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The recovery category is expanding and evolving. We spotlight new products and ask execs “what makes a ‘recovery shoe’ to you and who needs to own one?”

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Dressed Up Comfort

Consumers have decided that now is the time to refresh their wardrobes and purchase new shoes for weddings, parties, excursions and work. The best new styles fuse fashion and comfort as customers seek more formal options.

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Work & Play

Performance. Sustainability. Athletic. Feature-Rich. Innovative Comfort. These are some of the buzzwords that jump off the page when looking at the latest work and outdoor boot offerings. Where is innovation happening right now in the boot category?

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Hiring Advice from the Shop Floor

Securing new employees hasn’t been an easy task for years, well before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Low unemployment rates and high demand for able, qualified bodies in a multitude of industries has given potential new hires leverage...

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Stan’s Fit For Your Feet Acquires Waxberg’s Walk Shoppe

In a deal made between two third-generation family businesses, Wisconsin-based Stan’s Fit For Your Feet has purchased Waxberg’s Walk Shoppe, located in Niles, IL.

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How to Acquire Top Talent

If you are going to hire staff, you should aspire to hire top talent. Top Talent includes special people who have super human strengths in various forms and they are worth every penny of what they earn.

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Perfect Combo

Today’s hybrid lifestyles have consumers looking for performance in their comfort shoes and comfort in their performance shoes. Need a shoe that works for everything from the trail to the office? No problem.

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Footwear, Sorel Integral to Columbia’s Three-Year Growth Plan

Columbia Sportswear unveiled fresh financial targets to analysts last week. Footwear, digital and growth outside the U.S. are key components of a strategy that the company is promising will increase its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 9 to 11 percent between FY22 and FY25 to...

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JD Sports’ H1 Results Impacted by Supply Chain, Difficult Comparison

The British retailer JD Sports, which currently operates 101 stores under its nameplate in the U.S. and intends to open a flagship store in Chicago over the next six months, suffered a 4.2 percent decline in H1 revenues in the region to the equivalent of $1.39 billion.

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Holiday Shopping Outlook

An estimated 73 percent of shoppers could be watching their spending more closely this holiday season compared to last year, according to a recent 4over survey of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers.

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In The News: Gore-Tex, Adidas

W.L. Gore’s new expanded Polyethylene (ePE) membrane, suitable for various consumer product uses, including footwear, comes to market this season. The innovative Gore-Tex membrane combines durable performance with eco attributes.

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What Caused Olympia Sports’ Demise

Sporting goods chain Olympia Sports, founded in 1975, announced in late July that it would liquidate and close its final 35 doors. And a recent bankruptcy filing has revealed more insight into what led to the retailer’s demise.

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Public Lands Set to Open 4 More Stores this Fall

Dick’s Sporting Goods-owned outdoor retail concept Public Lands is set to open four new stores this fall, more than doubling its brick-and-mortar presence.

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Black Star Combines Western Style & Comfort Innovation

The new Fall 2022 collection from Twisted X brand Black Star Boots features a modern, elevated take on classic western styles. The new collection follows Black Star’s recent rebrand, drawing the brand closer to its western roots. 

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Rischke Joins Erem to Lead Wholesale Division

Erem, the footwear brand committed to making high performance footwear with minimal environmental impact, announced the hiring of Chris Rischke, formerly the Director of Operations at Oboz, as the company’s VP of Operations and Wholesale, effective immediately.

OOFOS Partners with NFL’s Raiders and QB Carr

Recovery footwear brand OOFOS is teaming up with the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders and the team’s quarterback Derek Carr in two different partnership deals.

Zumiez Sees Spike in Private Label Interest

Active lifestyle retail chain Zumiez realized an 85 percent drop in second quarter operating profit to $5.0 million from $32.0 million for the period ended July 30. Ebit was down by 83 percent to $5.5 million as net income came in 87 percent lower year-over-year at $3.1 million versus $24.0 million.

In The News: Alegria ROK n ROLL, Aetrex 3D Portal on Foot.com, Manitobah Flagship Store

This fall, Alegria is introducing its new ROK n ROLL collection featuring a next generation rocker outsole. Footwear in the line sports athleisure style and is designed with comfort and support in mind to meet the needs of...

Journeys Consumers Continue Shifting Toward More Casual Offerings

Customers at Journeys, the Genesco-owned retailer, who were getting squeezed by inflation and trading down to more affordable price points in the second quarter ended July 30, are continuing to move their footwear preferences away from fashion athletic styles to more casual offerings.

DSW Going ‘Narrower, Deeper’ with Top Brands, Testing New Format

The Designer Brands-owned retailer DSW, which experienced a 40 percent year-over-year increase in sales of its own brands in Q2, is working with top branded partners to go narrower and deeper with their respective assortments.

New Tech-Infused AVAL Diabetic Socks Introduced

Under its AVAL brand, Drymax Technologies is introducing two new diabetic socks that the brand says are designed to “dramatically improve the environment for the feet inside the shoe.”

In the News: VF Layoffs, Take The Lead Retreat, OIA Elects Board Members

VF Corp., the Denver-based parent of brands including Vans, The North Face, Timberland and Altra, is eliminating 600 office-based positions or 1.7 percent of its existing workforce, according to a report by the Denver Business Journal last week that was confirmed by the company.

Shoe Carnival Gets Lift from Non-Athletic

Faced with a lack of athletic inventory for weeks due to late deliveries, Shoe Carnival leaned on non-athletic footwear to bolster Q2 results.

Caleres Gets Q2 Boost from Brand Portfolio

St. Louis-based Caleres, with a brand portfolio segment consisting of a range of labels, including Naturalizer, Lifestride, Allen Edmonds, Vionic and Dr. Scholl’s, delivered a 78 percent increase in Q2 profits to $29.4 million on 36 percent revenue growth to $324.1 million from $239.0 million.

JD Sports’ H1 Results Impacted by Supply Chain, Difficult Comparison

The British retailer JD Sports, which currently operates 101 stores under its nameplate in the U.S. and intends to open a flagship store in Chicago over the next six months, suffered a 4.2 percent decline in H1 revenues in the region to the equivalent of $1.39 billion.

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Holiday Shopping Outlook

An estimated 73 percent of shoppers could be watching their spending more closely this holiday season compared to last year, according to a recent 4over survey of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers.

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In The News: Gore-Tex, Adidas

W.L. Gore’s new expanded Polyethylene (ePE) membrane, suitable for various consumer product uses, including footwear, comes to market this season. The innovative Gore-Tex membrane combines durable performance with eco attributes.

Read More

What Caused Olympia Sports’ Demise

Sporting goods chain Olympia Sports, founded in 1975, announced in late July that it would liquidate and close its final 35 doors. And a recent bankruptcy filing has revealed more insight into what led to the retailer’s demise.

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Public Lands Set to Open 4 More Stores this Fall

Dick’s Sporting Goods-owned outdoor retail concept Public Lands is set to open four new stores this fall, more than doubling its brick-and-mortar presence.

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Black Star Combines Western Style & Comfort Innovation

The new Fall 2022 collection from Twisted X brand Black Star Boots features a modern, elevated take on classic western styles. The new collection follows Black Star’s recent rebrand, drawing the brand closer to its western roots. 

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Caleres Gets Q2 Boost from Brand Portfolio

St. Louis-based Caleres, with a brand portfolio segment consisting of a range of labels, including Naturalizer, Lifestride, Allen Edmonds, Vionic and Dr. Scholl’s, delivered a 78 percent increase in Q2 profits to $29.4 million on 36 percent revenue growth to $324.1 million from $239.0 million.

Waco Shoe Co. Focuses on Foot Support

Lifestyle, comfort footwear company Waco Shoe Co., which builds its footwear around its research-based orthotic-driven insole, is relaunching three products under its Revitalign brand—the Kholo, Siesta and Yumi—with improved sole designs.

Dick’s SG Benefitting from ‘Best in Class’ Footwear Range

Lauren Hobart, president and CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, the nation’s largest full-line sporting goods chain, last week said the retailer’s footwear segment today is really strong due to its best-in-class assortment that is connecting with customers.

IN THE NEWS: Totes-Isotoner, Zenz, Carhartt, Vim & Vigr

Cincinnati-based footwear supplier Totes-Isotoner launched a ‘Wearable Recovery’ campaign in August for their new Zenz styles of Isotoner’s slipper-like footwear.

A New Era Begins at Foot Locker in September

Mary N. Dillon, the former executive Chair and CEO of Ulta Beauty, Inc and a past McDonald’s Corp. and PepsiCo senior executive., is taking the helm of Foot Locker on Sept. 1 as president and CEO to replace the retiring Richard Johnson.

Adidas Will Appoint New CEO in 2023

Kasper Rorsted’s term as CEO of adidas AG will be over more than three years before his employment contract expires on July 31, 2026, despite the company experiencing double-digit growth in 85 percent of its business.

Women’s Footwear Company Ida Sports Wins SFIA Honor

Ida Sports, a sports footwear company based in Melbourne, Australia, specializing in women’s-specific soccer footwear, won The Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) 2022 Start-Up Challenge last month.

In The News: Academy Sports + Outdoors Expanding, Hari Mari’s ‘Flop Drop’

Sporting goods retailer Academy Sports + Outdoors has opened a new store in Atlanta, GA. Located at 130 Perimeter Center West, in Perimeter Square Shopping Center, the 50,200 square-foot store is Academy’s 12th location across metro Atlanta and 20th throughout Georgia.

Report from Atlanta

Happy to report another happy experience — our recent trip to the Atlanta Shoe Market was a good one. Merriam-Webster defines happy as 1) pleasure or contentment; 2) notably fitting, effective or well adapted; 3) marked by atmosphere of good fellowship.

Sizing Up the U.S. Running Market

Now that all the major, public athletic footwear brands have reported their respective results for the three months ending June 30 (in Nike’s case, Q4 ended May 31), it is a good time to summarize what each is saying about the running category.

JD Sports’ H1 Results Impacted by Supply Chain, Difficult Comparison

The British retailer JD Sports, which currently operates 101 stores under its nameplate in the U.S. and intends to open a flagship store in Chicago over the next six months, suffered a 4.2 percent decline in H1 revenues in the region to the equivalent of $1.39 billion.

Read More

Holiday Shopping Outlook

An estimated 73 percent of shoppers could be watching their spending more closely this holiday season compared to last year, according to a recent 4over survey of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers.

Read More

In The News: Gore-Tex, Adidas

W.L. Gore’s new expanded Polyethylene (ePE) membrane, suitable for various consumer product uses, including footwear, comes to market this season. The innovative Gore-Tex membrane combines durable performance with eco attributes.

Read More

What Caused Olympia Sports’ Demise

Sporting goods chain Olympia Sports, founded in 1975, announced in late July that it would liquidate and close its final 35 doors. And a recent bankruptcy filing has revealed more insight into what led to the retailer’s demise.

Read More

Public Lands Set to Open 4 More Stores this Fall

Dick’s Sporting Goods-owned outdoor retail concept Public Lands is set to open four new stores this fall, more than doubling its brick-and-mortar presence.

Read More

Black Star Combines Western Style & Comfort Innovation

The new Fall 2022 collection from Twisted X brand Black Star Boots features a modern, elevated take on classic western styles. The new collection follows Black Star’s recent rebrand, drawing the brand closer to its western roots. 

Read More

Footwear Insight

EXTRA Archives

What Caused Olympia Sports’ Demise

Sporting goods chain Olympia Sports, founded in 1975, announced in late July that it would liquidate and close its final 35 doors. And a recent bankruptcy filing has revealed more insight into what led to the retailer’s demise.

Read More

Public Lands Set to Open 4 More Stores this Fall

Dick’s Sporting Goods-owned outdoor retail concept Public Lands is set to open four new stores this fall, more than doubling its brick-and-mortar presence.

Read More

Black Star Combines Western Style & Comfort Innovation

The new Fall 2022 collection from Twisted X brand Black Star Boots features a modern, elevated take on classic western styles. The new collection follows Black Star’s recent rebrand, drawing the brand closer to its western roots. 

Read More

In The News: CEP, W.L. Gore, Salomon


CEP Compression this week launched its Infrared Recovery Sock, MSRP $49.95, which integrates Smart Infrared with compression technology. The company says the “game-changing” sock helps improve microvascular circulation to shorten recovery time and ensure legs feel rejuvenated quicker than ever.

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Rischke Joins Erem to Lead Wholesale Division

Erem, the footwear brand committed to making high performance footwear with minimal environmental impact, announced the hiring of Chris Rischke, formerly the Director of Operations at Oboz, as the company’s VP of Operations and Wholesale, effective immediately.

Read More

OOFOS Partners with NFL’s Raiders and QB Carr

Recovery footwear brand OOFOS is teaming up with the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders and the team’s quarterback Derek Carr in two different partnership deals.

Read More

Zumiez Sees Spike in Private Label Interest

Active lifestyle retail chain Zumiez realized an 85 percent drop in second quarter operating profit to $5.0 million from $32.0 million for the period ended July 30. Ebit was down by 83 percent to $5.5 million as net income came in 87 percent lower year-over-year at $3.1 million versus $24.0 million.

Read More

In The News: Alegria ROK n ROLL, Aetrex 3D Portal on Foot.com, Manitobah Flagship Store

This fall, Alegria is introducing its new ROK n ROLL collection featuring a next generation rocker outsole. Footwear in the line sports athleisure style and is designed with comfort and support in mind to meet the needs of...

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FOOTWEAR INSIGHT INDEX

With the second quarter closing next week, ominous signs remain for the U.S. economy in this persistent pandemic environment as the number of active U.S. cases rose for a 10th straight day on June 22 to 1.26 million and 23 states reported increases in the number of cases. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the U.S. economy will generate $8 trillion less in economic activity over the next decade than it predicted months ago. And a report in The Atlantic suggests four factors — a great business die-off, the household fiscal cliff, state and local budget shortfalls and the persistent pandemic crisis — put the U.S. risk for a depression. Amid this backdrop, the Dow generated nearly 59 percent of its weekly 261.80-point gain for the week on the period’s final day, June 22. The action helped the Dow post a 1.02 percent increase for the period, about even with the Segment’s 1.06 percent increase as 12 stocks rose and eight declined. Aside from Mizuno, which benefited from currency effects, Nike and Deckers were the period’s biggest gainers. The Swoosh received four stock price target hikes from investment banks ahead of its scheduled fourth-quarter earnings report on June 25. Meanwhile, Nike and Puma are merging running technology and style into styles for the golf course, including The Cat’s RS-G and The Swoosh’s Air Max 270. Shoe Carnival reported that its 389 re-opened U.S. and Puerto Rico stores experienced a 28.1 percent rise in second quarter comparable store sales through  June 22, with brick-and-mortar up 4.0 percent and e-commerce gaining nearly 470 percent year-over-year. Under Armour Founder Kevin Plank has sold his Washington, D.C. mansion for $17.3 million after a reported two years on the market at a 41 percent discount from his 2018 asking price of $29.5 million. — 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: 123

1.06%

Weekly Review

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 06/15/20 • Price 06/22/20

ASICS Corp.
7936.T

0.35%

$11.38 • $11.34

Boot Barn
BOOT

1.09%

$22.84 • $22.59

Crocs
CROX

2.46%

$31.71 • $32.49

Designer Brands
DBI

4.49%

$7.13 • $6.81

Genesco
GCO

6.41%

$22.51 • $20.73

Mizuno
8022.T

14.12%

$18.41 • $21.01

Puma
PMMAF

1.65%

$72.90 • $74.10

Shoe Carnival
SKVL

0.26%

$27.02 • $27.09

Steve Madden
SHOO

0.13%

$23.30 • $23.33

VF Corp.
VFC

0.82%

$63.12 • $62.60

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 06/15/20 • Price 06/22/20

Adidas
addyy

0.72%

$132.53 • $133.49

Caleres
CAL

5.71%

$8.58 • $8.09

Deckers
DECK

3.71%

$193.55 • $200.73

Foot Locker
FL

0.99%

$29.23 • $29.52

GEOX
GEO.MI

4.49%

$0.89 • $0.85

Nike
NKE

1.72%

$97.83 • $99.51

Rocky Brands
RCKY

2.74%

$20.78 • $20.21

Skechers
SKX

5.66%

$33.20 • $31.32

Under Armour
UAA

3.55%

$9.86 • $9.51

Wolverine
WWW

0.26%

$23.08 • $23.14

TOTAL
Week over week

1.06%

$849.49 • $858.46