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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.

September 2015

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  • States of Fashion: America is a melting pot of peoples, cultures and, to some extent, fashions.
  • American Original: Talking shop with American Giant’s Bayard Winthrop, the man who brought Made in the U.S.A. back to life.
  • For the Love of the Game: Killick Datta, CEO of International Brand Partners LLC, makers of Ccilu, on how the company is just getting started.
  • Going to Extremes: London’s Victoria and Albert Museum explores extreme footwear—historic and contemporary, painful and beautiful—in its latest fashion exhibition.
  • Match Point: Sneakers skip the gym with pointed toes and luxe materials.
  • Trendspotting, September 2015: A look at footwear trends, September 2015.
  • La Vie En Rose: Powdery pastels cast spring staples in a pretty, polished light.

August 2015

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  • American Accent: Tracy Smith, president of U.S. operations for Geox, is leading the Italian lifestyle brand’s re-launch with a decidedly stateside approach to operations, product and marketing.
  • Waiting for the Sun: Elevated wood clogs offer a bohemian flair in tune with the season's '70s-era flares and drapey dresses.
  • Urban Renewal – Outdoor Preview: Spring 2016: In an effort to build broader consumer appeal, outdoor brands are blending trail-worthy designs and performance benefits with metro style touches.
  • Mule It Over: Moroccan, monochromatic or minimalist, skimmy mules up the elegance quotient of breezy summer ensembles.
  • Trendspotting: August 2015: A look at footwear trends - August 2015.
  • Tech Talk: Five smart steps to make the digital era work for brick-and-mortar stores, from Google’s Bonita Stewart.
  • Opportunity Knocks: From cover to cover, this show issue is packed with ideas, concepts, strategies, opinions, stories and, of course, tons of great-looking shoes.
  • Homme Boys: The gentlemen of Paris Fashion Week brought a certain je ne sais quoi to street style with a heavy accent on casual kicks.

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.
  • 2014 Plus Awards Winners: Recognizing Excellence in Design and Retail for 2014

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.