MArch / April 2020

The New 9 to 5

Shoes That Work Around the Clock.

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 and everything in between. What do they have in common? Dialed-up comfort and sharp looks. Trust them: They’re Professionals. Read the full story.

Workplace style

Keeping It Real

We asked three consumers with very different
9-to-5 jobs to give us insight on the shoes they wear for work and why they wear what they do:
What is the dress code in your workplace? I work in one of the most conservative fashion environments that still exists outside of maybe a law firm... Read the full story.


Easy as 1, 2, 3...

Three trends to watch in “on the job” footwear options: Made in USA; Comfort on the Job; and Lightweight Style. Read the full story.


Looking Ahead

On Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA’s downtown thoroughfare, there are plenty of reminders of the past. The right side of the street is lined with a small deli, a three-screen theater, and the 85-year old Theatre Pharmacy. It’s also the home of Michelson’s Shoes, a fourth-generation, family-owned shoe store. Read the full story.

MAde In America

Reinventing Made In America

When Jaclyn Jones wanted to launch her namesake brand in 2015, finding a factory in the U.S. who would take her on was no easy feat. Five years later, not only does she manufacture Jaclyn Jones USA domestically, she owns the factory that makes it.
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Kids Retail

Both Sides Now

Serving the kids market can be tough. And it’s not just that the stock demands are high (all those sizes!), margins thin and the market competitive — although all those things can be true. Kids stores have two different sets of customers to impress: Style-conscious kids, and their features... Read the full story.

The Footwear Eye

5 Questions: Belinda Pina

On the heels of February’s announcement that Informa Markets’ FN Platform show would be rebranded MICAM Americas under a new partnership with Milan’s longtime MICAM show, the show announced the departure of longtime head Leslie Gallin. Read the full story.

February 2020
The Boot Book

Style for All

Whether it’s animal prints all day or cozy knits or plaid aplenty, there’s a boot for every mood this fall.

There’s a reason boots are perennially a fashion must for fall — there’s one for every taste, as these Fall 2020 styles show. Looking for casual cool? Uptown style? Sneaker feel? Check, check, and check. Another reason boots top the list: There’s no better or more versatile style to check all the boxes consumers are looking for. Read the full story.

The Boot Book
Work / Tactical

On The Job And Off The Clock

There’s a new breed of work boots in town. High-tech, high style, high comfort and high energy, they are designed to work 24/7, and when the job is done, they know how to walk away and play hard, too. Fashionable and functional, the boots debuting in Fall 2020 have the look and... Read the full story.

The Boot Book

Stormy Weather

Rain boots continue to make a splash, in bold colors and prints that can add accent to an everyday outfit without so much as compromising an inch of function. Stacy Cail, marketing director for Washington Shoe Co., parent company of the Chooka, Western Chief and Staheekum brands, says that wearers are looking for... Read the full story.

The Boot Book

All-Around Performers

The line between performance and lifestyle continues to blur in the outdoors as stylish boots are packed with tech details and core performers flash a fashionable aesthetic. Versatility is often the No. 1 trait consumers are seeking in outdoor boots. Read the full story.

Crowd Source

A Change Would Do You Good

The last decade brought change in spades to independent retail. The relentless rise of online and mobile shopping, massive growth in vendor DTC and seismic shifts in the way shoppers consume media and promotions have all shifted the landscape. Read the full story.


Feetured Players

For Feetures, business is a family affair. And for 2020, the Hickory, NC-based sock brand is preparing for its newest frontier: Expanding its sock story in the independent shoe store channel in a significant way. Read the full story.


Full Speed Ahead

Run shops have a lot to look forward to in 2020. A surge of fresh technical product, the summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo catalyzing consumer interest, and product growth at the premium side of the shoe market are...  Read the full story.

January 2020

Go Everywhere

Outdoor brands have doubled down on the trail-to-tavern ethos for Fall ’20

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.
Read the full story.

State of the Market

What to Expect in 2020

The New Year is always a fresh start, but 2020 is a whole new ballgame. The start of a new decade, 2020 sees major issues like climate change, retail realignment, shifting trends and technological innovation driving the market. Read the full story.


Rapid Fire with JackRabbit’s Bill Kirkendall

Bill Kirkendall, CEO of active retailer JackRabbit Sports, is bullish on the specialty channel. The Denver-based group, a division of CriticalPoint Capital, now operates 135 brick-and-mortar shops in 17 states after the October 2019 acquisition of 75 Olympia Sports doors. Read the full story.

Product Spotlight

Running Wild

The fresh crop of Fall ’20 trail running styles are engineered to tackle the toughest terrain (and the pavement on the way) with protective features that don’t sacrifice comfort under and around the foot. Read the full story.

Product Spotlight

Hike Squad

At home in the woods, on the trail, in the snow or even in the city, these Fall ’20 hiking boots are the versatile, protective, durable all-rounders consumers are looking for. Read the full story.

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