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Spring '22: Fresh For All

Warm weather means cool styles, and for spring ’22, brands are bringing the heat with sandal options for all tastes.

Spring '22: Fresh For All

Warm weather means cool styles, and for spring ’22, brands are bringing the heat with sandal options for all tastes.

Spring Awakening

As temperatures warm and days get longer, retailers are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. But after a year filled with shutdowns, supply chain disruption and unprecedented uncertainty, independent footwear shops say they’re also trying to prepare for what the new retail normal looks like.

Forward Motion

As summer approaches, running shops across the U.S. are feeling like things are rolling forward. After the stress, strain and extraordinary adaptability required of independent shops over the past year, running store owners are bringing...

Forward Motion

As summer approaches, running shops across the U.S. are feeling like things are rolling forward. After the stress, strain and extraordinary adaptability required of independent shops over the past year, running store owners are bringing the next era of their shops into...

Spring Awakening

As temperatures warm and days get longer, retailers are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. But after a year filled with shutdowns, supply chain disruption and unprecedented uncertainty, independent footwear shops say they’re also trying to prepare for what the new retail normal looks like.

Shop Talk

We spoke to specialty retailers about the year that was and the year ahead. During a year defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor retailers saw high demand and scarce product across categories like paddlesports and cycling.

House Shoe Heroes

A new season of slipper styles are capitalizing on the category’s resurgence with new looks across the spectrum. From over-the-top glamour to pure cozy comfort to campsite chic, it’s clear: There’s a slipper for everyone.

Keep It Casual

The new season calls for functional, easy-wearing looks that pack in the comfort as well as the chic. Whether it’s versatile, comfortable ankle boots or sneakers with attitude, comfort looks for Fall ’21 deliver a dose of effortless cool that holds up all day long.

The Comeback

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...

In The News: Adidas, Enjoiya Group, the Great American Outdoors Act and More

Kasper Rorsted will serve as Adidas CEO for an additional 5 years, the supervisory board of Adidas AG announced yesterday. His new term will run until July 31, 2016. Rorsted has been a member of the executive board since August 2016, and served as CEO since October of that year.

In The News: Dick’s, SFIA, Mizuno and Teva

Dick’s Sporting Goods will close its stores and distribution centers, including all Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream locations, for the day on Thanksgiving (Nov. 26). Additionally, the company announced it will continue to pay store and distribution center teammates a...

Adventure Ready

As Americans increasingly explore local neighborhood trails, parks and wild spaces, they’re looking for versatile, rugged styles that hold up to whatever adventures they find. These spring ’21 styles fit the bill.