Heaven on Earth: Classic smoking slippers are an inspiring canvas for fashion's creative awakening. Photography by Jamie Isaia.
Mixology Class: A mixed media lesson in fine textures, treatments and baubles.
Italian Dressing: Men’s fashion week in Milan and Florence had fellas sporting their A game. By Melodie Jeng
Puttin’ on the Ritz: Department stores reignite an intense rivalry with explosive, over-the-top footwear emporiums in their New York flagships.
By Lyndsay McGregor
The Acquiring Kind: Having recently closed the books on its most profitable year ever, Greg Tunney, CEO of RG Barry, makers of Dearfoams, Baggallini and Foot Petals, says the company is primed for more acquisitions—and plenty more growth in the years ahead.
By Greg Dutter
Red, White & New: Take heed, the Millennials have a set of values and behavioral traits like no prior generation. By Angela Velasquez
Creep Show: Technology’s increasing reach into our personal lives might be crossing the line in some cases, but is it a necessary evil?
They’ll Never Grow Old: Living in a small New York City apartment with my wife and 10-year-old daughter—the latter of whom has a desperate desire to hang onto every little scrap and scribble stretching back to nursery school—makes one come to terms with the finite reality of space. Before executives from Hoarders ask to feature our apartment in an upcoming episode, we have to jettison items that no longer serve a useful purpose.
Gold Rush: A Midas touch illuminates classic black dress styles.
Scandi Style: Scandinavians sport a clean layered look grounded by boots.
Trendspotting: January 2013: Classic and simple boot sillhouettes are enriched with old-world tapestries, ornate craftsmanship and muted jewel tones for Fall. Photography by Glynis Selina Arban. Styling by Robyn Victoria
It’s Show Time!: From Las Vegas and Miami to New York, Europe and places in between, the fall trade show calendar features a full slate of formats, exhibitors, events and excursions. Here’s your cheat sheet to what to look for as you make your travel plans.
Theory of Evolution: Outdoor footwear for Fall 2013 is adapting to new consumer and environmental demands. By Judy Leand
Shooting for the Moon: Tom Berry, executive vice president of the Tecnica Group, makers of Tecnica, Moon Boot and Dolomite, discusses how the portfolio is becoming a worldwide player—one calculated step at a time. By Greg Dutter
What’s the Big Idea?: Some say eclectic is the new black, while others argue that it’s the result of a shotgun approach in the hopes something catches on and becomes the next big thing. By Angela Velasquez
Let’s Talk Turkey: Martin Berendsen, CEO of Fast Forward Footwear, distributors of Inuovo, reveals why buyers are gobbling up the colorful Turkish fashion brand and that it’s only the appetizer. By Greg Dutter
Jungle Love: Designers take a walk on the wild side this spring.
In Bloom: A glimmer of sparkle and enchanting adornment awaken the season's delicate pastels.
Twist of Fate: Doug Vesling, president of C-Merit Corporation, makers of Gotta Flurt, Evos and Nord Trail, discusses how proven formulas, along with a few creative twists, are a recipe for success. By Greg Dutter
On the Road Again: The trade show round-up: key trends, traffic reports and juicy topics coming out of FN Platform, FFANY, Outdoor Retailer and The Atlanta Shoe Market among others.
Get a Hold of Your Senses: Recently I was hoofing it across Manhattan’s 8th Street to get my customary “trade show” haircut when it struck me how this retail strip has changed. This east-west street that traverses Greenwich Village used to be lined with numerous independent shoe stores. The smell of leather would waft outside, triggering a Pavlov dog-like response that enticed shoppers into stores where they could then rub the rich leathers between their fingers while a salesperson serviced any requests.
Pop-up Culture: Temporary shops turn empty spaces into quick sales centers and build long-lasting brand awareness. By Lyndsay McGregor
Wish You Were Here: ￼Classic silhouettes jazzed up with pretty braiding, nautical motifs and alluring licks of color create a nostalgic beach vacation vibe.
Tropical Punch: An electric mix of color and florals lend a taste of island living.
Hipster Nation: Urban dwellers weathering the “Baked Apple” dress down their looks for an edgy, cool vibe.
Designers are having a Cinderella-moment with clear heels and uppers.
Sweet Sixteen: Blake Krueger, CEO of Wolverine Worldwide, discusses why the acquisition of Sperry, Saucony, Stride Rite and Keds positions the company’s entire portfolio for tremendous growth in the decades ahead. By Greg Dutter
Read All About It: If you are holding our actual magazine in your hands while reading this page, I want to thank you. I realize that you are busy and the fact that you’re taking time out of your day to read what I have to say—as well as what our staff has worked so hard to say and visualize throughout the pages of our latest show preview—means the world to us.
Into the Light – Outdoor Preview: Spring 2013: Incorporating innovative technologies and colorful athletic styling, the outdoor category continues its seismic shift into everyday wear that spans the Redwood forests to the urban jungles. By Judy Leand
Are We Better Off?: As the election approaches, industry leaders debate how we’re faring today compared with four years ago. By Maria Bouselli
Hey Jute: Espadrille soles are a natural choice for men’s spring styles.
Up All Night: Bright colors, bold patterns and bling turn up the style on sneakers for Spring
A Life’s Work: At 30 years deep, Matt Joyce, president of Highline United, makers of Ash, Tracy Reese and Luxury Rebel among other labels, has made a career out of knowing what women really want when it comes to shoes. By Greg Dutter
In the Works: Occupational brands are raising the comfort bar and taking a load off to help get the job done. By Lyndsay McGregor
Bright Lights: Minimal running shoes in an array of shocking colors are creating a sales stampede. By Angela Velasquez
Get Sporty: They’re everywhere—not just in gyms or on jogging trails. They’re sleek, snazzy and some might even say downright sexy. They come in a rainbow of neon colors, with pink being the most popular of late. They are lightweight, minimal shoes born to run in, although many are used for strutting as much as for huffing and puffing. Leading the way is Nike Free with its distinct chalk-white outsoles. Other chic and techy minimalist running styles making the scene come from Adidas, Saucony, New Balance, Brooks and Skechers, to name a few.
Bow Hunting: Turning ordinary flats into little gifts, bows add a dollop of whimsy.
Trade Show Guide: Chock-full of must-see reasons to attend, the August round of trade shows offers a comprehensive industry overview of the latest Spring ’13 trends from established players and the latest crop of up-and-comers. By Mary Avant and Lyndsay McGregor FN Platform: Bigger and Better
Pop Star: Seeking shoes with personality and pop, Tracy Margolies, vice president DMM of women’s footwear for Saks Fifth Avenue, reveals how gut feelings play an important role in determining which styles make the cut inside one of the nation’s leading arbiters of footwear fashion. By Greg Dutter
Follow the Leader: Bob Mullaney, president of U.S. sales and operations for The Rockport Company, discusses how the brand is regaining its premium leadership position in the comfort space and how the best is yet to come. By Greg Dutter
Boys in the Hoodies: It’s accurate to say that Florida teen Trayvon Martin and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t be more opposite: One is dead following highly controversial and racially tinged circumstances; the other is alive and extremely healthy, particularly from a financial standpoint, thanks to the recent IPO of his popular social networking site. The move turned the billionaire into a multi-billionaire so many times over that contemplating his wealth is like trying to comprehend the vastness of space.
Sugar Rush: A new breed of rain boot silhouettes and an assortment of mouthwatering hues keep women coming back for more. Photography by Jason Hindley
The Hills: The tony Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills serves as a style walk of fame for fashion A-listers. By Gary Moss
Faux Finish: Designers trick the eye with trompe l’oeil motifs.
Bird Calls: A flock of feather-embellished dress styles flutter into fashion this fall.
Born In The USA: As Chinese labor shortages continue to be a source of woe and materials and shipping costs skyrocket, a growing number of manufacturers are bringing production back home, answering both logistical needs and an increasing demand for made-in-the-U.S.A. merchandise.
By Lyndsay McGregor
One of a Kind – Joe Salzano: If you haven’t by now actually heard Joe Salzano speak, it’s a good bet you have heard of his passionate message about the art of shoe retailing. A career that now spans more than five decades, the vice president of sales for The Clarks Companies, N.A. continues to crisscross the country delivering his inspirational wisdom and leaving an indelible imprint on the footwear industry.
By Greg Dutter | Illustrations by Ben Marra
Chew on This: John McCarvel, CEO of Crocs, reveals how the brand has bounced back—bigger than ever at $1 billion in annual sales in 2011—and why the projection to double that hefty sales volume is in reach within five years. By Greg Dutter
Few brands trigger a stronger reaction than Crocs. A mere mention of the purveyor of those foam-like clogs in garish colors sends fashion bullies into a tizzy. They’re loud. They’re puffy. They’re goofy. And, many are convinced, they’re downright fugly.
The People You Meet: Life is a journey where the people you meet are collected along the way, forming a long reel of characters that increases as the years go by. Some play starring roles for decades; others are those select few whom you meet once but never forget. There are far more who come in and out of your life like cameos and eventually fade into a cast of thousands of faceless extras.
Chic Week: Attendees at New York Fashion Week brought their A-game. By Melodie Jeng
Chukka On: Rich textures and a dip of color refreshes the men’s staple for fall.
The American Dream: ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Refined and reserved, fall styles reflect a bygone era.
2011 Plus Awards Winners: Innovative design and a commitment to superior service are synonymous qualities of this year’s Plus Award winners for excellence in design and retail.
Show Time!: fall trends, show vibes and industry buzz
Happy Days: Luke Chen, COO of Alegria, discusses how the comfort brand’s happy premise is delivering smiles and sales to its expanding base of retailers and creating millions of loyal, elated consumers along the way. By Greg Dutter
Primary Colors: Our country’s primary colors are red, white and blue. Our two major political parties’ primary colors are red (Republicans) and blue (Democrats) and, for too long, there’s been zero mixing of the two. The primary colors of our industry, year in and year out, are black and brown. However, some primary colors for Fall ’12 look to be jewel tones, such as burgundy, saffron and emerald. The primary color of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is—well, if milquetoast is a color, then I’d vote for that. The primary color of Newt Gingrich is muddy.