Though frigid weather has frozen footwear sales across most of the country this year, things are looking up–and we’re not just talking about spring. According to global market research company Euromonitor International, global apparel and footwear sales will hit $2 trillion by 2018, and shoes will likely be the bulk of that. Footwear was one of the most dynamic categories in 2013, growing by 6.1 percent, compared to 4.8 percent growth in apparel, and the footwear market has consistently outperformed apparel sales for the past decade, especially in the women’s category.
Saucony unveiled its brand-new ViZiPRO collection of running gear at a panel discussion in New York last week, detailing how the highly reflective microfiber apparel and accessories are designed to keep runners seen and safe in any season, day or night. The ViZiPRO collection includes jackets, vests, sport tops, headgear and hand gear for men and women in the trademark fluorescent orange color meant for maintaining an eye-opening luminescent and reflective surface for increased visibility of athletes.