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Fast Movers

The newest performance running shoes are packed with innovation. Led by perfectly cushioned and tuned road shoes and nimble, versatile trail running styles, here’s a peek at what’s new and what’s next.

The Gold Medal Service Awards 2022

Customer service is at the heart of what makes independent footwear stores special. The best stores not only know how important customer service is, they also know how to deliver it.

Running Category in the Spotlight

The Running Event trade show is taking place this week in Austin, TX. The three-day event, which brings together running brands and retailers, began yesterday with conference sessions, including a keynote speech from Olympian and Saysh brand founder Allyson Felix.

In The News: Balega, Feetures, LOWA Boots

Sock brand Balega announced that in Spring 2023 all of the socks in its line will be knit with recycled yarns and will be sold in the brand’s new, more sustainable packaging that utilizes 26% less carboard pulp, removes any harmful lacquer coating, and uses less harmful ink.

In The News: Outdoor Retailer, OS1st, Kamik, Oboz, OrthoLite, Genesco

Outdoor Retailer, which is working on what it calls a “new approach to serving the outdoor and winter sports marketplace,” announced a shift in its future winter show dates to go along with several other changes to its trade show offerings.

One-Two Punch

These performance apparel pieces deliver a knockout punch for runners with tech+style to spare.

All About the Run

Innovation abounds in the newest performance running shoes, from max-cushion road shoes, to lightweight trail performers to speed demons and super shoes. Take a look at what’s new and what’s next.

Gearing Up

Standouts for the Road, Trail, Mountain, Campground and Beyond.

OR Launching Outdoor Adventure X Consumer Event in June

Outdoor Retailer will be hosting Outdoor Adventure X, a new adventure festival for consumers, at Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville, UT, this June. The consumer event will take place the weekend prior to the Outdoor Retailer Summer trade show held at the Salt Palace Convention Center, June 19-21, 2023.

In The News: Naot, Oboz, Darn Tough Vermont, Baffin

Naot Footwear’s first flagship store is now open in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood at 436 W. Broadway. The boutique, open seven days a week, 11 am to 7 pm, has a minimalist feel and is designed to display the brand’s current collections as “works of art.”

In The News: Baffin, Outdoor Retailer, Outdoor Market Alliance

Baffin is expanding its Made in Canada collection with the introduction of Jasper, a new women’s boot designed to offer durability, style and comfort, inspired by Baffin’s Canadian heritage.

The Big Gear Show Makes a Move

Outdoor industry trade event The Big Gear Show announced that it will hold its next show June 8–11, 2023, in Denver, CO, at the Colorado Convention Center. In addition to changing its location and show dates, the show will also now be inviting consumers into the mix.

Gettings Will Be First Woman CEO at Red Wing

Red Wing Shoe Company will begin 2023 with its first female CEO. The company has named Allison Gettings president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Gettings, who is currently Red Wing’s president, will assume the role of CEO following the planned retirement of Mark Urdahl...

IN THE NEWS: Microban, New Balance

Microban International announced a new partnership with Cosmo, a leader in eco-friendly and sustainable footwear textiles. Cosmo is now the exclusive Microban Approved Component Supplier (ACS) partner in the footwear category...

New Running Footwear Brand NNormal Launches


The first two footwear styles from new trail run brand NNormal launched earlier this month. The brand, a partnership between world-renowned mountain runner Kilian Jornet and Spanish footwear company Camper...

Sorel Relocating its HQ

Columbia Sportswear-owned footwear brand Sorel will move into an expanded headquarters building in early 2023. Currently based in downtown Portland, OR, Sorel’s new HQ will be housed in an exclusive single use building on the Columbia Sportswear Company’s campus in Washington county, OR.

Xero Shoes Adds New VP Product Development

Colorado-based natural movement footwear brand Xero Shoes has hired John Wadley as VP of Product Development. Wadley joins Xero from Altra, where he spent 10 years, most recently as Director of Product Innovation and Sustainability. 

In The News: Saucony, Skechers

Saucony has launched the new Ride 15 TR, a road-to-trail crossover shoe built with a comfort-first sensation in a versatile and protective package that’s light, soft and fast. Featuring a new PWRRUN foam cushioning formula, a low-profile PWRTRAC outsole and a lightweight protective mesh upper...

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Gears Up for November Connect Show

The specialty outdoor buying show Grassroots Connect will take place in Kansas City, MO, next month with more than 1,000 attendees expected, including more than 150 leading outdoor industry brands, an increase in retailer attendance, and two new discovery opportunities.

In The News: Hi-Tec, Durango, Eagle Creek

Heritage outdoor footwear, apparel, and accessories brand Hi-Tec is the new title sponsor of the Run Catalina race series, which will now be called the Hi-Tec Run Catalina Series.

‘Interchangeable’ Style from Alterre

The new Fall “Vitality” Collection from Alterre expands on the brand’s collection of interchangeable shoe bases and straps and introduces new silhouettes to the line.

IN THE NEWS: Twisted X, Crocs, NEOS

Twisted X Global Brands has appointed Clayton Smith to Senior Director of Sales. Previously the Director of Marketing for the brand, Smith brings experience across multiple business categories to this new role. 

A New Retail Opportunity

As a fast-growing sport still in its infancy, pickleball presents a unique opportunity for retailers. There are plenty of brands to work with and an influx of new players seeking product.

Better Together

There is power in partnership. For independent retailers, partnerships with brands are particularly powerful. And for brands committed to supporting the independent retail channel, those partnerships are equally as vital.

Sustainability Stories from Around the Industry

Highlighting new products with an eco-focus, including a gamechanger from ASICS, a clever campaign from Red Wing and LâMO’s sustainable capsule.