Hawaiian Topics: The entrepreneurial tale of John Carpenter, owner of Island Slipper, includes hits, misses, epiphanies and, through it all, an unwavering commitment to family and the sandal company’s deep Hawaiian roots.
Labor of Love: Here’s the story of how Dee Reid left a successful pharmaceutical sales career to jump head first into shoe retailing with the opening of Heels & Hobos in Corning, NY, and—a little over a year later—couldn’t be any happier with her life-altering decision.
Wood Shop: Chunky wood platforms take sandals to ’70s-inspired heights.
English Beat: Like the cultural and fashion epicenter it is, London pulsates with a range of street style statements.
Outdoor Preview: Spring 2015: As the outdoor industry embraces non-traditional activities and more diverse consumer groups, brands are ushering in dynamic and versatile styles to meet the evolving demand.
Back In The Running: Jim Van Dine, president of Hoka One One, discusses why the “oversized” running brand is not the next flash in the pan—it’s just getting started.
Sister Act: Footwear repair and retail whizzes Jessica Roth and Stephanee Oberhauser are part of a four-generation family tradition at Palo Alto’s The Cobblery.
Mules Rule: ￼Slip into spring's most stubborn style.
Reading Between the Lines: The latest installment in our ongoing industry narrative shows there are plenty of terrific stories unfolding.
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Designers get really comfortable with footbed sandals for Spring ’15.
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The New Retail: Solestruck’s innovative “medical clinic for the shoe addicted” rethinks retail with its new oFFline showroom approach to sales.
Show and Tell: The summer tradeshow slate offers a variety of locales, formats and add-ons.
Old Skool Meets New School: Kevin Bailey, president of Vans, refuses to let the classic brand rest on its recent laurels—starting with 18 straight quarters of double-digit sales growth—by embracing change and continually adapting and evolving.
Evolutionary Times: Tectonic retail shifts once measured in years are contracting down to blinks of an eye. It’s a zero sum game: Keep pace and evolve or become extinct.
Bloggers for Dollars: Brands are collaborating with fashion bloggers to drive consumer engagement, boost awareness and increase revenue.
Speak Easy: Keith Gossett, president of Easy Street Shoe Company, discusses why its formula of moderately priced comfort styles aimed primarily at middle-aged women may not sound all that sexy, but it sure rings the register.
Chatanooga Shoe Shoe: Embellish, a Chattanooga boutique, has made its mark with a spot-on selection and top-notch customer service.
The Age of Agoraphobia?: Might brick-and-mortar shoe stores become extinct if consumers increasingly shop from home?
Check, Please: From New York to Milan, the preppy classic gets a global stamp of approval.
Short Cuts: Side cut-out details show a little skin.
Whisper: Calf hair is reimagined with wild prints and modern silhouettes.
Late Boomers: The buying power of aging Americans presents enormous opportunity. Here’s how to go about attracting that Baby Boomer buck.
The Right Stuff: Consolidated Shoe Company has a 116-year track record of success. Marc Fanning, COO, discusses how the full-service operation builds partnerships that are made to last.
Turn of the Century: Marking its 100th anniversary, Johnson’s Shoes looks back on generations of family dedication that has enabled the California-based comfort chain to survive and thrive, overcoming numerous challenges along the way.
Happy Hunger Games: Welcome, welcome…to our semi-annual seasonal preview issue, where the style wars commence once again.
Rising ’Stocks: Thanks to a revolutionary change in corporate direction, David Kahan, CEO of Birkenstock USA, is leading the charge stateside to fulfill the legendary comfort brand’s enormous potential.
Have It Your Way: Whether retailers are involved in the exchange or not, the made-to-order shoe segment is gaining momentum—one custom pair at a time.
By the Numbers: They say numbers don’t lie. Well, some do, some don’t and some just make you wonder.
Modern Art: Modern Art - Cutout details expose a new wave of creativity
Enlist in Style: Camouflage prints are out in force in the City of Light. Photography by Melodie Jeng
Color Run: A lively spring palette kicks men’s sneakers out of neutral. From top left: Ecco, Ccilu, Sperry Top-Sider, Pajar, Ferracini 24th, Think!, Born, Alegria, Rockport, Keen.
Go West: Western silos and details add an Americana kick to summer festival boots.
In The Details: Glen Barad, president of Taos, on how paying heed to all the little aspects are adding up into a rapidly growing success story. by Greg Dutter
Red Alert: In wake of the Nairobi terrorist attack, U.S. malls and retailers are stepping up security. Here are some strategies on how to help prevent an attack or react in the event of one. By Lyndsay McGregor
Dream Big: Industry icon Michel Meynard, founder of Meynard Designs and Earth Inc., leaves behind a career legacy full of firsts in the fields of design, sourcing and branding. By Greg Dutter
The Great Wide Open: In a fashion landscape straying from a dominant silhouette, opportunity and uncertainty abounds as to what might fill the void.