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Comfort On The Go

There’s no doubt about it: We are all ready for a bit of a shake-up. After a year where comfort and athletic footwear carried the day — it is time to flash a bit more flair. Comfort and athletic trends, spiced up with more stylish looks, are the standouts as we head through spring and look ahead...

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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.

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The Boot Book: Trail Blazers

Boots are ready to meet the moment in the new year. Amidst a challenging 2020, the work and outdoor categories kept their heads above water due to consumer demand. And for 2021, new boot styles across the board are hitting on all cylinders.

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Straight Talk

Chiappetta Shoes, entering its centennial anniversary year, has a CEO in Anthony Chiappetta who is forward-thinking, optimistic yet refreshingly blunt about the present and future of U.S. independent shoe retailers.

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What's Trending in 2021

Versatility in footwear continues to be extremely important to consumers. More shoes for the outdoors are being purchased than ever before, as consumers continue to spend significant time there. Footwear that combines functionality and style is integral to be able to...

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Ready for Anything

Perform. Recover. Chill. You want it? These styles have got it. We highlight three new styles that are ready for anything.

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Twisted X to Create Wrangler Footwear Collection

Wrangler and Twisted X have entered a licensing agreement that will see Twisted X design and distribute Wrangler Footwear for men’s, women’s and children across the western, casual/modern, outdoor, work, and work/casual categories beginning with distribution this spring.

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Yearly Index: 2020 Year in Review

Each week in our Footwear Insight Extra newsletter online, the Footwear Insight Index tracks 20 of the most important publicly traded companies that have a substantial footwear business (6 retailers, 14 brands). In 2020, the footwear segment tracked by the Index rose more than...

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Retail Resilience

We spoke to independent footwear retailers across the country about the challenges they have faced this year, the strategies they’ve implemented, and how they envision the year ahead. Each of the stores featured on these pages is a past winner of our Gold Medal Service Award...

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Forecast: 2021 Footwear Consumption Will Rise 3.8 Percent in North America

According to the latest World Footwear Business Conditions Survey for the first quarter of 2021, footwear consumption will rise 3.8 percent in North America this year. And the majority of industry experts see the U.S. accounting for approximately 10 percent of global footwear consumption in 2025.

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FOOTWEAR INSIGHT INDEX

This past week the Segment saw nearly 3.9 percent improvement, as 18 of 20 entrants rose for the week outpaced the Dow’s 1.16-percent increase. We also have a quarterly review this week (see chart.)

The segment had a solid first quarter, rising more than 6 percent, but trailed the Dow’s nearly 9.4 percent gain for the period. Rocky Brands, which recently acquired Muck Boot and XTRATUF from Honeywell, and Designer Brands had the biggest gains on a percentage basis. Mizuno, Skechers and Under Armour were each in positive territory, but athletic rivals Nike, Adidas, Asics and Puma each declined during the period. The International Monetary Fund is projecting 6.4 percent growth for the U.S. economy this year, exceeding the globe’s expected expansion of 6.0%, followed by 3.5 percent expansion in 2022 that would put the U.S. behind the world’s projected 4.4 percent increase next year. In its recent report, the IMF said, “thanks to unprecedented policy response, the COVID-19 recession is likely to leave smaller scars than the 2008 global financial crisis.” — Bob McGee 
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

INDEX: 212

3.88%

Weekly Review

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 03/29/21 • Price 04/05/21

ASICS Corp.
7936.T

2.06%

$16.47 • $16.15

Boot Barn
BOOT

6.28%

$59.20 • $62.92

Crocs
CROX

7.01%

$74.87 • $80.12

Designer Brands
DBI

8.65%

$15.96 • $17.34

Genesco
GCO

2.37%

$45.49 • $46.57

JD GROUP
JD.L

4.20%

$1,129.50 • $1,176.98

Nike
NKE

1.22%

$133.49 • $135.12

Rocky Brands
RCKY

15.04%

$51.72 • $59.50

Skechers
SKX

1.21%

$41.37 • $41.87

VF Corp.
VFC

5.50%

$78.78 • $83.11

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 03/29/21 • Price 04/05/21

Adidas
addyy

5.11%

$156.30 • $164.28

Caleres
CAL

2.49%

$20.49 • $21.00

Deckers
DECK

3.33%

$320.33 • $331.00

Foot Locker
FL

0.84%

$55.95 • $55.48

GEOX
GEO.MI

0.00%

$0.97 • $0.97

Mizuno
8022.T

1.72%

$20.85 • $19.99

Puma
PMMAF

2.79%

$97.29 • $100.00

Shoe Carnival
SKVL

2.30%

$59.65 • $60.89

Under Armour
UAA

7.04%

$21.46 • $22.97

Wolverine
WWW

1.70%

$37.74 • $38.28

TOTAL
Week over week

3.88%

$2,437.88 • $2,534.54

Quarterly Review

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 01/02/21 • Price 03/31/21

ASICS Corp.
7936.T

7.85%

$17.32 • $15.96

Boot Barn
BOOT

48.85%

$41.86 • $62.31

Crocs
CROX

30.69%

$61.56 • $80.45

Designer Brands
DBI

142.00%

$7.19 • $17.40

Genesco
GCO

68.26%

$28.23 • $47.50

JD GROUP
JD.L

2.03%

$1,126.39 • $1,103.50

Nike
NKE

4.96%

$139.82 • $132.89

Rocky Brands
RCKY

91.70%

$28.20 • $54.06

Skechers
SKX

19.62%

$34.87 • $41.71

VF Corp.
VFC

6.11%

$30.21 • $38.32

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 01/02/21 • Price 03/31/21

Adidas
addyy

13.18%

$180.84 • $157.01

Caleres
CAL

50.55%

$14.48 • $21.80

Deckers
DECK

16.57%

$283.45 • $330.42

Foot Locker
FL

44.34%

$38.97 • $56.25

GEOX
GEO.MI

3.03%

$0.99 • $0.96

Mizuno
8022.T

11.70%

$17.60 • $19.66

Puma
PMMAF

13.04%

$110.25 • $95.87

Shoe Carnival
SKVL

67.54%

$36.85 • $61.74

Under Armour
UAA

27.72%

$17.35 • $22.16

Wolverine
WWW

26.85%

$30.21 • $38.32

TOTAL
Week over week

6.01%

$2,301.55 • $2,439.89

Footwear Insight Extra

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Shoe Carnival Pivots Away from Mass Promotions, Toward Specific Customer Data

Shoe Carnival is leaning more into specific customer data from its two-year old Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform and relying less on general, chainwide promotions. Senior management at the 383-door retail chain believes the new strategy will result in further profit and sales growth.

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Could Expanded Depts. Push Dick’s Footwear Sales Over $2 Billion?

Full-line sporting goods retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods intends to add premium, full-service footwear departments to 100+ stores this year, bringing the upgraded shoe-buying experience to more than 60 percent of its doors and perhaps propelling the category to over $2 billion in annual revenues.

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In The News: Vans, Dynafit, Altra

Vans and celebrity chef Chris Cosentino have teamed up on a new collab featuring tough, kitchen-ready versions of the brand’s Classic Slip-On and Old Skool silhouettes. The new Vans x Chris Cosentino shoes feature liquid and dirt repellant Vansguard uppers, UltraCush footbeds and the...

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Caleres Talks Brands

Famous Footwear parent Caleres, which says its top 15 brands accounted for 77 percent of its FY20 sales, will continue to offer a balanced assortment of athletic, sport and seasonal style as it moves forward with a number of key strategies this year.

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Product Spotlight: mōshn by KLOGS, Xelero, SAS

A look at three new standout styles, including an innovative shoe from new brand mōshn by KLOGS, an elevated retro jogger style from SAS and a performance running shoe from Xelero.

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KEEN Challenges Competitors To Be PFC-Free

Portland, OR-based footwear brand KEEN has established open sourcing for how it creates PFC-free footwear and has issued a challenge to the outdoor footwear industry to be PFC free by 2025. The family owned outdoor brand ran a full-page ad in the New York Times as an open-source invitation to...

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Digital Continues to Propel Nike

The Swoosh experienced a 54-percent increase in Digital sales for the period ended Feb. 28, led by growth in North America where the region had its first-ever quarter with more than $1 billion in digital revenue. NIKE Direct sales increased 15 percent on a currency-neutral basis.

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Supply Chain Issues Impact Nike, Caleres

Executives from both Nike and Caleres, in earnings calls with investors last week, cited current supply chain issues. Famous Footwear parent Caleres confirmed $60-70 million delayed receipts, adding its H1/21 business “will be constrained by...

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In The News: Saucony, OS1st, Fila, FitFlop

Saucony has launched the Jazz Court RFG, its most eco-friendly shoe ever. The $130 lifestyle sneaker uses zero plastic and is made of seven renewable eco-friendly materials: Cotton, jute, wool, rubber, wood, gardenia, and beet.

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DSW Pivots to Athleisure, Away from Dress

The Designer Brands-owned retailer is making merchandise moves to keep in step with the times, moving toward athletic and kids’ footwear styles and its Top 50 brands and away from dress and seasonal offerings for now.

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Consumer Surveys, Charts and Quotes

Trend Insight Consumer is a feature of Formula4 Media Publications that delivers research conducted on the MESH01 Platform. MESH01 collects data from a select panel of enthusiasts providing insight on all things sports, apparel and footwear related. Including shopping experiences and what influences consumer purchasing decisions.

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