NOVEMBER / December 2021 Issue
Run Industry Focuses on the Future
Coming off a year fueled by consumer demand and impacted by supply chain issues, the running industry, true to form, is focused firmly on the future as 2022 approaches. This positive energy was evident from conversations we had with attendees at Runchella...
Performing in Style
Not your average running apparel offerings — these new products all have unique stories to tell. And they are on trend for 2022 with elements ranging from advanced technical fabrics, inclusive sizing and eco-conscious materials to stylish design.
From must-have insoles to grab ‘n’ go nutrition and hydration products to performance headwear and beyond, these go-to essentials are ideal choices for newbie and expert runners alike.
Haptex: The Future of Synthetic Leather
We take a world view here as leather is a global industry, in which the raw material suppliers, brands and leather makers play a pivotal role. As consumers are getting more learned about how leather is made, two vital points have been coming clearer over the last ten years. First the alternate materials space is being filled with more and more high quality and interesting materials, attractive to different segments of the market.
Pushing the Boundaries
Lightweight design and innovation in uppers, midsoles and foam materials have running footwear brands racing ahead into 2022. With supply chain and inventory issues expected to continue well into the new year, look for some shifts on the shoe walls as availability and innovation combine to...
Footwear often gets the glory, but the amount of innovation going into performance socks right now cannot be overlooked. Comfort, temperature regulation, injury prevention and construction for a perfect fit are just a few of the key trends driving the category forward.
The Importance of Wellness
With wellbeing top of mind, we explore how standout brands highlight health and happiness in their footwear.
Diadora Launches Atomo: Made in Italy, Made to Perform
The new Equipe Atomo shoe from Diadora is poised to be a breakout star for the brand. The first performance running shoe made in Italy in over 30 years, the Equipe Atomo not only features a compelling performance and design story, it is also a passion project of sorts for Diadora.
Welcome Circular; Goodbye Take, Make & Dispose
The drumbeat for greater industry alignments and stronger collaborative partnerships has grown louder and the engines of eco-innovation are making noise on many fronts within the industry. We’re seeing successes in cutting edge technology and integration of forward-thinking design principles.
Passion for the Planet
We recently caught up with a couple of eco experts who are doing important work in developing new ways to improve textile recycling and the problem of waste along with identifying new material alternatives that are better for the environment.
While nearly every sporting goods team dealer and local retailer understandably dedicates the majority of their time to the Big Four – football, basketball, baseball and softball – that generate the most revenue, they are well aware that the so-called “specialty sports” deserve a fair amount of...