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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.

July 2014

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  • Work History: Fish Monger Danner 6-inch moc Pastry Chefs Carhartt 6-inch pull-on boots, vintage clothing ...
  • Taking ’Stock: Clarks Designers get really comfortable with footbed sandals for Spring ’15. El Naturalista ...
  • Festival Fashion: tji-5 Mirroring the diversity of the performers, fans rocked an eclectic array of shoe styles at New ...
  • The New Retail: Solestruck’s innovative “medical clinic for the shoe addicted” rethinks retail with its new oFFline showroom approach to sales.
  • Show and Tell: The summer tradeshow slate offers a variety of locales, formats and add-ons.
  • Old Skool Meets New School: Kevin Bailey, president of Vans, refuses to let the classic brand rest on its recent laurels—starting with 18 straight quarters of double-digit sales growth—by embracing change and continually adapting and evolving.
  • Evolutionary Times: Tectonic retail shifts once measured in years are contracting down to blinks of an eye. It’s a zero sum game: Keep pace and evolve or become extinct.

June 2014

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  • Rad Attitude: Tricked out skate-inspired slip-ons roll out for fashionistas.
  • Riding High: Lush materials take the classic riding boot up a notch.
  • ‘Stock Market: New Yorkers have been bullish about sporting the Birkenstock look this spring.
  • Trendspotting: June 2014: Back in Black and Dapper Dreams
  • Bloggers for Dollars: Brands are collaborating with fashion bloggers to drive consumer engagement, boost awareness and increase revenue.
  • Speak Easy: Keith Gossett, president of Easy Street Shoe Company, discusses why its formula of moderately priced comfort styles aimed primarily at middle-aged women may not sound all that sexy, but it sure rings the register.
  • Chatanooga Shoe Shoe: Embellish, a Chattanooga boutique, has made its mark with a spot-on selection and top-notch customer service.
  • The Age of Agoraphobia?: Might brick-and-mortar shoe stores become extinct if consumers increasingly shop from home?

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.