsoling firm wants to be more than a name. Read full story.

Lines We Like

Difference Makers

From work to hike to casual comfort and fashion. These styles target different categories, but they all hit the mark.

L’Artiste This colorful, creative, hand-painted style from L’Artiste is named Enticing. The brand aims to deliver “works of art for your feet” fused with the feel of European comfort. Read full story.

Crowdsource

Top (Re)model

Renovations are expensive, time-consuming — and essential. Here’s how to do them right.

If you ask Adam Beck, CEO of the Bay Area Beck’s Shoes chain, about the store-wide renovations he just finished, he laughs — and sighs... Read full story.

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March / APRIL 2019
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Kids

Glam Squad & The Pricing Paradox

Check out this glam squad of kids footwear. PLUS: As MSRPs on Children’s Shoes Reach Sky-High Levels, Brands Emphasize Value.

Too much is never enough when it comes to the latest kids styles. Over-the-top embellishments, glitter, shine and color for days make footwear fun and steal the spotlight. PLUS: At the Children’s Great Event Shoe Show in Teaneck, NJ, in February, the buzz was about pricing. Read full story.

VEGAN

The New Vegan Footwear

Demand for animal-free footwear is growing, and brands are betting on new materials to make the category their sustainability vanguards.

Vegan footwear is on the rise. According to retail technology and analytics firm Edited, the number of new animal-product-free footwear options has grown dramatically in the U.S, making up 32 percent of new styles in January, versus only 16 percent of new looks the year before.  Read full story.

crowdsource

Marketing Moves

The field is crowded, but digital marketing gives independents an unparalleled connection to the consumer.

There are many things brick-and-mortar shops have down cold. Getting consumers the proper fit and recommending the ideal shoe? That’s table stakes. But when it comes to getting the word out to the wider world with advertising and promotion, well for a lot of independents, that’s a puzzle without an easy solution. Read full story.

RUNNING

Altra Aims High

With a new corporate parent and new Denver offices, Altra is looking ahead, but new brand president Todd Dalhausser wants the brand to stay focused on what’s made them who they are.

Todd Dalhausser is getting used to life on the go. Named as president of running brand Altra last November, Dalhausser — the former SVP of Sales for Saucony North America and an industry veteran with history at both Reebok and Vans — is joining the firm at a time of major transition. Read full story.

RETAIL

Dick’s Sets Investments, Including Staff Footwear Training

Dick's Sporting Goods is investing in the in-store experience, including more training on footwear for staffers. The largest full-line sporting goods chain in the U.S. wants stronger brick-and-mortar productivity through better in-stocks of key items. Read full story.

customization

Chaco’s PrintShop Can Print Anything On Your Z1s — Well, Almost

Chaco is taking customization to the next level with its new MyChacos PrintShop program. Launched in February, PrintShop uses digital printing to let users put anything (almost) on the footbed and webbings of Chaco’s flip-flops, Z/1, Z/2, ZX/1 and ZX/2 models, as well as webbing belts, wrist wraps, and dog leashes and collars for $5 to $10 more. Read full story.