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Full Speed Ahead: All About the Run

Despite the challenges of 2020, the running industry is headed into 2021 with optimism. On the footwear side, new runners, new products and new technologies have the category ready to run into the new year. Performance brands are banking on everything from affordable performance to...

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Stars in a Supporting Role

When the topic of stellar service at retail comes up, most often the focus is on the service that retailers offer customers. But for retailers, service also comes in the form of the relationships they have with their vendor and brand partners.

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Sneakers Step Out

Whether it’s for a head-clearing run, a soul-refreshing walk with a friend or just an active day on your feet, sneakers are the shoes that do it all. For Spring ’21, brands are offering feature-packed options with comfort to spare. Even better? These looks never compromise on style.

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Safety Goes the Distance

With virtual school, online meetings and health concerns all in the mix this season, consumers have turned to running as a stress reliever and mind clearer – at all times of the day. In response, brands are stepping up their game to make runners shine.

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Challenges and Opportunities for Holiday Sales

Thanks to impacts from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the continued rising influence of ecommerce on consumer behaviors, this holiday season will bring a new set of challenges and opportunities to footwear retailers and vendors. In-store safety, the ecommerce experience...

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Third Mind Aims to Deliver Feel Good Footwear

When 30-year footwear veteran Steve Hamel dreamed of starting his own brand, he knew he wanted to do it right. Now with the launch of Third Mind, Hamel debuts a line of performance casual shoes that are built with sustainable materials and with responsible manufacturing.

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Boot Up

According to retail tracking research from NPD Group, August saw nearly 25 percent sales growth for cold/all weather boots and mid-teens increase for hiking shoes — data that bodes well for the winter season.

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Lauren Hobart Named CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods; Dick’s Reports Blockbuster Q3 Sales

The largest full-line sporting goods retailer in the U.S. is slated to have a woman CEO in February. Yesterday the retailer publicly disclosed that Lauren Hobart, DKS president since 2017, has been elected the President and CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, effective Feb. 1.

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Dr. Martens Prepares For Early 2021 IPO

Seven years after acquiring the British brand Dr. Martens from the Griggs Family, private equity firm Permira has hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to lead a public offering. The IPO on the London Exchange will reportedly go off early next year.

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NRF: Online Will Bolster Holiday Sales Totals

Look for U.S. holiday sales for the two months ending Dec. 31 to rise between 3.6 percent and 5.2 percent to a total between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion, according to a National Retail Federation estimate. The projection excludes auto dealer, gas station and restaurant sales.

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Caleres Brands Post Improved Results; Most Naturalizer Stores Being Shuttered

Vionic’s e-commerce sales rose more than 50 percent in the third quarter for Caleres, which saw its wellness and comfort footwear brands continue to perform well. Wellness/Comfort labels represented 55 percent of Caleres’ Brand Portfolio sales in the period versus 47 percent in the year-ago period.

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Foot Locker Confident Volume Can Be Shifted to Digital Channels

Convinced that the promotional environment will be lower in the fourth quarter than in the last two periods yet uncertain how a surging pandemic could fuel more store closures or shutdowns, Foot Locker senior executives think the retail behemoth has tools in place to migrate more...

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Hibbett Aims to Pick-Up Athletic, Fashion Business from Penney’s, Stage Stores

The Hibbett business, both the Hibbett Sports and City Gear banners, is benefitting from temporary closures by competitors, accelerating customer adoption of its e-commerce segment and a consumer rotation away from travel/leisure/entertainment spending into sports and lifestyle purchases.

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Caleres Names Mike Edwards Famous Footwear President

Mike Edwards, a 12-year veteran of the St. Louis parent, is replacing Molly Adams as president of Famous Footwear. Adams is leaving the retailer tomorrow for another employment opportunity.

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VF Goes Supreme

Timberland and Vans parent VF Corp. will acquire Supreme, the premium streetwear brand, known for its disruptive, digitally-led and weekly drop-focused business model, for $2.1 billion by year-end. Current investors The Carlyle Group and Goode Partners are selling their respective stakes in Supreme.

Adidas Exceeding D2C Targets, Eyes Return to Growth in 2021

The Three Stripes — whose senior management team is focused on bolstering its ecommerce business, maintaining the health of its Profit & Loss statement and continuing to reduce bloated inventories — is vowing to deliver a “solid growth rate” for 2021 as it moves strategies forward to...

Watch This: A Knockout Ad from Reyers

Reyers Shoe Store will be celebrating its 135th year in business in 2021. Located near the Pennsylvania/Ohio border in Sharon, PA, the family-owned independent is working through this tough year with grit — and the retailer’s latest TV ad delivers a holiday sales pitch from...

NSRA’s Chuck Schuyler Retiring

Chuck Schuyler, president of the National Shoe Retailers Association, will retire on Jan. 1, 2021 after 15 years with the Tucson, AZ trade organization. During his NSRA tenure, the former president and owner of the Drew Shoe Corp., has led a number of initiatives for the trade group that...

Wolverine Banking on Saucony, Direct-To-Consumer to Lift Fortunes

Saucony is projected to be the fastest-growing brand, in terms of percentage revenue increase, among Wolverine’s dozen footwear labels in 2021. The prediction from Wolverine Worldwide senior management is based on two factors — expansion of Saucony’s fashion-forward Originals heritage...

Asics, Mizuno Report Results

Mizuno, which reported a 19 percent decline in Americas’ revenues to the equivalent of $79.7 million for the six months ended Sep. 30, says it’s focused on growing its running and golf businesses in the region and intends to increase sales with new product introductions and a focus on...

In The News: OS1st, Clarks, and More

OS1st made a donation to the California Fire Foundation in response to the 2020 wildfire season. From August to November, OS1st offered to donate $5 for every pair of FS4 Plantar Fasciitis Sock in Merino Wool that was purchased on www.OS1st.com to the California Fire Foundation.

Boot Barn Steps Up Segmentation, Customer Service Efforts

Beyond reaching out to customers of its strongest footwear category work boots, retail chain Boot Barn is launching a new “country” segment focused on customers who participate in the rugged outdoors on a recreational basis or as an adventure enthusiast but who are not necessarily into a...

SHOT Show Is Off; Big Gear Show Plans New Format for 2021

The trade show landscape continues to be impacted by COVID-19. The 2021 SHOT Show, which was scheduled for January 19-22 in Las Vegas, has been cancelled. NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, had indicated in recent weeks that it planned to hold the show, but...

Under Armour Reveals New N.A. Distribution Strategy; Divesting MyFitnessPal

Contending wholesale remains a critical part of its future but also acknowledging the need to evolve its distribution strategy to stay in step with the changing retail landscape, Under Armour last week revealed plans to reduce its number of North American distribution points by...

Dr. Martens Prepares For Early 2021 IPO

Seven years after acquiring the British brand Dr. Martens from the Griggs Family, private equity firm Permira has hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to lead a public offering. The IPO on the London Exchange will reportedly go off early next year.

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NRF: Online Will Bolster Holiday Sales Totals

Look for U.S. holiday sales for the two months ending Dec. 31 to rise between 3.6 percent and 5.2 percent to a total between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion, according to a National Retail Federation estimate. The projection excludes auto dealer, gas station and restaurant sales.

Read More

Caleres Brands Post Improved Results; Most Naturalizer Stores Being Shuttered

Vionic’s e-commerce sales rose more than 50 percent in the third quarter for Caleres, which saw its wellness and comfort footwear brands continue to perform well. Wellness/Comfort labels represented 55 percent of Caleres’ Brand Portfolio sales in the period versus 47 percent in the year-ago period.

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Foot Locker Confident Volume Can Be Shifted to Digital Channels

Convinced that the promotional environment will be lower in the fourth quarter than in the last two periods yet uncertain how a surging pandemic could fuel more store closures or shutdowns, Foot Locker senior executives think the retail behemoth has tools in place to migrate more...

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Hibbett Aims to Pick-Up Athletic, Fashion Business from Penney’s, Stage Stores

The Hibbett business, both the Hibbett Sports and City Gear banners, is benefitting from temporary closures by competitors, accelerating customer adoption of its e-commerce segment and a consumer rotation away from travel/leisure/entertainment spending into sports and lifestyle purchases.

Read More

Caleres Names Mike Edwards Famous Footwear President

Mike Edwards, a 12-year veteran of the St. Louis parent, is replacing Molly Adams as president of Famous Footwear. Adams is leaving the retailer tomorrow for another employment opportunity.

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Cole Haan Is Making Moves

Cole Haan is working to broaden its reach and appeal among Millennials ahead of an initial public offering. The 90-plus year old company is led by two former Converse senior executives and is majority controlled by private equity firm Apax Partners. Market sources anticipate the...

Asics Names New NA President

Robert Sullivan has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Asics North America. He takes over the top role in the region from North American chief executive officer Koichiro Kodama, who has been elevated to a new global role of managing executive officer for Asics at...

VF Highlights Digital; Return to Growth in Q4

VF Corp., the Vans, North Face and Timberland parent, which is forecasting sequential improvement in the third quarter and a return to topline expansion in its final period, predicts FY21 revenues will hit or surpass $9 billion. That figure would represent a 14 percent year-over-year decline on...

In The News: Rockport, Thorogood, Coresight, NPD

This week, Rockport launched the “Powering Your Vote” campaign, which aims to provide a comfortable and stylish pair of shoes to those working or heading to the polls on Election Day. For five days, from October 19-23, Rockport is giving away 270 pairs of shoes...

Outdoor Retailer Will Not Hold an In-Person Show this Winter

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an in-person Outdoor Retailer trade show will not take place this winter, show organizers announced today. In its place will be Outdoor Retailer Winter Online, a digital marketplace and online experience.

FDRA, FFANY Complete Merger

The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) and Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) are now one trade organization with the merged operation now serving and representing 95 percent of the entire footwear industry.

New President at The North Face; Organizational Changes at VF Corp.

Steve Murray has been named Global Brand President for The North Face. Previously VF’s President of the Americas Region, Murray replaces Arne Arens who has stepped down to pursue other opportunities outside of VF.

Taking a Walk: Sneaker Spotlight

In the spotlight this week: three spring styles to get excited about from Dansko, Vionic and Traq by Alegria.‍ Dansko is debuting the Pace lightweight walking shoe, which pairs sneaker features like a cushiony EVA midsole and a 3M Scotchguard mesh upper with a removable insole with...

Sporting Goods Industry Continues to Be Challenged

Results from the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry’s latest member survey offer some keen, current insights into factors facing the global sporting goods industry amid the ongoing, global COVID-19 pandemic. Among them: Only 20 percent of manufacturing companies are...

In The News: Cardi B + Reebok, Rack Room, Foot Locker

Reebok and entertainer Cardi B had Instagram buzzing over the weekend when Cardi B teased the November drop of her collab with the brand, posting a photo with her take on the Club C shoe. A limited number of Reebok’s Cardi B Club C shoes, priced at $100, were made available, selling out quickly.

Dr. Martens Prepares For Early 2021 IPO

Seven years after acquiring the British brand Dr. Martens from the Griggs Family, private equity firm Permira has hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to lead a public offering. The IPO on the London Exchange will reportedly go off early next year.

Read More

NRF: Online Will Bolster Holiday Sales Totals

Look for U.S. holiday sales for the two months ending Dec. 31 to rise between 3.6 percent and 5.2 percent to a total between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion, according to a National Retail Federation estimate. The projection excludes auto dealer, gas station and restaurant sales.

Read More

Caleres Brands Post Improved Results; Most Naturalizer Stores Being Shuttered

Vionic’s e-commerce sales rose more than 50 percent in the third quarter for Caleres, which saw its wellness and comfort footwear brands continue to perform well. Wellness/Comfort labels represented 55 percent of Caleres’ Brand Portfolio sales in the period versus 47 percent in the year-ago period.

Read More

Foot Locker Confident Volume Can Be Shifted to Digital Channels

Convinced that the promotional environment will be lower in the fourth quarter than in the last two periods yet uncertain how a surging pandemic could fuel more store closures or shutdowns, Foot Locker senior executives think the retail behemoth has tools in place to migrate more...

Read More

Hibbett Aims to Pick-Up Athletic, Fashion Business from Penney’s, Stage Stores

The Hibbett business, both the Hibbett Sports and City Gear banners, is benefitting from temporary closures by competitors, accelerating customer adoption of its e-commerce segment and a consumer rotation away from travel/leisure/entertainment spending into sports and lifestyle purchases.

Read More

Caleres Names Mike Edwards Famous Footwear President

Mike Edwards, a 12-year veteran of the St. Louis parent, is replacing Molly Adams as president of Famous Footwear. Adams is leaving the retailer tomorrow for another employment opportunity.

Read More

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Caleres Names Mike Edwards Famous Footwear President

Mike Edwards, a 12-year veteran of the St. Louis parent, is replacing Molly Adams as president of Famous Footwear. Adams is leaving the retailer tomorrow for another employment opportunity.

Read More

Denkler Named NSRA President

Mark Denkler will take over as the new president of the National Shoe Retailers Association (NSRA) effective January 1, 2021. Denkler replaces Chuck Schuyler who is retiring as NSRA president after 15 years of service.

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Kohl’s Doubles Down on Active & Outdoor

Citing recent trends showing consumers more focused on health and wellness and spending time outdoors, actions that have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kohl’s senior executives are doubling down on both segments with expanded product ranges.

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Adidas, Sperry Name New Marketing Execs

Adidas and Sperry have each named women to lead their marketing efforts. Vicky Free, who has led omnichannel teams at Walt Disney, Time Warner and Viacom, will join Adidas in early January as SVP of global marketing where she will be charged with developing compelling brand stories.

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In The News: Twisted-X, OR Show, JD Sports, October Retail Sales

Twisted-X is launching a no-glue line of shoes called Zero-X. Three years in the making, the Zero-X footwear collection uses a proprietary interlocking, double-stitching system, eliminating 75 percent of the harsh environmental issues created with traditional footwear, according to the brand.

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VF Goes Supreme

Timberland and Vans parent VF Corp. will acquire Supreme, the premium streetwear brand, known for its disruptive, digitally-led and weekly drop-focused business model, for $2.1 billion by year-end. Current investors The Carlyle Group and Goode Partners are selling their respective stakes in Supreme.

Read More

Adidas Exceeding D2C Targets, Eyes Return to Growth in 2021

The Three Stripes — whose senior management team is focused on bolstering its ecommerce business, maintaining the health of its Profit & Loss statement and continuing to reduce bloated inventories — is vowing to deliver a “solid growth rate” for 2021 as it moves strategies forward to...

Read More

Watch This: A Knockout Ad from Reyers

Reyers Shoe Store will be celebrating its 135th year in business in 2021. Located near the Pennsylvania/Ohio border in Sharon, PA, the family-owned independent is working through this tough year with grit — and the retailer’s latest TV ad delivers a holiday sales pitch from...

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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