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July 2015

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  • Gripes and Grievances: Junk mail, charitable shakedowns and stepping beyond one’s bounds—retailers have been getting on my nerves of late.
  • Work It: The new crop of work boots for Spring ’16 appeals to Millennials and the broader workforce alike with fresh technologies and a fashion-forward focus.
  • Here’s the Story: Solomon Dabah, president of Vida Brands—makers of Jambu, André Assous, Kensie, XOXO and Carter’s, among others—on how the family-owned company’s broad portfolio has become a go-to resource.
  • Jean Pool: Denim, the most democratic textile, lets fashionistas put the focus on their footwear, from boots to sneakers to sandals.
  • True Colors: Clean monochromatic kicks and sport brights look chic in the heat.
  • On Track: Elevated design details give classic hi-tops a rush.
  • Stack ‘Em High: Stacked wood heels reflect a more refined ’70s-era aesthetic.
  • On the Retail Couch: Brand psychologist Karen Reuther weighs in on how to meet your muse and more success strategies.

June 2015

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  • Color My (Small) World: A rainbow of candy hues for little sweeties.
  • Higher Ground: Elevated soles up the style ante on brogues and boots with stacked heels and built-up wedges.
  • Modern Girl: Sky-High platforms with architectural heels and exotic textures stack up for fall.
  • Oh, Canada!: Toronto, Hollywood’s stand-in for New York, is also the setting for star-worthy shoe fashion.
  • Sense Appeal: How the right soundtrack, aroma and color scheme can turn passersby into repeat customers.
  • Dialing It Up: With new digs and two new brands added to the portfolio, Kevin Mancuso, CEO of White Mountain Footwear, explains why the timing is right for rapid expansion.
  • Second Wind: Consumers are increasingly willing to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes—and actually pay for it.
  • A Good Day: Taking part in Footwear Cares gave new perspective to the meaning of work.

April/May 2015

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  • Sex (and the City) Sells: The hit HBO series made elite shoe designers household names, and the industry has never been the same since.
  • Grunge is Good: The quintessential ’90s-era fashion trend became the uniform of the new anti-establishment and a look and ethos that lives on today.
  • Silver Streak: Sterling electrifies edgy stilettos and block heel booties in lavish luster.
  • The Heart of the Story: Behind every shoe, brand and storefront are talented people who make it all happen—and bring our magazine to life.
  • Simon Says: Five strategies for success from business innovator and leadership expert Simon Sinek.
  • Trendspotting: Precious Kicks: Lustrous metal treatments raise the luxe factor.
  • Valley of the Dolls: Platforms, gladiators and western boots, oh my! Coachella Festival-goers rocked them all.
  • The Covers: The changing face of Footwear Plus over the years.

March 2015

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  • That’s a Wrap: The recent round of trade shows showcased the best of Fall ’15.
  • From Stockrooms to Boardrooms: Learning the language of retail can be the ticket to career success.
  • Service, Please: Putting on the Ritz: The Ritz-Carlton hotel chain is legendary for its stellar service. Here, Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center VP Diana Oreck shares a simple plan for putting those fabled service principles to work in your store.
  • Rave On: Chris Gallagher, president and CEO of Vionic Group, on why the comfort brand’s market-disrupter premise is drawing rave reviews to the tune of double-digit sales gains.
  • Trendspotting: March 2015: A look at footwear fashion trends for March 2015.
  • Frozen Apple: The fur was flying during a frigid New York Fashion Week as fashionistas battled the elements in style.
  • Kiltie Conscience: The upper crust detail adds preppy panache to basics.
  • Tough Enough: Classic details polish up the next generation of boots.

February 2015

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  • Trendspotting: February 2015: A look at footwear fashion trends for February 2015.
  • A Call to Action: Deckers Brands CEO Angel Martinez calls on retailers to meet the ongoing consumer shopping revolution head-on, incorporating the latest technologies while embracing their unique tactile advantages.
  • A Charmed Life: Savile row fabrics add a sophisticated polish to contemporary silhouettes.
  • Life After Normcore: Rumors are swirling that the anti-fashion movement may be on its way out. Here’s what could be coming next.
  • Into the Woods: Comfort silhouettes pack a little more substance
  • Straight from the Source: Sourcing expert Larry Paparo, president and CEO of LJP International, licensee for Nine West Kids, Mootsies Tootsies and Robert Graham, on how its recipe of trust, experience, common sense and old-fashioned hard work is driving growth.
  • The Future is Now: Mirror technologies, showroom formats, in-store customization programs—the shopping revolution is upon us.
  • London Gentry: Dapper and debonair dudes sport their style A game.
  • Future Perfect: Crystal ball-gazing with eBay tech guru Steve Yankovich.

January 2015

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  • Blackbird: Structured heels and sleek details give short black boots an added dose of attitude.
  • Peep Show: Open-toe booties show a little skin on mild fall days.
  • Short and Sweet: A transitional silhouette, short boots make a snappy statement before the deep snows of winter arrive.
  • Trendspotting: January 2015: A look at upcoming trends - January 2015
  • Ready for Anything: Outdoor Preview: Fall 2015: Outdoor brands unleash an avalanche of designs chock-full of performance and style versatility as consumers increasingly embrace a go-anywhere aesthetic.
  • A Life’s Work: Now at the helm of the family business, Anthony Diks, CEO of Wolky, discusses how the Euro comfort brand is skewing younger and aiming to be a year-round resource.
  • A Real Fall for All: Fall ’15 boot trends span decades, genres, materials, genders and movements—all the while combining fashion with function.
  • Lose the Blinders: An educational series in cooperation with Deckers Brands will look within and beyond our industry for insights and solutions.

December 2014

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  • Sock Art: Pop art, op art and minimalism... Sock beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  • To a “T”: This 1920s-inspired silhouette gives spring heels a dose of retro glam.
  • Sock Market Analysis: Women are investing in the latest “it” accessory in high and low styles. Photography by Melodie Jeng.
  • Sweet: The New Cozy: Socks with sandals soften chunky heels and solid platforms.
  • Rays of Light: Recounting the bright spots in a year that may go down in history as one of the darkest.
  • Sock Rally: Industry experts shed some light on how to max out on apparel’s fastest growing segment—socks.
  • Midwestern Values: Diane Butrus, COO of Diba Imports, makers of Diba True and Testosterone, on how the medium-sized fashion house is always looking to fill the market voids.
  • 2014 Style Hall of Fame Inductees: 2014 Inductees: Dansko "Professional and Teva "Original Universe"

October/November 2014

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  • Hangin’ Out: Rich leathers up the style ante on these casual kicks.
  • Got Yer Back!: Rich leathers and shiny metallics render these ’90s throwbacks too cool for school.
  • Breathing Room: Cut-out details put a little “spring” in one’s step.
  • Salvage Beauty: Transitional boots with perforations, cut-out details, color pops and sculpted heels bridge spring sales until sandal weather arrives.
  • Tech Bunch: Larry Schwartz, CEO of Aetrex Worldwide, on how its custom orthotics, foot scanning and footwear divisions offer meaningful points of differentiation in an increasingly homogenous comfort footwear landscape.
  • Millennials at Work: As the workplace continues to change dramatically, Millennials need versatility when it comes to occupational footwear.
  • Shoot to Thrill: Always going the extra visual mile to inform as well as inspire.

September 2014

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  • American Summer: Frayed and faded summer staples harken back to a simpler time.
  • Roman Holiday: From strappy and simple to knee-high, gladiator sandals are the clear victor in this season’s street style arena.
  • On Point: Look sharp in pointy toe flats.
  • The European Report: Spring ‘15: New dates and a new concept, a revamped GDS show whets retailers’ appetites with a smorgasbord of spring trends.
  • Hawaiian Topics: The entrepreneurial tale of John Carpenter, owner of Island Slipper, includes hits, misses, epiphanies and, through it all, an unwavering commitment to family and the sandal company’s deep Hawaiian roots.
  • Labor of Love: Here’s the story of how Dee Reid left a successful pharmaceutical sales career to jump head first into shoe retailing with the opening of Heels & Hobos in Corning, NY, and—a little over a year later—couldn’t be any happier with her life-altering decision.
  • Wood Shop: Chunky wood platforms take sandals to ’70s-inspired heights.
  • It Could Be Worse: There are problems and then there are real problems.

August 2014

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  • Trendspotting: August 2014: Snakeskin unleashes this season’s wild side.
  • English Beat: Like the cultural and fashion epicenter it is, London pulsates with a range of street style statements.
  • Outdoor Preview: Spring 2015: As the outdoor industry embraces non-traditional activities and more diverse consumer groups, brands are ushering in dynamic and versatile styles to meet the evolving demand.
  • Back In The Running: Jim Van Dine, president of Hoka One One, discusses why the “oversized” running brand is not the next flash in the pan—it’s just getting started.
  • Sister Act: Footwear repair and retail whizzes Jessica Roth and Stephanee Oberhauser are part of a four-generation family tradition at Palo Alto’s The Cobblery.
  • Mules Rule: Slip into spring's most stubborn style.
  • Reading Between the Lines: The latest installment in our ongoing industry narrative shows there are plenty of terrific stories unfolding.