While China still supplies more than eight out of every 10 shoes sold in the U.S., domestic production is on the up. A recent report by the AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association) found that in 2012, the number of shoes manufactured in the United States increased by 9 percent. This rise combined with a corresponding fall in imports caused import penetration in the footwear market to fall slightly for the second year in a row, from 98.7 percent to 98.6 percent.Read More »
Forever 21 is the latest fast fashion brand to bank on shoes. Joining the likes of Nasty Gal, Gap and H&M, the chain will soon debut a range of 10 trend-driven styles of higher quality–and price–than its past inexpensive offerings. Prices will range from $49 to $79. Forever 21 recently came under fire for its existing footwear and accessories when unsafe amounts of lead were found in several items.Read More »
Puma has added to its long list of star sponsorships by inking a deal with AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli. The controversial soccer player wore the brand’s boots for the first time last week against Roma when he sported a custom pair of evoPower Stampa FG covered in newspaper headlines from his colorful career. “Puma’s support for the Italian national team was [an] instrumental reason for me signing this contract and I am sure that the coming years will bring many good things for us all,” Balotelli says.Read More »
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