Alzheimer’s Association voted winner of $75,000 donation from DSW.

July 23rd, 2014

Footwear and accessory chain DSW has announced the winner in its Shoe Lovers Care Leave Your Mark program: the Alzheimer’s Assocation. The Chicago-based non-profit was nominated by Patti Gilligan, director of change management at DSW, and will receive $75,000 towards its mission. From June 6 through 24, Shoe Lovers everywhere voted up to once per day on shoeloverscare.com to decide which organization they felt was most deserving of the grant money.

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Thirty design students from around the world compete in Pensole’s World Sneaker Championship.

July 22nd, 2014

Pensole Footwear Design Academy kicked off the Pensole World Sneaker Championship (WSC) yesterday and Founder D’Wayne Edwards calls it the school’s most expansive footwear design master class to date. “The goal of the WSC is to show the world how impactful the sneaker industry is, by highlighting the top aspiring sneaker designers from around the world through the premiere sneaker brands in the industry,” he says. 

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Demi Lovato inks deal with Skechers.

July 21st, 2014

Following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato has signed with Skechers and will appear in the company’s global marketing and social media campaigns through 2016. Lovato, known for hit singles “Heart Attack” and “Neon Lights” as well as two seasons as an X-Factor judge, will make her first official appearance in a new Skechers TV commercial and accompanying print ad later this year.

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Dansko CFO Jim Fox receives CFO of the Year award.

July 18th, 2014

Dansko CFO Jim Fox has been named 2014 CFO of the Year in the Medium Company Category by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Selected by an independent panel of judges and sponsored by Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, the award recognizes financial professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area for their outstanding performance as corporate financial stewards.

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Native Shoes debuts moccasin.

July 17th, 2014

Known for its lightweight EVA footwear, Native Shoes steps into a new silhouette for Spring ’15. Dubbed the Apollo and inspired by classic moccasins, the new design is the perfect pairing of old and new. Spearheaded by Creative Director Mark Gainor, the five-year-old company worked with a second-generation shoemaker in Los Angeles to create the hand-turned wooden last the new shoe is based on, and the China-made end product features a single piece upper made from an ultra lightweight, breathable microfiber on the brand’s signature blown EVA outsole.

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Pro skateboarder Pat Duffy signs with Airspeed Footwear.

July 16th, 2014

AirSpeed has announced the signing of pro skateboard legend Pat Duffy to its Footwear Pro team. The In California Inc-owned brand hopes that Duffy, listed as the No. 13 Most Influential Skater of All Time by TransWorld Skateboarding magazine, will take AirSpeed beyond its current consumer base of 25 million. Distributed online and in Walmart stores nationwide, AirSpeed has previously partnered with the likes of Mike McGill, Kristian Svitak and Brian Sumner. Pat Duffy pro model shoes will debut at select brick-and-mortars and online in Fall ’15. 

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Cat Footwear’s iconic Colorado boot pops back into fashion.

July 14th, 2014

What do you get when you cross a classic workman’s boot with a graphic art designer known for creating eye-popping murals and shop interiors? A bright and brash collection that’s not for the faint of heart, that’s what. Cat Footwear commissioned French-born, London-based Camille Walala to apply her quirky prints to its classic Colorado style for Spring ’15, and the results are striking.

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FDRA releases Footwear Production Code of Conduct.

July 11th, 2014

The Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA), the United States’ largest footwear trade association, has released a comprehensive Footwear Production Code of Conduct in an effort to establish a common baseline that will drive uniformity within the footwear industry and help clearly communicate and uphold the social norms and values commonly held by FDRA members. From working hours and overtime to structural safety and transparency, the code is a guide that ensures any factory that adheres to its standards is compliant with industry expectations. 

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Timberland hits goals for greenhouse gas emissions.

July 9th, 2014

As part of its overall commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR), in 2007 Timberland set a number of aggressive performance targets with the goal of achieving them by 2015. Today, the VF Corp.-owned brand has announced that as of year-end 2013, due to persistent efforts to reduce its environmental impact, the brand has already hit two critical goals. Specifically, Timberland has reduced its GHG emissions by 50 percent, almost two years ahead of schedule, and 26 percent of its energy is now derived from renewable sources. 

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President Bill Clinton delivers keynote address at the Skechers Global Conference.

July 8th, 2014

Former United Stated President Bill Clinton is a keynote pro. He’s delivered speeches at everything from the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies to the Temple Law Foundation, and later this month he will head to Melbourne to speak at the 2014 AIDS Conference. But luckily for Skechers, the in-demand speaker was able to carve time out of his busy schedule to deliver the keynote address at the Manhattan Beach, CA-based brand’s annual Global Conference on June 26.

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