Jennifer Ernst Beaudry
After a rollercoaster of a year, retailers planning for 2021 face a daunting challenge. After unprecedented business challenges and new hurdles to navigate seemingly daily, there’s no roadmap for envisioning the shape of the year to follow. The good news: Run shops see opportunity ahead.
Taking a Walk: Sneaker Spotlight
In the spotlight this week: three spring styles to get excited about from Dansko, Vionic and Traq by Alegria. Dansko is debuting the Pace lightweight walking shoe, which pairs sneaker features like a cushiony EVA midsole and a 3M Scotchguard mesh upper with a removable insole with...
Sneakers Step Out
Whether it’s for a head-clearing run, a soul-refreshing walk with a friend or just an active day on your feet, sneakers are the shoes that do it all. For Spring ’21, brands are offering feature-packed options with comfort to spare. Even better? These looks never compromise on style.
In The News: Feetures, MICAM, NYC Marathon, Tilly’s
Charlotte, NC-based sock brand Feetures has launched its first cycling collection. Available in three heights and two cushioning levels, the collection incorporates iWick fibers, an anatomical fit and targeted compression designed for cyclists.
In the News: The North Face, Foot Locker, A Snail’s Pace, OS1st, Rack Room
The North Face will roll out a patented new footwear technology called VECTIV in 2021. Described as being “born on the trail and rooted in elite athlete insights,” VECTIV tech is designed to promote forward momentum and propulsion and is built to...
Obituary: Stephen Freeman, Sales Representative
Industry stalwart Stephen Freeman died on August 21, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 64.Freeman most recently served as the U.S. line builder for Ara Shoes, as well as sales representative for New York City, the Mid-Atlantic, the Southeast and Midwest.
In The News: Zappos, Grassroots Connect, Skechers and More
Amazon-owned Zappos sees the retirement of CEO Tony Hsieh after two decades. He sold the Las Vegas company, which began as Shoesite.com in 1999, in 2009. COO Kedar Deshpande becomes CEO on Aug. 31.Specialty organization Grassroots Outdoor Alliance has partnered with...
Cozy @ Home
Our places of residence have taken on a lot of new roles over the past months: (Home) office, (home) gym, (home) school. These days, home base means more than ever. So maybe it’s not surprising that the categories consumers are embracing are the footwear favorites perfect for life around the house.
Sock It To Me
Whether it’s for cozy times at home or lunch hour runs around the neighborhood, these socks are ready for action.
What’s Working Now
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sea change in the retail landscape, altering not only what consumers buy but also when and how they buy it. It’s also changed every aspect of how stores run their business, from buying shoes to building community.