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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.

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.