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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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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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Step Into Style

Looking good and feeling good is the name of the game in sandal styles for this summer and next spring. In this peek at Spring ’23 sandal styles (along with some current standouts), brands showcase innovation in materials, uppers, fit and midsole tech in sandals built for...

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Shoe Fly Creates a Buzz

The term “Shoe Fly” has been in the vernacular of most Pennsylvanians since the invention of the sticky, molasses-based pie in 1876. But it took on added significance for citizens from Pittsburgh to York, PA in 1999.

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Runchella Report

The mood at Runchella was upbeat. Held in Chicago May 16-19, Runchella, hosted by the Running industry Association (RIA), brought together running brands and retailers for an event focused on sharing insights and knowledge across the run specialty industry.

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Fitness Essentials - Insoles & Socks

Performance, comfort and the perfect fit. That’s what active consumers are looking for in their footwear, and they are looking for it in their insoles and socks, too. These essential items check all those boxes, and then some.

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Ready to Run!

The Parkclaw G 280 is a $180 road-to-trail running shoe featuring Graphene in the rubber outsole and foam midsole for longer-lasting performance in the form of tougher grip and greater bounce.

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Forsake Brand Planning ‘Big Changes’ for Fall 2023

Best known for its “sneakerboots” and outdoor lifestyle offerings, Forsake is undergoing a re-tooling in Portland, OR and intends to make big changes to its product assortment for the Fall 2023 season, according to Thomas Florsheim, Jr. Chairman and CEO of The Weyco Group.

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Dr. Martens Sees a “Significant Runway” for U.S. Growth

British brand Dr. Martens, which recently completed its first year as a publicly traded firm, says its U.S. penetration is 17 pairs per 1,000 population, slightly more than half of the brand’s sell rate in its home U.K. market.

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UA Braces for Higher Inventories, Elevated Promo Environment

Under Armour is steadfast in maintaining its annual revenue forecast of 5 to 7 percent growth despite a myriad of H2 headwinds that are expected to impact operating income and gross margin.

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Adidas Hikes NA Revenue Outlook, Despite Dimmer Global View

The Three Stripes, citing strong current momentum, raised its annual revenue outlook for North America last week at the same time it warned of a possible global deceleration in consumer spending in H2 due to challenging macroeconomic conditions.

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Crocs’ Q2 Business Driven by Double-Digit Gains Outside N.A., Heydude

Simultaneous with the release of second quarter results last week and a significant decline in its operating margin for the period, Crocs lowered its fiscal year guidance. The company is now forecasting a 14-17 percent constant currency increase in revenues...

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In The News: Altra x BOA, Rocky Brands

Performance running brand Altra has launched the Mont Blanc BOA trail runner, the brand’s first shoe to feature a BOA Fit System for a secure, personalized fit.

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Key Back-to-School Shopping Insights

Consumers in the West are increasing their spending on back-to-school kicks while their Midwestern counterparts are reducing their shoe spending, according to the FDRA+FFANY National Back to School 2022 Footwear Shopper Survey Report.

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New England Retail Shifts Again with Olympia Sports’ Liquidation

The retail landscape in New England for athletic footwear and apparel continues to shift with last week’s announcement that Olympia Sports, founded in 1975, will liquidate and close its final 35 doors by Sep. 30.

Skechers Posts Record Q2 Sales, But Guarded About Future

Numerous factors have Skechers, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022, cautious about its outlook for the second half of the year. They range from an overall uncertain global economic environment to persistent supply chain concerns and a slower pace of recovery in China.

Diane Sullivan Set to Retire as Caleres CEO

Diane Sullivan, the senior executive for Caleres since 2004 will formally retire as the St. Louis company’s CEO on Jan. 15, 2023, moving to executive chairman and handing the CEO reins to current president Jay Schmidt.

In The News: New Balance, OOFOS x Bauer, 361

New Balance has unveiled a signature shoe for rising U.S. tennis star Coco Gauff, the world’s no. 11-ranked player. The New Balance Coco CG1 is launching on August 26, just ahead of the US Open, with two colorways, Pompey and DigiCoco.

More Than Half of Back-To-School Shopping Will Be Done by End of July, Per Survey

An estimated 53 percent of U.S. Back-To-School shoppers will complete their spending by the end of the month, according to the 15th edition of the Deloitte Back-To-School Survey.

Brand Refresh for Heydude

Heydude, the lifestyle footwear brand purchased by Crocs in early 2022, has unveiled a new brand identity and logo. Aiming to reach both new and existing fans, the refresh includes new colors and fonts and a logo with a hand-drawn feel...

REI Partners with 6 Brands as New Accelerator Program Launches

REI Path Ahead Ventures is launching its Navigate accelerator program, with an inaugural cohort of six companies. Through its Path Ahead Ventures program, REI partners with founders of color as they further their growth in the outdoor industry.

IN THE NEWS: Kane x Knight Collab

Kane Footwear has released a new edition of its Kane Revive active recovery style with USA women’s hockey player Hilary Knight. The brand says the design of the Kane x Knight shoe aims to honor Knight’s journey in women’s sports.

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.

Six-Month Outlook Dims for Most Shoe Executives, FDRA Survey Says

According to the latest Shoe Executive Business Outlook Survey, 87.1 percent of respondents see prospects for shoe shoppers over the next six months “turning weak” or “very weak.” The quarterly survey was released late last week by the Footwear Distributors and Retailers Association + FFANY.

Dr. Martens Sees a “Significant Runway” for U.S. Growth

British brand Dr. Martens, which recently completed its first year as a publicly traded firm, says its U.S. penetration is 17 pairs per 1,000 population, slightly more than half of the brand’s sell rate in its home U.K. market.

Read More

UA Braces for Higher Inventories, Elevated Promo Environment

Under Armour is steadfast in maintaining its annual revenue forecast of 5 to 7 percent growth despite a myriad of H2 headwinds that are expected to impact operating income and gross margin.

Read More

Adidas Hikes NA Revenue Outlook, Despite Dimmer Global View

The Three Stripes, citing strong current momentum, raised its annual revenue outlook for North America last week at the same time it warned of a possible global deceleration in consumer spending in H2 due to challenging macroeconomic conditions.

Read More

Crocs’ Q2 Business Driven by Double-Digit Gains Outside N.A., Heydude

Simultaneous with the release of second quarter results last week and a significant decline in its operating margin for the period, Crocs lowered its fiscal year guidance. The company is now forecasting a 14-17 percent constant currency increase in revenues...

Read More

In The News: Altra x BOA, Rocky Brands

Performance running brand Altra has launched the Mont Blanc BOA trail runner, the brand’s first shoe to feature a BOA Fit System for a secure, personalized fit.

Read More

Key Back-to-School Shopping Insights

Consumers in the West are increasing their spending on back-to-school kicks while their Midwestern counterparts are reducing their shoe spending, according to the FDRA+FFANY National Back to School 2022 Footwear Shopper Survey Report.

Read More

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Six-Month Outlook Dims for Most Shoe Executives, FDRA Survey Says

According to the latest Shoe Executive Business Outlook Survey, 87.1 percent of respondents see prospects for shoe shoppers over the next six months “turning weak” or “very weak.” The quarterly survey was released late last week by the Footwear Distributors and Retailers Association + FFANY.

Outdoor Market Alliance Aims to Be Industry Hub in Rockies

A new regional trade organization, the Outdoor Market Alliance (OMA), recently held its first Summer Market Week with over 250 individual specialty retail buyers in attendance at OMA’s new showroom spaces in Lakewood, CO.

Sixteen States Will Have Sales Tax Holidays This Summer

There will be sales tax holidays in 16 states this summer. Footwear will be sold tax-free in a dozen of those states, including Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico, Texas, and South Carolina, with all 16 states offering tax-free status on apparel.

In The News: PUMA, Decker’s, Fleet Feet Chicago, Wolverine, Keds, Champion, K-Swiss

The first new women’s signature basketball sneaker in over a decade was announced last week as PUMA unveiled the Stewie 1, set to hit retail in September. The Stewie 1 Quiet Fire is a signature shoe for Breanna Stewart...

Nike’s N.A. Sales Fell 5% in Q4, Rose 7 Percent for FY

Still coping with elevated transit times for products, more than 80 days to move containers from Asia to North America, Nike realized a 5 percent decline in Q4 regional revenues to $5,115 million from $5,384 million for the three months ended May 31.

New CEO for inov-8

UK-based brand inov-8 announced that Mike Snell will join the business as its new CEO in October. Snell is currently serving as Commercial Director for supermarket chain Asda. Prior to that he was Chief Commercial Officer at UK fitness retailer Wiggle.

BSN Sports Acquiring Foot Locker’s Team Sales Unit

Foot Locker Inc.’s Eastbay Team Sales business is being acquired by BSN Sports, a direct marketer and distributor of sporting goods, footwear, apparel and branding to the school and league markets. Financial terms of the transaction, expected to close in the coming weeks, were not disclosed.

Floafers Opens Concept Shop

Footwear brand Floafers has opened its first-ever concept store, a 900-sq.-ft. space in Bell Works, a retail and business hub in Holmdel, NJ, that is also home to the Floafers corporate headquarters.

In the News: 3M, Darn Tough Vermont, Red Wing, Foot Locker

3M is introducing 3M-Specified Water Repellent Greige Yarn, a yarn specially crafted for the development of durable, moisture-managing fabrics, which the company says will allow manufacturers to create...

Fleet Feet Acquiring New England’s Marathon Sports

Specialty running store franchisor Fleet Feet has agreed to acquire New England-based run retailer Marathon Sports and its soundRunner and Runner’s Alley brands.

Dr. Martens Sees a “Significant Runway” for U.S. Growth

British brand Dr. Martens, which recently completed its first year as a publicly traded firm, says its U.S. penetration is 17 pairs per 1,000 population, slightly more than half of the brand’s sell rate in its home U.K. market.

Read More

UA Braces for Higher Inventories, Elevated Promo Environment

Under Armour is steadfast in maintaining its annual revenue forecast of 5 to 7 percent growth despite a myriad of H2 headwinds that are expected to impact operating income and gross margin.

Read More

Adidas Hikes NA Revenue Outlook, Despite Dimmer Global View

The Three Stripes, citing strong current momentum, raised its annual revenue outlook for North America last week at the same time it warned of a possible global deceleration in consumer spending in H2 due to challenging macroeconomic conditions.

Read More

Crocs’ Q2 Business Driven by Double-Digit Gains Outside N.A., Heydude

Simultaneous with the release of second quarter results last week and a significant decline in its operating margin for the period, Crocs lowered its fiscal year guidance. The company is now forecasting a 14-17 percent constant currency increase in revenues...

Read More

In The News: Altra x BOA, Rocky Brands

Performance running brand Altra has launched the Mont Blanc BOA trail runner, the brand’s first shoe to feature a BOA Fit System for a secure, personalized fit.

Read More

Key Back-to-School Shopping Insights

Consumers in the West are increasing their spending on back-to-school kicks while their Midwestern counterparts are reducing their shoe spending, according to the FDRA+FFANY National Back to School 2022 Footwear Shopper Survey Report.

Read More

Footwear Insight

EXTRA Archives

In The News: New Balance, OOFOS x Bauer, 361

New Balance has unveiled a signature shoe for rising U.S. tennis star Coco Gauff, the world’s no. 11-ranked player. The New Balance Coco CG1 is launching on August 26, just ahead of the US Open, with two colorways, Pompey and DigiCoco.

Read More

More Than Half of Back-To-School Shopping Will Be Done by End of July, Per Survey

An estimated 53 percent of U.S. Back-To-School shoppers will complete their spending by the end of the month, according to the 15th edition of the Deloitte Back-To-School Survey.

Read More

Brand Refresh for Heydude

Heydude, the lifestyle footwear brand purchased by Crocs in early 2022, has unveiled a new brand identity and logo. Aiming to reach both new and existing fans, the refresh includes new colors and fonts and a logo with a hand-drawn feel...

Read More

REI Partners with 6 Brands as New Accelerator Program Launches

REI Path Ahead Ventures is launching its Navigate accelerator program, with an inaugural cohort of six companies. Through its Path Ahead Ventures program, REI partners with founders of color as they further their growth in the outdoor industry.

Read More

IN THE NEWS: Kane x Knight Collab

Kane Footwear has released a new edition of its Kane Revive active recovery style with USA women’s hockey player Hilary Knight. The brand says the design of the Kane x Knight shoe aims to honor Knight’s journey in women’s sports.

Read More

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.

Read More

Six-Month Outlook Dims for Most Shoe Executives, FDRA Survey Says

According to the latest Shoe Executive Business Outlook Survey, 87.1 percent of respondents see prospects for shoe shoppers over the next six months “turning weak” or “very weak.” The quarterly survey was released late last week by the Footwear Distributors and Retailers Association + FFANY.

Read More

Outdoor Market Alliance Aims to Be Industry Hub in Rockies

A new regional trade organization, the Outdoor Market Alliance (OMA), recently held its first Summer Market Week with over 250 individual specialty retail buyers in attendance at OMA’s new showroom spaces in Lakewood, CO.

Read More

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