JUly / August 2021 Issue

Power in Partnership

Relationships make the world go round. And for brands and retailers in today’s challenging and rapidly evolving marketplace, reliable business relationships are more important than ever. Here, we shine a light on 16 different brands that independent retailers have told us are “powerful partners.”

Past Magazine Features

The Boot Book: Best Foot Forward

Whether for work or play, shoppers know what they want from their boots, and in laundry list fashion. As society continues to emerge from the pandemic, many consumers are looking to buy shoes that complement a new array of ever-changing endeavors.

Trending Up

When it comes to Spring ’22 trends, shoppers and shoemakers alike are ready to break out with fresh looks ready to take on the world. We asked brands to share the trends they’re most excited about for the upcoming season, and they really delivered.

All-Arounders

CEP goes Ultralight, Active Comfort from OS1st, Swiftwick’s Park Vision, Tread Labs focuses on support, and a slim style from Cadence.

Bringing Dynamic Ideas to Retail

Sophisticated technology is what makes Fitted Inc. run as a company, yet it’s a simple notion that is at the heart of the game changing firm’s ethos — helping retailers deliver world class customer experiences.

Checking In

Three retailers answer three key questions about what’s selling, what’s next, and how they are navigating supply chain issues.

Supply & Demand

The footwear industry’s tireless efforts to separate itself from other market sectors — lumber and computer chips to name two — in the persistent battle against negative supply chain factors suffered a major blow in mid-July.

Lines We Like: Bring it On

These four trail running shoes take it to the next level with material innovation and performance-specific design. Ready for anything? These trail running standouts sure are!

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.

Magazine Archives

We believe in the foundation and success of independent specialty brick-and-mortar stores.

Shopping is not just about commerce. There’s something called the in-store experience. The touching and feeling of product. The sit-and-fit process. The curated assortment and exciting impulse purchases. The trusted service after the purchase. And, the customer’s immediate gratification.

We cover news, trends and analysis of key markets that are most profitable to retailers.

Trade Groups Demand Immediate Solutions to Shipping Crisis, Shoe Price Spikes

Everything is up—retail footwear prices, inflation, and supply chain bottlenecks—and that’s not good news for consumers or the shoe industry. Steve Lamar, President and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) fired off a...

Exec News: Asics NA Promotes Richard Sullivan to CEO

Richard Sullivan will retain his president title and role at Asics North America as he ascends to the CEO position, which had been vacant since Koichiro Kodama left the role last year to become a managing executive officer of Asics Corp. last year.

Early Holiday Forecast: Sales Will Soar

This holiday season, brick-and-mortar store sales are expected to rise 7.9 percent and contribute nearly 72 percent of the season’s growth as total U.S. holiday sales surpass $1 trillion for the second time ever with a 9.0 percent overall growth rate.

Footwear Brands Weigh in on Sustainability

The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America released its new 2021 Sustainability Benchmark Report, which surveyed more than 100 shoe professionals about what their companies were doing, measuring, and focused on when it comes to sustainability.

In The News: K-Swiss, Vuori, Foot Locker, Nike

K-Swiss has released its third limited edition collection with Venus Williams. The Retro by Eleven x K-Swiss line features more than a dozen pieces of ’70s-inspired active apparel as well as footwear, including the $80 K-Swiss Tubes Comfort 300 x Eleven by Venus Williams style.

FOOTWEAR INSIGHT INDEX: 232

4.38%

Weekly Review: 10/20/21

The Footwear Segment more than gained back its 2.49 percent decline two weeks ago with a 4.38 percent jump for the seven days ended Oct. 18. All stocks but Mizuno, which was down less than 1 percent, were up for the week. On a percentage basis, Asics, Crocs and Deckers led the group. Despite dipping 36 points on the final day of the period, the Dow ended up more than 2.2 percent for the week. Meanwhile, as if footwear companies didn’t have enough to worry about with ongoing global supply chain woes, growth issues in China have to be a cause for concern. The economy in China slowed to 4.9 percent in Q3, down from 7.9 percent in Q2 and 18.3 percent in Q1 due to higher raw material costs, a slowdown in factory activity and an increase in COVID outbreaks. Footwear companies have oft cited China as a major growth market opportunity for their brands. But now one has to wonder if China’s own economic woes will put a damper on those prospects over the short-term. — Bob McGee 

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 10/11/21 • Price 10/18/21

ASICS Corp.
7936.T

14.39%

$22.23 • $25.43

Boot Barn
BOOT

4.73%

$93.31 • $97.72

Crocs
CROX

13.95%

$125.62 • $143.15

Designer Brands
DBI

6.79%

$12.51 • $13.36

Genesco
GCO

5.77%

$56.28 • $59.53

JD GROUP
JD.L

1.84%

$1,394.42 • $1,420.13

Nike
NKE

6.01%

$150.28 • $159.31

Rocky Brands
RCKY

4.68%

$49.10 • $51.40

Skechers
SKX

6.26%

$41.08 • $43.65

VF Corp.
VFC

5.25%

$69.37 • $73.10

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 10/11/21 • Price 10/18/21

Adidas
addyy

4.47%

$150.57 • $157.30

Caleres
CAL

4.62%

$21.88 • $22.89

Deckers
DECK

11.15%

$330.70 • $367.58

Foot Locker
FL

2.08%

$46.57 • $47.54

GEOX
GEO.MI

4.96%

$1.21 • $1.27

Mizuno
8022.T

0.78%

$23.11 • $22.93

Puma
PMMAF

0.78%

$113.37 • $114.25

Shoe Carnival
SKVL

3.66%

$31.71 • $32.87

Under Armour
UAA

2.55%

$19.99 • $20.50

Wolverine
WWW

4.70%

$30.00 • $31.41

TOTAL
Week over week

4.38%

$2,854.43 • $2,783.31

The Footwear Insight Index tracks 20 of the most important publicly traded companies that have a substantial footwear business (6 retailers, 14 brands). Index base of 100 is key to the closing prices of 12/29/17

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