July / August 2019

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Closed-up sandals are the breakout trend for Spring 2020. We shine a spotlight on the hottest styles.

What to wear when the spring weather is a question mark? Forget early-season strappy sandals: closed-up styles that work as well in March as they do in July are the go-to pieces for shoulder season. Read the full story.

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Getting Influential

When you think about “influencers,” who comes to mind? It might be Kim Kardashian West, who has promoted diet products, teeth whitening preparations and vitamins as well as her own beauty lines to her 144 million followers. Read the full story.


Fox Files

When Jim Fox stepped into the CEO position at Dansko on the first of the year, he knew he was filling big shoes. The longtime CFO for the West Grove, PA-based comfort brand is the first person to serve in the top spot after taking over from founder Mandy Cabot. Read the full story.


One for All

When it comes to fitness shoes, consumers are looking for The One. With the popularity of high intensity interval training (HIIT) fitness and combo classes — think Orange Theory and cycling-and-weight workouts — “do-everything” shoes that work for runs... Read the full story.

The Boot Book

Style +Tech Boot Up

When it comes to boots, customers want it all: pinnacle performance technologies, incredible out-of-the-box comfort, and style for days. Luckily, brands are ready to answer the call with no-compromise looks for every need.
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Eneslow At 110

Eneslow, New York’s iconic retail shoe and pedorthic/orthotic center, is celebrating its 110th birthday in a grand way: It’s opening another retail store. Read the full story.

Design Trends

Material Matters

The desire to make shoes faster, lighter, more durable, more cushioned or just plain more comfortable has driven some of the biggest franchises in the footwear world. Read the full story.

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

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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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.


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.


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.


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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