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February 2017

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  • The Dawn of a New Retail Age: Much continues to be written about the demise of brick-and-mortar retailing, department stores in particular. If you took many of ...
  • Returning Champion: Marking his first year back, Clarks Americas President Gary Champion reports on righting the ship and steaming toward bigger and better results.
  • Local Heroes: For six decades, Towson Bootery has focused on expert service, fit and family.
  • Stepping In It: A recent spate of social media–driven fallout has forced a handful of brands to atone for missteps—even if they deny the accusations or affiliations.
  • Cozy Corner: Plush furry slipper-esque sandals bring sleep fashion to the street.
  • Trendspotting: February 2017: The Fall ’17 preview: leading silhouettes, materials and colors.
  • Color Story: Designers go deep on indigo for fall, a lush and versatile hue that pairs well with anything—just like a good pair of blue jeans.

January 2017

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  • Old-School Remedies: Recently, a well-established independent retailer called me nearly at his wit’s end. He said the first few weeks of the ...
  • The New Classics: What’s old is new again, as brands reintroduce traditional favorites with fined-tuned aesthetics and upgraded comfort.
  • Tried and True: Outdoor brands go back to their roots: Heritage and authenticity are key product cues that appeal to younger and older consumers alike.
  • Home Field Advantage: With a proven track record, Scott Home, president of Fashion Major Brands (distributor of Coolway, Musse & Cloud and Freestyle by Coolway) is building the business the old-fashioned way: great products, partnerships and passion.
  • These Boots are Made for Walking: Small to tall, New Yorkers take it to the streets in the season’s staple silhouette.
  • Cover Story: Over-the-knee boots kick style up a notch.
  • Good Company: Paired with relaxed apparel, brogue boots kick it up a notch.
  • Indie Queen: Crushed velvets, posh prints, and baroque embroideries add wrapped-heel appeal to classic ankle boots.
  • Trendspotting: January 2017: Our Fall '17 preview: The latest materials, colors, patterns and silhouettes.

December 2016

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  • Smart Money: Dedicated to doing the right thing, the Two Ten Footwear Foundation Scholarship Program provides financial as well as intellectual assistance to industry members and their families seeking higher education.
  • Heel Thyself: Statement shapes and intricate details build style from the ground up.
  • To Be in Tbilisi: East meets West in Georgia’s capital city crossroads, where sporty, punk and chic looks prove style barriers are wide open.
  • Weather or Not: Low-profile rain shoes for those days when Mother Nature just can’t make up her mind.
  • American Dream: Joe Ouaknine, CEO of Titan Industries, reflects on a fast-paced career and the wonderful people and amazing places he has encountered along the way.
  • Star Power: They don’t call it the Superstar for nothing: The iconic Adidas trainer continually cycles back into fashion, finding prominence among ’70s-era NBA players, ’80s b-boys, ’90s skaters and, most recently, A-list fashionistas.
  • The Sundowner Also Rises: Over the past three decades, Vasque’s Sundowner boot has achieved legendary status among avid hikers and weekend warriors alike for its timeless styling, unfailing durability and reliable versatility.
  • Change Agent: Philippe Meynard, CEO and president of Earth Shoes, is ushering in a slew of changes in an effort to adapt the company amid a retail shakeout for the ages.
  • Heave-ho the Status Quo: Unprecedented. Befuddling. Terrifying. Stunning. Disruptive. Ugly. Revolutionary. Deplorable. Unpredictable. Bat crap crazy… No, I’m not rehashing reactions to the presidential election. ...

October/November 2016

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  • Who’s the Boss, Anyway?: For the future of shoe fashion and foot health, our industry must show who’s the boss here. We owe it to consumers to save them from themselves.
  • Back to the Future: Bob Mullaney, president and COO of ShoeBuy, on a fortuitous life and career aided greatly by the ability to stretch and embrace change.
  • Family Ties: Todd Wolff, president of Wolff Shoe Company, makers of Sesto Meucci, Vaneli and Eric Javits brands, on leading the fourth-generation, family-owned company during a paradigm shift in retail.
  • More Than a Feeling: Brands increasingly blend the best of both worlds to produce versatile, all-day wear that looks and feels great.
  • Totally Emoji: Embroidered, bedazzled or patched, fashion’s new icons sport major text appeal.
  • The X Factor: Cross-strap sandals fuse style with stability.
  • Bow Hunting: The search is over: sweet sandals topped with trendy ties.
  • Model Citizens: By popular demand: lightweight, versatile and snazzy boots for spring.

September 2016

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  • Lush: Rich Colors, Tropical Patterns and Global Textures Borrow Inspiration from Sultry Climates for Spring.
  • Anything Goes: The Euro trend report: Spring ’17
  • The Amazon Age: It is the ultimate elephant in the room. Not a single industry-related conversation of late goes by without its name ...
  • Taking Stock: David Kahan, CEO of Birkenstock Americas, on the brand-wide plan to do the right thing—even if it means pulling the cork on the world’s fastest growing retailer.
  • The Age of Disruption: Amid turbulent and unpredictable times, designers pull inspiration from near and far for Spring ’17.
  • Trend Spotting: September 2016: Slides offer stylish ease, while Mules reveal that backless is better.
  • Pink Prancers: Structured ballet flats in sweet shades of pink.
  • Summer in the City: What’s black, white and nude all over? Ladies of Manhattan in strappy sandals and neutral looks that brave the heat.

August 2016

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  • Game of Thrones: Clinton or Trump? Regardless of who the next leader of the free world may be, each will affect sourcing, sales and style in their own unique ways.
  • Great Danes: Ecco marks its silver anniversary in the States, a legacy built on design innovation, premium quality and supreme comfort.
  • Father Knew Best: Looking back three decades, Rick Muskat, executive vice president and principal of Deer Stags Concepts and FDRA chairman, reflects on the fatherly advice that has served as the backbone to the third-generation family business.
  • Trend Spotting: Spring 2017: A roundup of the leading silos, colors and materials of the season.
  • Sis-Boom-Bah!: Decorative pom poms add a cheery kick to flats.
  • Natty Boys: The new European street style is decidedly untailored with a dose of true grit (no shirt required).
  • Muling It Over: European trend watch: As temperatures rise, A-list ladies are going backless in mules that don’t skimp on style.
  • Cool Summer: Fresh takes on camouflage stand out in any environment.
  • Faded Glory: The fabric of America, denim stretches across a range of silhouettes for Spring.
  • Fighting the Good Fight: Here’s to us all continuing to fight the good fight...

July 2016

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  • Food Run: Classic sneaker silhouettes the never get old.
  • Shaky Times: Analysts weigh in on the recent rash of retail bankruptcies and store closings, which beg the question: Is this the end of the retail world as we know it?
  • Young at Heart: With a focus on lightweight technologies and athletic-infused styling, work boot makers are adapting to a Millennial-driven workforce dominated by tech and service industries.
  • Walk this Way: The evolution of sportstyle: lightweight sneakers with natty knit uppers stretch far beyond the gym for spring.
  • Building the Perfect Beast: Here’s to all the great brand builders in our industry.
  • Bold and Beautiful: Super chunky platform sandals with funky cutouts pump up the volume on a summer staple.
  • The Rockport Files: Led by industry veteran Bob Infantino and under new ownership, a dedicated team of experts is on a journey to make Rockport great—again.
  • Audacious Aussies: Ladies Down Under go over the top with statement shoes anchoring loose, breezy outfits.

June 2016

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  • Perfect Storm: In the throes of a retail shakeout for the ages, we are left to ponder: Who will adapt and survive?
  • Upclose: Dress – June 2016: LVL XIII redefines luxe sneakers while Titan acquires Badgley Mischka.
  • Power Couples: From baroque to boho, meet fall’s shoe-and-bag soul mates.
  • Cool in Canada: From punky to funky, anything goes in the Great White North.
  • Norm to the Core: Mark Lardie, CEO of Rack Room Shoes and Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse chains, proudly embraces the traditional family footwear format—and here’s why.
  • Game Changer: With a new management team in place overseeing a streamlined portfolio, Dave Powers, CEO of Deckers Brands, discusses the lifestyle brand opportunities that lie ahead amid a rapidly evolving retail landscape.
  • A Touch of Gray: Naot CEO Steve Lax looks back on the long, strange trip from ’60s idealist to 21st-century realist—and the wisdom gained along the way.
  • High Times: Men’s hi-tops elevate style with textured leathers and canvas prints.
  • Velvet Sky: The plus fabric transforms everyday styles into stars.

April/May 2016

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  • Industrial Revolution: Platform soles with edgy cutouts mark a new era of lightweight, comfortable and bold design.
  • Loose Ends: Street-style stars sport fringe bags and apparel for festival-inspired looks that take center stage.
  • Trendspotting: April 2016: A look at Footwear trends, April & May 2016.
  • Pony Tales: Depending on the shade, pony hair adds Western flair or notes of punkish rebellion.
  • It Goes Without Saying: Has the comfort footwear category finally reached a point in its evolution where the descriptive is no longer even warranted?
  • Doing the Right Things: Jeffrey Goldfarb, director of business development for G-III, licensor of G.H. Bass, on relaunching the iconic American heritage brand the right way.
  • Body Blows: The hits just keep coming lately—and they’ve got many retailers on the ropes.
  • Standing Firm: Mark Jubelirer, president of Reyers Shoe Store in Sharon, PA, reflects on his decision to remodel and remain in his beloved steel town.

March 2016

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