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Fashion sneakers driving athletic footwear sales.

Love ’em or hate ’em, you can’t deny the versatility of a good pair of sneakers. Make no mistake: We’re not talking about your dad’s old white New Balance runners. We mean sick kicks that can be dressed up for work and down for an easy night out. And we’re not the only fans. Global information company NPD Group reports that athletic footwear sales increased 1 percent from January to August 2013, compared to the year-ago period.

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Haute Accessories?

We’re not sure what to make of this look from French designer Eric Tibusch, but hey—if this becomes a hot accessory trend, perhaps the industry will see an uptick in sales. 

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Chooka “Pool” Gear

We’re not so sure wearing Chooka boots in the pool will keep your feet dry, but it sure makes for quite a fashion statement.  We thank Rob Moehring, CEO of Kent, WA-based Washington Shoe Company and makers of Chooka, for forwarding us this pool shot.

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The July 2024 Issue

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