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Macy’s Tim Adams to Chair Annual Two Ten Dinner

June 24, 2009

Tim Adams, chief private brand officer of Macy’s, will chair the Two Ten Footwear Foundation’s 2009 Annual Dinner. In addition to being Two Ten’s most critical fundraiser, this year’s event, slated for Dec. 2 at the Marriott Marquis in New York’s Times Square, celebrates the industry charity’s 70th anniversary.

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Merrell Socks It to Us

When suiting up for a trail run or a hike, Merrell loyalists will soon be able to don the label’s socks before stepping into their Jungle Mocs, as the Rockford, MI-based Wolverine World Wide division bows performance socks for Spring ’10.

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Two Ten Calls for Donations

June 22, 2009

Dear Friends,

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Lacoste Goes Architectural with Zaha Hadid

Famed architect Zaha Hadid lends her keen design eye to footwear through a partnership with Lacoste. The initial co-created capsule collection is set to debut at retail in July.

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Payless Opens in the Land of Plenty

June 18, 2009

Payless ShoeSource and its franchisee partner, M.H. Alshaya Co., has opened the first Payless store in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with a 227-square-meter store located in Bawadi Mall, Al Ain.

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H&M Chooses Choo

Fast-fashion monster H&M has announced its latest designer collaborator, and its first in the accessories realm: Jimmy Choo. Expect women to line up for days for the British brand’s covetable shoes at moderate price points, which will sell through about 200 select locations worldwide beginning Nov. 14. But that’s not all; Jimmy Choo designers will also extend their vision to complementary women’s apparel and handbags. And you might find men lining up as well—in addition to women’s product, the collaboration will also cover men’s shoes and accessories.

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Outdoor Retailer Attendee Registration on Par with Last Summer

June 16, 2009

Organizers for the Outdoor Retailer show announced that attendee registration numbers for the 2009 Summer Market, held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT, July 21-24, are meeting benchmarks from this time last year. If registration numbers continue to grow at the current rate, Outdoor Retailer will be on track to meet, and possibly exceed, the number of 2008 attendees.

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Chooka “Pool” Gear

June 15, 2009

We’re not so sure wearing Chooka boots in the pool will keep your feet dry, but it sure makes for quite a fashion statement.  We thank Rob Moehring, CEO of Kent, WA-based Washington Shoe Company and makers of Chooka, for forwarding us this pool shot.

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KangaRoos Strikes a Chord

KangaRoos, a licensee of One7 in Woburn, MA, was the official shoe of last weekend’s first-ever Northside Festival in Brooklyn, NY. The four-day celebration of New York City’s independent music and art scene took place at more than 50 music venues and galleries throughout the Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

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El Naturalista Lends a Hand in Africa

June 9, 2009

Spanish comfort footwear company El Naturalista has expanded its charitable Project Atauchi initiative to Africa. To kick off its presence in a new continent (previous Project Atauchi work has aided children in Peru), the company is collaborating with the nonprofit Amigos de Tanzania in Arusha, an area in the north of Tanzania, to build a library and build out the Baobab Children’s Home orphanage and caretaking center.

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