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April/May 2014

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  • South by Southwest: Legendary cowboy style lives on in the modern day must-haves.
  • Team Bombshell: Old-school bomber jackets add a sporty layer to chic ensembles.
  • Opposites Attract: Black and white contrasting pairs well with quirky street styles.
  • My Little Pony: Iconic Western Styles are Kicked Up a Notch by a Corral of Fun and Flirty Embellishments.
  • Defining Western: How the West is Worn: Spanning traditional to twerked out, the latest interpretations of western style for Fall ’14 reveal a breadth of selection as vast as its consumer audience.
  • Full Gallop: On a six-year run of double-digit growth in sales and revenue, Randy Watson, chairman and CEO of Justin Brands, discusses the factors fueling the success and why the best is yet to come.
  • The New Normal: By disregarding fashion, Normcore creates a sartorial statement that bland is the new black.
  • Revisiting the Classics: As fashion continues to look back in the face of financial risks associated with introducing new concepts, the ’90s are here again.

March 2014

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  • 2013 Plus Awards Winners: Recognizing Excellence in Design and Retail for 2013
  • What’s Moore: Joe Moore, president and CEO of FFANY, reflects on a career chock-full of industry firsts and colorful tales, spanning more than 50 years in retail, wholesale and tradeshow management.
  • A Refreshing Approach: Bob Infantino—president of Drydock Footwear, makers of Cobb Hill, Aravon and Dunham—on why the partnership with New Balance is off to an impressive start.
  • Trendspotting: March 2014: Gender Blender, Mane Event, Cutting Shears
  • Drama Queens: Street style stars put on a show in Paris with voluminous shapes and accessories worthy of a standing ovation.
  • Smooth Merlot: Designers tempt tastes with the wine-colored hue.
  • Girls Will Be Boys: The tailored styles that drive men’s fashion cut a striking look for women this fall. Photography by Jamie Isaia
  • Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Shoes: We hold these truths to be self-evident... Well, at least I do after 20 years.

February 2014

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  • Trendspotting: February 2014: A look at Trends for February 2014
  • Check, Please: From New York to Milan, the preppy classic gets a global stamp of approval.
  • Short Cuts: Side cut-out details show a little skin.
  • Whisper: Calf hair is reimagined with wild prints and modern silhouettes.
  • Late Boomers: The buying power of aging Americans presents enormous opportunity. Here’s how to go about attracting that Baby Boomer buck.
  • The Right Stuff: Consolidated Shoe Company has a 116-year track record of success. Marc Fanning, COO, discusses how the full-service operation builds partnerships that are made to last.
  • Turn of the Century: Marking its 100th anniversary, Johnson’s Shoes looks back on generations of family dedication that has enabled the California-based comfort chain to survive and thrive, overcoming numerous challenges along the way.
  • Happy Hunger Games: Welcome, welcome…to our semi-annual seasonal preview issue, where the style wars commence once again.

January 2014

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  • Trendspotting: January 2014: A look at trend - January 2014
  • Knit Wit: Cozy Sweater-Like Materials Blanket Fall ’14 Boots
  • Miami Heat: Voluminous silhouettes and slinky stilettos justify the hot spot’s glam reputation.
  • Zip It: Zipper accents expose an edgier side of classic booties.
  • What’s up, Doc?: Record profits, celebrity buzz and new ownership— Bob Bradford, senior vice president of sales for Dr. Martens USA, on why the iconic brand is rocking again.
  • Hot On The Trail: Outdoor footwear gets more versatile, stylish and youth-driven for Fall ’14.
  • Digital Daze: Is too much of everything too much to shop?
  • Travel Happy: Zappos put a positive spin on a stressful day with giveaways at baggage claim.

December 2013

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  • Rebel Rebel: An excess of amped up elements revolutionize grunge style.
  • Inner Grace: Fashion royalty revive a princess-approved skirt length.
  • Military Dress: Enlisting subtle details for a gritty take on men’s dress styles for spring.
  • 2013 Style Hall of Fame: Please welcome our two newest HOF additions...
  • Rising ’Stocks: Thanks to a revolutionary change in corporate direction, David Kahan, CEO of Birkenstock USA, is leading the charge stateside to fulfill the legendary comfort brand’s enormous potential.
  • Have It Your Way: Whether retailers are involved in the exchange or not, the made-to-order shoe segment is gaining momentum—one custom pair at a time.
  • By the Numbers: They say numbers don’t lie. Well, some do, some don’t and some just make you wonder.

October/November 2013

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  • Modern Art: Modern Art - Cutout details expose a new wave of creativity
  • Enlist in Style: Camouflage prints are out in force in the City of Light. Photography by Melodie Jeng
  • Color Run: A lively spring palette kicks men’s sneakers out of neutral. From top left: Ecco, Ccilu, Sperry Top-Sider, Pajar, Ferracini 24th, Think!, Born, Alegria, Rockport, Keen.
  • Go West: Western silos and details add an Americana kick to summer festival boots.
  • In The Details: Glen Barad, president of Taos, on how paying heed to all the little aspects are adding up into a rapidly growing success story. by Greg Dutter
  • Red Alert: In wake of the Nairobi terrorist attack, U.S. malls and retailers are stepping up security. Here are some strategies on how to help prevent an attack or react in the event of one. By Lyndsay McGregor
  • Dream Big: Industry icon Michel Meynard, founder of Meynard Designs and Earth Inc., leaves behind a career legacy full of firsts in the fields of design, sourcing and branding. By Greg Dutter
  • The Great Wide Open: In a fashion landscape straying from a dominant silhouette, opportunity and uncertainty abounds as to what might fill the void.

September 2013

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  • Trend Spotting: September 2013: A look at trends - September 2013
  • High Times: High-waisted shorts put a fashionable spin on mom jeans. Photography by Melodie Jeng
  • 98 Degrees In The Shade: Sand, Surf & City Collide with Versatile Styles that Pack a Punch of Bold, Hot Color & Summertime Fun.
  • High Horse: Mules giddy up with natural materials and chunky heels.
  • Big Bang Theory: No stranger to big, category-creating footwear innovations, Mark Thatcher, founder of Sazzi, believes his unique four toe post design platform will set the shoe world on fire just like his Teva sport sandal launch did 30 years ago. By Greg Dutter
  • The Nuevo New World: At more than $1 trillion annually, the buying power of Hispanics presents enormous opportunity. Here’s how to go about tapping it. By Lyndsay McGregor
  • Surf and Turf: Defined by a laidback and carefree vibe—and less so by silhouette—surf-inspired footwear is experiencing a wave of popularity spanning seafaring to landlocked consumers. By Angela Velasquez
  • Endless Jersey: In honor of our surf-themed issue, an ode to my Jersey Shore roots.

August 2013

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  • This Just In: August 2013: Guys bring their A game with stylish accessories. Photography by Melodie Jeng
  • Trend Spotting: August 2013: A look at trends - August 2013
  • Now You See Me: Sneakers can’t hide from the legion of camouflage prints for Spring ’14.
  • Mod Mod World: A quintessential '60s Mod Vibe swings into Fashion. Photography by Jamie Isaia, Styling by Kim Johnson. Fashion editor: Angela Velasquez; hair: Adrian Clark, The Wall Group; makeup: Deanna Melluso, The Magnet Agency; models: Liv and Kristy, IMG.
  • The Sweet Spot: Jon Caplan, CEO of Genesco Branded Group, makers of Johnston & Murphy and Trask, discusses how the portfolio is sitting pretty amid a burgeoning dress footwear revival and an Americana fashion renaissance. By Greg Dutter
  • Five Steps to Success: Industry experts offer tips on how to boost business as the summer season cools off. By Lyndsay McGregor
  • Sole Brothers: Although born into the business, the Astobiza brothers are carving their own legacy with Sole Desire - now more than 20 years old and consisting of 12 outlets sprinkled throughout California wine country. By Brittany Leitner
  • Story Time: Our job is to report on the ever-changing and exciting business of making and selling shoes. For nearly a quarter of a century, Footwear Plus has showcased the latest styles, brands and trends (beautifully, I might add). We’ve reported on new retail strategies, formats and consumer shopping habits. We’ve updated you on breakthrough innovations in comfort, performance and design; emerging categories; and macro economic and fashion trends as well as their trickle-down effects on the shoe business.

July 2013

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  • Out of This World: By Miriam Driot Like many successful tech startups, Philippe Meynard launched online retailer Planet Shoes in his garage. It has since evolved into a major player in the digital tier and expects to make the leap into brick-and-mortar in 2014.
  • Business Briefs: Casual Fridays are becoming très chic with shorts suits. By Melodie Jeng
  • Man Power: Classic constructions take today's craftsman from work to play with ease. Photography by Trevett McCandliss, Styling by Lyndsay McGregor.
  • Tropical Punch: The treasures and Textures of Exotic Locales Inspire a Lush and Playful Season of Sneakers
  • Good Timing: Steve Libonati, president of Ralph Libonati Footwear and distributors of El Naturalista, Blundstone and Vivobarefoot, on why the portfolio is positioned for significant growth in the coming seasons.
  • What is Kinky?: Recently I got a phone call while in the bowels of the Times Square subway station about this month’s fashion shoot while it was in progress. My creative director wanted to know whether it would be okay to use a men’s shoe on the female model. Having just seen the Broadway smash Kinky Boots a few days before, I immediately thought about the musical’s storyline. There doesn’t seem to be anything taboo in men wearing women’s knee-high red leather stiletto boots these days, if the strong ticket sales and the Tony Award for Best Musical are any indications.
  • Cloud Chasing: Forget clunky cash registers. The future of retail is written in the cloud. By Lyndsay McGregor

June 2013

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  • Metal: Intense metallic finishes amp up the season’s dress silhouettes to megawatt star status. Photography by Jamie Isaia
  • The Art of Packing: Travel-friendly footwear takes the weight off one’s shoulders—literally—and presents an attractive add-on opportunity for retailers. By Lyndsay McGregor
  • Show and Sell: Online shopping isn’t going away, but does that mean stores as we know them might?
  • California Dreamin’: If it seems like designers are taking a laidback approach to creating their Spring ’14 collections, they are. From warm hues to natural materials, the season looks to be awash in the West Coast’s finest relaxed attributes. By Angela Velasquez
  • Running Man: Having just completed a brand makeover and introduced an eponymous label, Adam Tucker, president of Me Too Footwear, shows no signs of slowing the pace as the company races to the next level. By Greg Dutter
  • Golden Touch: Editors Picks - June 2013
  • Emerald City: The 2013 Pantone “Color of the Year” is set to renew, revive and refresh fall styles ...
  • High Line: Flowing high-low hems frame this season’s crop of ankle boots. By Melodie Jeng