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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. Brands in this space offer a variety of styles focusing on components including foot alignment, cushioning and proper sizing for...

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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...

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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...

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A Show of Support

In the same way that the right (or wrong) shoes can make or break a run, so can a sports bra. That’s why brands have thrown a significant amount of effort into research and development in the category. From ingenious strap designs, to high tech approaches to compression and encapsulation, there’s...

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Running Stars

Ready for takeoff: There’s something for everyone in the latest performance running shoe launches. Whether they’re made for elite level runners, everyday trail adventurers or pavement pounding newbies, this season’s styles all have innovation in their DNA.

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The Essentials

There are seemingly limitless options of innovative products to sell to runners beyond running shoes and performance apparel. Here’s a look at some of the season’s must-have gear.

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Outside the Box

These brands are putting their own spin on the running apparel category. Already established as a leader in running hydration, storage and visibility, Nathan now has its sights set on becoming a leader in performance apparel, too. The brand launched...

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New Sneaker Trading Platform Launches

Two former Foot Locker House of Hoops sales associates and a former IBM executive, all avid sneaker collectors, have teamed up to co-found a new sneaker trading platform called Tradeblock. The company launched its beta mobile apps in March before a wider rollout last month.

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RIA’S Runchella Set for Late September in Denver

The Running Industry Association (RIA) plans to host an in-person industry event called Runchella, exclusively for RIA members, this September. Described as a social symposium with a core goal of reconnecting with industry peers in the specialty run channel “Runchella” is scheduled to...

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FDRA Taps Shoe Carnival Senior Executive as Chairman

Cliff Sifford, Vice Chairman and CEO of the Shoe Carnival chain, is the new Chairman of The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America. His appointment to the lead the footwear industry trade group took effect June 1 after being approved at a FDRA virtual board meeting on March 24.

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Tilly’s Building Curated Assortment of Sustainable Products

Hopeful that the Back-To-School selling environment that commences next month is typical of prior years, Tilly’s, the 238-door chain, hopes to have more than 1,000 sustainable-focused products in its merchandise assortment by the end of Q3.

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Zumiez Adapts to Supply Chain Challenges

Senior executives for Zumiez say the retailer’s buying staff will do whatever is needed to meet market demand from chasing “hot” products to pushing out orders for slower movers.

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In The News: Thorogood, Balega, Hoka One One

Thorogood has partnered with Chad Belding and “The Fowl Life” to equip the Outdoor Channel show’s cast with Thorogood gear. Belding and his team will utilize Thorogood footwear across all of their adventures, including hunting, cooking game, trade shows, etc. — wearing a wide array of...

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Famous Footwear Stepping Up Kids’ Business

Caleres-owned chain Famous Footwear wants to further accelerate its momentum in the kids’ footwear category, which represented 18 percent (approximately $71.6 million) of total Q1 revenues and posted a 39 percent increase over Q1/19 level.

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Foot Locker Shedding Footaction Banner

Foot Locker is parting ways with its Footaction business, converting approximately one-third of the 231 doors to Foot Locker or Champ Sports banners with expanded women’s, kids’ and apparel offerings and letting leases on the remaining locations expire over the next two years.

HOKA Eyes Younger Consumers, New Categories to Hit Lofty Revenue Goals

HOKA’s global revenues rose 62 percent to $571 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, and will more than likely top $800 million this FY on route to $1 billion in annual global revenues. Deckers’ senior management says the topline expansion will be achieved through...

MAGIC to Make NYC Debut in September

Informa Markets Fashion is bringing MAGIC to New York. The trade show organizer announced that it will debut MAGIC New York this September with plans for a twice annual NYC event. Scheduled to take place September 19-21, 2021 at the Jacob Javits Center at the same time as...

VF’s Strategy to Re-Ignite Vans’ Momentum Kicks Off in June

Aiming to fuel product and marketing excitement behind its largest brand and regularly connect it to its most ardent customers, VF Corp. is launching a globally coordinated weekly drop cadence for Vans in June that marries product and experiential demand creation.

BOGO NoMo as Ecommerce Rises for Shoe Carnival

Shoe Carnival, the 383-door chain, is seeing its ecommerce business continue to rise, but is still forecasting brick-and-mortar growth to outpace its ecommerce expansion in 2021 “as consumers continue to seek in-person experiences and family activities outside the home...

Global Footwear Market to Reach $440 Billion by 2026

The global footwear market could reach $440 billion by 2026. The estimate, provided in a new report from Global Industry Analysts (GIA), assumes a 2.3 percent CAGR for the entire segment and a 1.9 percent CAGR for the athletic segment.

Obituary: Tom Adams

Tom Adams, the inventor and founder of Kaepa athletic shoes and a one-time Catholic priest died earlier this month in San Antonio after a brief illness. He was 89. An avid, lifelong tennis player and a flight instructor for the last two decades, one of his final projects in the shoe industry was...

Wolverine Hikes FY Outlook, But Price Increases Likely Coming

Last week, the Merrell, Saucony and Sperry parent exceeded Q1 earnings expectations and raised its FY21 revenue range by $50 million to $2.24-$2.3 billion. But senior Wolverine executives also disclosed the company’s ongoing need to airfreight products to meet market demand...

Asics’ Q1 Performance Run Sales Soar

During a period when it launched its METASPEED Sky racing shoe for elite athletes, ASICS Corp. realized more than 40 percent growth in the performance run segment. Strong performance run sales across four global regions, including North America, pushed category sales up 43 percent to...

Boot Barn’s FY Footwear Sales Rose Nearly 10 Percent Last Year

The national chain, which has more than 45 percent of its doors in California, Arizona or Texas, generated 53 percent of its net sales last year from footwear. That percentage equates to an implied $473.5 million, up from 51 percent of net sales or $431.24 million in FY20.

RIA’S Runchella Set for Late September in Denver

The Running Industry Association (RIA) plans to host an in-person industry event called Runchella, exclusively for RIA members, this September. Described as a social symposium with a core goal of reconnecting with industry peers in the specialty run channel “Runchella” is scheduled to...

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FDRA Taps Shoe Carnival Senior Executive as Chairman

Cliff Sifford, Vice Chairman and CEO of the Shoe Carnival chain, is the new Chairman of The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America. His appointment to the lead the footwear industry trade group took effect June 1 after being approved at a FDRA virtual board meeting on March 24.

Read More

Tilly’s Building Curated Assortment of Sustainable Products

Hopeful that the Back-To-School selling environment that commences next month is typical of prior years, Tilly’s, the 238-door chain, hopes to have more than 1,000 sustainable-focused products in its merchandise assortment by the end of Q3.

Read More

Zumiez Adapts to Supply Chain Challenges

Senior executives for Zumiez say the retailer’s buying staff will do whatever is needed to meet market demand from chasing “hot” products to pushing out orders for slower movers.

Read More

In The News: Thorogood, Balega, Hoka One One

Thorogood has partnered with Chad Belding and “The Fowl Life” to equip the Outdoor Channel show’s cast with Thorogood gear. Belding and his team will utilize Thorogood footwear across all of their adventures, including hunting, cooking game, trade shows, etc. — wearing a wide array of...

Read More

Famous Footwear Stepping Up Kids’ Business

Caleres-owned chain Famous Footwear wants to further accelerate its momentum in the kids’ footwear category, which represented 18 percent (approximately $71.6 million) of total Q1 revenues and posted a 39 percent increase over Q1/19 level.

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FFANY Market Week to Return In-Person the Week of August 2

It will be back to business in-person this August for FFANY Market Week, the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) announced last week. FFANY Market Week will take place the week of August 2, 2021.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Launches Off-Price Store Concept

Dick’s Sporting Goods, the largest full-line sporting goods chain in the U.S., is opening a new off-price store concept — Going, Going, Gone — this month as part of an expansion that also includes a new warehouse store, a Dick’s-bannered location, six redesigned Golf Galaxy locations and...

Big 5 Sporting Goods Will Need to Make Up Lost Nike Sales

The off-price, 430-door retailer Big 5 Sporting Goods is actively pursuing expanded relationships with existing footwear vendors and partnerships with new shoe vendors to help make up for likely lost Nike sales in the months ahead.

Adidas Cautiously Optimistic as Global Sports, Consumers Return

For a brand that has adopted “Own the Game” as one of its latest global marketing mantras, 2021 should be very good to Adidas. CEO Kasper Rorsted says the Three Stripes is “seeing a slow and steady recovery” from COVID-19 impacts.

Obituary: Vans Co-Founder Paul Van Doren

Paul Van Doren, who co-founded Vans in 1966 with his brother James, died May 6. He was 90 years old. His passing came only nine days after the publication of his book “Authentic: A Memoir by the Founder of Vans.” His younger brother James died a decade ago at 72.

In The News: Rockport, Amazon, Eddie Bauer, Deckers, RIA, Sezzle

Rockport has appointed Steve Holt as Brand President. For the past four years, Holt has served as Rockport’s Senior Vice President, International. In this new role, Holt will lead all aspects of daily operations, developing and executing brand plans to identify areas of...

Beck’s Shoes Is Acquiring Stores and Aiming to Keep the Legacy of Small Independents Alive

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. Fifth-generation independent family shoe store operators, cousins Adam Beck and Julia Beck-Gomez, are expanding...

Brooks Set to Hit Another Sales Milestone

Berkshire Hathaway-owned Brooks, on a rolling 12-month basis, is projected to hit $1 billion in aggregate annual sales from its wholesale channel and website this month, CEO Jim Weber told Barron’s last week ahead of the parent company’s virtual annual meeting from Los Angeles on May 1.

IPO on Horizon for On?

According to a report from Reuters, the Swiss-based running footwear brand On is working on a possible U.S. IPO for the Fall that could value the company in the $4-5 billion range. On, which has had backing from tennis star Roger Federer since 2019, was launched in 2010...

Capacity Constraints Limit Columbia Footwear’s Possibilities

Demand for Columbia and SOREL branded footwear continues to rise, but it’s outpacing the production capacity for both labels in Asia. “Remember, many of these footwear factories were shut down with the pandemic raging in China,” Columbia Chairman and CEO Tim Boyle told analysts last week.

RIA’S Runchella Set for Late September in Denver

The Running Industry Association (RIA) plans to host an in-person industry event called Runchella, exclusively for RIA members, this September. Described as a social symposium with a core goal of reconnecting with industry peers in the specialty run channel “Runchella” is scheduled to...

Read More

FDRA Taps Shoe Carnival Senior Executive as Chairman

Cliff Sifford, Vice Chairman and CEO of the Shoe Carnival chain, is the new Chairman of The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America. His appointment to the lead the footwear industry trade group took effect June 1 after being approved at a FDRA virtual board meeting on March 24.

Read More

Tilly’s Building Curated Assortment of Sustainable Products

Hopeful that the Back-To-School selling environment that commences next month is typical of prior years, Tilly’s, the 238-door chain, hopes to have more than 1,000 sustainable-focused products in its merchandise assortment by the end of Q3.

Read More

Zumiez Adapts to Supply Chain Challenges

Senior executives for Zumiez say the retailer’s buying staff will do whatever is needed to meet market demand from chasing “hot” products to pushing out orders for slower movers.

Read More

In The News: Thorogood, Balega, Hoka One One

Thorogood has partnered with Chad Belding and “The Fowl Life” to equip the Outdoor Channel show’s cast with Thorogood gear. Belding and his team will utilize Thorogood footwear across all of their adventures, including hunting, cooking game, trade shows, etc. — wearing a wide array of...

Read More

Famous Footwear Stepping Up Kids’ Business

Caleres-owned chain Famous Footwear wants to further accelerate its momentum in the kids’ footwear category, which represented 18 percent (approximately $71.6 million) of total Q1 revenues and posted a 39 percent increase over Q1/19 level.

Read More

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BOGO NoMo as Ecommerce Rises for Shoe Carnival

Shoe Carnival, the 383-door chain, is seeing its ecommerce business continue to rise, but is still forecasting brick-and-mortar growth to outpace its ecommerce expansion in 2021 “as consumers continue to seek in-person experiences and family activities outside the home...

Read More

Global Footwear Market to Reach $440 Billion by 2026

The global footwear market could reach $440 billion by 2026. The estimate, provided in a new report from Global Industry Analysts (GIA), assumes a 2.3 percent CAGR for the entire segment and a 1.9 percent CAGR for the athletic segment.

Read More

Obituary: Tom Adams

Tom Adams, the inventor and founder of Kaepa athletic shoes and a one-time Catholic priest died earlier this month in San Antonio after a brief illness. He was 89. An avid, lifelong tennis player and a flight instructor for the last two decades, one of his final projects in the shoe industry was...

Read More

Wolverine Hikes FY Outlook, But Price Increases Likely Coming

Last week, the Merrell, Saucony and Sperry parent exceeded Q1 earnings expectations and raised its FY21 revenue range by $50 million to $2.24-$2.3 billion. But senior Wolverine executives also disclosed the company’s ongoing need to airfreight products to meet market demand...

Read More

Asics’ Q1 Performance Run Sales Soar

During a period when it launched its METASPEED Sky racing shoe for elite athletes, ASICS Corp. realized more than 40 percent growth in the performance run segment. Strong performance run sales across four global regions, including North America, pushed category sales up 43 percent to...

Read More

Boot Barn’s FY Footwear Sales Rose Nearly 10 Percent Last Year

The national chain, which has more than 45 percent of its doors in California, Arizona or Texas, generated 53 percent of its net sales last year from footwear. That percentage equates to an implied $473.5 million, up from 51 percent of net sales or $431.24 million in FY20.

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In The News: Spartan, Craft, FSNYE, Genesco, Mizuno

Spartan and Craft are releasing a $140 performance trail running shoe, the Spartan x Craft Nordic Speed Shoe. Built for speed, endurance and durability, it is designed to meet the specific needs that trail runners face on the trail, from uneven terrain to wet, slippery surfaces.

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Trade Show Q&A: Atlanta Shoe Market

As the industry looks ahead to a summer trade show season with in-person events returning, we checked in with Laura Conwell-O'Brien, Executive Director of The Atlanta Shoe Market to see how the August event is shaping up.

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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