March/April 2022 Issue

Walk This Way

Since the onset of the pandemic, walking during free/leisure time has become the most important outdoor activity for consumers. With the world opening up, it looks to continue.

Twisted X has dedicated its business to creating handcrafted footwear with sustainability at the forefront of every aspect within the company. Twisted X’s commitment to saving the planet goes beyond eco-friendly shoes – it’s everything that goes into the process of making them from start to finish.

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Past Magazine Features

Walk This Way

Since the onset of the pandemic, walking during free/leisure time has become the most important outdoor activity for consumers. With the world opening up, it looks to continue.

A Whole New World

Over the past two years, comfort has been king when it comes to footwear trends. But as the world continues to open up and a “return to the office” starts to impact more and more people, how much ground will style gain back?

The Balancing Act Continues

As we head into the spring season, independent shoe retailers are continuing their balancing acts: Meeting the needs of eager consumers, while also dealing with a multitude of challenges that continue to impact their businesses.

Making a Difference

In early March, OrthoLite officially introduced Cirql, the industry’s first EVA plastics-free, recyclable and compostable midsole foam with an end of life solution. It is the first-ever midsole foam innovation from OrthoLite.

ACBC x Geox; Hari Mari Makes a Point With Cactus Leather

A new sustainable capsule collection of sneakers from Geox, created in collaboration with ACBC, features recycled, bio-based and animal-free materials. And the new HM ECO line from Hari Mari is an eco-friendly, capsule collection of flip flops made with cactus leather and 100% vegan construction.

Adventurous Design

Ready for adventure? These new standouts from Bass Outdoor, Polyver Sweden and Sperry Sport, are ready to go along for the ride.

The Boot Book: Sure Footed

What has become clear, as we navigate through trying times, is that communication will be key in the footwear industry for 2022. Here is what we have heard from industry executives regarding challenges, opportunities and trends for 2022.

Movers & Shakers

New year, new takes on the red-hot casual sneaker style trend. Whether for light workouts, walks around the block, kicking it on the couch or at the office, these new styles combine a cool factor to go along with innovative tech.

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.

World Footwear Survey: Prices Headed Higher on Moderate Consumption

Global footwear prices are forecast to rise 8.4 percent over the next six months, ranging from a high of a 9.8 percent increase in Europe to a minimum of a 5.7 percent jump in North America...

On is Growing Distribution Worldwide

The Swiss company On, which reported 68 percent first quarter global sales growth to the equivalent of $235.2 million and realized 86.5 percent topline expansion in North America to $137.9 million, is ratcheting up its distribution with major retailers despite persistent tight supply levels.

Asics NA Bolstered by Multiple Factors in Q1

First quarter revenue growth of 12.2 percent for ASICS North America was sparked by gains in the performance running and core performance sports categories.

Wolverine Worldwide Meets Guidance, Re-iterates FY Outlook

Despite persistent supply chain challenges and macro headwinds, Wolverine Worldwide exceeded revenue and earnings per share guidance in the first quarter.

IN THE NEWS: Vibram, FDRA, Fila, Mizuno, SNIPES

Vibram is aiming to “reignite” its FiveFingers category with the launch of a new digital campaign called “Move Freely.” The campaign is launching globally, and includes a film clip intended to “take the viewer on a cinematic and suspenseful journey of historical discovery.”

mōshn® is the most comfortable shoe for people on the move. Found in a variety of stylish uppers, mōshn® features Dynamic Motion Technology™, a new technology that works holistically with your foot to stabilize your heel and naturally move you forward.

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FOOTWEAR INSIGHT INDEX: 185

3.96%

Weekly Review: 5/18/22

It was a rebounding week for The Footwear Segment while the Dow remained flat. After the prior period when 19 of 20 stocks declined, The Footwear Segment improved more than 3.9 percent this week with 16 stocks rising, led by Asics, JD Group and Puma on a percentage basis, three flat (up or down less than 1 percent) and one falling in VF Corp.

Boot Barn saw its annual revenues hit $1.5 billion on strong full price selling and now believes it can triple its current door count to 900 stores. An estimated 40 new locations will open over the next 12 months. The retailer has also doubled the size of its addressable market to $40 billion. At Wolverine Worldwide a strategic review of its corporate strategy in underway that may mean changes to its portfolio of brands. And Asics North America posted its fifth consecutive quarterly sales growth in the first quarter (see story). — Bob McGee 

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 05/09/22 • Price 05/16/22

ASICS Corp.
7936.T

16.62%

$14.35 • $17.21

Boot Barn
BOOT

5.91%

$95.08 • $92.77

Crocs
CROX

4.00%

$54.22 • $56.48

Designer Brands
DBI

3.97%

$13.55 • $14.11

Genesco
GCO

0.44%

$59.13 • $59.39

JD GROUP
JD.L

9.48%

$144.92 • $160.10

Nike
NKE

1.23%

$111.21 • $112.60

Rocky Brands
RCKY

6.20%

$35.85 • $38.22

Skechers
SKX

2.85%

$35.79 • $36.84

VF Corp.
VFC

1.15%

$47.51 • $46.97

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 05/09/22 • Price 05/16/22

Adidas
addyy

2.60%

$91.65 • $94.10

Caleres
CAL

3.70%

$23.70 • $24.61

Deckers
DECK

0.84%

$237.00 • $239.00

Foot Locker
FL

6.68%

$28.34 • $30.37

GEOX
GEO.MI

1.20%

$0.82 • $0.83

Mizuno
8022.T

7.16%

$16.08 • $17.32

Puma
PMMAF

7.49%

$65.20 • $70.48

Shoe Carnival
SCVL

0.16%

$30.77 • $30.82

Under Armour
UAA

5.40%

$10.33 • $10.92

Wolverine
WWW

4.91%

$18.61 • $19.57

TOTAL
Week over week

3.96%

$1,126.32 • $1,172.71

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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