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Socks and insoles complete the package for a total comfort experience. We take a look at the latest offerings.

Adaptive Footwear Is in the Spotlight

Last month, Nike made news with the release of the Nike FlyEase sneaker, a hands-free shoe designed for the adaptive marketplace, an area of focus that is gaining traction in active/outdoor. Behind the Nike FlyEase’s smooth ease of entry for the user is a bi-stable hinge that...

Lines We Like: Not Your Average Workers

Standout work shoes from Twisted X, Thorogood, Hytest and Western Chief all put their own unique twist on the category.

In The News: Enjoiya Group, Tillys, Zumiez

The Enjoiya Group, designer, manufacturer, and distributor of women's footwear brands Enjoiya, Secret Celebrity and Soft Comfort, is launching an indoor-outdoor slipper collection for Fall/Winter 2021. The slippers will boast indoor-outdoor functionality, comfort and style.

Melody Ehsani Named Creative Director of Foot Locker’s Women's Biz

Foot Locker has named designer Melody Ehsani as Creative Director of its women's business. Ehsani will design quarterly apparel capsule collections as well as curate an on-going selection of Nike and Jordan products. The first capsule collection will be available Summer of 2021...

In The News: Wolverine, Reef, Hoka One One

Wolverine is teaming with a fellow Michigan company on its latest collab, The Dragon’s Milk x Wolverine 1000 Mile boot. The boot celebrates Dragon’s Milk’s 20th anniversary; New Holland Brewing Co is the maker of Dragon’s Milk, an American-made stout.

In The News: OrthoLite, Dick’s SG, FootJoy, New Balance, Alma Mater

OrthoLite has unveiled a new thermal insole technology called OrthoLite O-Therm, which the brand describes as setting “a new standard in cold-weather footwear protection.” O-Therm is the first and only aerogel-infused, open-cell PU foam. This new technology creates a thermal barrier that...

Summer OR Show Moves to August

Outdoor Retailer is moving its summer trade show from June to August 10-12, 2021. The show is scheduled to be held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Show organizers said the change in date was made to facilitate a safe and successful in-person event.

Product Spotlight: New Balance, On and Adidas

A look at three athlete/brand collabs catching our eye, including signature lines for a baseball star and a tennis legend, as well as an All-Star themed basketball collab. With Spring Training in full swing, this week New Balance and New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor unveiled...

Product Spotlight: Reebok, Under Armour, FootJoy

A look at three new footwear styles catching our eye, including an athletic-inspired work shoe from Reebok and innovative styles from Under Armour and FootJoy.