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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.