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The Boot Book: Best Foot Forward

Whether for work or play, shoppers know what they want from their boots, and in laundry list fashion. As society continues to emerge from the pandemic, many consumers are looking to buy shoes that complement a new array of ever-changing endeavors.

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Trending Up

When it comes to Spring ’22 trends, shoppers and shoemakers alike are ready to break out with fresh looks ready to take on the world. We asked brands to share the trends they’re most excited about for the upcoming season, and they really delivered.

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All-Arounders

CEP goes Ultralight, Active Comfort from OS1st, Swiftwick’s Park Vision, Tread Labs focuses on support, and a slim style from Cadence.

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Bringing Dynamic Ideas to Retail

Sophisticated technology is what makes Fitted Inc. run as a company, yet it’s a simple notion that is at the heart of the game changing firm’s ethos — helping retailers deliver world class customer experiences.

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Checking In

Three retailers answer three key questions about what’s selling, what’s next, and how they are navigating supply chain issues.

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Supply & Demand

The footwear industry’s tireless efforts to separate itself from other market sectors — lumber and computer chips to name two — in the persistent battle against negative supply chain factors suffered a major blow in mid-July.

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Higher Retail Footwear Prices on Horizon, FDRA Survey Says

A combination of factors, including higher input costs, a tight labor market and lower market inventories, make it extremely likely that retail footwear prices are headed up over the next six months.

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Maternity Footwear on its Way from Ollie Gray

A new maternity line of footwear is on its way from maternity wear brand Ollie Gray. The first shoe, the OG Sneaker, is an athleisure style that is designed to flex and mold to meet the changing needs of pregnant and postpartum women, such as swollen feet and...

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Retail Update: Lids, Foot Locker, Canadian Shoe Outlet

Lids has promoted Britten Maughan to president. Maughan has served as SVP of marketing and partnerships since joining the Ames Watson-owned retailer in 2019. In that role, he has overseen all aspects of product, marketing, merchandising, partnerships, and distribution.

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What Makes a Good Loyalty Program?

In its new 21-page 2021 Loyalty Program Benchmark Report, TotalRetail highlights several industry companies for their exceptional work in their Loyalty Program offerings in an era where 68 percent of consumers say, “their loyalty is more difficult to maintain than ever.”

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In The News: Sergio Tacchini, ‍Puma, ‍Dick’s Sporting Goods

Sergio Tacchini Europe, Ltd. has struck a long-term footwear licensing deal with Sugi International Ltd., starting with the Fall/Winter 2022 season. Sugi will distribute Sergio Tacchini branded footwear to retailers in Europe, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East.

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KKR Is Exiting Academy Sports + Outdoors

A decade after acquiring the regional sporting goods chain Academy Sports + Outdoors in a leveraged buyout, affiliates of global investment firm KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.) are selling their remaining 20 percent stake in the Katy, TX-based retailer.

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U.S. Profits Soar for JD Group

The JD Group is thriving in the U.S. market. The publicly traded U.K.-based company’s U.S. footprint consists of JD Sports, Finish Line, Shoe Palace and DTLR Villa — 1,220 doors overall. Total U.S. revenues hit the equivalent of $1.89 billion for the period ended July 31.

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Supply Chain Update: Impact of Vietnam’s Pandemic Escalation

Publicly traded Yuen Yuen Industrial Ltd. (YY), whose branded clients include Nike, Steve Madden, and Adidas among others in the athletic and casual footwear industries, issued an update on its Vietnamese production sites on Sep. 3.

Genesco Enhancing Omnichannel at Journeys

Genesco has begun introducing new point-of-sale hardware and software in some of Journeys’ 828 U.S. doors as part of its effort to digitize stores and enhance customers overall omnichannel shopping experience.

Famous Footwear Scores Record Gross Profit Margin

Famous Footwear, the Caleres-owned chain, generated a 671-basis-point increase improvement in its Q2 gross profit margin from its Q2/19 level to 50.1 percent on more full-price selling and a lower promotional environment.

Twisted X Supports Retailers with Rapid Response

A new program launched by Twisted X is designed to allow retailers the ability to directly access the brand’s inventory quickly and easily so they never lose a sale, while providing their customers with expedited shipping.

In The News: Mizuno, Vionic, JD Sports

Mizuno is making its most popular baseball and softball cleats, as well as gloves, available for customization — offering hundreds of combinations from construction and fit to coloring and embroidery.

Allbirds Files for IPO

The San Francisco parent of Allbirds, the six-year-old, global lifestyle brand filed its initial S-1 for a public offering of stock yesterday. After reporting a net loss of $25.9 million on nearly $219.3 million in revenues in FY20, Allbirds had a 27 percent increase in H1/21 revenues...

Athletic and Digital Surge in Q2 for DSW

Designer Brands reported that DSW’s year-over-year athletic comps increased 90 percent in the period to generate 23 percent of the banner’s quarterly revenues, up from 17 percent in Q2/19. The gains were made amidst a 10 percent drop in store traffic and a 21 percent increase in digital orders.

H2 Supply Chain Issues Could Derail Hibbett Sports’ Momentum

The retail operator of City Gear and Hibbett Sports’ banners faces H2 headwinds that may negatively impact its comp sales growth and gross margins for the period. Second half gross margins are forecast to dip from their H1/22 level due to likely higher freight and...

Dick’s SG Will Do Whatever It Takes to Deliver for Holiday Season

Seeing its best all-around momentum in years but also dealing with uncertainty over key product deliveries for late 2021 and early 2022, Dick’s Sporting Goods appears prepared to do whatever it takes to keep its operation humming into next year.

Shoe Carnival Posts Record Q2 Sales

The 378-door Shoe Carnival chain, which has posted $1.16 billion in sales over the trailing 12 months and is on track to approach $300 in sales per square foot this year (up from previous high of $245 in FY19), says it can sustain operating margins of at least 8 percent over the long-term.

Maternity Footwear on its Way from Ollie Gray

A new maternity line of footwear is on its way from maternity wear brand Ollie Gray. The first shoe, the OG Sneaker, is an athleisure style that is designed to flex and mold to meet the changing needs of pregnant and postpartum women, such as swollen feet and...

Read More

Retail Update: Lids, Foot Locker, Canadian Shoe Outlet

Lids has promoted Britten Maughan to president. Maughan has served as SVP of marketing and partnerships since joining the Ames Watson-owned retailer in 2019. In that role, he has overseen all aspects of product, marketing, merchandising, partnerships, and distribution.

Read More

What Makes a Good Loyalty Program?

In its new 21-page 2021 Loyalty Program Benchmark Report, TotalRetail highlights several industry companies for their exceptional work in their Loyalty Program offerings in an era where 68 percent of consumers say, “their loyalty is more difficult to maintain than ever.”

Read More

In The News: Sergio Tacchini, ‍Puma, ‍Dick’s Sporting Goods

Sergio Tacchini Europe, Ltd. has struck a long-term footwear licensing deal with Sugi International Ltd., starting with the Fall/Winter 2022 season. Sugi will distribute Sergio Tacchini branded footwear to retailers in Europe, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East.

Read More

KKR Is Exiting Academy Sports + Outdoors

A decade after acquiring the regional sporting goods chain Academy Sports + Outdoors in a leveraged buyout, affiliates of global investment firm KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.) are selling their remaining 20 percent stake in the Katy, TX-based retailer.

Read More

U.S. Profits Soar for JD Group

The JD Group is thriving in the U.S. market. The publicly traded U.K.-based company’s U.S. footprint consists of JD Sports, Finish Line, Shoe Palace and DTLR Villa — 1,220 doors overall. Total U.S. revenues hit the equivalent of $1.89 billion for the period ended July 31.

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Global Lotto Brand Rights Acquired by WHP Global

New York-based WHP Global has acquired the global trademarks for the iconic Italian sports brand Lotto. Financial terms of the intellectual property transaction for the 48-year-old brand were not disclosed. WHP, which intends to spend over $1 billion on consumer brands ...

Biden Administration Urged to Engage China on Trade and Economic Issues

Nearly three dozen trade groups and organizations, including the National Retail Federation (NRF), Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) and American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), are pressing the Biden Administration on trade and economic matters tied to China.

Retail Update: Foot Locker, Amazon, Kohl’s, Walmart, Target

Foot Locker is seeing higher average spend among its FLX reward program members, which grew to 25 million in Q2 from 20 million at Q1 end. Member Average Order Values (AOVs) were said to be approximately 10 percent higher than those of non-members as they shopped the retailer’s banners ...

In the News: Fila, Famous Footwear, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Superfeet

Fila USA’s Q2 gross margin declined 460 basis points to 26.5 percent on a higher sales mix into lower-margin distribution channels and increased freight costs caused by constraints on its supply capacity. Overall, the company, which sells into the U.S., Canada, and Mexico ...

Trade Shows. Take Two.

Two cities. Two hotels. Two trade shows attended. Four plane rides. Many great conversations. First, I’m thrilled trade shows are back. There is still nothing that compares to human interaction, as in face-to-face, not screen-to-screen ...

Expanding Boot Barn Thinks Consumers Will Tolerate Price Increases

Retail chain Boot Barn, which will grow its door base by 27 in FY22 as it continues to expand its brand’s reach to new consumer segments, thinks product demand from U.S. footwear consumers will not be impacted by any looming product price increases.

Authentic Brands Group Reels in Reebok

New York-based Authentic Brands Group, which owns 30 iconic brands across nine segments in its portfolio, last week agreed to acquire Reebok from adidas Group for €2.1 billion ($2.46 billion) in a deal that’s expected to close in Q1/2022.

Asics Leans On ‘Caregiver’ Strategy

Asics believes it can continue to differentiate itself in the running and athletic footwear markets by differentiating itself as a ‘caregiver’ brand. In a June presentation to investors, the company cited eight reasons that consumers gravitate to a particular sports brand.

July Retail Sales Report Raises Some Concern

U.S. retail sales dipped 1.1 percent in July from June’s level, prompting the Dow to retreat yesterday over fears the economic recovery could be slowing due to COVID-19, its Delta variant, and other factors.

In The News: Mizuno, OS1st, Twisted X, SFIA, AAFA

Mizuno has launched the fifth iteration of its Wave Sky Series, the Wave Sky 5. The updated model, which retails for $170, features the brand’s new soft, responsive midsole material in the Enerzy Core and a new Smooth Stretch woven upper that wraps around a runner’s foot to create a...

Maternity Footwear on its Way from Ollie Gray

A new maternity line of footwear is on its way from maternity wear brand Ollie Gray. The first shoe, the OG Sneaker, is an athleisure style that is designed to flex and mold to meet the changing needs of pregnant and postpartum women, such as swollen feet and...

Read More

Retail Update: Lids, Foot Locker, Canadian Shoe Outlet

Lids has promoted Britten Maughan to president. Maughan has served as SVP of marketing and partnerships since joining the Ames Watson-owned retailer in 2019. In that role, he has overseen all aspects of product, marketing, merchandising, partnerships, and distribution.

Read More

What Makes a Good Loyalty Program?

In its new 21-page 2021 Loyalty Program Benchmark Report, TotalRetail highlights several industry companies for their exceptional work in their Loyalty Program offerings in an era where 68 percent of consumers say, “their loyalty is more difficult to maintain than ever.”

Read More

In The News: Sergio Tacchini, ‍Puma, ‍Dick’s Sporting Goods

Sergio Tacchini Europe, Ltd. has struck a long-term footwear licensing deal with Sugi International Ltd., starting with the Fall/Winter 2022 season. Sugi will distribute Sergio Tacchini branded footwear to retailers in Europe, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East.

Read More

KKR Is Exiting Academy Sports + Outdoors

A decade after acquiring the regional sporting goods chain Academy Sports + Outdoors in a leveraged buyout, affiliates of global investment firm KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.) are selling their remaining 20 percent stake in the Katy, TX-based retailer.

Read More

U.S. Profits Soar for JD Group

The JD Group is thriving in the U.S. market. The publicly traded U.K.-based company’s U.S. footprint consists of JD Sports, Finish Line, Shoe Palace and DTLR Villa — 1,220 doors overall. Total U.S. revenues hit the equivalent of $1.89 billion for the period ended July 31.

Read More

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EXTRA Archives

Twisted X Supports Retailers with Rapid Response

A new program launched by Twisted X is designed to allow retailers the ability to directly access the brand’s inventory quickly and easily so they never lose a sale, while providing their customers with expedited shipping.

Read More

In The News: Mizuno, Vionic, JD Sports

Mizuno is making its most popular baseball and softball cleats, as well as gloves, available for customization — offering hundreds of combinations from construction and fit to coloring and embroidery.

Read More

Allbirds Files for IPO

The San Francisco parent of Allbirds, the six-year-old, global lifestyle brand filed its initial S-1 for a public offering of stock yesterday. After reporting a net loss of $25.9 million on nearly $219.3 million in revenues in FY20, Allbirds had a 27 percent increase in H1/21 revenues...

Read More

Athletic and Digital Surge in Q2 for DSW

Designer Brands reported that DSW’s year-over-year athletic comps increased 90 percent in the period to generate 23 percent of the banner’s quarterly revenues, up from 17 percent in Q2/19. The gains were made amidst a 10 percent drop in store traffic and a 21 percent increase in digital orders.

Read More

H2 Supply Chain Issues Could Derail Hibbett Sports’ Momentum

The retail operator of City Gear and Hibbett Sports’ banners faces H2 headwinds that may negatively impact its comp sales growth and gross margins for the period. Second half gross margins are forecast to dip from their H1/22 level due to likely higher freight and...

Read More

Dick’s SG Will Do Whatever It Takes to Deliver for Holiday Season

Seeing its best all-around momentum in years but also dealing with uncertainty over key product deliveries for late 2021 and early 2022, Dick’s Sporting Goods appears prepared to do whatever it takes to keep its operation humming into next year.

Read More

Shoe Carnival Posts Record Q2 Sales

The 378-door Shoe Carnival chain, which has posted $1.16 billion in sales over the trailing 12 months and is on track to approach $300 in sales per square foot this year (up from previous high of $245 in FY19), says it can sustain operating margins of at least 8 percent over the long-term.

Read More

In The News: Hoka One One, Ara, Grassroots Outdoor Alliance

Hoka One One is venturing into retail. The Deckers-owned brand is offering a glimpse of what Hoka brand stores could look like with two newly opened bi-coastal pop-ups (open from September 1 to the end of December) in New York City (Flatiron) and Los Angeles (Melrose).

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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