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December 2017

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  • Golden Rules: From America to Ireland and back again, Neal Newman, president of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, counts the valuable life lessons and power of philanthropy learned along the way.
  • Earth Mover: On the heels of 40 percent gains this year, Philippe Meynard, CEO of Earth, says the company is at a tipping point for accelerated growth despite strong industry headwinds.
  • Stranger Things: WHEN LAST YEAR came to an end, I (wrongly) believed 2016 was like no other year in retail, not to ...
  • Ethiopian Express: The East African nation is ramping up sourcing capabilities, positioning the region (includes neighboring Kenya) as an up-and-coming hub for footwear manufacturing.
  • Kitschy Keen: Over-the-Top Embellishments turn Ordinary Silhouettes in Extraordinary Statements this Spring.
  • Paint the Town: Pops of bright red ignite a festive spark on the streets of New York.
  • Cool Runnings: From cult running shoe to lifestyle status sneaker, the New Balance 998 has withstood the test of time—and “dad shoe” infamy—by remaining true to its Made in the USA roots.
  • King Clog: The Boston clog, first introduced by Birkenstock in 1979, has clicked over the years with granola types, grannies, grade schoolers and, of late, the glitterati—all who’ve become hooked on its comfort attributes and classic styling.

October/November 2017

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  • Better Days: The Birkenstock BOX x 10 Corso Como, a new mobile pop-up concept for select retail partners to customize inside and ...
  • Shelter from the Storms: Following hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the industry has shown its huge heart by mobilizing to help millions of people in need with product and financial donations.
  • Family Ties: Laura Conwell-O’Brien, executive director of The Atlanta Shoe Market, on the importance of family and pursuing one’s passions.
  • The Commitments: A computer science engineer by training, Richard Wang, president of Propét, is positioning the brand to be smart, quick and committed to being a reliable partner.
  • Flights of Fancy: Sleek, snazzy and sophisticated mules contain all the elements of statement-making style.
  • Sock It To Me!: From ankle to over-the-knee, sock boots packed a stylish punch during Paris Fashion Week.
  • Style Driven: The classic men’s silhouette gets tuned up for spring with fresh coats of paint, slick details and sporty soles.

September 2017

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  • 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.