D’Wayne Edwards is paving the way for the next generation of footwear designers.

October 27th, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicActions speak louder than words. That’s D’Wayne Edwards’ motto and the basis behind Pensole Footwear Design Academy, the shoe design school he founded in Portland, OR, in 2011. “There are too many students graduating from design schools who won’t get a job,” reports the former Jordan Brand design director.

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Chrome Industries taps footwear veteran Christopher Silverman.

October 24th, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicSan Francisco-based cycling accessory company Chrome Industries is stepping up its shoes. Known for its seatbelt buckle bags, the brand’s new president, Christopher Silverman, is committed to expanding its selection of pedal-friendly kicks.

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Thom Solo’s avant-garde creations happened by chance.

October 23rd, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicThom Solo ended up in shoe design purely by chance. As a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston he would often construct couture-like creations based on ideas that randomly popped into his head.

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Ringo Starr signs with Skechers.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicSkechers is really racking ’em up. The latest famous face to join the Manhattan Beach, CA-based brand’s Relaxed Fit campaign is the world’s most famous drummer: Ringo Starr. The former Beatle is swapping his drumsticks for kicks in Spring ’15, starring in TV, print, outdoor, online and point-of-sale ads through June 2016.

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Skechers Friendship Walk kicks off in nine days.

October 17th, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicSkechers sixth annual Pier to Pier Friendship Walk kicks off in nine days in Manhattan Beach, CA, and with $855,331.01 already raised for education and children with special needs, the company is confident it will surpass its $1 million goal by Sunday, Oct. 26.

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A sabbatical led to a new calling for Bryr’s Isobel Schofield.

October 16th, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicAfter 15 years in the apparel business, Isobel Schofield decided it was time for a change. “I found myself really burnt out,” the British-born designer remembers. “I took some time off to recharge my creative batteries and find my new path.” While she was on this “creative walkabout,” she reached out to a Midwestern clog company and asked if it would take her on as an apprentice.

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Converse sues 31 companies for knocking off its Chuck Taylor All Stars.

October 15th, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicConverse’s iconic Chuck Taylor sneakers have been a wardrobe staple for generations of Americans. (Our Senior Editor alone owns more than five pairs, and our Creative Director wears them everyday.) Now the century-old shoemaker is suing 31 companies of trademark infringement in 22 separate lawsuits filed Tuesday in the United States District Court in Brooklyn, NY. 

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NSRA and FDRA fight for footwear retailers nationwide on Capitol Hill.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicLast Tuesday, the National Shoe Retailers Association (NSRA) and the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) joined forces in Washington, DC, to lobby on behalf of sales tax fairness for independent shoe retailers.

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