The entrepreneurial tale of John Carpenter, owner of Island Slipper, includes hits, misses, epiphanies and, through it all, an unwavering commitment to family and the sandal company’s deep Hawaiian roots.
Jim Van Dine, president of Hoka One One, discusses why the “oversized” running brand is not the next flash in the pan—it’s just getting started.
Kevin Bailey, president of Vans, refuses to let the classic brand rest on its recent laurels—starting with 18 straight quarters of double-digit sales growth—by embracing change and continually adapting and evolving.
Keith Gossett, president of Easy Street Shoe Company, discusses why its formula of moderately priced comfort styles aimed primarily at middle-aged women may not sound all that sexy, but it sure rings the register.
On a six-year run of double-digit growth in sales and revenue, Randy Watson, chairman and CEO of Justin Brands, discusses the factors fueling the success and why the best is yet to come.
Bob Infantino—president of Drydock Footwear, makers of Cobb Hill, Aravon and Dunham—on why the partnership with New Balance is off to an impressive start.
Consolidated Shoe Company has a 116-year track record of success. Marc Fanning, COO, discusses how the full-service operation builds partnerships that are made to last.
Record profits, celebrity buzz and new ownership— Bob Bradford, senior vice president of sales for Dr. Martens USA, on why the iconic brand is rocking again.
Thanks to a revolutionary change in corporate direction, David Kahan, CEO of Birkenstock USA, is leading the charge stateside to fulfill the legendary comfort brand’s enormous potential.
Glen Barad, president of Taos, on how paying heed to all the little aspects are adding up into a rapidly growing success story.
by Greg Dutter