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Boot Up

Looking for bright spots in footwear sales right now?

Boots may be a good bet. 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. Here, we showcase a wide variety of boots, from trail to apres to women’s-specific work to rain/mud boots — all packed with performance innovation and style to spare.

Ariat has launched a new women’s work line, including industrial work boots built specifically for women. The Casey 6” MetGuard Composite Toe Work Boot is a Fall 20 women’s style featuring a full-grain leather upper and an outsole traction system.

Telic is bringing back its Apres-Ski boot for holiday with new colors. Now in Black and Snowdrift, the lightly insulated and water resistant $69 boot is ready for everything après, with traction for jaunts outside and a lightweight, ultra comfortable fit.

The Original Muck Boot Company’s new Outscape collection for Spring 2021 features styles in two different heights. The Outscape mid, $120, is an easy on/off boot featuring a Dual Density footbed for all-day comfort with antimicrobial protection. The upper is flexible, durable and waterproof, made with a lightweight, waterproof Muckskin material that is a vacuum-formed, highly abrasion resistant rubber neoprene.

Inov-8’s new Rocklite Pro G 400 Gore-Tex is the beefed-up adventure shoe the toughest trails require. Launching in September, the $235 boot weighs in at only 400g, but packs powerful tech into a cushioned construction, with a Schoeller ceramic-coated upper for abrasion resistance and flexible, and a graphene-infused rubber outsole gives outstanding grip.

See More of the September / October 2020 Issue

Sneakers Step 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.

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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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.