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September 2017

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  • California Dreamer: Victoria Staten, co-owner of Zerotie and Famolare, reflects on an industry journey that spans retail and wholesale, startups and power players.
  • Putting the “O” In Optimism: Joe Ouaknine, CEO of Titan Industries, offers his take on the retail turmoil, the perceived Amazon threat, endless competition and why, despite it all, the company is on pace for a record year.
  • Trendspotting: September 2017: Do the Ruffle The ’70s-era trimming jazzes up everyday casuals. Clockwise, from top: Restricted, Seven Dials, Bella-Vita, Minnetonka. ...
  • Breezy in Ibiza: Statement sandals and bold kicks are the go-to, off-the-beach styles on this Mediterranean island paradise.
  • The Eclectic Slide: Designers do the classic silhouette in funky materials, jazz details and pops of color. (Socks discouraged.)
  • Thinking Inside the Box: Are subscription box services an untapped opportunity?
  • Who’s Next: Vector spotlights at scene. Scene lighting, stage illumination Vector illustration Who’s the next up-and-comer destined to set the shoe world ablaze? ...

August 2017

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  • Trendspotting: August 2017: The hottest hues, silhouettes, materials and add-ons for Spring ’18.
  • The New Bohemians: Western and Boho elements meld together in an authentic Americana blend rich in details and brewing with classic looks for spring.
  • New Beginnings: Three veteran executives take the reins of three classic American brands, detailing their plans, outlining their unique strengths and defining why they are dream jobs.
  • Decked Out: Bold patterns, unexpected materials, color pops and hybrid silhouettes: The classic deck show is reinvented.
  • French Dressing: Parisian women look haute in the hot weather.
  • The Shoe Saviour: Bruce Katz, CEO of Samuel Hubbard, on how the company’s old-fashioned approach to designing shoes and building a brand is a blast from the past that’s taking the market by storm.
  • Smackdown: At what point is a brand’s product priced low enough these days? When it’s a steal—literally? Must the price be chopped ...
  • Be True to You: Sari Ratsula, president of Seychelles Imports, reflects on a life’s journey filled with opportunities, unexpected challenges and the sweet rewards of overcoming them.

July 2017

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  • Meet Gen Z: Spendthrift, entrepreneurial and smartphone-obsessed, here’s how to best reach this throwback generation.
  • Think Pink: Designers look through rose-colored glasses this Spring.
  • Kicks in the City: As temperatures rise, New Yorkers take to the streets in dresses, separates and sneakers.
  • And So It Goes: The tectonic shifts rumbling through the retail landscape in the past year were earthshaking enough, but these past few weeks ...
  • Well Suited: Manhattan’s dapper dudes choose sneakers to pair with suits and slacks.
  • Balancing Act: More than a year after being named president of Dansko, Jim Fox details the delicate balance needed to succeed in today’s topsy-turvy retail landscape.

June 2017

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  • Chills & Thrills: Spanning the extremes of peak performance to casual bliss, leading outdoor brands offer a broad range of styles for Spring ’18.
  • The New Black: The classic hue takes its turn in the spotlight for spring.
  • Looking for Good: Well, the latest quarterly sales reports came in and—surprise—department stores took another drubbing. The figures were “WannaCry”-like with comparable store ...
  • Family Matters: Kevin Bosco, president of Bos. & Co.—distributors of Fly London and makers of Softinos and a namesake brand—on building a wholesale business the old-fashioned way: through great products and loyal relationships.
  • Giving Thanks: Gary Hauss, the self-proclaimed Godfather of Shoes and owner of the J.Stephens chain, recognizes the importance of tenacity, loyalty and, most of all, family.
  • Queen Bee: Elizabeth Todd, owner of The Shoe Hive, generates a steady buzz thanks to her sharp eye for spotting the latest trends that keep a swarm of customers returning time and again.
  • The Gucci Effect: Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s kaleidoscopic vision has taken footwear fashion by storm, spawning a wave of imitators and redefining luxury styling.
  • Need A Lift: Towering flatforms give New Yorkers a fashionable boost for spring.
  • Wild Things: Fantastical furs, exotic skins and haute hides breathe life into couture collections.

April/May 2017

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  • Life’s Lessons: Greg Tunney, CEO of RG Barry, looks back on a career filled with self-discovery, satisfaction, surfing, skiing and success.
  • Pin-Up Girl: High-Cut flats for fall offer added coverage and striking geometry.
  • The Kingdom and the Power: If you took an informal poll of industry members right now, the overall sentiment would probably skew heavily negative. I’ve ...
  • Home Run Derby: A powerful lineup of projected best-selling comfort styles look to have retailers swinging for the fences this fall.
  • Fresh Perspective: Glen Barad, president of Taos Footwear, on how the brand’s number-one goal—to generate repeat customers—serves as the basis for its every move.
  • Get With the (Loyalty) Program: Why investing or reinvesting in a loyalty program might be the most profitable move retailers can make right now.
  • Flight Club: Retro bomber jackets are in tight formation with a broad range of shoe silhouettes.

March 2017

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  • Another Brick in the Wall: To say things have been a bit strange lately would be an understatement of yuuuuge proportions. Society has reached a ...
  • Smart Moves: A growing number of user-friendly smart shoes is proving that the wearable technology movement stretches from head to toe.
  • The Professor: Profiles in Excellence: Lifetime Achievement - Robert Goldberg, president of Harry’s Shoes.
  • 2016 Plus Awards Winners: Recognizing excellence in design and retail for 2016.
  • In the Loop: Athletic-inspired knit uppers refined for casual office attire.
  • Street Survivors: Trendsetting dudes sport cutting-edge kicks to traverse Gotham’s concrete jungle.
  • The New Cool: Snazzy slip-ons and smoking slippers hit the right style notes.

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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  • It’s All Good: The fifth-annual Two Ten Foundation Footwear Cares event reached record levels of volunteerism and now shifts to a yearlong initiative.
  • 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.