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.
Green is Good: Colleen Vien, sustainability director for Timberland, on how the brand continues to push the eco-friendly envelope.
Cycle of Life: Isaac Ash, president and CEO of United Legwear & Apparel Company, on the fruits of working hard and giving just as much back in return.
Right On!: Dani Zizak, vice president of corporate communications and social responsibility for Wolverine Worldwide, on how the conglomerate is doing right by its employees, customers and Mother Nature.
The Resolve to Evolve: Once again, our winner’s circle includes a range of design categories and retail formats that introduced breakthrough technologies, trend-setting styles and powerful brand stories as well as engaging stores worth experiencing in person.
The Natural: John Schuler, CEO of Schuler Shoes, a chain of nine sit-and-fit emporiums in Minnesota, has created an enviable empire built the old-fashioned way—through grit, honesty and excellence.
The Shoe Traveler’s Life: How cool would it be to travel back to Langen-Bergheim, Germany, in 1774 when Johann Adam Birkenstock, the man identified in the local church archives as “subject and cobbler,” rolled out style No. 1?
Man with a Plan: Bob Mullaney, CEO of RG Barry Brands, makers of Dearfoams, Baggallini and Foot Petals, on turning the company from a customer-centric model into a consumer one.
Running Strong: Edward Kanner, CEO of Kanner Corporation—distributors of Gabor, Think!, Haflinger and Ganter—on how the family-owned distributorship of more than 50 years always goes the distance.
Local Color: A focus on experience and community shines bright in the brick-and-mortar battle with ecommerce.
The Big Short: Shoes stand tall amid the cuffed and cropped pants trend sweeping the Big Apple.
Be Thankful: Steve Libonati, president of Ralph Libonati Co., distributors of Blundstone, reflects how his father led him on a fruitful career path.
Blues Man: The deep, rich hue strikes a colorful chord in sleeker sneakers this fall.
Game Changer: Roger Rawlins, CEO of DSW, on how the company is radically changing in order to thrive long term. By Greg Dutter
Full Bloom: Marty Rose, agent and distributor for ACL Footwear Company, makers of All Black, on a career spanning continents, industries, tigers and working alongside Calvin Klein.
Tech Talk: Larry Schwartz, CEO of Aetrex Worldwide, on the company’s unique high-tech approach to building healthy comfort footwear.
Weather or Not: Bootmakers are upping utilitarian features and the style quotient for Fall ’19, proving form and function need not be mutually exclusive.
Cold Chic: New Yorkers blend bundling up with booting up to battle the elements in style.
Hiker Chic: Stylish embellishments and sexy silhouettes lead hikers out of the woods and onto the runway.
Brown Around Town: From dark chocolate to light buff, shades of the trusty fall hue present a pleasing palette in men’s boots.
Will Act III be a Charm?: I believe Act III is in the process of unfolding in our industry. And I hope the rough and tumble journey we’ve all been on is resolving itself into a healthy, vibrant, more stable landscape.