Putting the “O” In Optimism: Joe Ouaknine, CEO of Titan Industries, offers his take on the retail turmoil, the perceived Amazon threat, endless competition and why, despite it all, the company is on pace for a record year.
Trendspotting: September 2017:
Do the Ruffle
The ’70s-era trimming jazzes up everyday casuals.
Clockwise, from top: Restricted, Seven Dials, Bella-Vita, Minnetonka. ...
Breezy in Ibiza: Statement sandals and bold kicks are the go-to, off-the-beach styles on this Mediterranean island paradise.
The Eclectic Slide: Designers do the classic silhouette in funky materials, jazz details and pops of color. (Socks discouraged.)
Chills & Thrills: Spanning the extremes of peak performance to casual bliss, leading outdoor brands offer a broad range of styles for Spring ’18.
The New Black: The classic hue takes its turn in the spotlight for spring.
Looking for Good: Well, the latest quarterly sales reports came in and—surprise—department stores took another drubbing. The figures were “WannaCry”-like with comparable store ...
Family Matters: Kevin Bosco, president of Bos. & Co.—distributors of Fly London and makers of Softinos and a namesake brand—on building a wholesale business the old-fashioned way: through great products and loyal relationships.
Giving Thanks: Gary Hauss, the self-proclaimed Godfather of Shoes and owner of the J.Stephens chain, recognizes the importance of tenacity, loyalty and, most of all, family.
Queen Bee: Elizabeth Todd, owner of The Shoe Hive, generates a steady buzz thanks to her sharp eye for spotting the latest trends that keep a swarm of customers returning time and again.
The Gucci Effect: Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s kaleidoscopic vision has taken footwear fashion by storm, spawning a wave of imitators and redefining luxury styling.
Need A Lift: Towering flatforms give New Yorkers a fashionable boost for spring.
Wild Things: Fantastical furs, exotic skins and haute hides breathe life into couture collections.
It’s All Good: The fifth-annual Two Ten Foundation Footwear Cares event reached record levels of volunteerism and now shifts to a yearlong initiative.
Old-School Remedies: Recently, a well-established independent retailer called me nearly at his wit’s end. He said the first few weeks of the ...
The New Classics: What’s old is new again, as brands reintroduce traditional favorites with fined-tuned aesthetics and upgraded comfort.
Tried and True: Outdoor brands go back to their roots: Heritage and authenticity are key product cues that appeal to younger and older consumers alike.
Home Field Advantage: With a proven track record, Scott Home, president of Fashion Major Brands (distributor of Coolway, Musse & Cloud and Freestyle by Coolway) is building the business the old-fashioned way: great products, partnerships and passion.
Smart Money: Dedicated to doing the right thing, the Two Ten Footwear Foundation Scholarship Program provides financial as well as intellectual assistance to industry members and their families
seeking higher education.
Heel Thyself: Statement shapes and intricate details build style from the ground up.
To Be in Tbilisi: East meets West in Georgia’s capital city crossroads, where sporty, punk and chic looks prove style barriers are wide open.
Weather or Not: Low-profile rain shoes for those days when Mother Nature just can’t make up her mind.
American Dream: Joe Ouaknine, CEO of Titan Industries, reflects on a fast-paced career and the wonderful people and amazing places he has encountered along the way.
Star Power: They don’t call it the Superstar for nothing: The iconic Adidas trainer continually cycles back into fashion, finding prominence among ’70s-era NBA players, ’80s b-boys, ’90s skaters and, most recently, A-list fashionistas.
The Sundowner Also Rises: Over the past three decades, Vasque’s Sundowner boot has achieved legendary status among avid hikers and weekend warriors alike for its timeless styling, unfailing durability
and reliable versatility.
Change Agent: Philippe Meynard, CEO and president of Earth Shoes, is ushering in a slew of changes in an effort to adapt the company amid a retail shakeout for the ages.
Heave-ho the Status Quo: Unprecedented. Befuddling. Terrifying. Stunning. Disruptive. Ugly. Revolutionary. Deplorable. Unpredictable. Bat crap crazy…
No, I’m not rehashing reactions to the presidential election. ...
Who’s the Boss, Anyway?: For the future of shoe fashion and foot health, our industry must show who’s the boss here. We owe it to consumers to save them from themselves.
Back to the Future: Bob Mullaney, president and COO of ShoeBuy, on a fortuitous life and career aided greatly by the ability to stretch and embrace change.
Family Ties: Todd Wolff, president of Wolff Shoe Company, makers of Sesto Meucci, Vaneli and Eric Javits brands, on leading the fourth-generation, family-owned company during a paradigm shift in retail.
More Than a Feeling: Brands increasingly blend the best of both worlds to produce versatile, all-day wear that looks and feels great.
Totally Emoji: Embroidered, bedazzled or patched, fashion’s new icons sport major text appeal.
The X Factor: Cross-strap sandals fuse style with stability.
Bow Hunting: The search is over: sweet sandals topped with trendy ties.
Model Citizens: By popular demand: lightweight, versatile and snazzy boots for spring.