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Comfort On The Go

There’s no doubt about it: We are all ready for a bit of a shake-up. After a year where comfort and athletic footwear carried the day — it is time to flash a bit more flair. Comfort and athletic trends, spiced up with more stylish looks, are the standouts as we head through spring and look ahead...

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House Shoe Heroes

A new season of slipper styles are capitalizing on the category’s resurgence with new looks across the spectrum. From over-the-top glamour to pure cozy comfort to campsite chic, it’s clear: There’s a slipper for everyone.

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The Boot Book: Trail Blazers

Boots are ready to meet the moment in the new year. Amidst a challenging 2020, the work and outdoor categories kept their heads above water due to consumer demand. And for 2021, new boot styles across the board are hitting on all cylinders.

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Straight Talk

Chiappetta Shoes, entering its centennial anniversary year, has a CEO in Anthony Chiappetta who is forward-thinking, optimistic yet refreshingly blunt about the present and future of U.S. independent shoe retailers.

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What's Trending in 2021

Versatility in footwear continues to be extremely important to consumers. More shoes for the outdoors are being purchased than ever before, as consumers continue to spend significant time there. Footwear that combines functionality and style is integral to be able to...

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Ready for Anything

Perform. Recover. Chill. You want it? These styles have got it. We highlight three new styles that are ready for anything.

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Twisted X to Create Wrangler Footwear Collection

Wrangler and Twisted X have entered a licensing agreement that will see Twisted X design and distribute Wrangler Footwear for men’s, women’s and children across the western, casual/modern, outdoor, work, and work/casual categories beginning with distribution this spring.

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Forecast: 2021 Footwear Consumption Will Rise 3.8 Percent in North America

According to the latest World Footwear Business Conditions Survey for the first quarter of 2021, footwear consumption will rise 3.8 percent in North America this year. And the majority of industry experts see the U.S. accounting for approximately 10 percent of global footwear consumption in 2025.

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Executive Appointments: Twisted X, New Balance, Saucony, Columbia

A round up of industry executive appointments at Twisted X, New Balance, Saucony and Columbia Sportswear.

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Lululemon Will Launch Technical Footwear in 2022

Company executives at lululemon confirmed their plans to launch footwear in 2022 during last week’s year-end earnings call with analysts but offered no other specifics about the brand’s strategy for the category other than suggesting the products will allow lululemon “to provide guests with...

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Academy Anticipates Key Segment Rebounds in 2021

Footwear, along with licensed apparel, team sports equipment and apparel were four segments that were adversely affected by COVID-19 pandemic at Katy, TX-based retail chain Academy Sports + Outdoors.

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In The News: Cole Haan, NSGA, FDRA

Cole Haan is entering the performance golf category with a collection of three new footwear styles designed and engineered for golf performance. The new spikeless golf offerings are engineered to provide traction, cushioning, ideal fit and weather-proofing, combined with the brand’s unique style.

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Asics Launches MetaSpeed Sky, MetaSpeed Edge

This week Asics unveiled the MetaSpeed Sky and MetaSpeed Edge racing shoes. The two running shoe models are designed to support distinct running types — stride runners and cadence runners. Three of the brand’s elite athletes set personal best marathon times while racing in...

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Shoe Carnival Pivots Away from Mass Promotions, Toward Specific Customer Data

Shoe Carnival is leaning more into specific customer data from its two-year old Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform and relying less on general, chainwide promotions. Senior management at the 383-door retail chain believes the new strategy will result in further profit and sales growth.

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Caleres Talks Brands

Famous Footwear parent Caleres, which says its top 15 brands accounted for 77 percent of its FY20 sales, will continue to offer a balanced assortment of athletic, sport and seasonal style as it moves forward with a number of key strategies this year.

Product Spotlight: mōshn by KLOGS, Xelero, SAS

A look at three new standout styles, including an innovative shoe from new brand mōshn by KLOGS, an elevated retro jogger style from SAS and a performance running shoe from Xelero.

KEEN Challenges Competitors To Be PFC-Free

Portland, OR-based footwear brand KEEN has established open sourcing for how it creates PFC-free footwear and has issued a challenge to the outdoor footwear industry to be PFC free by 2025. The family owned outdoor brand ran a full-page ad in the New York Times as an open-source invitation to...

Digital Continues to Propel Nike

The Swoosh experienced a 54-percent increase in Digital sales for the period ended Feb. 28, led by growth in North America where the region had its first-ever quarter with more than $1 billion in digital revenue. NIKE Direct sales increased 15 percent on a currency-neutral basis.

Supply Chain Issues Impact Nike, Caleres

Executives from both Nike and Caleres, in earnings calls with investors last week, cited current supply chain issues. Famous Footwear parent Caleres confirmed $60-70 million delayed receipts, adding its H1/21 business “will be constrained by...

In The News: Saucony, OS1st, Fila, FitFlop

Saucony has launched the Jazz Court RFG, its most eco-friendly shoe ever. The $130 lifestyle sneaker uses zero plastic and is made of seven renewable eco-friendly materials: Cotton, jute, wool, rubber, wood, gardenia, and beet.

DSW Pivots to Athleisure, Away from Dress

The Designer Brands-owned retailer is making merchandise moves to keep in step with the times, moving toward athletic and kids’ footwear styles and its Top 50 brands and away from dress and seasonal offerings for now.

Clarks Gets New Majority Owner, New CEO

LionRock Capital has finalized its acquisition of a majority stake in Clarks, the family-owned shoe company based in the United Kingdom, for £100 million ($139.0 million). With the change, Clarks sees the resignation of CEO Giorgio Presca after two years and the appointment of...

Trade Group Wants Credit Card Swipe Fees Delayed Permanently

Visa and Mastercard are delaying a complex restructuring of credit card swipe fees, slated to take effect next month, until April 2022. But the National Retail Federation is calling for the swipe fee increase to be cancelled altogether.

Adidas' Factory Focus

The Three Stripes made maintaining partnerships with existing suppliers a priority last year versus “onboarding” new ones, according to the company’ s annual report filed last week. In 2020, 31 factories were rejected directly after an initial assessment identified...

Executive Appointments: Twisted X, New Balance, Saucony, Columbia

A round up of industry executive appointments at Twisted X, New Balance, Saucony and Columbia Sportswear.

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Lululemon Will Launch Technical Footwear in 2022

Company executives at lululemon confirmed their plans to launch footwear in 2022 during last week’s year-end earnings call with analysts but offered no other specifics about the brand’s strategy for the category other than suggesting the products will allow lululemon “to provide guests with...

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Academy Anticipates Key Segment Rebounds in 2021

Footwear, along with licensed apparel, team sports equipment and apparel were four segments that were adversely affected by COVID-19 pandemic at Katy, TX-based retail chain Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Read More

In The News: Cole Haan, NSGA, FDRA

Cole Haan is entering the performance golf category with a collection of three new footwear styles designed and engineered for golf performance. The new spikeless golf offerings are engineered to provide traction, cushioning, ideal fit and weather-proofing, combined with the brand’s unique style.

Read More

Asics Launches MetaSpeed Sky, MetaSpeed Edge

This week Asics unveiled the MetaSpeed Sky and MetaSpeed Edge racing shoes. The two running shoe models are designed to support distinct running types — stride runners and cadence runners. Three of the brand’s elite athletes set personal best marathon times while racing in...

Read More

Shoe Carnival Pivots Away from Mass Promotions, Toward Specific Customer Data

Shoe Carnival is leaning more into specific customer data from its two-year old Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform and relying less on general, chainwide promotions. Senior management at the 383-door retail chain believes the new strategy will result in further profit and sales growth.

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Women’s Paced Hibbett Sports’ Footwear Sales in Q4

Fourth quarter footwear sales at the parent of Hibbett Sports and City Gear rose in the “low 20 percent” range with women’s outpacing men’s and kids. Overall, there were increases in lifestyle, basketball, performance, sandals and boots, management said, with lifestyle and basketball described as...

Kohl’s Continues to Invest in Active

Senior management at Kohl’s reiterated the retailer’s ongoing strategy to strengthen its position in the active segment to ultimately grow the category to 30 percent of its overall business versus 20 percent currently. Floor space for ‘Active' brands and products will increase by at least...

Cocona Labs Sees Court Uphold Patent Infringement Claims

Nearly four years after suing VF Corp.-owned The North Face and Columbia Sportswear for alleged infringement of its 2.5L waterproof breathable laminate technology, Boulder, CO-based Cocona Labs last week saw a federal appeals court uphold its key patent claims against both defendants.

Nike Names New NA Head

Sara Mensah, who served as SVP and Chief Operating Officer of the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers before starting her Nike career in 2013, is taking over as VP/GM of Nike’s North America business, effective immediately. Mensah replaces Ann Hebert, who resigned earlier this month in the wake of...

Melody Ehsani Named Creative Director of Foot Locker’s Women's Biz

Foot Locker has named designer Melody Ehsani as Creative Director of its women's business. Ehsani will design quarterly apparel capsule collections as well as curate an on-going selection of Nike and Jordan products. The first capsule collection will be available Summer of 2021...

In The News: Wolverine, Reef, Hoka One One

Wolverine is teaming with a fellow Michigan company on its latest collab, The Dragon’s Milk x Wolverine 1000 Mile boot. The boot celebrates Dragon’s Milk’s 20th anniversary; New Holland Brewing Co is the maker of Dragon’s Milk, an American-made stout.

Sneaker Flipping Teen May Have Cost His Mom Her Job as Nike Exec

“West Coast Joe,” a 19-year-old teen whose principal vocation is reselling premium-priced sneakers and so-called “bricks” (non-hyped shoes), is the subject of a six-page cover story in the March 1 edition of Bloomberg Businessweek.

Wolverine Set for Accelerated Recovery in 2021 Led by Saucony, Merrell

Thanks to projected growth of 22-26 percent, Wolverine Worldwide is forecasting FY21 total revenues to range between $2.19 and $2.25 billon. The high-end of that range would be on par with FY19 levels if the high-end is met.

NRF: U.S. Poised For Strongest Retail Growth Since 2004

U.S. retail sales will increase between 6.5 percent and 8.2 percent in 2021, the National Retail Federation forecasted last week, citing continued consumer resilience and suggesting the economy’s strongest growth rate in two decades. The prognostication is based on...

FDRA Survey: Stronger Economy and ‘Shoe Buying Power’ Ahead

Seventy-four percent of respondents to the Footwear Distributors and Retailer of America (FDRA) first quarter survey said the six-month outlook for the U.S. economy and the shoe buying power of consumers will be strong. On the flip side, nearly two-thirds of respondents said...

Executive Appointments: Twisted X, New Balance, Saucony, Columbia

A round up of industry executive appointments at Twisted X, New Balance, Saucony and Columbia Sportswear.

Read More

Lululemon Will Launch Technical Footwear in 2022

Company executives at lululemon confirmed their plans to launch footwear in 2022 during last week’s year-end earnings call with analysts but offered no other specifics about the brand’s strategy for the category other than suggesting the products will allow lululemon “to provide guests with...

Read More

Academy Anticipates Key Segment Rebounds in 2021

Footwear, along with licensed apparel, team sports equipment and apparel were four segments that were adversely affected by COVID-19 pandemic at Katy, TX-based retail chain Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Read More

In The News: Cole Haan, NSGA, FDRA

Cole Haan is entering the performance golf category with a collection of three new footwear styles designed and engineered for golf performance. The new spikeless golf offerings are engineered to provide traction, cushioning, ideal fit and weather-proofing, combined with the brand’s unique style.

Read More

Asics Launches MetaSpeed Sky, MetaSpeed Edge

This week Asics unveiled the MetaSpeed Sky and MetaSpeed Edge racing shoes. The two running shoe models are designed to support distinct running types — stride runners and cadence runners. Three of the brand’s elite athletes set personal best marathon times while racing in...

Read More

Shoe Carnival Pivots Away from Mass Promotions, Toward Specific Customer Data

Shoe Carnival is leaning more into specific customer data from its two-year old Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform and relying less on general, chainwide promotions. Senior management at the 383-door retail chain believes the new strategy will result in further profit and sales growth.

Read More

Footwear Insight

EXTRA Archives

Supply Chain Issues Impact Nike, Caleres

Executives from both Nike and Caleres, in earnings calls with investors last week, cited current supply chain issues. Famous Footwear parent Caleres confirmed $60-70 million delayed receipts, adding its H1/21 business “will be constrained by...

Read More

In The News: Saucony, OS1st, Fila, FitFlop

Saucony has launched the Jazz Court RFG, its most eco-friendly shoe ever. The $130 lifestyle sneaker uses zero plastic and is made of seven renewable eco-friendly materials: Cotton, jute, wool, rubber, wood, gardenia, and beet.

Read More

DSW Pivots to Athleisure, Away from Dress

The Designer Brands-owned retailer is making merchandise moves to keep in step with the times, moving toward athletic and kids’ footwear styles and its Top 50 brands and away from dress and seasonal offerings for now.

Read More

Clarks Gets New Majority Owner, New CEO

LionRock Capital has finalized its acquisition of a majority stake in Clarks, the family-owned shoe company based in the United Kingdom, for £100 million ($139.0 million). With the change, Clarks sees the resignation of CEO Giorgio Presca after two years and the appointment of...

Read More

Trade Group Wants Credit Card Swipe Fees Delayed Permanently

Visa and Mastercard are delaying a complex restructuring of credit card swipe fees, slated to take effect next month, until April 2022. But the National Retail Federation is calling for the swipe fee increase to be cancelled altogether.

Read More

Adidas' Factory Focus

The Three Stripes made maintaining partnerships with existing suppliers a priority last year versus “onboarding” new ones, according to the company’ s annual report filed last week. In 2020, 31 factories were rejected directly after an initial assessment identified...

Read More

Genesco Will Introduce Loyalty Program for Journeys

Launching a customer loyalty program for footwear chain Journeys is one of four key strategies being undertaken by Nashville-based parent company Genesco, which owns Johnston & Murphy and recently acquired the Levi’s footwear license for men, women and children in the U.S.

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In The News: Enjoiya Group, Tillys, Zumiez

The Enjoiya Group, designer, manufacturer, and distributor of women's footwear brands Enjoiya, Secret Celebrity and Soft Comfort, is launching an indoor-outdoor slipper collection for Fall/Winter 2021. The slippers will boast indoor-outdoor functionality, comfort and style.

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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