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 Importance of Wellness

With wellbeing top of mind, we explore how standout brands highlight health and happiness in their footwear.

Lines We Like: What’s Next?

Brands continue to impress, adding new details — from eco to performance tech — to upgrade tried and true offerings.

Going Public: On and Allbirds

Two of the more buzzed about brands of the past few years in the active and athleisure space, respectively, are going public. More than a decade after its founding in Switzerland, running footwear brand On has filed for an Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange...

A Perfect Storm: No End in Sight for Supply Chain Issues

It’s been brewing since the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic and has been building momentum ever since. Industry insiders who have first-hand exposure to its ever-changing variables and reach admit they’ve never seen anything like it before.

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.”

10 Year Valentine

Summer Allen, celebrating a decade in business as the owner of women’s boutique Valentine Footwear, chats with us about her love of independent retail, why she loves sales reps, and the joys and challenges of today’s retail environment.

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.

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.

FDRA Survey Says: Higher Footwear Prices on Horizon

Numerous factors are contributing to the likelihood of higher retail footwear prices in 2022. Those considerations include higher operating costs, port backlogs, the tight labor market, and projections of higher landed costs for footwear.

Banner, Assortment, Exec Changes Underway at Foot Locker

Much is on the move at Foot Locker, and all of it will bring noticeable change in 2022 for the global athletic specialty retailer. Ahead of its Q3 earnings’ announcement Friday, Foot Locker disclosed several changes within its executive suite, including...

Shoe Carnival Ramping Up Renovations, Expansion

Shoe Carnival, the 377-door family footwear chain, coming off the best quarterly results in its 43-year history, says it will modernize 90 percent of its fleet by 2025 and commence an annual store opening strategy of 10 or more doors starting in 2023. A return to net new store growth begins in 2022.

In 2020, the U.S. apparel industry faced one of the largest drops in yearly sales by 19 percent with footwear specifically by 27 percent according to analysis by The NPD Group. Despite total sales declining across all sectors of fashion, one category saw a massive surge – comfort wear.

Famous Footwear Testing Catalog

Caleres-owned retailer Famous Footwear, which generated an 11 percent increase in Q3 sales from Q3/19 to nearly $494.7 million, is testing a catalog with consumers for the first time this week.

In The News: Tretorn, La Sportiva, OrthoLite, Reebok, REEF

Tretorn is sending a message with its latest bot offerings. The brand’s new “Sea Level Re-Boot” rain boots are made from sustainable and recycled materials, and they each have a printed measuring stick on the back of the boot that indicates how high the sea is expected to...

FOOTWEAR INSIGHT INDEX: 242

0.71%

Weekly Review: 11/24/21

For a second straight week, The Footwear Segment rose slightly less than 1 percent (0.71%) but outperformed the Dow. Ten stocks rose, led by Boot Barn and Asics on a percentage basis. There were eight decliners, paced by Rocky Brands, Geox and Foot Locker, which saw several Wall Street downgrades after it reported Q3 results (See story). The Dow was off 1.3 percent for the period, closing at 35,619.25. Pres. Biden has renominated Jerome Powell as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. And the U.S. is among five countries that are tapping into some of their oil reserves in a bid to temper inflation. News within the segment beyond holiday season sales included Shoe Carnival announcing plans to modernize 90 percent of its stores by 2025 and Caleres-owned Famous Footwear launching a catalog. Foot Locker has promoted Frank Bracken to COO of North American operations (See story).  And Authentic Brands, the soon-to-be parent of Reebok, has reportedly raised $3.5 billion and will delay an IPO until 2023 or 2024. — Bob McGee 

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 11/15/21 • Price 11/22/21

ASICS Corp.
7936.T

6.00%

$24.91 • $26.50

Boot Barn
BOOT

7.27%

$121.11 • $130.60

Crocs
CROX

1.12%

$177.50 • $175.54

Designer Brands
DBI

6.15%

$15.87 • $16.91

Genesco
GCO

0.00%

$71.35 • $71.35

JD GROUP
JD.L

0.08%

$1,551.79 • $1,550.56

Nike
NKE

3.09%

$168.85 • $174.24

Rocky Brands
RCKY

10.27%

$42.10 • $38.18

Skechers
SKX

3.69%

$46.39 • $48.73

VF Corp.
VFC

1.32%

$77.26 • $76.25

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 11/15/21 • Price 11/22/21

Adidas
addyy

2.75%

$169.79 • $156.48

Caleres
CAL

4.71%

$26.68 • $28.00

Deckers
DECK

3.10%

$417.69 • $431.06

Foot Locker
FL

6.64%

$55.53 • $52.07

GEOX
GEO.MI

9.60%

$1.37 • $1.25

Mizuno
8022.T

3.90%

$20.78 • $20.00

Puma
PMMAF

2.87%

$123.36 • $127.00

Shoe Carnival
SKVL

5.22%

$42.09 • $44.41

Under Armour
UAA

1.89%

$25.84 • $25.36

Wolverine
WWW

0.82%

$33.84 • $34.12

TOTAL
Week over week

0.71%

$3,205.64 • $3,228.61

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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