The Resolve to Evolve

March 5th, 2019

Once again, our winner’s circle includes a range of design categories and retail formats that introduced breakthrough technologies, trend-setting styles and powerful brand stories as well as engaging stores worth experiencing in person.

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The Shoe Traveler’s Life

January 30th, 2019

How cool would it be to travel back to Langen-Bergheim, Germany, in 1774 when Johann Adam Birkenstock, the man identified in the local church archives as “subject and cobbler,” rolled out style No. 1?

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Will Act III be a Charm?

December 31st, 2018

I believe Act III is in the process of unfolding in our industry. And I hope the rough and tumble journey we’ve all been on is resolving itself into a healthy, vibrant, more stable landscape.

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Chasing Blunnies, Rainbows and Unicorns

December 1st, 2018

Every season thousands of shoe styles are introduced to the marketplace only to disappear a few months later without a …

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Meet the Retail Maestro

October 22nd, 2018

It started like any other weekend bike ride…

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Creep Show?

September 4th, 2018

Recently, my teenage daughter was playing the theme music from Netflix’s hit sci-fi series, Stranger Things, on her electric piano. …

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Onward and Upward

August 1st, 2018

Much of what has helped make Footwear Plus a long-running success remains firmly in place: a friendly and knowledgeable staff backed by a quality selection.

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Labor of Love

July 1st, 2018

“Generations come and go, but it makes no difference. The sun rises and sets and hurries around to rise again. …

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Go Deep

June 1st, 2018

We live in an Insta world these days. Life gets summed up in tweets, posts, pics, (fleeting) Snapchat stories …

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Make Stores Great Again

April 27th, 2018

If brick-and-mortar stores have any shot at long-term survival, they must be destinations. In short, they must be worth the …

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