Another Brick in the Wall

March 7th, 2017

To say things have been a bit strange lately would be an understatement of yuuuuge proportions. Society has reached a …

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The Dawn of a New Retail Age

February 2nd, 2017

Much continues to be written about the demise of brick-and-mortar retailing, department stores in particular. If you took many of …

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Old-School Remedies

January 5th, 2017

Recently, a well-established independent retailer called me nearly at his wit’s end. He said the first few weeks of the …

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Heave-ho the Status Quo

November 30th, 2016

Unprecedented. Befuddling. Terrifying. Stunning. Disruptive. Ugly. Revolutionary. Deplorable. Unpredictable. Bat crap crazy…
No, I’m not rehashing reactions to the presidential election. …

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Who’s the Boss, Anyway?

October 24th, 2016

For the future of shoe fashion and foot health, our industry must show who’s the boss here. We owe it to consumers to save them from themselves.

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The Amazon Age

September 1st, 2016

It is the ultimate elephant in the room. Not a single industry-related conversation of late goes by without its name …

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Fighting the Good Fight

August 1st, 2016

Here’s to us all continuing to fight the good fight…

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Building the Perfect Beast

July 5th, 2016

Here’s to all the great brand builders in our industry.

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Perfect Storm

June 2nd, 2016

In the throes of a retail shakeout for the ages, we are left to ponder: Who will adapt and survive?

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Body Blows

April 28th, 2016

The hits just keep coming lately—and they’ve got many retailers on the ropes.

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