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5 New Introductions That Turned Heads at The Atlanta Shoe Market

Trade show season is well upon us, and The Atlanta Shoe Market was as bustling as ever. According to show director Laura Conwell-O’Brien, big-box stores and retailers including DSW, Anthropologie, and Dillards were in attendance for the first time. It was the largest Atlanta Shoe Market to date. And, the brands came to deliver. We’ve included five hot releases on display at the show below:

Naot Footwear Releases Luxury Heel Line

Naot Atlanta Shoe Market

Known for their comfort footwear, Naot introduced a new brand of high-end, luxury heels called Ayelet by Naot. The collection turned heads at The Atlanta Shoe Market, where the brand displayed 10 designer-curated styles. The line is a passion project of Ayelet Lax Levy, President of Naot US Operations. Each pair is crafted with high-end materials and includes an innovative custom PORON insole to deliver the brand’s signature comfort.

“Ayelet by Naot is more than a brand; it’s a testament to the belief that our shoes should offer it all to women. Ayelet by Naot, my passion project, is a luxurious vision where comfort and style come together, catering to those who believe that demanding both support and a stunning heel is not just possible, but essential. In a world expecting women to do and have it all, women should expect the same from their footwear. Our footwear remains uncompromised, ready to take you on your journey,” said Ayelet Lax Levy.

Minnetonka Debuts New Thunderbird “Animikii” Moccasin

Last week’s Shoe of the Week, Minnetonka’s new Thunderbird moccasin was well received in Atlanta. The beaded style was redesigned by Minneapolis-based Native American designer, Lucie Skjefte. The thunderbird beading equates to wearable artistry. Two hard- and soft-sole styles are available in an array of colors, and new seasonal hues made their debut at the show.

Metallics Shines for NeroGiardini

Nero Giardini at Atlanta Shoe Market
Italian footwear brand NeroGiardini debuted its FW24 collection and reports that retailers were particularly drawn to  metallic styles. According to the brand, attendees were looking for alternatives to basic black for the coming season.

Retailers Gravitate to Clarks Artisan Lines

Clarks Atlanta Shoe Market
Clarks President of the Americas Gary Champion reports a strong positive reaction to the brand’s AW24 line. Many retailers picked up its traditional artisan programs like Certina and Loriini for women, and UnBriley and Monahan for men. “In our athleisure offering, we have already had early success in SS24 with programs like Mayhill for women, and Mapstone for men,” Champion adds. “Buyers were gravitating to uppers with more fun and interest, like the metallic leathers that we offer.”

Manitobah Goes Micro

Manitobah Atlanta Shoe Market

Manitobah’s Micro Mukluk was a favorite for fall at the show. As a company rooted in Indigenous culture, Manitobah communicated its vision to build a global brand that makes a positive impact in Indigenous communities. This past September, the brand announced its certification as a B Corporation, and it donated more than $120,000 to support Indigenous organizations in 2023.

The March 2024 Issue

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