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Straight from the Source

Sourcing expert Larry Paparo, president and CEO of LJP International, licensee for Nine West Kids, Mootsies Tootsies and Robert Graham, on how its recipe of trust, experience, common sense and old-fashioned hard work is driving growth.

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A Life’s Work

Now at the helm of the family business, Anthony Diks, CEO of Wolky, discusses how the Euro comfort brand is skewing younger and aiming to be a year-round resource.

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Midwestern Values

Diane Butrus, COO of Diba Imports, makers of Diba True and Testosterone, on how the medium-sized fashion house is always looking to fill the market voids.

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Tech Bunch

Larry Schwartz, CEO of Aetrex Worldwide, on how its custom orthotics, foot scanning and footwear divisions offer meaningful points of differentiation in an increasingly homogenous comfort footwear landscape.

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Hawaiian Topics

The entrepreneurial tale of John Carpenter, owner of Island Slipper, includes hits, misses, epiphanies and, through it all, an unwavering commitment to family and the sandal company’s deep Hawaiian roots.

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Back In The Running

Jim Van Dine, president of Hoka One One, discusses why the “oversized” running brand is not the next flash in the pan—it’s just getting started.

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Old Skool Meets New School

Kevin Bailey, president of Vans, refuses to let the classic brand rest on its recent laurels—starting with 18 straight quarters of double-digit sales growth—by embracing change and continually adapting and evolving.

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Speak Easy

Keith Gossett, president of Easy Street Shoe Company, discusses why its formula of moderately priced comfort styles aimed primarily at middle-aged women may not sound all that sexy, but it sure rings the register.

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Full Gallop

On a six-year run of double-digit growth in sales and revenue, Randy Watson, chairman and CEO of Justin Brands, discusses the factors fueling the success and why the best is yet to come.

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A Refreshing Approach

Bob Infantino—president of Drydock Footwear, makers of Cobb Hill, Aravon and Dunham—on why the partnership with New Balance is off to an impressive start.

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The December 2022 Issue

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