Momentum to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb environmental impacts is gaining traction as shoe brands re-evaluate processes and materials. Carbon is a key talking point this season with carbon offsets, carbon neutrality and carbon negative labeling all coming into play...
New Products 2020: Footwear (Performance / Comfort / Trail Aesthetic)
Spotlighting the coolest gear, footwear, apparel & accessories for Fall ’20 and Spring ’21.
Spring Styles Bring the Heat
Whether it’s tackling the neighborhood on foot or running sprints on the track, more and more consumers are lacing up for a run. Longtime runners or new recruits are sure to find what they’re looking for in spring ’21’s crop of shoes to watch.
In the News: Oofos, Dick’s Sporting Goods & More
Boston-based Oofos has signed a strategic partnership with NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. The former defensive back and return specialist will serve on Oofos’ advisory panel and will introduce the brand to other athletes. Oofos will be Sanders’ exclusive provider of recovery products.
Alden Shoes Sues Former CFO for Embezzlement
High-end men’s dress shoe brand Alden Shoes has filed a civil suit against its former chief financial officer and director Richard Hajjar. The Middleboro, MA-based firm, which has operated in the town since 1848, alleges Hajjar embezzled $27 million from the family-owned business over...
In The News: Brooks, Nike, Big 5, Thorlo
Seattle-based Brooks Running has pledged $100,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative for Global Running Day on June 3, and has pledged to donate an additional $1 for every runner who has already signed up to run or walk and for every runner who signs up through June 7, up to $250,000.
In The News: Informa Launches Virtual Trade Show, ASICS, Orvis
Informa Markets Fashion, producer of the MICAM Americas, MAGIC and Project trade shows, is partnering with e-commerce wholesale platform NuORDER for a digital tradeshow that will launch in conjunction with Informa’s physical shows for fall.
Launch Watch: Oofos, K-Swiss
Oofos DF OOlala: To mark the one-year anniversary of the passing of Oofos employee and industry force Duncan Finigan, recovery brand Oofos has released the DF OOlala sandal featuring her initials in an eye-catching black, pink and green version of the popular women’s style.
Deckers Will Continue Investing in Hoka
Market momentum for the Hoka One One brand, whose global revenues rose 58 percent in FY20 to $353 million, is forecast to continue this fiscal year but at a slower rate. Senior executives at parent firm Deckers last week told analysts that Hoka’s projected sales increase for...
In The News: Big Gear Show, PGA Show, Sequential and More
The Big Gear Show has canceled its inaugural event, originally slated for July 22-25 in Salt Lake City. Set to serve the paddling, cycling, climbing and camping markets with a retailer-minded, low-cost trade show, BGS is postponing its first show to Aug. 3-5, 2021.
Chip Coe is New Global Brand Prez of Cat Footwear
Chip Coe has been named the new global brand president of Cat Footwear.Coe, the former president and CEO of Smartwool, joined Wolverine Worldwide in 2010 and has had several positions over the last decade. Most recently, he served as SVP of Strategy.
FDRA Calls on Trump Administration to Extend Duty Deferment
The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America is asking for the duty deferment on certain goods, including some footwear, put in place in April to be extended through the rest of the year. “Today, we called on the Trump Administration to extend its current duty deferment plan for...
Footwear Sector Suffers Double-Digit Dip in Sales, Orders in First Quarter
A study on industry impacts from the COVID-19 crisis by Confindustria Moda with participation by 88 members of the Italian trade organization, Assocalzaturifici Italiani, found that footwear companies averaged a 38.4 percent drop in first-quarter sales with...
Puma Strategy: Manage the Crisis Without Destroying the Momentum
The brand with a “Forever Faster” slogan has a new one for 2020: Stronger Together. Vowing to avoid layoffs and maintain brand relationships with both factories and global retail partners, Puma SE CEO Bjorn Gulden says the company’s primary...
Fashion Heavyweights Propose Changes to Seasonal Calendar
The current buying and retailing schedule is broken, and the unprecedented changes in the industry brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic make changes urgent, according to an open letter from major fashion industry players released on Tuesday.
Rocky Brands Should Benefit From Core Styles, Own Manufacturing
While senior executives at Nelsonville, OH-based Rocky Brands admit it’s difficult to forecast what the final three quarters will be like for the company and its stable of footwear brands, Rocky’s own manufacturing plants in the...
Domestic Manufacturing Fit for Today
When Jaclyn Jones wanted to launch her namesake brand in 2015, finding a factory in the U.S. that would take her on was no easy feat. Now, not only does Jones manufacture her Jaclyn Jones USA product line of shoes, she owns the factory that makes it.
The New 9 to 5
What to wear to the office? Anything you want. When it comes to workday footwear, the only rules are what looks good — and keep you comfortable for a day doing it all. These fall ’20 styles run the gamut: sleek boots and booties, animal prints of all species, sneakers, loafers...
Outdoor footwear Brands are exploring new terrain in the seasons ahead. Technology is impacting every category from top-tier hiking shoes to everyday lifestyle sandals. Perhaps nowhere is the innovation more apparent than in the light hike and trail run categories.
These shoes are all about fit and feel on the trail. Brands are fine-tuning the design of their footwear uppers to hug the foot, combining with midsole and outsole innovation that creates a smooth and protected ride on the toughest terrain. Here’s a peek at some new styles ready to blaze the trail.
The Science of Speed
Last year closed with two eye-popping feats in the running world, logged back to back in October. On Oct. 12, Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon barrier, long thought an impossible feat, with a time of 1:59:40 during a specially tailored event in Vienna, Austria.
Yes, Consumers Want Green
So what does “green” mean in terms of footwear today? The products shown here illustrate the latest ways brands are expanding eco options to satisfy shopper desire for shoes that feature a lighter environmental footprint. Performance and aesthetics remain front and center but earth-friendly...
The shoes we want right now? They’re the ones that do it all. Boots that keep up on the trail and look at home on a night out. Trail runners that bring you up the mountain and through town. Shoes that make life easier, more comfortable and more fun no matter what the day has in store.
Foot Locker Forges Ahead
Online? In store? As far as Foot Locker’s Dick Johnson is concerned, it’s immaterial. Almost 18 months after integrating its digital and in-store operations, and a year into an intensive back-end overhaul to speed up its site, Foot Locker has reaped the rewards of a unified strategy that makes...
Whether it’s Coachella or Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza or Mo Pop, shoes put the exclamation point on a killer festival outfit. But the perfect street-to-stage style needs more than good looks. Festival footwear also needs to feel good for a full day and night of shows in every kind of weather...
Listen to the Podcast: Talking Trends for 2019
Footwear Insight editor-in-chief Jennifer Ernst Beaudry and Formula 4 Media Editorial Director Cara Griffin join Sports Insight Extra editor Bob McGee for a chat about trends seen at the FFANY Shoe Show and at The Running Event trade show.
What’s Trending at FFANY
Textured leathers, cozy teddy-bear linings and lots of sparkle and shine are on tap at FFANY, going on this week in New York City. The FFANY Shoe Expo is taking place at Warwick Hotel and Academy Mansion, with FFANY Market Week also spreading out across brand showrooms throughout Manhattan.
Altra, Wolverine World Wide, Mizuno, Crocs, Shoe Carnival + More
Altra has hired Todd Dalhausser as brand president, effective immediately. Dalhausser joins the VF Corp.-owned Altra from Wolverine World Wide, where he served as SVP of sales for Saucony North America.
Adidas 4D Arrives as Brand Readies Next Pinnacle Product Rollouts
3D is old news. Adidas is going 4D with the launch of its new Alphaedge 4D shoe, engineered with the Adidas 4D midsole, for “controlled energy return” and “breathable cushioning.”
What the Holiday Sales Forecast Tells Us
A new Online Holiday Shoe Sales Survey, commissioned by the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America and conducted by the research center at Emerson College, finds that 31 percent of the U.S. adult population intends to purchase footwear online this holiday season.
Four Top Trends to Watch at Outdoor Retailer
With the Grassroots Connect show happening right now in Denver, and Outdoor Retailer’s inaugural November show set to kick off later this week, outdoor brands are pulling out the stops for Fall ’19 with fashion-forward product designed to fit seamlessly into the consumer’s day to day.
Vans Eyes $5 Billion in Revenues By 2023
VF Corp.-owned Vans is targeting $5 billion in revenues by 2023. The topline objective represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10-12 percent. In Q2 ended Sep. 30, Vans’ revenues rose 26 percent with “strong growth” across regions, channels and product categories.
3 Questions with Brooks CEO Jim Weber
Brooks just closed a stellar third quarter, one that saw global revenues rise 29 percent, driven by a 32 percent increase in footwear. The Seattle-based company continued to thrive in the challenged U.S performance running market, taking share to hit the second market position in the category.
New Balance Investing in Sixth U.S. Factory; Shaq Returns to Reebok?
R&D, advanced manufacturing techniques and 3-D printing will be the primary focus of New Balance’s sixth New England factory when the 80,000-sq.-ft. building in Methuen, MA opens next year with 60 new NB employees, according to the Boston Globe.