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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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Cozy @ Home

Our places of residence have taken on a lot of new roles over the past months: (Home) office, (home) gym, (home) school. These days, home base means more than ever. So maybe it’s not surprising that the categories consumers are embracing are the footwear favorites perfect for life around the house.

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Boot Book: The Essentials

Durability, comfort and protection never go out of style in the work and safety footwear category. And even as the footwear business has been challenged in 2020, work footwear has continued to deliver with performance, style and more.

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Boot Book: New Rules

The outdoor boot has been redefined. No longer dominated by traditional hiking boot silhouettes, performance hiking styles range from mid to low-cut heights, and pack in plenty of athletic tech and aesthetic. Outdoor lifestyle boots span the same diverse spectrum.

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Sock It To Me

Whether it’s for cozy times at home or lunch hour runs around the neighborhood, these socks are ready for action.

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What’s Working Now

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sea change in the retail landscape, altering not only what consumers buy but also when and how they buy it. It’s also changed every aspect of how stores run their business, from buying shoes to building community.

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Pandemic May Provide Running with Needed Bounce

In 2020’s early days, marketing budgets, development plans and product orders were already in place for an anticipated big year for running. Besides the usual marquee marathon events in Boston, New York and Chicago in the U.S., the Olympic Games in Tokyo were set to provide a global stage to...

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FDRA Survey: Younger Consumers, Men Will Spend More on Footwear in Holiday Season

An estimated 49 percent of 18- to 29-year old’s and 36 percent of men intend to spend more on footwear during the 2020 holiday season, according to a new telephone survey from the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America that was conducted earlier this month by Emerson Polling in Boston.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

Possible New Tariff Dilemma Faces Industry

The legal justification that allowed the Trump administration to impose tariffs on approximately $370 billion worth of Chinese imports into the U.S. in Aug. 2017, under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, could be utilized to levy new tariffs on Vietnamese imports that include footwear.

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Confirms Future Connect Buying Show Dates 

Outdoor specialty retail organization Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, which canceled its spring and fall 2020 Connect buying shows this year due to COVID-related challenges, has confirmed fall show dates for the Connect buying show for next year through 2024.

Bryce Wernsman Named Vasque Footwear President

Vasque has named Bryce Wernsman as its new president. For the last three years, Wernsman has led marketing efforts as the Senior Director of Global Marketing at Red Wing Shoe Company. In his new role, Wernsman will be charged with overseeing Vasque’s distribution, product and...

In The News: Academy Sports + Outdoors, AmerSports, Dick’s Sporting Goods

‍Dick’s Sporting Goods is expanding its reach with six new stores (Lynchburg, VA; Happy Valley, OR; Annapolis, MD; Wilmington, NC; Modesto, CA and Houston, TX), two combination Dick’s/Golf Galaxy locations and three warehouse...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

Read More

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.

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Key Trends for Spring

A key macro driver of footwear trends for the Spring 2021 season will be “Flexible Futures,” according to WGSN Mindset Director Amiyra Perkins, who presented trend information during a recent webinar with Informa Markets Fashion. While noting the challenges of forecasting in uncertain times...

Eco Offerings: Salomon’s Recyclable Shoe, Merrell’s Undyed Collection

In Spring 2021, Salomon will launch the Index.01, the brand’s first recyclable performance running shoe. Designed to be disassembled and recycled, the shoe was developed with the goal of reducing material waste and lessening the environmental impact of footwear by using...

Reebok Names New VP of Creative Direction

Reebok has appointed Kerby Jean-Raymond as its new VP of Creative Direction. Jean-Raymond won this year’s CFDA Award for ‘American Menswear Designer of the Year’ and Harlem’s Fashion Row ‘Designer of the Year.’ In his role at Reebok, Jean-Raymond will provide creative leadership across...

Aussie Work Boot Brand Strikes Deal with Foot Wellness Chain

Steel Blue Boots, a leading Australian work boot supplier that launched in the U.S. market in 2016, has struck a partnership agreement with foot wellness retailer Foot Solutions.Steel Blue work boots will be available in more than 50 Foot Solutions retail locations in the U.S. later...

In The News: REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Patagonia, Nike, Balega, Oboz

REI announced it will complete a 14-year commitment to be carbon neutral in its operations in 2020 and launched a new climate platform that will see the outdoor co-op more than halve its carbon footprint over the next decade. REI said it will hold itself financially accountable for...

Compass Diversified Acquiring BOA Technology

Compass Diversified, the publicly traded parent of 5.11, Velocity Outdoor and baseball brand Marucci is acquiring BOA Technology, the Denver-based dial-based fit system firm for $454 million in a merger transaction projected to close by Oct. 31.

Nike Continues to Lean on Digital, Data and Tech

After reporting first quarter results yesterday that exceeded Wall Street expectations, Nike senior executives stressed the company’s commitment to continued technology investments, data mining for closer connections to customers and enhancements to its digital-first strategy.“

Work It: New Offerings from Ariat, Michelin

We put two new work boot lines under the spotlight: Michelin’s new collection by Rocky Brands and Ariat’s line that focuses on women.Pictured above right: A new collection of Michelin safety footwear, designed and distributed by Rocky Brands, is available at retail now.

Obituary: Robert W. “Bob” Gore

The chairman emeritus of the Board at W.L. Gore & Associates, the Newark, Delaware-based Global material science company, died Sept. 17. Robert W. “Bob” Gore was 83 and served the Gore brand for 57 years, including five as president and 30 as chairman.

In The News: Reebok, Kahtoola, Patagonia, Dick’s Sporting Goods, NPD

Reebok has launched the first-ever USDA certified plant-based running shoe: Forever Floatride GROW — and for a lucky few it also comes with a side of fresh produce. Reebok is partnering with Boston-area based Siena Farms to offer...

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Footwear Insight

EXTRA Archives

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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.

Read More

Possible New Tariff Dilemma Faces Industry

The legal justification that allowed the Trump administration to impose tariffs on approximately $370 billion worth of Chinese imports into the U.S. in Aug. 2017, under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, could be utilized to levy new tariffs on Vietnamese imports that include footwear.

Read More

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Confirms Future Connect Buying Show Dates 

Outdoor specialty retail organization Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, which canceled its spring and fall 2020 Connect buying shows this year due to COVID-related challenges, has confirmed fall show dates for the Connect buying show for next year through 2024.

Read More

Bryce Wernsman Named Vasque Footwear President

Vasque has named Bryce Wernsman as its new president. For the last three years, Wernsman has led marketing efforts as the Senior Director of Global Marketing at Red Wing Shoe Company. In his new role, Wernsman will be charged with overseeing Vasque’s distribution, product and...

Read More

In The News: Academy Sports + Outdoors, AmerSports, Dick’s Sporting Goods

‍Dick’s Sporting Goods is expanding its reach with six new stores (Lynchburg, VA; Happy Valley, OR; Annapolis, MD; Wilmington, NC; Modesto, CA and Houston, TX), two combination Dick’s/Golf Galaxy locations and three warehouse...

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Two Bidders Emerge for Family-Owned Clarks

The British parent of the iconic Desert Boot and Wallabee may have a new majority owner by October 31 that could end 195 years of controlling interest by the Clark Family. Two private equity firms, Hong Kong-based Lion Rock Capital and London-based Alteri Investors are...

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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