JUly / August 2021 Issue

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.

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.

Higher Retail Footwear Prices on Horizon, FDRA Survey Says

A combination of factors, including higher input costs, a tight labor market and lower market inventories, make it extremely likely that retail footwear prices are headed up over the next six months.

Maternity Footwear on its Way from Ollie Gray

A new maternity line of footwear is on its way from maternity wear brand Ollie Gray. The first shoe, the OG Sneaker, is an athleisure style that is designed to flex and mold to meet the changing needs of pregnant and postpartum women, such as swollen feet and...

Retail Update: Lids, Foot Locker, Canadian Shoe Outlet

Lids has promoted Britten Maughan to president. Maughan has served as SVP of marketing and partnerships since joining the Ames Watson-owned retailer in 2019. In that role, he has overseen all aspects of product, marketing, merchandising, partnerships, and distribution.

What Makes a Good Loyalty Program?

In its new 21-page 2021 Loyalty Program Benchmark Report, TotalRetail highlights several industry companies for their exceptional work in their Loyalty Program offerings in an era where 68 percent of consumers say, “their loyalty is more difficult to maintain than ever.”

In The News: Sergio Tacchini, ‍Puma, ‍Dick’s Sporting Goods

Sergio Tacchini Europe, Ltd. has struck a long-term footwear licensing deal with Sugi International Ltd., starting with the Fall/Winter 2022 season. Sugi will distribute Sergio Tacchini branded footwear to retailers in Europe, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East.

FOOTWEAR INSIGHT INDEX: 235

1.06%

Weekly Review: 9/22/21

Worry about the debt burden of China’s largest real estate/management company sent shivers through markets earlier this week and was the primary contributor to the Dow’s largest single-day decline since mid-May. Of course, the ongoing COVID pandemic and persistent inflation worries didn’t help either. U.S. coronavirus deaths topped 675,000 on Sep. 20 to exceed the death toll from the 1918 influenza pandemic. The Dow fell more than 899 points, or 2.58 percent last week with 614 points or 1.78 percent of the drop occurring on Monday. This marks the fourth consecutive down or flat week for the Dow. But by mid-day yesterday, it had gained back approximately one-third of Monday’s decline ahead of Fed monetary policy meeting. The Footwear Segment jumped more than 1 percent for the week despite a decline by 13 stocks, five gainers paced by Crocs, Mizuno, and JD Group on a percentage basis, and two essentially flat entrants for the period (Rocky Brands and Deckers). Major athletic brands—Adidas, Puma, Under Armour and Asics—were down for the week. Ditto Nike where eyes and ears will be paying attention to the Swoosh’s Q2 earning call on Thursday. Supply chain disruptions have some circles concerned. But not Piper Sandler’s Erinn Murphy. She thinks those near-term supply problems will likely resolve themselves and sees any Nike share price dip as a buying opportunity for investors. — Bob McGee 

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 09/13/21 • Price 09/20/21

ASICS Corp.
7936.T

3.97%

$24.19 • $23.23

Boot Barn
BOOT

3.23%

$85.75 • $88.52

Crocs
CROX

8.31%

$137.72 • $149.16

Designer Brands
DBI

6.55%

$12.21 • $13.01

Genesco
GCO

3.11%

$58.53 • $56.71

JD GROUP
JD.L

4.12%

$1,451.68 • $1,511.49

Nike
NKE

4.07%

$159.22 • $152.74

Rocky Brands
RCKY

0.02%

$48.00 • $47.99

Skechers
SKX

4.60%

$46.13 • $44.01

VF Corp.
VFC

6.88%

$71.76 • $66.82

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 09/13/21 • Price 09/20/21

Adidas
addyy

7.17%

$176.13 • $163.50

Caleres
CAL

2.12%

$22.22 • $21.75

Deckers
DECK

0.25%

$418.83 • $419.87

Foot Locker
FL

3.01%

$50.46 • $48.94

GEOX
GEO.MI

3.88%

$1.29 • $1.24

Mizuno
8022.T

5.29%

$24.40 • $25.69

Puma
PMMAF

7.51%

$126.50 • $117.00

Shoe Carnival
SKVL

4.38%

$33.82 • $32.34

Under Armour
UAA

7.85%

$21.92 • $20.20

Wolverine
WWW

4.98%

$33.30 • $31.64

TOTAL
Week over week

1.06%

$3,004.06 • $3,035.85

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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