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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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February 2016

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  • Blurred Lines: Robust menswear looks coupled with subtle feminine touches create crossover appeal.
  • Changing of the Guard: Marking Washington Shoe Company’s 125th anniversary, Karl and Rob Moehring, CEO and chairman respectively, reflect on four generations of family ownership and the exciting road ahead.
  • Meet the Yuccie: The latest millennial archetype is a major trend-setter seeking meaningful brand relationships.
  • Get a Grip: The sneakerboot is gaining traction in a world gone mad for sneakers.
  • Hot Rocks: Glitzy jeweled embellishments steal the show.
  • Hot…and Cold: This Just In...from Miami and Toronto
  • Trendspotting: February 2016: A look at footwear trends, February 2016.
  • Going to Extremes: The record-breaking, once-in-a-lifetime, never-seen-before, to-the-nth-degree nature of events these days is taking its toll.

January 2016

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  • Good Deeds: Industry members join forces as part of Two Ten Footwear Foundation’s fourth annual Footwear Cares initiative—this time to assist impoverished and disabled kids in their communities.
  • Bell-Bottom Blues: It’s time to let go of the Seventies, at least for a little while.
  • Balancing Act: Stefano Caroti, president of omni-channel for Deckers Brands, on why retail success requires seamless integration of innovation with time-honored tenets.
  • Story Time: Gary Champion, president of Earth Brands, on how the company’s contemporary design aesthetic is gaining momentum and why it’s an ideal time to tell that story.
  • Elements of Style: The fashion-meets-function story has been trending for several seasons now, but the outdoor category has seen the greatest gains and acceptance of melding style and substance.
  • Get Shorty: Basking in an abnormally warm fall, Toronto women cut their boots down to size for added versatility.
  • Piece Work: Boho meets Soho in chic suede patchwork booties.
  • Trendspotting: January 2016: A look at footwear trends, January 2016.
  • Alpine Cool: The trail meets the runway: classic embellishments fused with feminine silhouettes give rise to the haute hiker.

December 2015

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  • Calling All Scholars: The Two Ten Footwear Foundation Scholarship Program is open to all industry members and their families—spread the word.
  • Brain Trust: The smart move: Footwear Plus partners with Two Ten Footwear Foundation on its annual Scholarship Program.
  • Prophet Sharing: Gazing into the surprisingly bright future with “retail prophet” Doug Stephens—and what retailers should do now to make the most of it.
  • StarStruck: Irregular Choice’s Star Wars–themed collection is out of this world.
  • Filling in the Dots: Jan Brinkmann, president of Tamaris USA, on the leading European lifestyle brand’s launch stateside—and why timing, analytics and great shoes are the key ingredients in its recipe for success.
  • Shine On: Street chic receives extra wattage thanks to shimmering, high-shine attire in iridescent hues that are anything but basic.
  • Block Party: Trade towering stilettos for ladylike (and comfy) square heels.
  • Party Girl: A mashup of bold colors, brilliant gems and eclectic heel shapes embraces the anything goes movement.

October/November 2015

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  • All Pain, No Gain: With millions of Americans suffering from foot-related ailments, we need a national retail destination dedicated to helping them.
  • Family Values: Bruce Munro, CEO of Munro & Co., reflects on how recent sourcing model changes and a fresh distribution partnership mark a new era.
  • Ready to Wear: No longer a style stigma, the sensible shoe movement is in step with a larger wearable technology trend that demands functional fashions.
  • Story Time: Entrepreneur and master of retail reinvention Rachel Shechtman shares insights from Story, her unique rotating concept store in New York, and offers advice on how retailers can create success stories of their own.
  • Loose Ends: Ballet flats receive an elegant update with strappy, tie-up laces.
  • Kicks Starter: Fashion Week goers in London and Milan went casual, trading towering heels for cool kicks and effortless street-style chic.
  • Mod Moves: Athletic-Inspired soles add a little muscle to spring sandals.
  • Electric Avenue: Contrasting soles, neon leather accents and fluorescent laces give a jolt of style.