Rocky Brands launches Instagram contests for Rocky and Georgia Boot.

July 2nd, 2014

Rocky Brands is encouraging consumers to share where their Georgia Boot and Rocky boots take them as part of a just-launched social media contest. Running through November, fans of Rocky are urged to post videos of themselves to Instagram wearing their boots in all walks of their lives (hunting excursions, personal adventures, work responsibilities) with the hashtag #EverySeasonEveryReason. Rocky will then provide a link in the comments section of each video where the entrant can claim his video and officially register to win.

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Licensing Expo attendance up.

July 1st, 2014

Advanstar Licensing, organizers of Licensing Expo, reports that 15,702 licensing professionals attended the most recent three-day show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, representing a 5 percent increase from last year’s event. The show featured 482 exhibiting companies in 218,872 net square feet with an additional 100,000 square feet of conference and special event space used daily. More press attended than ever before, too, with 120 journalists working the show and covering news from exhibitors. 

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Queen Elizabeth has worn the same shoes for 50 years.

June 30th, 2014

Kate Middleton (Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, if you want to be official about it) is ubiquitous for rewearing outfits to royal engagements. But while many believe her humble roots are to thank for this down-to-earth practicality, perhaps she’s been taking notes from her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth, all along. The monarch has been wearing the same shoes for 50 years.

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Cat Footwear lights up New York atop One World Trade Center.

June 27th, 2014

On Wednesday night on the 63rd floor of the not-yet-open One World Trade Center in New York City, with the city’s skyline twinkling in the background, Cat Footwear took to the catwalk as part of the J Summer Fashion Show, presented by J Model Management. Inspired by model, entrepreneur and founder of J Model Management Jessica Minh Anh’s vision, Cat was one of eight designers (and the only American brand) picked from four continents to celebrate cultural integration.

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Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang make a kicking comeback with Vans.

June 26th, 2014

Good grief! Vans has teamed up with iconic comic strip Peanuts on a capsule collection of kicks for fall. Vault by Vans x Peanuts takes it back over three decades to reissue two vintage prints created to commemorate the opening of Camp Snoopy in Knott’s Berry Farm in 1983 and used on Vans footwear sold exclusively at the Southern California amusement park. Fall ’14 revives the long-gone prints on a selection of Vault by Vans Original Classics in a range of adult and toddler sized sneakers.

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Harlem teen opens pawn shop for high-end sneakers.

June 25th, 2014

When 16-year-old New Yorker Chase Reed asked his father, Troy, for a loan of $50 towards the sneakers he’d once again stood in line all night waiting to buy, Troy decided to keep the kicks hostage until he got his money back. That got the 10th-grader thinking. Using his own five-figure stock of 45 mint-condition basketball shoes, he opened the world’s first sneaker pawn shop. 

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Under Armour honored with innovation award.

June 24th, 2014

Clio Sports, an international competition honoring creative excellence in sports, has announced Under Armour as the recipient of the Clio Sports Brand Innovation Award. The global apparel, footwear and equipment brand, led by Founder and CEO Kevin Plank, will be lauded for its creative impact on the sports industry during a July 17 ceremony at Cipriani Midtown in New York City, hosted by ESPN Radio’s Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg of Mike & Mike in the Morning. 

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PacSun celebrated the longest day of the year with its first ever Golden State of Mind Day.

June 23rd, 2014

The Summer Solstice and official first day of summer fell on a Saturday this year and PacSun took full advantage, turning the longest day of the year into its first ever Golden State of Mind Day. The Anaheim, CA-based retailer swept the nation with 20-hours of events and activites across the country. The festivities kicked off on June 21 at sunrise  in Puerto Rico with Hurley Pro surfers Nat Young and Brian Toth. A gathering at Miami Beach in Florida brought together sun seekers who were treated to GSOM-themed umbrella and towels. 

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Skechers sues Reebok for copying its Go Walk shoes.

June 20th, 2014

Skechers USA has announced that a lawsuit has been filed against Reebok International Ltd. for selling shoes that infringe on the Manhattan Beach, CA-based brand’s Go Walk line. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as injunctive relief for infringing on Skechers’ patent and trade dress rights and for unfair competition. The suit states that Reebok is selling the infringing products under the name Reebok Walk Ahead RS.

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Native Shoes pairs up with Pleats Please.

June 18th, 2014

As temperatures start to soar across the states, Vancouver-based Native Shoes unveils its Summer ’14 collaboration with Issey Mikaye’s Pleats Please label. Using the classic Jericho Women’s silhouette as a starting point, both brands’ design teams kept it “lite” in a mostly pastel palette punched with pops of coral and blue to bow a collection that speaks to the functional minimalism at the core of both companies’ DNA. “Native Shoes and Pleats Please share a common belief that fashion should be light and easy to move in: simple, stylish and comfortable,” explains the Pleats P

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