Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 17

New President at Merrell

Chris Hufnagel will head the Merrell brand following the departure of Sue Rechner, parent company Wolverine World Wide announced. Hufnagel most recently served as global brand president of Wolverine’s Cat Footwear brand. Read the full story.

Foot Locker Announces Greenhouse Incubator

Foot Locker this week launched Greenhouse, a New York-based incubator designed to foster collaborations between brands, tastemakers and the retailer itself. Read the full story.

New Balance Builds Bridges for NYC Marathon

Bridges — specifically, the iconic bridges that connect New York’s five boroughs — are the theme for New Balance’s footwear and apparel collection for the 2019 New Balance TCS New York City Marathon. Read the full story.

Consumer Spending, JC Penney, Under Armour, Grassroots Outdoor Alliance

Unadjusted, year-over-year U.S. retail sales rose 4.6 percent last month. Sporting goods stores enjoyed a 3.8 percent gain in year-over-year sales and clothing/accessory store sales increased 2.3 percent for the month, according data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Read the full story.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 16

Fleet Feet’s Trademark Suit Against Nike May ‘Change Everything’

Fleet Feet Sports, the national franchisor of 181 running specialty shops, filed a trademark infringement suit against Nike on Aug. 30. Read the full story.

Famous Footwear Bullish on Boots, Looks to Pivot Away from China

Caleres CEO Diane Sullivan and her management team, seeing a positive bounce from boots in Q2, are optimistic the category’s sales momentum will continue in H2 for Famous Footwear. She cited Dr. Martens, short booties and sneaker booties as having “very good” early reads in August.
Read the full story.

NPD Bearish on Balance of BTS Season

Sales dollars and average selling prices are up but units sold are down for athletic footwear halfway through the back-to-school season, according to NPD analyst Matt Powell.
Read the full story.

It’s Not Autumn, It’s Tariff Season

For three of the next four months, nearly all products imported from China will be slapped with new tariffs as the trade war rages on. List 4 products from China had their tariff rate raised to 15 percent yesterday from 10 percent, and tariff rates on List 1, 2 and 3 products move to 30 percent on Oct. 1.
Read the full story.

Sam Garzon, the founder and CEO of Miami-based UnoZero

Sam Garzon, the founder and CEO of Miami-based UnoZero, says the young company’s name was inspired by all the soccer greats who have worn the number 10 on the pitch. Everyone from Pele and Zidane to Totti.
Read the full story.

TOMS, Lord + Taylor, Amer Sports and More

A pop-up Shoebox Museum focused on everything sneaker packaging was open on New York City’s Lower East Side for three days last week. Curated by Nice Kicks Founder Matt Halfhill, the museum examined the sneaker box through three lenses—design, brand experience and uncommon concepts.
Read the full story.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 15

6 Don’t-Miss Trends from the Vegas Shows

The August trade shows in Las Vegas give store owners and buyers a chance to finalize their spring ’20 buys — and pick up any trends they’ve missed. Footwear Insight editors hunted through the best offerings at FN Platform, Agenda and Liberty to ID the trends shops need. Read the full story.

Camping World Divests Two Outdoor Specialty Chains

Jonesboro, AR-based Gearhead Outfitters, which operates 10 stores, has acquired Chattanooga, TN-based Rock/Creek Outfitters and Chicago-based Uncle Dan’s from publicly traded Camping World Holdings, parent of the Gander Outdoors banner. Read the full story.

Outdoor & Footwear Industries Aren’t Spared in Tariff Maneuver

With data signals emerging and the drumbeats predicting a looming U.S. recession getting louder, the Trump Administration last week reversed course on its threat to slap 10-percent tariffs on all remaining imports from China on Sept. 1. Read the full story.

Stock Market, Tariffs Could Hinder Consumer Spending

Future consumer spending could be impacted by the stock market and tariffs, but that wasn’t the case in July. Unadjusted year-over-year retail sales rose 5.6 percent for the month, a figure the National Retail Federation says is consistent with the state of consumer confidence and the healthy labor market.
Read the full story.

Nike Ratchets Up Subscription Program

Shortly after the Aug. 12 launch of the Nike Adventure Club shoe subscription service for children ages 2 to 10, market speculation began surfacing about whether other footwear brands have the breadth of product, logistics and know-how to introduce... Read the full story.

Mike Cosentino, Big Peach Running Company

Mike Cosentino, founder and CEO of Big Peach Running Co., a seven-door run specialty retail chain based in Atlanta, made a bold move in August 2018, purchasing a 33-foot vehicle from a company in Marietta, GA that specializes in food trucks.
Read the full story.

Steve Madden, Brooks, Rocky Brand, Hari Mari

Steve Madden acquired privately held Greats Brands, a five-year old Brooklyn firm specializing in Italian-made premium sneakers. Greats, which sells DTC and through a New York City store in the Soho district, recorded annual sales of $13 million for the 12 months ended June 30.
Read the full story.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 14

3 Questions with Reebok’s Matt O’Toole

With a new team, new offices and a fully redesigned digital strategy, Reebok is ready to open the aperture. And President Matt O’Toole says continuing to focus on the intersection of fitness and everyday style is the roadmap to growth. Read the full story.

China Tariff Pressure Escalates Yet Again

Against the advice of top economic advisers and the pleas of retail and industry executives, Pres. Trump ramped up the ongoing U.S.-China trade war late last week with a declaration that...
Read the full story.

VFC Puts Additional $20 Million Behind FutureLight

FutureLight, the breathable, waterproof nanospun technology being launched this fall in The North Face’s Summit Series and Steep Series of technical garments, will be bolstered by a $20 million infusion of...
Read the full story.

The Shift is On at Columbia Sportswear

On Friday, Columbia will launch the first products from its new SH/FT Collection of footwear, which company President and CEO Tim Boyle describes as a collection targeting younger adults “who don’t want to compromise city-inspired style and athletic comfort for outdoor function.”
Read the full story.

Boot Barn Becomes Bigger Player in Work

Publicly traded national chain Boot Barn plans to open 25 new doors in FY19 and is gaining momentum in the work apparel and boot categories. The work segment drove BOOT’s Q1 revenues as total sales rose nearly 15 percent to $185.8 million and same-store sales rose 9.4 percent.
Read the full story.

Puma is Bullish on Basketball

Puma CEO Bjorn Gulden believes the company’s decision to reenter the basketball category last year has improved the brand’s sell-through rates and overall shelf space in the U.S., but he admits the Cat is “just scraping the surface” on what it could eventually do. Read the full story.

Under Armour, Asics, Lowa, Crocs, Georgia Boot and Ortholite

Baltimore-based Under Armour is continuing the slow process of shifting more distribution away from lower-priced products in the off-price channel to strengthen the health of its business and generate more full-priced sales. Read the full story.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 13

3 Questions with Dansko CEO Jim Fox

When Jim Fox stepped into the CEO position at Dansko on the first of the year, he knew he was filling big shoes. The longtime CFO for the West Grove, PA-based comfort brand is the first person to serve in the top spot after taking over from founder  Mandy Cabot...
Read the full story.

Athletic Shoe Pioneer Jerry Turner

Jerry Turner, the American Sporting Goods founder and former president of Brooks, died July 9. During his 60-year career in the athletic footwear space, Turner made an indelible mark on the athletic footwear business.
Read the full story.

Mary Steinebrunner, GM of Dunlop Protective Footwear

After nearly two decades in the business, Mary Steinebrunner is still in love with the protective footwear industry. And she’s always thinking about what might come next for her company...
Read the full story.

Personalized Email Marketing on Rise

Retail investment in personalized email content is projected to rise 40 percent in 2019, and 45 percent of retailers will spend to expand their mobile marketing efforts to include push and in-app notifications, according to a new report from Cordial.com.
Read the full story.

PHIT Act Gains New Traction in U.S. House

Lead sponsors of the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), recently sent letters to all members of the House seeking additional support for the bill...
Read the full story.

In the News
Deckers Brands-owned Teva; Italian footwear

Deckers Brands-owned Teva has released a collection of kids and toddler sandals tied to its collaboration with the 50th anniversary of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.
Read the full story.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 12

Arizona Governor Pulls Incentives for Nike Factory in Shoe Row

Nike’s plans to reportedly invest a minimum of $185 million into a new Goodyear, AZ, facility for its Air Manufacturing Innovation subsidiary saw a new development on Tuesday when Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced on Twitter that...
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Truce Called in China Tariff War

After weeks of industry worry and weeks of testimony against the placement of additional duties on $300 billion worth of China-produced merchandise — including footwear — imported in the U.S., the Trump Administration agreed Saturday to delay any action and continue negotiations with the country’s largest trading partner.
Read the full story.

New Balance Bets on 3-D, New Factory

New Balance’s sixth factory, slated to open in Methuen, MA in 2020 with 60 new employees, will focus on R&D, advanced manufacturing techniques and 3-D printing. Chairman Jim Davis told the Boston Globe that the $33 million, 80,000-sq.-ft. facility — for which the Boston company is receiving $900,000 in state tax credits and $272,000 in property tax relief — is the “factory of the future.”
Read the full story.

In the News
BTS Tax Holidays, Topsports Files IPO, StockX Secures Series C Funding

The annual back-to-school sales tax holidays, which generally offer shoppers no state sales taxes on the first $100 of any footwear or apparel purchase, have been set in 16 states for this year. Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee will hold their weekends in...
Read the full story.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 11

OR Show Floor Trends: Lines We Like

By Jennifer Ernst Beaudry. The 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market kicked off in Denver yesterday, and the trail styles, water shoes and hiking boots for the season were on full display. We’ve picked 5 styles that caught our eye — reach us on Twitter at @FootwearInsight and tell us what you’re loving at OR!  Read the full story here.

Tariffs: What Retailers Need to Know

By Jennifer Ernst Beaudry. Confused by what’s happening with tariffs? You’re not alone. Import duties have been top-of-mind for the footwear industry since May 5, when President Trump announced on Twitter that he would impose 25 percent duties on $325 billion worth of Chinese imports... Read the full story here.

OOFOS’ Duncan Finigan

By Bob McGee. Footwear industry veteran and global head of marketing and brand management at Oofos Duncan Finigan passed away on May 26. She was 59. Finigan had worked tirelessly during her Oofos tenure to raise money for breast cancer research and created the firm’s Project Pink program. Read the full story here.

RIA KICK Show Sparks Greater Focus on Crucial Running Segment

By Bob McGee. In a no-frills, get-down-to-business event that some attendees said had similarities to the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Connect Show for outdoor specialty retailers, 24 key running brands and 65 to 70 key U.S. running shop owners and staff convened in Denver last week on the eve of Global Running Day for the inaugural KICK Show from the Running Industry Association. Read the full story here.

In the News
Sporting Goods Sales Up, Famous Footwear Sales Dip, Lululemon tests new categories

By Bob McGee. May sales in U.S. sporting goods stores were up 1.1 percent from April’s level, but were down 2.4 percent year-over-year, according to monthly data reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. Overall year-over-year sales growth of 3.2 percent unadjusted in May had the National Retail Association proclaiming... Read the full story here.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 8

Modell’s Restructures

Some six weeks after hiring restructuring advisor Berkeley Research Group (BRG), Modell’s Sporting Goods, the New York retail institution, is in the midst of plotting its future without BRG — and apparently without the need for a bankruptcy filing.

Native Mixes It Up

Earth Month may be in the past, but Native Shoes is still pressing forward on its goals to close the loop on its footwear lifecycles.

Q1 Footwear Sales Slide with Lower Tax Returns, Late Easter and Extra Week

Total U.S. fashion footwear sales slipped 12 percent, leisure footwear sales dipped 1 percent, and performance footwear sales declined 9 percent in Q1 as the topline of all segments were negatively impacted by three key issues, according to research firm NPD Group.

Columbia, Puma Post Strong Q1 Results

Columbia Sportswear is forecasting 6.5 to 8.5 percent sales growth in 2019, with its fastest U.S. growth category anticipated to be footwear. Puma, meanwhile, is holding its 2019 outlook steady after strong Q1 results.

In The NEws
Saucony, Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, Rocky Brands, Skechers, JD Sports

Saucony names Nike veteran Shawn Hoy as VP of global product, Grassroots Outdoor Alliance announces retail and vendor award nominees, Rocky Brands sees growth, plus news from Skechers and JD Sports/Finish Line.

Sportmart Co-Founder, Former NSGA Chairman Sanford Cantor

Sanford “Sandy” Cantor, the co-founder of Niles, IL-based Sportmart and a former chairman of the National Sporting Goods Association, died on April 20. He was 85.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 7

Vibram Celebrates 10 Years of the China Technological Center

Last week Italian outsole firm Vibram celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Technological Center in Guangzhou, China. Footwear Insight Extra was there, here's our report.

FILA Names Estabrook President

FILA is making it official. Two months after the sudden passing of North America president Jon Epstein, acting brand president Jennifer Estabrook has been named president of FILA’s North America division by parent FILA Korea.

Gen Z Report: Nike and Vans Are Big Winners in Piper Jaffray Survey of Teen Spending

Nike, Vans and athleticwear continue to win with teens, according to Piper Jaffray’s most recent survey. U.S. teenagers accounted for more than $75 billion in spending power at the end of 2018 and understanding their buying habits is crucial to predicting their future spending trends.

In the News
ASICS, REI, Adidas, Icebug

ASICS is back in the marathon game. The brand will be the official footwear and apparel partner of the Los Angeles Marathon starting in 2020 after signing a five-year deal with Conqur Endurance Group.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 6

3 Essential Ways to Make Social Media Pay Off for Your Store

We asked brick-and-mortar marketing all-stars about how they get the word out about their businesses — and resoundingly, they told us that social media offers them unparalleled access to customers, both current and future. Even better: They shared their very best practices for making social pay off. Click for the best advice, straight from the retailers putting it in practice.

New Balance Breaks Ground on The Track at New Balance

New Balance’s NB Development Corp. broke ground this week on The Track, a multi-sport athletic complex at its Boston Landing development in Brighton scheduled to be open in 2021.

Foot Locker Ready to “Power Up”

Acknowledging its customers “are moving faster than ever before,” Foot Locker set its five-year financial objectives and solidified its plan to elevate the customer experience at its first Investor Day in four years last week.

Shoe Carnival Getting Closer to Customers, Gaining from Rivals

Shoe Carnival is working hard to better understand the shopping needs and habits of its customers.

Red Wing, ISA TanTec, Oboz, Brooks

Red Wing opened its first NYC location on March 21. Plus: news from ISA TanTec, Oboz and Brooks.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 5

DSW Shakes Up Strategy, Announces New Name

DSW will be known as Designer Brands and will focus its efforts on operational efficiencies and better consumer experiences at its flagship DSW chain, as well as growing and learning from its Camuto Group business after a promotional holiday season took its toll.

Adidas Makes Yeezy More Accessible, Pumps Up Speedfactory

CEO Kaspar Rorsted said Adidas is setting aggressive goals for the year, including growing its global e-commerce business to 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion) and achieving 10 to 14 percent annual growth in FY19.

Dick’s Invests in Footwear Training, Inventory Productivity

Dick’s Sporting Goods is investing in the in-store experience, including more training on footwear for staffers. The largest full-line sporting goods chain in the U.S. ended fiscal year 2018 with more than 858 doors and 42.2-million sq. ft. of retail space.

SAS Shoes’ Nancy Richardson

Comparable sales rose 13 percent globally for Crocs in the final period of 2018, the brand’s sixth consecutive quarterly gain, with e-commerce a strong driver.   In FY18, wholesale revenues rose 8 percent; a DTC comp of 14 percent outpaced the retail comp gain of 11 percent and ecommerce sales rose 23 percent to account for 17 percent of all revenues.

Brooks, Under Armour, Instagram, Nester Hosiery, Genesco, Modell’s

Brooks Running Co. has named Dan Sheridan EVP and COO. Sheridan, who has been at Brooks since 1998 and previously served as EVP and head of global sales, has overseen Brooks’ ascent in specialty running.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 4

3 Questions with Todd Dalhausser, President of Altra

Todd Dalhausser is ready to take Altra into a new era. The industry vet and former SVP of sales for Saucony North America was named as brand president to the performance running and outdoor brand last November.

Chaco’s PrintShop Can Print Anything On Your Z1s – Well, Almost Anything

Chaco is taking customization to the next level with its new MyChacos PrintShop program. Launched last week, PrintShop uses digital printing to let users put anything (almost) on the footbed and webbings of Chaco’s flip-flops, Z/1, Z/2, ZX/1 and ZX/2 models.

Foot Locker Making Investments for Future, Shuttering SIX:02 Stores

Not content to rest on its laurels after a strong finish to FY18, Foot Locker is moving forward with plans to reshape its business. Those efforts include investing $124 million in a number of small companies, closing its small SIX:02 women’s-only banner.

Crocs Sees E-Commerce Accelerate

Comparable sales rose 13 percent globally for Crocs in the final period of 2018, the brand’s sixth consecutive quarterly gain, with e-commerce a strong driver.   In FY18, wholesale revenues rose 8 percent; a DTC comp of 14 percent outpaced the retail comp gain of 11 percent and ecommerce sales rose 23 percent to account for 17 percent of all revenues.

Asics, OS1st, Rack Room, Oofos, DSW

Asics is focusing on efficiency with its latest running footwear innovation. The new $250 Metaride shoe, which launched last week at specialty stores and Asics retail, is designed to make running longer distances easier.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 3

Jon Epstein, 63, President of Fila North America

After a year when its Americas’ region lost the equivalent of more than $36 million on a 15 percent drop in total revenues due to weak U.S. sales, Asics America is making structural and executive suite changes, including at the top.

McCarthy Exits Asics

After a year when its Americas’ region lost the equivalent of more than $36 million on a 15 percent drop in total revenues due to weak U.S. sales, Asics America is making structural and executive suite changes, including at the top.

Payless to Close All 2,500 North American Doors

More than 2,500 Payless doors in North America will shutter this spring as the privately-held retailer prepares to file for Chap. 11 bankruptcy for the second time in two years. When Payless last filed for bankruptcy protection in 2017, the chain had 4,400 doors.

Under Armour Looks to Reposition

With flat revenue in North America and a 12 percent drop in inventory globally, Under Armour is refocusing on performance and premium positioning to try and drive growth, but top line growth is unlikely until FY2020, the company said in its year-end earnings report.  

Puma, REI, Johnston & Murphy, Aetrex, Easy Spirit

Puma exceeded the 2 billion euro sales mark in footwear for the first time in FY2018 with a reported increase of 10.6 percent to $2.58 billion, helped by strength in running, training and Sportstyle. Including ecommerce, Puma retail sales rose 24 percent last year to $1.33 billion, or slightly more than 24 percent of all sales.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 2

The Top 5 Trends at Platform

The Footwear Insight team was in Las Vegas this week for the FN Platform show to scope out the season’s best trends, and the show delivered. Whether it was women’s, men’s or kids, brands were showing styles that will set the style agenda for fall ’19.

Outdoor Footwear Brands Talk Price and Value

In an increasingly promotional environment, consumers of all kinds are looking for a deal — and even in the features-oriented outdoor market, brands say making sure they’re offering value at an attractive pricepoint is critical.

Inside the Victoria Beckham x Reebok Collab

Late last month, the debut collection from Reebok’s brand partnership with Victoria Beckham was unveiled. In the past decade, former pop star Beckham has become an internationally recognized style icon and fashion designer. Her line with Reebok is a curated offering of “essential performance and streetwear pieces.”

Analyst Predictions for the Year in Retail

Camilo Lyon, an analyst at Cannaccord Genuity, released his predictions for the 2019 year in retail. We dove in to present the highlights.

In the News
Aetrex, Blundstone, Foot Locker, Brooks, Deckers, Volumental

Aetrex is launching a 3D Printed Custom Orthotics program for 2019. Utilizing data captured from Aetrex’s proprietary Albert foot scanner, Aetrex says it is able to translate complete data to produce an orthotic that matches precisely to the individual’s foot.

Wednesday, JANUARY 16, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 1

5 Questions with Nolee Anderson

Nolee Anderson discovered a passion when she found the trades, and now the trim carpenter and Team Wolverine member wants to make sure future generations of girls can find their way, too — and she definitely wants them to have better boots. Anderson is one of the initial class of young tradespeople picked by Rockford, MI-based Wolverine to be the face of its outreach to young people considering careers in the skilled trades.

Skechers Breaks Ground on Expanded HQ

The doubling of its office, design and showroom space to over 330,000 square feet, is part of Skechers’ commitment to both further global growth and its hometown community, according to the brand. The expansion, slated for completion during the company’s 30th anniversary year in 2022, will include an enlargement of the existing corporate office in Manhattan Beach, CA.

Key Retail Trends Emerging

The post-mortem on Holiday ’18 is underway as preparations for the next season commence. As two department stores, Kohl’s and Macy’s, revealed somewhat disappointing seasonal comparable store sales, several research firms issued reports on key trends that emerged during the two-month period when online sales surged more than 17 percent to an estimated $122 billion.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Volume 1, Issue No. 05

Inside Nike’s House of Innovation

In mid-November, Nike opened up a new flagship in NYC on Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street. The store is called “House of Innovation 000.” We stopped by to see what’s inside. Here’s what we found:It’s big. Too big? It is six-stories and 68,000 square feet big. It’s an investment in time just to see all six floors.

The Missteps That Forced Camuto Group to Sell

What led Camuto Group, the 17-year-old footwear design and production house, to divest itself in early November for $375 million to a consortium led by DSW and Authentic Brands Group? The answer is three-fold, according to DSW CFO Jared Poff. A failed entry into retail, a strategic error with a new distribution center and missed deliveries to key retail partners.

In The News
ANTA + Amer Sports, Under Armour, Stadium Goods, Gen

ANTA + Amer: A group consisting of China’s publicly traded ANTA Sports Group, an affiliate of FountainVest Partners, Lululemon founder Chip Wilson and Tencent will commence a 4.6 billion euro ($5.25 billion) offer for Amer Sports, the parent of the Salomon, Arc’teryx, Peak Performance, Atomic, Mavic, Suunto, Wilson and Precor brands on Dec. 20.  Read the full story here.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Volume 1, Issue No. 04

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.

In The News
Foot Locker, Deckers, Skechers, Saucony + More

Foot Locker’s go-forward strategy will be tied to more creative projects with key partners and smaller, secondary players such as Vans, K-Swiss, Fila, Puma and Reebok. Foot Locker reports that its focus on less promotional selling, and a beefed-up digital presence, is about “further strengthening its emotional connection with consumers.” Read the full story here.

Caleres Sees Vionic’s Potential

Caleres, the Famous Footwear parent, which acquired Vionic for $360 million in mid-October, believes Vionic possesses significant growth potential in the premium comfort segment for men and women.  Category growth, gender growth and channels of distribution were among the opportunities that Caleres CEO and President Diane Sullivan pointed to in a recent call with analysts regarding Vionic’s opportunities

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Volume 1, Issue No. 03

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 with another 22 percent likely to buy new kicks online.

In The News
Altra, Wolverine World Wide, Mizuno, Crocs, Shoe Carnival

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. Previously, he managed Saucony/Hind’s apparel business, where he oversaw design, development and product merchandising.

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.” Adidas 4D is the brand’s “most ambitious midsole to date,” says Klaus Rolshoven, director of future design, at Adidas.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Volume 1, Issue No. 02

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, notching double-digit revenue increases in the EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions. But CEO Jim Weber is focusing squarely on the future. FIX caught up with Weber to talk tariffs, the retail marketplace and why performance wins.

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. A 23 percent improvement in wholesale revenues was driven by strong Back-To-School results globally.

Podcast: Matt Schreiner, Gore-Tex

Listen to the industry veteran and global product leader for Gore-Tex footwear talk tech and component branding.
Podcast interview conducted by Sports Insight Extra editor Bob McGee.

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, super-versatile product designed to fit seamlessly into the consumer’s day to day — and the good news is that these crossover-friendly looks couldn’t be more relevant for the footwear channel more broadly.

In the News
Aerosoles, Baffin, Dansko, New Balance, Bearpaw

Aerosoles is collaborating with the Martha Stewart brand to create a line of fashionable, functional footwear inspired by Stewart’s “timeless style.” The first style to launch from Martha’s collaboration with Aerosoles is a collection of rain boots with an equestrian twist for Holiday 2018. The weather resistant boots are modeled after classic equestrian riding boots in knee-high, mid-rise, and ankle styles, and multiple colors including green, brown and black.

Cardi B + Reebok, and the Scene at ComplexCon

DSW’s decision last week to team with Authentic Brands Group (ABG), on the acquisition of the operations and intellectual property rights of the 17-year-old Camuto Group in a $375 million deal slated to close in Q4, is part of a broader strategy to expand its reach in footwear with both consumers and other retailers.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Volume 1, Issue No. 01

10 Ways to Crush Customer Service

In the four years Footwear Insight has presented the Gold Medal Service Awards, only 13 retailers have made the cut every year. These service all-stars know exactly what it takes to delight the consumer, and even more importantly, how to keep doing it day after day and year after year. We asked our four-peaters — a selection of the best footwear independents and regional chains from across the United States — what it takes to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive environment, and here’s what they said.

Meet 4 Stores with Top Scores

Footwear Insight launched the Gold Medal Service Awards in 2015 in order to identify – and reward – the independent stores that elevate service to an art form. The good news is we found them, and they are thriving.

Hoka One One Honors Retailer Lamey-Wellehan

As part of the 2018 Gold Medal Service Awards, retailer Lamey-Wellehan, with six locations across Maine, was recognized with the Hoka One One Community Service Award.

DSW Wants Larger Role in Footwear Universe

DSW’s decision last week to team with Authentic Brands Group (ABG), on the acquisition of the operations and intellectual property rights of the 17-year-old Camuto Group in a $375 million deal slated to close in Q4, is part of a broader strategy to expand its reach in footwear with both consumers and other retailers.