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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 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.

Q&A with Gazelle Sports’ New CEO Jen Brummitt

Running retail is facing a sea change in the way it does business, and Gazelle Sports CEO Jen Brummitt says she’s excited for what the future holds. In June, Brummitt was named the Kalamazoo, MI-based independent running chain’s first-ever CEO. She assumed day-to-day leadership of...

Product Roundup: Casual Style

New sustainable comfort brand Vibae wants to bring casual, unstructured style to the market. Headed by Ludo Malmoux, founder of OTZ and former design voice at K-Swiss, Royal Elastics and more, the brand is launching with a single unisex style retailing for $143, with plans to expand as it grows.

GOA Cancels November Grassroots Connect

The November Grassroots Connect show is canceled, the latest casualty of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.The show, hosted by outdoor specialty organization Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, was slated for Nov. 9-12 in new show location Kansas City, MO. “In the same way that it takes months for...