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Timberland and Omni United have paired up to give worn-out car tires a new lease of life.
Submitted by Lyndsay McGregor on November 21, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicWorn-out car tires will soon hit the road, sidewalks and trails again--as the soles of Timberland shoes and boots. The Stratham, NH-based brand and tire manufacturer and distributor Omni United have paired up to create Timberland Tires, a co-branded line of tires purposely designed to be recycled into footwear outsoles after their journey on the road is complete. "Its this kind of cross-industry collaboration that's fueling real change and innovation in the marketplace," says Timberland President Stewart Whitney.

Timberland and Omni United first conceived this partnership three years ago when sustainability leaders from both brands came together to address a...

DSW will donate $110,000 to nonprofits chosen by "shoe lovers."
Submitted by Anonymous on November 20, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicDSW is giving back to the community once again through its Shoe Lovers Care "Leave Your Mark" program. After internally reviewing nominations from more than 11,000 DSW associates nationwide, the retailer has selected eight nonprofits: Amethyst, Inc., CHA Animal Shelter, Donate Life America, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Parkinson Foundation, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Soles4Souls, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. All are eligible to vote today through Nov. 25 at Results will be announced Dec. 26 and the organization with the most votes will be awarded a $75,000 donation. On top of that, DSW will...

Kyle Parsons gives us the scoop on his eco-friendly footwear line, Indosole.
Submitted by Lyndsay McGregor on November 20, 2014

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At first blush, Kyle Parsons, founder and CEO of eco-friendly footwear line Indosole, isn't your typical shoe mogul. (For one, he moved to California after college to snowboard on Lake Tahoe.) But in actual fact, everything in his youth has led up to this point.

Raised on an island called New Castle, about 45 minutes north of Boston, he was educated at Proctor Academy, known for being one of the first "green" prep schools in the country. While in college, he spent a summer working at a recycling facility in Nantucket. Then when he moved to Lake Tahoe, he wound up managing the footwear section at a local surf shop...

What's selling at DNA Footwear in New York.
Submitted by Lauren Fusilier on November 19, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicWith seven retail locations throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, DNA Footwear is a leading destination for whats hot and whats next in the world of footwear. The store has also expanded to include a strong online shopping presence through its website, Guided by its Brooklyn heritage, the New York chain boasts a rustic-chic aesthetic and its retail offerings are inspired by each stores individual location. Footwear Plus discussed what makes DNA Footwear such a hit with CEO Daniel Kahalani.

Q: Who is your typical customer? A: Trendy men and women between the ages of 25 and 45 who are looking for the...

FDRA celebrates steps in the right direction in Asia.
Submitted by Lauren Fusilier on November 18, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicThe Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) announced record-breaking attendance at events in Dongguan, China, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, this month. The workshops were sponsored by and featured speakers from footwear companies including Wolverine Worldwide, Steve Madden, Nike, R.G. Barry Brands and Brown Shoe Company.

The first event in Dongguan on Nov. 4 recognized eight footwear factories with the special distinction as Recognized Responsible Footwear Manufacturer. The recipients of the prestigious designation were China's Dongguan Mayflower Footwear Corp., Guangzhou Zhujiang Properwell Shoes Mfg. Ltd, Panyu Leader Footwear Corp., Putian Chengyi...