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Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 22

5 Must-Have Women’s Trends from FFANY

At a snowy FFANY show in New York, footwear brands showed off women’s styles with serious shelf appeal for the fall ’20 season. Here, we rounded up five trends consumers will be searching for. Read the full story.

On the Scene at The Running Event 2019

Keep up with us on Instagram to see our product picks from the trade show floor at The Running Event (TRE) in Austin, TX this week. Read the full story.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Adds More Lifestyle Footwear

Ed Stack, CEO of the largest full-line sporting goods chain in the U.S., says its young athletic customers no longer have to go elsewhere to purchase lifestyle athletic kicks for their wardrobes. Read the full story.

New Balance Will Empower Women in Global Supply Chain

The Boston athletic company is adopting GAP Inc.’s P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) education and training initiative to improve the lives of the women working in its global supply chain. Read the full story.

Caleres Pleased With New Brands; Sets TV for Famous in Q4

CEO and President Diane Sullivan recently told analysts that the company is pleased with the performance of its most recent acquisitions, Blowfish Malibu and Vionic. Read the full story.

Philadelphia Runner Opens in King of Prussia

Philly-based run specialty chain Philadelphia Runner opened its fifth location last month with a 2,000-square-foot location in the King of Prussia mall. Read the full story.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 21

3 Ways Independents Can Make Black Friday A Win

Black Friday may have been heralded as the “official" kickoff to the holiday season in decades past, but in 2019 holiday promotions have been running for weeks before the Thanksgiving table is cleared — and it can feel like a no-win situation for most independents. Read the full story.

RIA’s KICK Show 2.0 Set for May in Denver

The Running Industry Association (RIA) announced they will host its second annual RIA KICK Show this spring. The show will be held May 11-14, and will once again take place at the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver. Read the full story.

High Hopes Prevail for Another Strong Winter Season

Following a strong 2018-19 winter season that saw snow industry retail sales of apparel, footwear and accessories climb 7 percent to $6.3 billion, the NPD Group has uncovered retail optimism for the current 2019-20 season that has already seen cold temps and some snow from coast-to-coast. Read the full story.

FDRA Design Summit Speakers Discuss the Role of the Designer

Nicoline van Enter, founder of The Footwearists, believes the industry’s push for “faster and faster” is lessening the importance of ideation in the shoe industry. She offered a myriad of opinions at a gathering of nearly 100 footwear designers and... Read the full story.

PODCAST
RSG’s Bill Kirkendall Weighs in on Specialty Running

The longtime industry executive and CEO of the Running Specialty Group dishes on the specialty run marketplace, the Denver company’s acquisition strategy, the future of the Olympia Sports banner in New England, and his hopes for the overall running business in 2020. Listen Here.

IN THE NEWS
Saucony, Lugz, Nike, ING Source, Twisted X, Adidas, Telic

Saucony athlete Grayson Murphy won the 35th IAAF World Mountain Running Championship on Nov.15 in her first race as a brand athlete. Murphy finished the 14k course in Villa La Angostura with a time of 1:15:20, 21 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Read the full story.

FOOTWEAR INSIGHT INDEX

Segment slips more than 1.4 percent as the Dow falls more than 268 points on the final day of the period. Eleven stocks, paced by Rocky Brands on a percentage basis, rise and nine decline. Caleres’ Famous Footwear banner generated 2.5 percent same-store sales growth in Q3 on strength in athletic, boots and sandals. Banner will end FY with 949 locations. VF Corp. is reportedly in the running for Golden Goose, the Italian shoe brand owned by the Carlyle Group. Foot Locker tells investors it sees an apparel category shift away from big logos to clothing with cleaner aesthetics. Retailer is also working to create more “connectivity” between its footwear and apparel. Nike shares are up 26 percent year-to-date, outpacing the S&P 500’s 25 percent gain thus far in 2019, according to TheStreet.com. Under Armour, whose North American sales have declined for five consecutive quarters, could stage a comeback in 2020, according to Raymond James. Investment house calls Baltimore company an “underrated underdog.” Adidas partners with Prada for a limited-edition Superstar and bowling bag. Both items available starting Dec. 4 at select retailers and adidas.com and Prada.com. Shoe Carnival comps rose 3.5 percent in Q3 ended Nov. 2. Women’s non-athletic sales rose mid-single digits on a comp basis; banner’s adult athletic business continues to shift toward casual offerings and away from performance categories.  — 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: 144

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Weekly Review

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 11/18/19 • Price 12/02/19

ASICS Corp.
7936.T

4.80%

$15.63 • $16.38

Boot Barn
BOOT

8.54%

$43.78 • $40.04

Crocs
CROX

5.75%

$35.47 • $33.43

Designer Brands
DBI

9.10%

$17.69 • $16.08

Genesco
GCO

10.28%

$41.14 • $36.91

Mizuno
8022.T

3.31%

$26.61 • $25.73

Puma
PMMAF

0.53%

$72.93 • $72.54

Shoe Carnival
SKVL

8.18%

$36.67 • $39.67

Steve Madden
SHOO

5.35%

$44.28 • $41.91

VF Corp.
VFC

0.86%

$87.24 • $87.99

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 11/18/19 • Price 12/02/19

Adidas
addyy

1.46%

$150.20 • $152.40

Caleres
CAL

8.31%

$23.58 • $21.62

Deckers
DECK

2.49%

$166.92 • $162.76

Foot Locker
FL

11.78%

$44.90 • $39.61

GEOX
GEO.MI

1.50%

$1.33 • $1.31

Nike
NKE

0.66%

$94.18 • $93.56

Rocky Brands
RCKY

24.23%

$28.39 • $35.27

Skechers
SKX

3.29%

$41.02 • $39.67

Under Armour
UAA

6.41%

$17.33 • $18.44

Wolverine
WWW

4.93%

$33.47 • $31.82

TOTAL
Week over week

1.53%

$1,022.76 • $1,007.14