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Vanessa Lachey joins Crocs for the opening of its New York City flagship.

May 19, 2014

Actress and TV host Vanessa Lachey was on hand to help Crocs celebrate the opening of its flagship on 34th Street in New York City last week. The day kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the store where Lachey was joined by Crocs execs Dan Hart (chief legal and administrative officer), Dale Bathum (chief product officer) and Greg Sullivan (general manager of the Americas) and 34th Street Store Manager Mario Caruso.

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Brooks Running turns 100.

Brooks Running has a lot to celebrate: Not only is the Berkshire Hathaway-owned company turning 100, it just hit a major business goal ahead of schedule, reporting half a billion dollars in global revenue on a rolling 12-month basis as of April 2014. “It’s extremely exciting to reach a business milestone of this magnitude,” says Jim Weber, CEO, Brooks Running Company. “We knew a commitment to putting the runner first and creating both fantastic product and a memorable experience for them was a big idea–a billion dollar idea.

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Timberland celebrates 1 million service hours.

May 16, 2014

A lot can be accomplished in one million hours: 40.3 million e-mails can be read; three million flat tires can be changed; Pharrell’s song “Happy” can be listened to 15 million times.

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Speedo USA and Ortholite announce partnership; launch Twitter sweepstakes.

May 15, 2014

To celebrate the announcement of their two-year partnership, Speedo USA and Ortholite are teaming up to give away two free pairs of Speedo FST waterproof shoes through a Twitter sweepstakes from May 13-May 30. This new all-terrain shoe is specially engineered for triathlon, trail running and any activity in and around the water.

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Joe Namath to appear in campaign for Skechers.

May 14, 2014

Skechers has signed Hall of Famer Joe Namath to star in the Fall ’14 campaign for its Relaxed Fit footwear line. Spanning TV and print to outdoor, online and point-of-sale materials, the campaign will use the same humorous tone as ongoing spots for the line starring Joe Montana and Mark Cuban. “I’ve loved what Skechers has done with this campaign so far and I’m excited to  be joining the team,” Namath states. Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers, says Namath will be “a great asset” when it comes to spreading the word about Relaxed Fit.

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Toms launches animal initiative.

Toms has always been about giving back, providing shoes to a child in need for every pair sold, but now the Venice, CA-based brand is taking things a step further. Sparked by Heather Mycoskie’s passion and love for animals (wife of Toms Founder Blake Mycoskie), the Toms Animal Initiative is a series of partnerships planned to conserve and protect animals by raising funds each year.

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The bond between soccer fans and footwear is expected to heat up this summer during the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

May 13, 2014

Just how popular is the World Cup? Try this comparison on for size: combine the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup Finals, the NBA Finals, and for good measure, a seventh game of the World Series and you are only starting to approach the level of interest and excitement the month-long soccer competition (June 12-July 13) generates once every four years around the world.

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New dates announced for Transit in June and August.

May 12, 2014

Transit, Los Angeles’ longest running footwear trade show, will take place at the California Market Center (CMC) on June 9-11 and Aug. 4-6, and run in conjuction with LA Fashion Market. Due to a busy show schedule during June and August, the CMC has shifted the dates to help accomodate buyers and exhibitors. Key retailers who attended the last show include Nasty Gal, Modcloth, Kitson, Piperlime and Zappos and more, while the roster of lines includes BCBG Max Azria, Betsey Johnson, Jeffrey Campbell, Modern Vice, MIA and Naughty Monkey.

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At-home try-on services bring the fitting room to the living room–but is the added convenience worth the investment?

May 9, 2014

If there’s one thing online consumers crave, it’s free shipping. Now that this perk has evolved from an added incentive to an expectation, some online retailers are upping the ante by shipping product to customers before they’ve even paid for it. Consumers can try on several items, send back unwanted styles and only pay for what they choose to keep. Shipping is free both ways and there is no obligation to buy.

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Ocean Minded unveils American-made collection of sandals.

May 8, 2014

Ocean Minded has partnered with the Sandalman, a family-owned footwear company in Newport Beach, CA, to refresh two of its bestselling sandals. “There’s been a resurgence of made-in-the-U.S.A. product and this collaborative relationship combines the best of both companies,” says Steve Workman, general manager. The limited-edition premium collection debuts with the women’s Makena (SRP $130) and the men’s Mokulua (SRP $150), both featuring full-grain leather straps, toe posts and footbeds, along with a die-cut sponge SBR foam midsole.

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