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Geared Up

Adding comfort and convenience to any outing, the Freestyle Rocker XL with Side Table comes with a broader seat and backrest, and has a 400 lb. weight capacity.

Trend Insight

Consumers are not only keeping pace with their pandemic fitness routines, but are staying on trend in other positive ways as well. This survey reveals that shoppers are upgrading exercise apparel and footwear, are interested in...

In The News: The Athlete’s Foot Owner Buys Shoe City, Bob’s & EMS Sold, Wilson Opens NYC Store, Texworld Footwear Sourcing

Arklyz Group, a European business focused on sports, lifestyle, athleisure, and workwear that acquired The Athlete’s Foot in 2021, last week announced its acquisition of 70-year-old Shoe City, a Baltimore-based sneaker and streetwear lifestyle chain for an undisclosed price.

Step Into Style

Looking good and feeling good is the name of the game in sandal styles for this summer and next spring. In this peek at Spring ’23 sandal styles (along with some current standouts), brands showcase innovation in materials, uppers, fit and midsole tech in sandals built for...

Fitness Essentials - Insoles & Socks

Performance, comfort and the perfect fit. That’s what active consumers are looking for in their footwear, and they are looking for it in their insoles and socks, too. These essential items check all those boxes, and then some.

Ready to Run!

The Parkclaw G 280 is a $180 road-to-trail running shoe featuring Graphene in the rubber outsole and foam midsole for longer-lasting performance in the form of tougher grip and greater bounce.

Celebrating the 2021 Gold Medal Service Awards

In November 2021, we announced the winners of our 7th annual GMSA for Outstanding Customer Service. 70 stores were honored with the award. After mailing out the award plaques, we heard back from dozens of shops…

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Names Maier New President

The specialty outdoor retail trade organization Grassroots Outdoor Alliance (GOA) announced the hiring of Gabe Maier as president.

In The News: Vionic Recovery Sandals, New DSW President, Caleres, Famous Footwear

Vionic has launched two recovery sandal styles aptly named Rejuvenate and Restore. Featuring dual density cushioning for Three-Zone Comfort experience and arch support, the recovery sandals, $79.95, feature textured footbeds for massaging relief...

IN THE NEWS: Vibram, FDRA, Fila, Mizuno, SNIPES

Vibram is aiming to “reignite” its FiveFingers category with the launch of a new digital campaign called “Move Freely.” The campaign is launching globally, and includes a film clip intended to “take the viewer on a cinematic and suspenseful journey of historical discovery.”

Run Style

Technical comfort + active style: New run apparel standouts can perform all day, everyday.

Flying High

Supply and demand remains a key topic in the running footwear space (just like every other product space). Brands tell us they are working to diversify their own supply chains in order to deliver products to meet the demand. The great news is that demand for running footwear remains very high.

BOA Aims to Click with Consumers

BOA Technology, makers of the BOA Fit System, is launching a new global brand campaign and expanding its marketing focus to speak more directly to consumers. Featuring athletes across the brand’s key segments, the campaign shows snowboarders, road cyclists...

In The News: SOREL x prAna, Retail Imports, Allbirds, Public Lands, DSW, Pearl Izumi, USB

Columbia Sportswear-owned brands SOREL Footwear and prAna have collaborated on a limited-edition footwear and activewear collection that features sustainably driven products, and a design theme “inspired by movement.”

In The News: Twisted-X, Chaco, K-Swiss

Twisted-X is collaborating with artist Olivia Bennett on the Olivia Bennett by Twisted X footwear collection. The line will combine Twisted X’s sustainable materials and manufacturing practices with Bennett’s nature-based art.

Exec Hires at OrthoLite, Darn Tough Vermont, Crocs

Darn Tough Vermont, manufacturer of performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, has promoted Angelica Taylor to Chief Operating Officer. Taylor, who has over a decade of finance experience, spent the last year as Darn Tough’s Vice President of Finance.

Farm to Feet Teams up with ‘Black Folks Camp Too’

Sock brand Farm to Feet has collaborated with the organization Black Folks Camp Too (BFCT) to create a new sock style promoting BFCT’s mission to “remove fear, add knowledge, and invite ‘more’ Black folks to camp, and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle with any and everyone.”

In The News: Under Armour, Saysh

Under Armour is partnering with University of South Carolina basketball star and NCAA player of the year Aliyah Boston. The partnership includes a commitment to increasing access to sport for youth athletes by growing the game of women’s basketball for athletes in...

Experiential Homefield Retail Concept from Champs Opens

A new retail concept from Champs Sports, part of Foot Locker, Inc., will have its grand opening this weekend in Pembroke Pines, FL. The new store, called Champs Sports Homefield, is the brand's first iteration of its new Homefield concept and the largest of any...

OrthoLite Unveils ESD Shield for Work and Service Footwear

OrthoLite has introduced a new insole technology with the work and service footwear market in mind. OrthoLite ESD Shield is the world’s first and only mechanically-bonded electrostatic discharge protection insole technology.

ASICS Study Demonstrates Positive Link Between Movement and Mental Health

ASICS has released its inaugural global State of Mind Index, which, not surprisingly, confirms that there is a direct positive link between exercise and mental health. The research also indicated that just 15:09 minutes of exercise may be all it can take to begin experiencing a positive uplift...

In The News: Etnies, Hytest

Etnies, the 36-year-old skateboard brand, led by owner and skateboarder Pierre Andre Senizergues, has planted more than two million trees, and sequestered nearly 200 million pounds of carbon over the last two decades.

Merrell Aims to Save Footwear from Landfills with ReTread Program

A new sustainability initiative from Wolverine-owned brand Merrell, called This Is Home, is kicking off with a takeback and resale program called Merrell ReTread. Merrell partnered with ReCircled to implement Merrell ReTread, which the brand says will save 300,000 pairs of footwear from landfills.

In The News: KEEN, FDRA, XTRATUF, Kahtoola

As part of its brand mission to “make outside inclusive and accessible to all,” KEEN announced its “Making Waves” partnership with Outdoor Afro, a not-for-profit organization celebrating and inspiring Black connections and leadership in nature...

Inclusivity Trending Up in Retail

After years of consumer advocacy, inclusivity — providing equal access for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized — is permeating every aspect of the industry, including not only brands, but also retail, where it impacts internal corporate structures...