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Follow the Leader

May 31st, 2012

Bob Mullaney, president of U.S. sales and operations for The Rockport Company, discusses how the brand is regaining its premium leadership position in the comfort space and how the best is yet to come.

By Greg Dutter

Chew on This

April 20th, 2012

John McCarvel, CEO of Crocs, reveals how the brand has bounced back—bigger than ever at $1 billion in annual sales in 2011—and why the projection to double that hefty sales volume is in reach within five years. By Greg Dutter

Few brands trigger a stronger reaction than Crocs. A mere mention of the purveyor of those foam-like clogs in garish colors sends fashion bullies into a tizzy. They’re loud. They’re puffy. They’re goofy. And, many are convinced, they’re downright fugly.

Happy Days

March 2nd, 2012

Luke Chen, COO of Alegria, discusses how the comfort brand’s happy premise is delivering smiles and sales to its expanding base of retailers and creating millions of loyal, elated consumers along the way. By Greg Dutter

Lift Off: Bob Infantino

January 31st, 2012

Bob Infantino, president of Drydock Footwear, makers of Aravon, Dunham and the new Cobb Hill, reveals how the company came into being and why it will be a comfort-based powerhouse right off the launch pad. By Greg Dutter

A New Breed

January 6th, 2012

Led by the successful relaunch of the iconic Pillow Boot, Steve Sedlbauer, president of Cougar Footwear, discusses how the classic cold-weather boot company’s rebirth into a stylish, upscale lifestyle brand is heating up. By Greg Dutter

No Kidding Around

December 1st, 2011

Times are tough, yet Bill LaRossa, president of Primigi USA, believes sticking to the guiding principles that have built the luxury kids’ brand into a category leader will enable the company to weather the storm.

Bases Loaded

October 18th, 2011

Larry Schwartz, CEO of Aetrex Worldwide, discusses how the company’s vertically integrated approach—spanning shoes to orthotics to foot scanning devices—is knocking it out of the park.

Running Man

September 7th, 2011

An artisan at heart and a salesman by trade, Trevor Delmore, vice president of sales for Coogi Footwear, discusses his passion for selling cutting-edge street fashion and why the pursuit never gets old.

American Accent

August 2nd, 2011

Rob Rask, managing director of Ara Shoes North America, reveals why the German-based Euro comfort company—already a major player around the world—is positioned to take the country by storm.

Revolutionary Times

July 6th, 2011

Angel Martinez, chairman and CEO of Deckers Outdoor, on the company’s evolving portfolio and its place in the revolutionary worlds of social media, sourcing and emerging brands.