September / OCtober 2020
Feature
Sneakers

Stepping Out

Whether it’s for a head-clearing run, a soul-refreshing walk with a friend or just an active day on your feet, sneakers are the shoes that do it all. For Spring ’21, brands are offering feature-packed options with comfort to spare. Even better? These looks never compromise on style. Read the full story.

Brands
Independent retailers

Stars in a Supporting Role

When the topic of stellar service at retail comes up, most often the focus is on the service that retailers offer customers. But for retailers, service also comes in the form of the relationships they have with their vendor and brand partners. Read the full story.

Running Safety

Safety Goes the Distance

With virtual school, online meetings and health concerns all in the mix this season, consumers have turned to running as a stress reliever and mind clearer – at all times of the day. In response, brands are stepping up their game to make runners shine.
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Analysis

Challenges and Opportunities for Holiday Sales

Thanks to impacts from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the continued rising influence of ecommerce on consumer behaviors, this holiday season will bring a new set of challenges and opportunities to footwear retailers and vendors. Read the full story.

New Brand

Third Mind Aims to Deliver Feel Good Footwear

When 30-year footwear veteran Steve Hamel dreamed of starting his own brand, he knew he wanted to do it right. Now with the launch of Third Mind, Hamel debuts a line of performance casual shoes that are built with sustainable materials and with responsible manufacturing. Read the full story.

Lines We Like

Boot Up

According to retail tracking research from NPD Group, August saw nearly 25 percent sales growth for cold/all weather boots and mid-teens increase for hiking shoes — data that bodes well for the winter season. Read the full story.

August 2020
Feature
Comfort

Cozy @ Home

Our places of residence have taken on a lot of new roles over the past months: (Home) office, (home) gym, (home) school. These days, home base means more than ever. So maybe it’s not surprising that the categories consumers are embracing are the footwear favorites perfect for life around the house. Read the full story.

Boot Book
WORK & SAFETY

Boot Book: The Essentials

Durability, comfort and protection never go out of style in the work and safety footwear category. And even as the footwear business has been challenged in 2020, work footwear has continued to deliver with performance, style and more. Read the full story.

Boot Book
Outdoor

Boot Book: New Rules

The outdoor boot has been redefined. No longer dominated by traditional hiking boot silhouettes, performance hiking styles range from mid to low-cut heights, and pack in plenty of athletic tech and aesthetic. Read the full story.

Hosiery

Sock It To Me

Whether it’s for cozy times at home or lunch hour runs around the neighborhood, these socks are ready for action. Read the full story.

Retail

What’s Working Now

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sea change in the retail landscape, altering not only what consumers buy but also when and how they buy it.  Read the full story.

Running
Analysis

Pandemic May Provide Running with Needed Bounce

In 2020’s early days, marketing budgets, development plans and product orders were already in place for an anticipated big year for running. Besides the usual marquee marathon events in Boston, New York and Chicago in the U.S., the Olympic Games in Tokyo were set to provide a... Read the full story.

Retail

Earlier Consumer Demand, Delivery Capacity Among Key Holiday Trends

With e-commerce estimated to account for a record 30 percent of all Holiday 2020 sales, according to the Statista/Salesforce Shopping Index, footwear retailers should be prepared for a handful of key emerging trends. Read the full story.

July 2020
Feature
riunning

Spring Styles Bring the Heat

Whether it’s tackling the neighborhood on foot or running sprints on the track, more and more consumers are lacing up for a run. Longtime runners or new recruits are sure to find what they’re looking for in spring ’21’s crop of shoes to watch. Read the full story.

FEATURE
outdoor

Adventure Ready

As Americans increasingly explore local neighborhood trails, parks and wild spaces, they’re looking for versatile, rugged styles that hold up to whatever adventures they find. These spring ’21 styles fit the bill. Read the full story.

OUTLOOK

Summer Like No Other

July 4 didn’t bring the usual array of community events and fireworks extravaganzas to the U.S. this year, but even as COVID concerns played out across the country, the active lifestyle industry saw some bright spots. Read the full story.

shop talk

Takeaways from the National Retail Federation Series on Leadership

The ability to share screen time with industry leaders for candid conversation about corporate decision-making is as easy as a click on a Zoom link. For example, National Retail Federation (NRF) president and CEO Matthew Shay is hosting weekly online sit- downs with top execs...  Read the full story.

Executive insight

Oboz Looks Ahead

Oboz president Amy Beck didn’t end her first year on the job the way she expected. Elevated to the top post at Oboz and as president of North America at parent company Kathmandu in April of 2019, Beck, like most company heads, was thrown into a new reality after the global COVID-19... Read the full story.

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