July 2020

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  • Short Story: Ease through autumn with transitional boots steeped in Boho spirit.
  • His & Hers Hikers: On the trail and off, alpine looks rise to the occasion.
  • Reopening Reflections: As retailers nationwide reopen amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic they are entering the new normal—one filled with high hopes, stark fears, many unknowns, enormous challenges, tectonic consumer behavioral shifts and a hungering for any port in the storm. Here, 11 leading retailers from across America reflect on what’s gone right, wrong and unexpectedly, and what their strategies and expectations are going forward.
  • Scene & Heard: July 2020: Business as Usual, Sneaker Startups, and Mergers.
  • Ferry Nice: Fire Island weekenders sport easy-breezy, beat-the-heat looks.
  • Reptile House: Hot for cold-blooded prints.
  • Do the Pandemic Pivot: For the millions of people who can’t afford to bury their heads in the beachfronts of their second homes until a cure/vaccine arrives, doing the pandemic pivot is the only way to try and survive in the new normal.

June 2020

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  • The Virus Diaries: A dozen leading executives are pivoting on the fly in a gallant effort to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. In the industry's darkest days, they're beacons of determination and ingenuity.
  • On Deck: Make a splash with the latest boat shoes for guys.
  • Get Sporty: Versatile and comfortable, sport-inspired sandals offer universal appeal.
  • Mask market: Summer in the Hamptons, only like never before.
  • Leading the Way: Great leaders come in many forms.
  • Enchanted Summer: Easy, breezy styles ideal for exploring secret gardens.

April/May 2020

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  • Dream Big: Tall Order, in team with United Legwear & Apparel Co.,looks to transform the men’s sock market.
  • Some Good News: Prasad Reddy, CEO of Twisted X, on the company’s ongoing evolution to be as sustainably run and socially responsible as possible and how it’s helping fuel double-digit growth.
  • The Big Time Out: Over the past 17 years, my wife and I have had to administer just one little time out to our ...
  • Win-Win: Andy Polk, FDRA’s senior vice president and sustainability expert, on how companies can lessen their global footprint while increasing their bottom line.
  • Trend Spotting: May 2020: Haute Hikers, To Heel with it!
  • Mod About Green: Granola style gets a makeover as designers up the sustainability chic factor.
  • Nature Walk: From sporty to laidback, sustainable styles are suitable for the park, trail and concrete jungles.
  • Eco Trend Spotting: May 2020: Eco Trend Spotting: Tread Lightly, Good & Plenty

March 2020

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  • Leisure Class: Indoor/Outdoor slippers that go seamlessly from the couch to the café.
  • The 21st Annual Plus Award Winners: Recognizing outstanding achievement in design and retail. The 2020 Plus Award Winners.
  • Murse Alert: Men trade briefcases and backpacks for clutches and crossbodies at London Fashion Week.
  • True Grit: Rob Moehring, chairman of Washington Shoe Company, makers of Chooka, Western Chief, Staheekum and CH2O, has overcome numerous hurdles over the course of 40-plus years, revealing a relentless can-do spirit and a refusal to quit.
  • Winning Formulas: “Winning isn’t everything, but losing sucks.”

February 2020

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  • Jungle Boogie: Leopards, tigers, zebras, oh my! Designers answer the call of the wild this fall.
  • Do Something!: As major concerns, challenges and a general air of contrariness rankle retailers and vendors seemingly into a standoff, how can the industry come together to overcome them? How can we collectively do something to all do better?
  • Soles in Seoul: Goth punk overtakes K-pop glam on the streets of South Korea’s capital.
  • Trend Spotting: February 2020: Slither In, Slick Picks, Men at WOrk, Got the Blues, Cozy Kicks, Power Preppy, Forestry Cool, Last Dance, Mine Craft, Tie One On...
  • The Biza Blueprint: Led by veteran independent retailers Dave and Danny Astobiza and sourcing expert Brian Jensen, the new comfort brand hits on key product, production and distribution touchstones that make it unique among wholesale launches.
  • Made in the Suede: Sorry Elvis, but it’s “brown, brown, brown” suede shoes this fall.
  • Getting Schooled: Over the past year, I have received intensive lessons in selling, marketing, competitive analysis, yield management, risk assessment, data analytics, financial planning and GPS use—all as part of the college search that has taken my family on a whirlwind tour.
  • Living the Dream: Chris T. Gallagher, CEO of Vionic Group, looks back on his rise from store clerk to leader of one of the world’s fastest-growing comfort brands.

January 2020

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  • Combat Rocks: Camo prints, army hues and chunky marching boots clash powerfully in this military mashup.
  • Chelsea Cool: Chelsea Boots: The go anywhere / go with anything silhouette looks to replace sneakers at the front of men’s closets this fall.
  • Decades Surfing: “Time is a train/Makes the future the past”...
  • Rocking and Rolling: Steve Gunn, CEO of Blundstone, on the 150-year-old brand’s record-setting sales streak and why much greater growth is on the horizon.
  • Redefining Retail: Retailers are reinventing themselves in increasingly creative and thoughtful ways, with an eye on service and social/environmental good.
  • The Boot Apple: New Yorkers bust out a barrage of boot styles to battle Old Man Winter.
  • Trend Spotting: January 2020: Great White Way, Retro Rust, Pathfinders, Powder Puffs, Weather or Not, Crocodile Rocks, Fur Her, Got Boots, Grand Dames, It's a Cinch!, Alpine Allure...

December 2019

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  • Bright Lights, Big City: Pop it Like Pop Rocks, Designers Burst Forth in a Blaze of ’80s Style Glory.
  • Aloha State: How the Island Slipper Classic leather sandal became a cult item, smashing price barriers and dress codes along the way. Just don’t call them flip-flops!
  • Tokyo ’Tude: Gritty, chunky-soled silhouettes get the stomp of approval.
  • Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: It’s December, time to reflect on and assess the past 12 months before making plans, projections and resolutions for the year ahead.
  • Great Adventure: The shoe odyssey of industry veteran Tsering Namgyal includes a queen, marvelous mentors and exciting retail and wholesale adventures.
  • Pillow Talk: The lofty tale of how the iconic boot gave birth to the Cougar brand and became a defining symbol of Canadian fashion along the way.
  • Charting a Course: Nancy Richardson, CEO of San Antonio Shoemakers (a.k.a. SAS), on steering the comfort company into the modern era while retaining its timeless values.

October/November 2019

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  • Weekend Getaway: Easy like espadrilles… the definitive summer staple is dressed up and down in breezy flats, smart wedges and sporty sneaker hybrids.
  • Plying One’s Trade: Full disclosure: I never even knew what a trade magazine was growing up, let alone dreamed I’d work at various ones for nearly 30 years.
  • What’s Selling: Sensible Shoe Rutland, VT: Sensible Shoe in Rutland, VT, has stood the test of time—112 years and counting—by adhering to old-school retail basics, starting with top-notch customer service.
  • Golden in Colorado: Celebrating 50 years, Richard Polk, founder of Pedestrian Shops, has set the gold standard for the comfort specialty format, spanning selection, service, location and community outreach.
  • Bold & Beautiful: Celebrating its 50th anniversary, MICAM exhibitors showcased a plethora of vivid trends and engaging initiatives to keep the shoe universe buzzing.
  • On the Wedge: When a little lift is all you need.
  • Summer Cool: Espadrilles: a preppy (enough) boat shoe alternative for men.
  • English Beat: What’s black and white and seen all over? The leading shoe trends coming out of London Fashion Week.

September 2019

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  • Moon Shot Mission: On the heels of meteoric growth and expansion, David Kahan, CEO of Birkenstock Americas, delves into why the brand has only just left the launch pad.
  • Trendspotting: September 2019: Mules Rule, Leisure Class, Slides Rule...
  • copenhagen chic: Danes go to great lengths to showcase their shoe game during the capital city‘s fashion week. 
  • Hello Yellow: From striking sunshine to sweet pastel, the warm hue radiates joyful style.
  • The DTC Debate Heats Up: With retailers and brands competing more than ever for sales, is there a way to share the wealth—or even peacefully coexist?
  • Breaking Bad: Streaks usually come to an end at some point.
  • Sole Man: Industry vet turned philanthropic entrepreneur Wayne Elsey on how his latest book about the power of hope and unity was inspired, in large part, by the kindness of shoepeople.

August 2019

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  • Toe-tally!: These little piggies went oui, oui, oui all the way around Paris.
  • Heat of the Moment: Men show a little skin to beat the Paris heat.
  • Fierce!: Wild cat prints are spot on for Spring.
  • Today’s Catch: Sporty yet dressy, fisherman sandals serve up the ideal summer hybrid.
  • Home Turf: Scott Home, CEO of Fashion Major Brands, distributors of Musse & Cloud and Coolway, throws a little chin music.
  • Minimum Wage Matters: As minimum wages rise steadily across the country, and government debates a national standard of $15/hour, how are retailers adapting?
  • Eye of the Entrepreneur: Robert Schwartz, CEO of Eneslow Shoes & Orthotics, reveals the secrets to retail survival.
  • In Good Hands: Kevin Mancuso, CEO of White Mountain Footwear, on how zigging and zagging has been the 40-year-old company’s key to success.