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Midwestern Moxie

May 3, 2011

When times got tough, Jane and Matt Stricker got going, building their Nebraska comfort boutique Footloose & Fancy into a growing chain.

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2010 Plus Awards Winners

March 4, 2011

Timeless style, innovative design and expansive collections were just a few reasons retailers honored the following brands with a Plus Award for excellence in design.

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Sense and Sensibility

February 8, 2011

In today’s crowded marketplace and stifling economy, stores are luring shoppers by creating a stimulating, emotional experience. Five footwear retailers share their secrets to tempting consumers with alluring sensory elements.

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Inside the Outdoors

January 6, 2011

Suppliers are pushing the performance envelope next fall, answering increasing demands for product versatility—ranging from innovative linings that help pump up blood circulation to styling as suitable on the trails as in the office. The latest outdoor footwear offerings address the anywhere, anytime desires of adventure enthusiasts who seek to travel lightly and move fast. Topping the list are all-purpose shoes that can withstand the elements and handle a variety of terrain.

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Style Hall of Fame

December 6, 2010

Our 2010 inductees, the “Earl” Loafer by Hush Puppies and Converse’s “Chuck Taylor All Star,” join our list of eternally stylish shoes.

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Selling Wellness

October 22, 2010

Four retailers addressing different niches share their approach to vending health-benefiting footwear.

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October 8, 2010

A Supplement to Footwear Plus

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What’s in a Name?

September 1, 2010

A branding statement, a consumer hook and maybe even a dash of humor, that’s what. Here, experts spell out what makes for a great moniker, while retailers dish on what led them to their identities.

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Olympic Achievement

August 6, 2010

An eclectic trove of fashionable finds, Opening Ceremony takes home the gold for its ‘fresh, fun and unexpected’ approach to boutique retail. by Leslie Shiers

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July 2, 2010

The performance running category goes bare.

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