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In the Works

July 11th, 2012

Occupational brands are raising the comfort bar and taking a load off to help get the job done.
By Lyndsay McGregor

Pop Star

May 31st, 2012

Seeking shoes with personality and pop, Tracy Margolies, vice president DMM of women’s footwear for Saks Fifth Avenue, reveals how gut feelings play an important role in determining which styles make the cut inside one of the nation’s leading arbiters of footwear fashion. By Greg Dutter

One of a Kind – Joe Salzano

April 20th, 2012

If you haven’t by now actually heard Joe Salzano speak, it’s a good bet you have heard of his passionate message about the art of shoe retailing. A career that now spans more than five decades, the vice president of sales for The Clarks Companies, N.A. continues to crisscross the country delivering his inspirational wisdom and leaving an indelible imprint on the footwear industry.

By Greg Dutter | Illustrations by Ben Marra

2011 Plus Awards Winners

March 2nd, 2012

Innovative design and a commitment to superior service are synonymous qualities of this year’s Plus Award winners for excellence in design and retail.

Thinking Outside the Box

January 31st, 2012

Four successful retailers—a bike shop, a cupcake boutique, a coffee house and an art store—offer universal insights on how they are thriving in the borderless, digital retail age by thinking locally. By Lyndsay McGregor

hat can a footwear retailer learn from a tasty cupcake boutique in Colorado or a snazzy bike shop in Connecticut? How about from a trendy coffee shop in Texas or a boutique art store in Indiana? The short answer: A whole lot.

Rock Steady

January 6th, 2012

Despite tough economic obstacles, the outdoor category continues its consistent growth trajectory, delivering what consumers increasingly desire: versatile, minimal and fashionable shoes suitable for a rugged hike or a walk in the park. By Mary Avant

Stock Options

December 1st, 2011

Get ’em while they’re hot: These styles are in stock and ready to land on store shelves within the next 60 days.

Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

October 18th, 2011

A New Orleans native ditches the Big Apple for the Big Easy and helps rebuild her family’s shoe stores after Hurricane Katrina.

A Well-Respected Man

September 7th, 2011

Post Metrosexual and Retrosexual revolutions, today’s male seeks a refined balance as a legion of classic brands and up-and-comers answer the call.

The Real Jersey Shore

August 2nd, 2011

Forget Snooki, self-tanner and over-gelled wannabe Romeos. Despite what MTV may say, for these footwear retailers, the real Jersey Shore is full of locals who flock to the coast for sun, sports and style.