JUly / August 2021 Issue

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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.

Past Magazine Features

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.

Family Business

Campbell, CA-based retailer Beck’s Shoes has an ambitious acquisition strategy in place, and it includes ensuring the legacies of the small, family-owned shoe stores they are acquiring.

Lines We Like: In The Spotlight

New styles from Veja, AKU, Baffin and Indosole, each attention grabbing in their own way.

Looking Ahead to August Trade Shows

As the industry heads back to in-person shows this summer, the August calendar is looking busy.

Climate Conscious Innovation

Shoe brands are working wonders when it comes to sustainability by using natural and recyclable materials. We take a closer look at sustainability stories from brands...

Feeling Good

Wellness is defined as the state of being in good health. It is complete physical, mental, and social well-being. For shoe brands, wellness starts in the feet.

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...

12 Questions with RIA’s Terry Schalow

Terry Schalow is the executive director of the Running Industry Association, a non-profit organization whose main mission is to support the brick-and-mortar running retail channel throughout the United States and Canada. We caught up with Schalow to get his insight on the running industry...

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.

Hot Crocs Faces Supply Chain Realities

In raising the company’s FY21 guidance last week after reporting a strong Q2, Crocs executives confirmed potential supply chain drags are embedded in the better outlook that includes full-year, global revenue growth of 60-65 percent and an annual adjusted operating margin of...

U.S. Will Not Slap Vietnam Imports with New Tariffs

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced late last week that it would not place new tariffs on Vietnam imports. The decision came after a nine-month investigation prompted by the Trump Administration that labeled the Asian nation...

OrthoLite Announces Zero Waste Initiative

Amherst, MA-based OrthoLite, insole supplier for more than 350 footwear brands, has announced a Zero Waste Initiative. With OrthoLite insoles utilized in more than 500 million pairs of shoes every year, the company believes its commitment to...

Skechers Works to Push Product ASPs, Margins Higher

Skechers and its wholesale partners are benefitting from a more favorable, promotional environment around the globe via stronger sell-through rates and higher Average Selling Prices (ASPs).

In The News: Xtratuf, Twisted X, Sequential Brands Group

Xtratuf’s new Ankle Deck Boot Sport for Spring 2022 won the “New Product Showcase Best in Footwear” award from iCast 2021. The style has a sport fishing-specific silhouette with a Pro Lite outsole that is durable and slip-resistant.

FOOTWEAR INSIGHT INDEX: 228

8.20%

Weekly Review: 7/28/21

The resilience of the U.S. consumer and the persistent coronavirus, via a new delta strain, are pulling the market in opposite directions on nearly a daily basis. Last week, the former won out as the Dow rose all four days to finish the five-day period up more than 1,182 points, or 3.48 percent. But the Segment outperformed the Dow, gaining 8.2 percent for the period with eight of 20 entrants up double-digit percentages led by Rocky Brands, Skechers and Crocs. Meanwhile, NPD data shows that Q2 U.S. footwear sales for the three months ended June 30 were up 31 percent from the comparable 2019 period in the leisure segment and 23 percent higher in the performance sector. Sales in the fashion footwear segment dipped 6 percent. It should be noted here that Shoe Carnival rose nearly 3.5 percent for the week with a July 20 2 for 1 stock split adjusting its price. — Bob McGee 

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 07/12/21 • Price 07/19/21

ASICS Corp.
7936.T

1.49%

$22.13 • $22.46

Boot Barn
BOOT

11.29%

$75.85 • $84.41

Crocs
CROX

12.55%

$112.56 • $131.82

Designer Brands
DBI

9.59%

$13.62 • $14.61

Genesco
GCO

7.51%

$53.33 • $58.57

JD GROUP
JD.L

8.04%

$1,190.03 • $1,285.65

Nike
NKE

4.62%

$157.87 • $165.17

Rocky Brands
RCKY

17.86%

$44.00 • $51.86

Skechers
SKX

17.73%

$46.07 • $54.24

VF Corp.
VFC

10.24%

$75.46 • $83.19

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 07/12/21 • Price 07/19/21

Adidas
addyy

1.95%

$180.63 • $184.15

Caleres
CAL

11.29%

$22.39 • $25.20

Deckers
DECK

17.11%

$374.83 • $410.77

Foot Locker
FL

7.27%

$54.47 • $58.56

GEOX
GEO.MI

11.01%

$1.09 • $1.21

Mizuno
8022.T

6.57%

$22.38 • $23.85

Puma
PMMAF

1.58%

$119.97 • $121.86

Shoe Carnival
SKVL

3.47%

$32.03 • $33.14

Under Armour
UAA

8.52%

$18.90 • $20.51

Wolverine
WWW

11.93%

$30.51 • $34.15

TOTAL
Week over week

8.20%

$2,680.15 • $2,865.38

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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