Calling All Scholars: The Two Ten Footwear Foundation Scholarship Program is open to all industry members and their families—spread the word.
Brain Trust: The smart move: Footwear Plus partners with Two Ten Footwear Foundation on its annual Scholarship Program.
Prophet Sharing: Gazing into the surprisingly bright future with “retail prophet” Doug Stephens—and what retailers should do now to make the most of it.
StarStruck: Irregular Choice’s Star Wars–themed collection is out of this world.
Filling in the Dots: Jan Brinkmann, president of Tamaris USA, on the leading European lifestyle brand’s launch stateside—and why timing, analytics and great shoes are the key ingredients in its recipe for success.
Shine On: Street chic receives extra wattage thanks to shimmering, high-shine attire in iridescent hues that are anything but basic.
All Pain, No Gain: With millions of Americans suffering from foot-related ailments, we need a national retail destination dedicated to helping them.
Family Values: Bruce Munro, CEO of Munro & Co., reflects on how recent sourcing model changes and a fresh distribution partnership mark a new era.
Ready to Wear: No longer a style stigma, the sensible shoe movement is in step with a larger wearable technology trend that demands functional fashions.
Story Time: Entrepreneur and master of retail reinvention Rachel Shechtman shares insights from Story, her unique rotating concept store in New York, and offers advice on how retailers can create success stories of their own.
Loose Ends: Ballet flats receive an elegant update with strappy, tie-up laces.
Kicks Starter: Fashion Week goers in London and Milan went casual, trading towering heels for cool kicks and effortless street-style chic.
Mod Moves: Athletic-Inspired soles add a little muscle to spring sandals.
Electric Avenue: Contrasting soles, neon leather accents and fluorescent laces give a jolt of style.
Gripes and Grievances: Junk mail, charitable shakedowns and stepping beyond one’s bounds—retailers have been getting on my nerves of late.
Work It: The new crop of work boots for Spring ’16 appeals to Millennials and the broader workforce alike with fresh technologies and a fashion-forward focus.
Here’s the Story: Solomon Dabah, president of Vida Brands—makers of Jambu, André Assous, Kensie, XOXO and Carter’s, among others—on how the family-owned company’s broad portfolio has become a go-to resource.
Jean Pool: Denim, the most democratic textile, lets fashionistas put the focus on their footwear, from boots to sneakers to sandals.
True Colors: Clean monochromatic kicks and sport brights look chic in the heat.
On Track: Elevated design details give classic hi-tops a rush.
Stack ‘Em High: Stacked wood heels reflect a more refined ’70s-era aesthetic.
On the Retail Couch: Brand psychologist Karen Reuther weighs in on how to meet your muse and more success strategies.
Service, Please: Putting on the Ritz: The Ritz-Carlton hotel chain is legendary for its stellar service. Here, Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center VP Diana Oreck shares a simple plan for putting those fabled service principles to work in your store.
Rave On: Chris Gallagher, president and CEO of Vionic Group, on why the comfort brand’s market-disrupter premise is drawing rave reviews to the tune of double-digit sales gains.
A Call to Action: Deckers Brands CEO Angel Martinez calls on retailers to meet the ongoing consumer shopping revolution head-on, incorporating the latest technologies while embracing their unique tactile advantages.
A Charmed Life: Savile row fabrics add a sophisticated polish to contemporary silhouettes.
Life After Normcore: Rumors are swirling that the anti-fashion movement may be on its way out. Here’s what could be coming next.
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.
The Future is Now: Mirror technologies, showroom formats, in-store customization programs—the shopping revolution is upon us.
London Gentry: Dapper and debonair dudes sport their style A game.
Future Perfect: Crystal ball-gazing with eBay tech guru Steve Yankovich.