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CHILDREN’S c Primigi c Skechers c Geox c Ralph Lauren
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WORK c Wolverine c Rocky c Red Wing c Timberland Pro
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ITEM OF THE YEAR c Vibram FiveFingers c Ugg Australia/Jimmy Choo c Native c Hush Puppies 1958
Collection BRAND OF THE YEAR c TOMS c Ugg Australia c Hunter c Dansko c Clarks
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“A SHOW - FOR SHOE PEO PATRIZIA • FLY FLOT • CHERISH BY ELEGANT • LILIANA • EARTH, INC • Z-COIL PAIN RELIEF FOOTWEAR •
MATISSE FOOTWEAR • INGE CHRISTOPHER • CADILLAC • GOLDEN WEST
HEEL ROCKIN FOOTWEAR LLC • RAGG FOOTWEAR • ITALINA • RIEKER SHOE CORP. • VALUEDSHOW MANAGEMENT LLC • POUR LAVICTOIRE • SUMAQKAY PARACAS • SCII • FOREVER 4U • VOLA
L.A.M.B. • DARIS SHOES • BIOTREK • GENERATION • GLAZE • SHARONA JEWELS • M. LEONARD INTERNATIONAL - GIESSWEIN • MCRAE INDUSTRIAL • SPICY SHOES BIRKENSTOCK • BLUE SUEDE S COCO JUMBO • MIXX SHUZ • VERY VOLATILE • MATIKO • PENNY LOVES KENNY • EASTMAN GROUP • EVERGREEN GROUP USA • SUP TRADING • DUREA OF HOLLAND • BE COMFORTAB STUDIO FLEXX •
DREAMS FOOTWEAR INC • BAREFOOT FREEDOM • 5TH AVENUE BY EASY STREET • AUCLAIR & MARTINEAU • MARILYN MONROE • C & A CO • MAT SCAN •
FIRST COMFORT STEP UP INTERNATIONAL • ANNE MICHELLE • TEKSCAN INC • SARA LEE HOUSEHOLD & BODY CARE • TOP GUY • AETREX WORLDWIDE • CLEOPATRA • FOOTSAVER • NEXT ST
AEROSOLES • CONAL INT'L TRADING INC • VITO FORTUNA • YELLOW BOX • LASONIA CLASSIC • GROOVE • BOLARO • JAMBU • RAGAZZI VEGAN • H. SHOE EXPORTS • BEARPAW SHOE
FLEXX STUDIO • HELLE COMFORT • ZIGINY • CREATE EARTH CO. LTD • OLEM SHOE CORP • REMONTE DORNDORF • JOY FOOTWEAR INTERNATIONAL • MAGNIFIQUE • SWEET BEAUTY • SA
MANITOBAH MUKLUKS • BACCO BUCCI • MODIT KIDS • MARTINA & PETER H • LA ROSA • SAIF INTERN ORTHAHEEL • ANNA ALMEIDA • TAIWAN FOOTWEAR MANUFACTURERS ASSN • MICHAEL ANTONIO STUDIO • PATRICK • TRANSCO INTERNATIONAL • WES WILD DIVA • JALDA HANDBAGS • WINTERPROOF • BELLA VITA • MISBEHAVE • HENRY FERRERA FOOTWEAR • DE BLOSSOM COLLECTION • WANDERLUST • X2B • HOBO INTERNATIONA GUANGZHOU EXHIBITION CORP • SPRING FOOTWEAR CORP • BADGLEY MISCHKA • REFRESH • LAREDO WESTERN BOOTS • BINDER PRODUCTION • JANICE • DREAMS • FRISKY N RADIANT FOOTWEAR INC • C&E • J.P. ORIGINAL CORP • DIZZY INC • ROCSOC • ELEGANCE ENTERPRISE CORP • MISS ME • NANCY LI • DULCE • PRIVILEGED • FOOTWORKS • WEINBRENNE
KOALABI AUSTRALIA • DPN COLLECTION • WEATHERPROOF • BRECKELLE'S • GOODWEAR SHOE CO. INC •
SMART KIDS • TATAMI • DREW SHOE • FOOTSAVER • MARILYN MODA • WORK ONE • HYPARD TRADING CORP • SHOE MAGNATE INC • HOT CUTIE • NANCY LI • 2POD • TITAN INDUSTRIES INC
HARAJUKU LOVERS • ISABELLA • TOP GUY • HYPNOTIC • GOOD FELLAS • N.Y.L.A. SHOES INC • VOLATILE HANDBAGS • MODIT KIDS • LADY GODIVA • STEP UP INTERNAT CAPELLI NEW YORK • EASTMAN GROUP • SPRINGLAND FOOTWEAR INC • IMPEXSA UGGLEBO LILLA • AZURA • WELLS • BINDER PRODUCTION • PUOCO • JOHN DEERE BOOTS • GLAZE • RASOLLI FOOTWEAR • CORTINA N.V. • DAN POST BOOT CO • GENTLE SOULS BY KEN ZERO EXPOSUR • SANDAL KING • SPORTO • ALPRO • BORDAN SHOE CO • ESPANOLA TOO • PASSARELA • FLEXX STUDIO • GEOX • TREASURE INDUSTRIAL COMPANY • BACCO BU
DELICIOSO • CHATTIES • OLEM SHOE CORP • SOUTH CHINA IMPORT • CLOUD NINE SHEEPSKIN •
ANTELOPE • WEINBRENNER SHOE CO • HOT GOSSIP • FABULOUS • JOSMO SHOES • CHERISH BY ELEGANT • RADIANT FOOTWEAR INC • PATRIZIA • MELTONIAN • A&A SALES INC • MODIT • WILD ROSE • COCONUTS FOOTWEAR • RENEEZE.COM • BEAUTY HEEL •
KELSI DAGGER • NEWAY GLOBAL CONCEPT USA INC • KRAVINGS • MUSHROOMS • JESCO FOOTWEAR • UNL
SPICY SHOES • SONALI AANSH INDUSTRIES LTD • JAZZI JIGZ • CITY CLASSIFIED • SAIF INTERNATIONAL • YEYSHOES INC • EAST NINE CORPORATION • AIR RIDER INTERNATIONAL CORP • O NY BEAN • DEREON •
BLONDO • L & C • VALENTI FRANCO • MAD MAD • SUPERSTAR INT’L • BLOSSOM • GINA GROUP LLC • FAR NINE • DIAMOND VENEER • MEZLAN • GROOVE FOOTWE
MODIT LADY • SPRING STEP • OSITOS • ELEGANCE ENTERPRISE CORP • BAREFOOT SCIENCE • INGE CHRISTOPHER • CODE VIII • BONNIBEL • CAPELLI NEW YORK KIDS • UGGLEBO CLOGS BE COMFORTABLE BY BLONDO • TOI & MOI • JOSEF SEIBEL • LUOCHENG • PIU DI SERVAS •
IRREGULAR CHOICE • J & L FOOTWEAR INC • ZIGINY BLACKLABEL • Z-COIL PAIN RELIEF
VIA SPIGA - MEN • CHENG’S TRADING INC • BUMPER • MICHAEL ANTONIO STUDIO • HELL FIRE • CARESSA • AMIGA SHOES FACTORY • DIZZY INC • EARTHIES • GRAVITY DEFYER • CLEOPATR
TRANSCO INTERNATIONAL • RJ GIRL • CHARM STEP • RED CIRCLE FOOTWEAR INC • BLONDO • G.O. MAX INTERNATIONAL INC • AH COMFORT! • MAGNIFIQUE • BECA MICHELE • J-41 • EV BEARPAW SHOES • HONEYWELL SAFETY PRODUCTS • PRIVILEGED • BRAHA INDUSTRIES INC • MACHI FOOTWEAR INC. • JELLY BEANS • PROMISE • CONTESA • BLACK ROCK FOOT JELLY BELLY • MISBEHAVE • COOLWAY • ANNA ALMEIDA • KLOGS-USA • RUBICON • DINGO • ZOTA • VIVANZ • DE BLOSSOM COLLECTION • ZIGIGIRL • KISS ME • KARYN’S COLLECTION • NEXT STYLE INC • BIRKENSTOCK • THUNDER BOOTS • DON MARCO • YORK BOOT • RED KISS FOOTWEAR • COMECO INC • BACCO BUCCI • RANKA ENTERPRISES • MODESTA • L
ANNE MICHELLE • C & F INT’L GROUP INC • GIOVONA JOLIE • TOE WARMERS • VELVET LOUNGE • REAL FASHION INC • BLOSSOM FOOTWEAR INC • FIOR • ANGELS NEW YORK • LEGEND FOOTW GROOVE • QUPID • MOCHA KIDS •
CALVIN • URBAN OXIDE • EXQUISITE • XICA • WHITES • ROMEO & JULIETTE INC • TAMARAC • BORN • MARTINA & PETER H • KORK-EASE
LASONIA CLASSIC • NICOLE • OPPO ORIGINAL CORP • ITALINA • PAPRIKA • SUMMER RIO CORP • MAGNIFIQUE HANDBAG • LILIANA • CONSOLIDATED SHOE CO • LAURA ASHLEY • QUPID LU MA BY MICHAEL ANTONIO • UGGLEBO URBAN • FANTASY SHOE COLLECTIONS •
DEREON • WHITES BOOTS INC • BACIO 61 • MAT SCAN • WILD DIVA • HENRY FERRERA FOOTWEAR • GRIZZ NAOT • PHILIP SIMON DEVELOPMENT INC
VOLATILE GIRL • RHEMA • STAR BAY • RAGG FOOTWEAR • CARRUCCI SPORT • MASTERS FOOTWEAR INC • BRUNO VALENTI • NAUGHTY MONKEY •
RIA • WINTERPROOF • ZOO YORK • MARILYN MONROE • WEATHERPROOF • ZIGI NEW YORK • DARIS SHOES • GRENADE • DBDK FASHION • ROCK AND CANDY BY ZIGI • GENERATION • ITAS
BACIO 61 • GRAMERCY • ITALIAN SHOEMAKERS INC. • E & R GENERATION FOOTWEAR • Z-COIL • ELLA • BEARPAW SHOES • C&L • FIRST SIGHT • TOP RANK • S PIU DI SERVAS • STUDIO 56 FOOTWEAR • HOLDEN & BRANDS INC M. LEONARD INTERNATIONAL - GIESSWEIN • RIDE TECS • WHITING & DAVIS • PALOVIO • DEAD SEA TREASURES • EVERGREEN • MAKER’S • TENDER TOOTSIES • SIMPLE AND EASY • FOOT MAGIC BY EASY STREET • INFLUENCE • FASHION BAY INC • BRIGHT WAY INTERNATIONAL CORP • AUCLAIR & MARTINEAU • DUREA • PG LITE • ZIRCONITE • INGE CHRISTOPHE CREATE EARTH CO. LTD •
COCO JUMBO • EARTH, INC • PINK DUCHESS • MONA MIA COLLEZIONE • WRANGLER • GOODWEAR SHOE CO. INC •
DELLI DINO • PETALIA • 1999 BY ZIGI • CHLOE BOUTIN • APPEAL • BAY SHOES • FAHRENHEIT • UGGLEBO CLASSIC • ITALIC • SUNVILLE • SUN UP INTERNATIONAL CORP • STAHEEKUM SMAC •
LOQUITA • RENEEZE • SODA • DULCE HANDBAGS • MADEMOISELLE • SB • JOY FOOTWEAR INTERNATIONAL • FOOTTHRILLS • LITTLE ANGEL • SAS SHOES • BLOSSOM COLLECT YELLOW BOX • DREAMS • SBICCA OF CALIFORNIA • AMIMOC • NATURE BREEZE • STYLUXE
JACOBIES INC. • CADILLAC • PRESTIGE FOOTWEAR INC • SUMAQKAY PARACAS • BAMBOO •
GEOPALZ, LLC • LATITUDES INC • SPRING STEP PROFESSIONAL • LUNA • FBF SPORTSWEAR • CARRIE • DREAMS FOOTWEAR INC • VALUEDSHOW MANAGEMENT LLC • DARIS SHOES • ESSE NIMA ACCESSORIES, INC • SIGNATURE •
AUSSIE DOGS • TOP • RIEKER SHOE CORP. • SARA LEE HOUSEHOLD & BODY CARE • J.P. ORIGINAL CORP • VIA PINKY COLLECTION • WAH L
KING WINDSOR • HATHORN HIGHLINE • GOLDEN WEST FOOT ANTELOPE • WELLS FOUNTAIN INC • SCHOOL RIDER • SHABOOM • ADTEC • DPN COLLECTION • MISS ME LEATHER • JOSE
FUJIAN FOREIGN ECONOMIC SERVICE TRADE CORP. • JANICE • LOEN • APEX • JCK MAX INC. • RAMARIM • LASONIA CHIC • NOVELA SHOES • MURANO • FOREVER • ZIGGIES • BRIXTON •
DREW SHOE • SANDGRENS BY UGGLEBO • FRISKY NINETEEN LLC • LAREDO WESTERN BOOTS • SUNNY FEET • GRAZIE • VOLATILE KIDS • TT WORKS • TAIWAN FOOTWEAR MANUFAC
CONAL INT’L TRADING INC • LOQUITA • BRANDED ATHLETIC • FUEL • VERY VOLATILE • PINKY FOOTWEAR INC • DULCE SHOES • TWISTED • HATHORN EXPLORER • SANDALISTAS • FOOTWORKS
ALEGRIA • SPLASH • CONAL • REFRESH • AKM • FLOURISH • FOOTPRINTS • UGGLEBO BOOTS • VENINI • DELICACY • FIRST COMFORT • DANUCCELLI • MATIKO • WESTWOOD FOOTWEAR CO
FORTUNE DYNAMIC INC • VEECO SHOES • NEW EDITION • SHARONA JEWELS • COKE COLA • SLIP GUARDIAN • BLONDO CANADA/REGENCE INC • SHOE EXCHANGE INC • H. SHOE EXPORTS CALVIN CORPORATION LTD • TOP GUY INTERNATIONAL TRADING • VIDA SHOES INTERNATIONAL •
DAN POST • PATRICK • PINEAPPLE • NEWAY • MOCHA • REMONTE DORNDORF • Z.D.
WESTERN CHIEF KIDS • FRISKY • C&E • TAIMA INTERNATIONAL INC • 5TH AVENUE BY EASY STREET • LASONIA CLASSIC • ELIS LLC • NICOLE • OPPO ORIGINAL CORP • PAPRIKA • SUMME INVERSIONES TEXTILES PSG S.A.C. •
• MOBILS BY MEPHISTO • UGGLEBO URBAN • FANTASY SHOE COLLECTIONS • WHITES BOOTS INC • MAT SCAN • WILD DIVA • H
RHEMA • STAR BAY • RAGG FOOTWEAR • CARRUCCI SPORT • MASTERS FOOTWEAR INC • BRUNO VALENTI • NAUGHTY MONKEY • PHILIP SIMON DEVELOPMENT INC •
THIELE TANNING COMPANY • RIA • WINTERPROOF • ZOO YORK • MARILYN MONROE • WEATHERPROOF • ZIGI NEW YORK • DBDK FASHION • ROCK AND CANDY BY ZIGI • GENERATION • IT
ITALIAN SHOEMAKERS INC • E & R GENERATION FOOTWEAR • Z-COIL • BEARPAW SHOES • C&L • N.Y.L.A. SHOES • FIRST SIGHT • TOP RANK • SINGULAR INTERNATIONAL LTD • ANN K ZIGI NEW YORK • WORK ZONE • GOODWEAR SHOE CO. INC • STUDIO 56 FOOTWEAR • HOLDEN & BRANDS INC • RAGAZZI VEGAN • FOREVER 4U • MULTIWEAR CORP • VANYOR S.A. • S TENDER TOOTSIES • SIMPLE AND EASY • GOLD EASY INTERNATIONAL CO. LTD • ELEGANT COLLECTION • KIMERA INTERNATIONAL INC • BOURNE • OTBT • ELEGANT FOOTWEAR INC • F PG LITE • ZIRCONITE • MAD MAD M PTE LTD • JOLIE VICTORIA • MARK & JAMES • Y & Y • TT GROUP • YELLOW BOX • RITMO DANCE • LUCKY TOP • OBLIQUE • MISS ME • DELLI DIN
AUSSIE DOGS • STAHEEKUM • GO MAX FOOTWEAR • SB• BOUTATTINI • CARRUCCI COLLEZIONI • MBT MASAI USA CORP • RENEEZE • SODA • DULCE HANDBAGS • MADEMOISELLE • BLAKE BR
OPLE - BY SHOE PEOPLE”
T FOOTWEAR • DELLI ALDO • THOROGOOD • AEROSOLES • JELLY BELLY • HATHORN • TOP MODA • TT GROUP • BEAUTY
ATILE KIDS • LIL HAZEL’S • LUOCHENG • NIMA ACCESSORIES, INC • BLONDO •
SHAPE UPS • TRUMPFIT • BALLISTIC
• EXQUISITE • ZOTA • SMAC • BIRKI'S • MODIT LADY • THUNDER BOOTS • Z.D. NOVA INTERNATIONAL, LLC • CARESSA
SHOES • VOLATILE GIRL • WHITING & DAVIS • FEGROW INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS INC • CONSOLIDATED SHOE CO • MURANO
BLE BY BLONDO • CAPELLI NEW YORK KIDS • SUPERSTAR INT'L • FIRST COMFORT STEP UP INTERNATIONAL •
TYLE INC • OBLIQUE • LAURA ASHLEY •
POUR LA VICTOIRE • SPRINGLAND FOOTWEAR INC • JOHN DEERE BOOTS
ES • GIOVONA JOLIE • JOSMO SHOES • JELLY BEANS • FOOTTHRILLS • GRAMERCY • THE ORIGINAL MUCK BOOT COMPANY
AFETY JOGGER •
“For years the WSA Las Vegas show has been a beacon for all brands, all categories, all countries of origin, and
all types of retailers.... it has been the only venue where shopping for new and exciting brands in all categories has been available under one roof...”
JIM ISSLER / H.H. BROWN SHOE CO.
DOCKERS • N.Y.L.A. SHOES INC • ELEGANT COLLECTION • COLUMBIA RUBBER BOOTS & WADERS
NATIONAL • SMART KIDS • ZIRCONITE • TECS • ZERO EXPOSUR • RASOLLI FOOTWEAR • F-SCAN • WANDERLUST • CAUOO
STERN CHIEF KIDS • RENEEZE.COM • SB • YALEET INC • COKE COLA • KISS ME •
EARTHIES • BRANDED ATHLETIC “I’ve always believed that the shoe industry would be
• RUGGED BY MASTERS • DASA BRANDS LLC • STAHEEKUM • STUDIO 56 FOOTWEAR • CHINA FOREIGN TRADE • ELLA
NINETEEN LLC • KARYN’S COLLECTION •
much stronger with one National Show. The new team
• CONTESA • INFLUENCE • MASTERS FOOTWEAR INC • FUEL
David Kahan has put together to revitalize the WSA
ER SHOE CO • BOUTATTINI • L & C • VALENTI FRANCO • TREE IMPORT EXPORT CORP • NEWAY • MARTINO FROM CANADA
Show is both refreshing and exciting. That’s why the
C • LIL HAZEL’S • FIVE STAR BOOT • 7 COLOR TRADING INC • PAPILLIO • STAGELIGHT • BLITZ • MEZLAN •
TIONAL • JALDA HANDBAGS • DELLI ALDO • FIBRE ARTS DESIGN STUDIO • LEOPARD • ASHLEY M • CHOOKA • KISSES
CORP DBA MAKER’S SHOES • THE FLEXX • MIXX SHUZ • TITAN INDUSTRIES INC • MACHI • MATISSE FOOTWEAR NNETH COLE • ALLROUNDER BY MEPHISTO • CIEC OVERSEAS EXHIBITION CO. LTD • EASYUSA • STELLA • KELSI DAGGER
Earth brands have decided to join the new launch of WSA in February.”
GARY CHAMPION / EARTH BRANDS
UCCI • CELESTE • SWEET BEAUTY • TOTES • X2B • LASONIA KIDS • ENVY FOOTWEAR • BEYOND • AQUATECS • XLR8 LENA LUISA • RYA • J.C. DOSSIER • TANA • BOLARO • LUNA CONFIES • MASCOTTE • SUP TRADING • EASY STREET • SEI
LTD BY MARC ECKO • ORTHAHEEL • ROCKIN FOOTWEAR LLC • SHOE REPUBLIC L.A. INC •
ORLY • HELLE COMFORT • BRECKELLE’S •
JOHN DEERE BOOTS “We look forward to showing our exciting new product
• PALOS VERDES FOOTWEAR - VOLATILE • C & A CO • PRESTO-SCAN
EAR • VYBE FOOTWEAR • MALENA COLLECTION • DAMITA K • CARRUCCI BY JC STUDIO • L.A. LUO CHENG, INC • TRUMPFIT
at WSA in February”
S, LLC • DUREA OF HOLLAND • UNSENSORED • SPORTO • LINK • PEPPER GATE FOOTWEAR INC • LA ROSA • GRENADE
F FOOTWEAR •
H.H. BROWN • FEGROW INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS INC • SPOT FOOTWEAR • FRANCO VANUCCI • SELINA
RA • FOREVER LINK INT’L. INC • BLUE SUEDE SHOES • TEANA • ESSEX FOOTWEAR GROUP LLC • KORK-EASE • SMARTTY
“Auri originally launched at WSA back in 2008. We’re
VERGREEN GROUP USA • VOLATILE • AETREX WORLDWIDE • ROCUS • ZIRCONMANIA • TWIN TIGER FOOTWEAR • MISS 88
so excited to be back again to debut our all new
TWEAR • ENCANTO • TENEVIS FOOTWEAR •
EASY STREET • KLIX • EVE • FOR BARE FEET, INC • SONALI • DINGO
JAMBU • SHULLY’S KISS • SANDY’S WHOLESALE SHOE DIV • COLUMBIA RUBBER BOOTS & WADERS • MCRAE INDUSTRIAL
LADIA • MARICHI MANI • PINEAPPLE • XEYES • SANO BY MEPHISTO • SHOE AHOLIC • DR. ANDREW WEIL FOOTWEAR
WEAR INC • RCK BELLA • CITY SNAPPERS • MARK & JAMES •
RIEKER SHOE CORP • BESTFIT INTERNATIONAL INC
WESTERN CHIEF KIDS • FRISKY • C&E • TAIMA INTERNATIONAL INC. • AURI FOOTWEAR • 5TH AVENUE BY EASY STREET
JEFFREY CAMPBELL •
MICHAEL ANTONIO • ELIS LLC • INVERSIONES TEXTILES PSG S.A.C. •
ZLEEZ BY ZIGI • MONA MIA SHOES • YOKI SHOES • ALBERTO FELLINI • STUDIO FLEXX • ISTEP • WHITING & DAVIS • TECS
• CAPELLI NEW YORK • ARIDER • BOLARO
SINGULAR INTERNATIONAL LTD • ANN KRISTAL • HATHORN • TEKSCAN INC • SCII • SOFFT • VANLLY SHOES • YALEET INC
C • RAGAZZI VEGAN • SB • FOREVER 4U • MULTIWEAR CORP • VANYOR S.A. • SUFEY, LLC •
presenting all new products to all new customers.”
ORI ROSENBAUM / AURI FOOTWEAR
C • TOP MODA • MICHAEL ANTONIO FOOTWEAR GROUP • SLIPPERS INTERNATIONAL • LALLA • THIELE TANNING COMPANY CA FOOTWEAR BY C.O. LYNCH ENTERPRISES •
high technology meets high fashion womens Fall 11 collection. Looking forward to seeing old friends and
GOLD EASY INTERNATIONAL CO. LTD • ELEGANT COLLECTION • KIMERA INTERNATIONAL INC • ELEGANT FOOTWEAR INC
“We’re excited about the new team at WSA and the renewed energy to build back this important trade show. Aetrex looks forward to attending!”
LARRY SCHWARTZ / AETREX WORLDWIDE
ER • MAD MAD M PTE LTD • JOLIE VICTORIA • Y & Y • TT GROUP • YELLOW BOX • RITMO DANCE • LUCKY TOP • OBLIQUE • GO MAX FOOTWEAR • MEPHISTO • WORK ZONE • BOUTATTINI • CARRUCCI COLLEZIONI • MBT MASAI USA CORP “As with the dynamic nature of the footwear industry,
TIONS • ELVIS PRESLEY • F-SCAN • T&L • THE ORIGINAL MUCK BOOT COMPANY • LUISA D’ORIO • ROCSOC • DAMIANI’S • CCSI- COMPREHENSIVE COMPUTER SYSTEMS INC • MISS SANDY • KIWI SELECT • PACIFIC SHOE CORPORATION • ISTEP
ENCE COLLECTION • MISS TRENDY • SAFETY JOGGER • KOALABI AUSTRALIA • AGAPE • RIPLAY • AURI FOOTWEAR LEI FOOTWEAR USA CORP • ALBERTO FELLINI • LEVI’S FOOTWEAR• HATHORN • BIGWILL • BAREFOOT FREEDOM
I feel conﬁdent that the new WSA show will mirror an evolution of a national footwear trade show.”
ROBERT MANGIONE / BIRKI’S
TWEAR • BERRIES BY AETREX • LILLY L • HEREVER • CAVORT INT’L INC • TRUE RELIGION FOOTWEAR • ZIGINY • MAKER’S
EF SEIBEL • CLIMATE X • LUCITA • LOVELY BAG INC • SWEET SEVENTEEN • ED HARDY SHOES • RUGGED BY MASTERS SOFFT • WHITES PAC’S • LALLA
CTURERS ASSN • CADAMI • FERRERA COUTURE • SWEET • HI TEC TRAIL RUNNING •
S • KIWI • KING WINDSOR • JOHNNY POPPERS • PIERRE DUMAS • FUDA SHOES INC • DASA BRANDS LLC • LAURA ASHLEY
ORP • JOSEPH ALLEN • NOMAD FOOTWEAR • BELLA VITA • COLEMAN • GOLDEN ISLAND CORP • THOROGOOD • 1999 BY ZIGI
S • BALLISTIC • BIOTREK •
GEE WAWA • KARAMEL CORN • NICKI MADISON • DONNA SHARP • LALLA LEW • PUOCO
. NOVA INTERNATIONAL, LLC • FLY FLOT • TECS • ZOLES • HUIYUAN INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE & EXHIBITION CO LTD
ER RIO CORP • MAGNIFIQUE HANDBAG • LILIANA •
MEZLAN • MICHAEL ANTONIO • AUCLAIR & MARTINEAU • DUREA
HENRY FERRERA FOOTWEAR • GRIZZLEEZ BY ZIGI • MONA MIA SHOES • YOKI SHOES • STUDIO FLEXX • VOLATILE GIRL
HOE CO • TOP MODA • MICHAEL ANTONIO FOOTWEAR GROUP • SLIPPERS INTERNATIONAL • APPEAL • SAS SHOES
TASCA FOOTWEAR BY C.O. LYNCH ENTERPRISES • CAPELLI NEW YORK • ARIDER • CREATE EARTH CO. LTD • GRAMERCY
KRISTAL • TEKSCAN INC • SCII • VANLLY SHOES • COCO JUMBO • EARTH, INC • PINK DUCHESS • MONA MIA COLLEZIONE
SUFEY, LLC • M. LEONARD INTERNATIONAL - GIESSWEIN • RIDE TECS • PALOVIO • DEAD SEA TREASURES • EVERGREEN
FOOT MAGIC BY EASY STREET • INFLUENCE • FASHION BAY INC •
WRANGLER • BRIGHT WAY INTERNATIONAL CORP
NO • PETALIA • CHLOE BOUTIN • BAY SHOES • FAHRENHEIT • UGGLEBO CLASSIC • SMAC • ITALIC • SUNVILLE • JANICE
TRUE RELIGION FOOTWEAR • JOY FOOTWEAR INTERNATIONAL • FOOTTHRILLS • LITTLE ANGEL • APEX
THE VENETIAN + SANDS . L AS VEGAS FEBRUARY 7.8.9 2011 WSASHOW.COM SALES@ENKSHOWS.COM / 818.379.9400 BUYER@ENKSHOWS.COM / 818.464.2352
16 Mobile Mentality Retail giants are boosting business with smartphone applications. But should smaller sellers follow suit? By Audrey Goodson
Caroline Diaco Publisher Greg Dutter Editorial Director
18 Q&A: Washington Shoe Company CEO Rob Moehring shares his secret to weathering the rough economy: a deluge in sales at his popular Chooka and Western Chief rain boots brands. By Greg Dutter
24 Trend Spotting Next season’s boot trends offer an eclectic mix, including bold red, classic plaid, soft shearling, cozy knits and a barrage of buckles. By Angela Velasquez
38 Heavy Metal Steel tones lend a sharp look to men’s boots. By Angela Velasquez
50 Inside the Outdoors
Nancy Campbell Creative Director EDITORIAL Angela Velasquez Audrey Goodson Meagan Walker Associate Editors Melissa D’Agnese Editorial Intern
CREATIVE Trevett McCandliss Executive Art Director Phong Q. Nguyen Brad Istnick Lenny Vella Art Directors
CONTRIBUTORS Michel Onofrio Style Director Kathy Passero Editor at Large Jamie Wetherbe West Coast Editor
Soft and stylish, luxe fur details adorn Fall ’11 boots.
ADVERTISING Jennifer Craig Advertising Director Rita Polidori O’Brien VP Business Development David Sutula VP Technology Leslie Sutula VP Account Services Erwin Pearl Special Accounts Laurie Guptill Production Manager
The latest crop of cozy winter boots, spicey trail runners and versatile hikers presents a bounty of style options suitable for streets and trails. By Meagan Walker
Boot with Mongolian sheep hair by Ugg Australia.
10 Publisher’s Letter 12 Editor’s Note 14 This Just In 34 What’s Selling 35 Scene & Heard 36 In the Details 61 Street 62 Shoe Salon 63 Kids 64 Made You Look
Ara fur-lined hiker.
On the cover: Yellow Box bootie; Billy Reid army coat; Malene Birger shirt; vintage sweater, hat and earmuffs. Photography by Cleo Sullivan at Ray Brown. Model: Sacha Blue at IMG.
FOOTWEAR PLUS ™ (ISSN#1054-898X) Vol. 22issue #1 The fashion magazine of the footwear industry is published monthly (except for bimonthly April/May and October/November editions) by 9Threads, 8 West 38th Street, Suite 201, New York, NY, 10018-0150. The publishers of this magazine do not accept responsibility for statements made by their advertisers in business competition. Periodicals postage is paid in New York, NY, and additional mailing offices. Subscription price for one year: $48.00 in the U.S. Rates oustide the U.S. are available upon request. Single copy price: $10.00. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FOOTWEAR PLUS, P.O. Box 8548, Lowell, MA 01853-8548. Publisher not responsible for unsolicited articles or photos. Any photographs, artwork, manuscripts, editorial samples or merchandise sent for editorial consideration are sent at the sole risk of the sender. 9Threads will assume no responsibility for loss or damage. No portion of this issue may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. ©2011 by 9Threads. Printed in the United States.
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CLEO SULLIVAN, PHOTOGRAPHER Sullivan completed her second tour of photographic duty for Footwear Plus with this month’s fashion story, “Pretty Furry Things” (p. 40). Her work first appeared in our August 2010 issue and we couldn’t wait to enlist her creative services once again. An incredible eye for clarity and fine detail, Sullivan was the ideal choice to zoom in and capture the variety of fine furs in our Fall ’11 boot preview. Sullivan’s award-winning work has also appeared in Vogue, Elle, W, The New York Times, Blackbook, Newsweek, New York, Condé Nast Traveler and Entertainment Weekly. Other clients include Givenchy, Nordstrom, Sephora, Vera Wang, Judith Leiber, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Chanel, Barneys, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.
MICHELE ONOFRIO, FASHION STYLIST A frequent contributor to Footwear Plus, New York-based stylist and new mom Onofrio was once again a spot-on matchmaker for the footwear and frocks featured in our “Pretty Furry Things” story. Onofrio’s inspirational yet wearable styling helps tame the somewhat wild nature of these incredible boots. Onofrio’s editorial work has also appeared in Blackbook, Zoo and A4. She has also styled for Rolex, A.B.S., Joan & David, W Hotels and the footwear brands Born and Yellow Box.
TAMAH K, MAKEUP ARTIST New York native Tamah studied acting at the legendary High School for the Performing Arts. Always interested in fashion and beauty, it was as an actress that she was first exposed to professional makeup. She fell in love with the profession, first learning her craft from top artists Val Garland and Lisa Butler. Tamah approaches her work “skin first” and maintains her superb and tasteful aesthetic with the eye of a perfectionist. Her unique attitude brings a necessary sense of whimsy to this month’s “Pretty Furry Things” story. Tamah has also done makeup for many top photographers, designers and celebrities.
Spot On! Like the leopard – and all that it inspires – we’re not changing our spots. The Atlanta Shoe Market is now America’s largest seasonal display of shoe styles. We’re still the most productive, convenient and affordable show.
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publisher’s note the new good news 7
Double Happiness RINGING IN THE New Year is a universal celebration. It’s time to reﬂect, embrace the good, release the bad, look ahead and, as always, resolve to try and do better. There are endless possibilities with a fresh start. Personally, I have a magniﬁed sense of reﬂection the moment the Waterford crystal ball begins its slow descent in Times Square: January 1 also happens to be my birthday. But it’s always followed by a double dose—or shot, considering the holiday’s traditions—of happiness thanks to “Happy New Year! Happy Birthday!” well wishes and kisses from family and friends. No matter how old I get, I never tire of the world “celebrating” my birthday, too, or the fact that it’s perfectly normal for the phone to ring into the wee hours of the night with only good news. As for our industry, the celebration seemed to have kicked off a month early. The mood at the FFANY show in New York was decidedly upbeat. The renewed sense of energy from exhibitors and retailers in attendance was quite refreshing—especially when compared to the previous two dark December shows and pretty much every other show that I had attended in between. Sadly, I was beginning to accept the tradeshow doldrums as part of the “new normal.” Thankfully, the spell appears to have been broken. The smiles, enthusiasm and conﬁdence I witnessed amid the hotel rooms, ballrooms and showrooms were contagious. It reminded me once again why I’ve enjoyed making the shoe business a career. It’s that relentless drive to offer something new and exciting—and having it be well-received by buyers—that I love. The fruits of that tireless effort has been veriﬁed by strong sales despite a still-cautious consumer mentality. A number of pundits say shoes have been helping lead many retailers out of the recession. In addition to sheer talent, hard work and perseverance are ﬁnally paying off. Here’s to a new era of long-term growth. This month also brings a new start for 9Threads, the parent company of Footwear Plus. We’ll be moving into new digs in downtown Manhattan’s Cooper Square. It’s double the space to house our expanding staff. Our new team is uniquely poised with its extensive footwear industry expertise coupled with state-of-the-art digital marketing services capabilities to address wholesale and retail content marketing, branding, Web development, custom publishing and social media strategy needs. I invite you to visit www.9Threads. com to learn more about what we offer. We are, in essence, a new company in new ofﬁces—offering many new capabilities to create new opportunities for the industry we so proudly serve. Happy NEW year to all!
Caroline Diaco, Publisher
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Shine a Light WHEN I PICKED up a copy of “Life,” the new autobiography of legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, my initial curiosity was that of a voyeur looking in on a debauched life of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. “Booze and pills and powders,” he wails in one of the group’s classic songs, while going into extensive detail about those moderationdefying aspects of his life. Richards has also amassed a distinct fashion catalog over the years, including his unique interpretations on hippie, Mod and swashbuckler. You might say Richards is a “torn and frayed” cultural icon—one likely reason the millionaire vagabond was the ideal spokesmodel for a recent Louis Vuitton luggage campaign. Fashion and excess aside, Richards’ formative years as a dirt-poor kid growing up in a bombed-out, post-WWII landscape was truly a blues life. No wonder there was a primal connection when Richards and his bandmates ﬁrst discovered that genre of music and, soon after, were packing concert halls with fans eager to hear them play it; it spoke to the era’s downtrodden masses. So it’s no surprise that England would embrace the following Mod era and its kaleidoscope of colors, wild fashion and personal freedom, as if
the preceding decades of austerity and bleakness fueled a pent-up demand for a brighter alternative. People wanted to let their hair down—literally and ﬁguratively. Which got me thinking about current fashion trends: A recessionary backdrop ushered in an era of classic, safe silhouettes in a muted palette. Versatility, utilitarian and vintage were key descriptive terms in collections across the board. The popularity of classic work boots, for example, addressed the consumer’s desire for durability as well as aesthetic austerity. The party was over, basically. In addition, conservative oxfords—the anti-stiletto—came on strong in women’s and, for next fall, an equally prim kitten heel trend aims to address the ongoing demand for day-to-night versatility. Even the rain boots craze has seen a more sophisticated bent toward classic equestrian styling. The recent FFANY show in New York proved designers’ predictions: that Americans are not looking to let their hair down just yet. Fair enough. We’re not out of the woods, recovery-wise, by any means. Nevertheless, I can’t help but get excited by the prospects of another pentup demand: Why should this downturn be unlike previous ones that served as the catalyst for creative rejuvenation—be it new forms of art, music or fashion? Something good has got to come out of these economic blues, and when it does, I fully expect it to strike a powerful chord with people the world over. I bet Keith Richards would agree. Greg Dutter, Editorial Director
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Kelsey Martin, 18 Student at University of Richmond in Virginia. Hometown: Detroit. Wearing the socks for a fashion statement or cold feet? Both. I always wear socks like this, but today is chilly so there’s an added benefit. What shoes go best with funky socks? I wear socks with all shoes. I would wear socks with ﬂats, heels, boots— anything. I like knee-high socks the most. I’m one of the only people to wear them at Richmond.
Bought high or low, tight or bulky, women strutting about New York are bullish on socks this season. By Dorothy Hong
Any other beneﬁts to wearing socks? They’re comfortable, easy to pack and they make any outﬁt look cute. You can dress up or down any outﬁt with socks. Free socks or a free pedicure? Free socks! Pedicures go away in a week; socks are forever. Shoe Brand? Roots.
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Mobile Mentality SMART SHOPPING USED to mean clipping coupons from the Sunday paper, but today’s budget-conscious consumer ﬁnds discounts at the touch of a button. Thanks to smartphone technology and a slew of new mobile applications, shoppers can scout stores using GPS navigation, scan barcodes to ﬁnd the lowest price, create and share wish lists with friends and family and read product reviews and compare similar items. It’s the age of the über-informed buyer. And the trend is gaining traction at a dizzying pace, leaving manufacturers and retailers scrambling to address the needs—and capture the dollars—of the mobile shopper. In fact, nearly half of all smartphone users say they have already, or soon will, use their phones to shop, according to ABI Research, a technology research ﬁrm based in New York. During last November’s busy shopping season, smartphone usage jumped by 249 percent over 2009, with 64 percent of smartphone owners using a price comparison app on Black Friday, according to Mobclix, a mobile advertising technology ﬁrm. “With smartphone sales increasing in popularity, and apps that make your life easier in a fast-paced world, mobile commerce is here to stay,” conﬁrms John Kalinich, vice president of consumer direct for Ugg Australia, which created shopping applications for Apple and Android devices this year. Downloads of the applications, as well as sales of Ugg products directly from the platforms, have steadily increased every month, Kalinich reports. Joining Ugg, many manufacturers, department stores and online retailers are jumping on the mobile bandwagon, creating mobile applications to keep their customers hooked. Neiman Marcus, Zappos and Payless Shoe Source all created shopping apps this year, while Finish Line and JCPenney ramped up their mobile efforts by allowing customers to make purchases directly from their apps. “It’s kind of a wild west atmosphere,” says Dave Swartz, president of MEDL Mobile, a mobile marketing technology company based in Irvine, CA, describing the increasingly crowded and complicated mobile landscape. Swartz’s ﬁrm developed the Mall Maps Deluxe app, a navigation tool that allows users to ﬁnd nearby shops and see the layout of local malls. Yet despite the ever-expanding digital landscape, Swartz notes that “there’s still a lot of room for developing custom application for retailers.” But just because the opportunity exists doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a solution for every store, says Stephen Cobb, who calls himself a “marketing evangelist” for his Philadelphia-based marketing technology company, Monetate, whose clients include QVC, Dick’s Sporting Goods and The Sports Authority. “There’s not a one-size-ﬁts all answer to mobile. It’s really going to depend on what your existing channels are—if you’re brick and mortar, catalog, have a few locations around the country or a store in every city.” 16 footwearplusmagazine.com • january 2011
So what should retailers consider when deciding on developing an app? “I think the calculation for a retailer varies enormously according to size,” Cobb says. “Not only is it a question of cost, you also have the issue of managing two different platforms. If you have an after-Christmas sale, you’re going to have to put that on your regular website, and then you have to put that in the mobile app as well.” That kind of maintenance might be more than smaller retailers can handle. Not to mention, many smart phone users may have “app fatigue,” Cobb notes. “I’ve got 96 apps on my iPhone, including Amazon and Target. Am I going to put a specialty shoe retailer on there, too?” That doesn’t mean smaller retailers and manufacturers should stay out of the mobile shopping arena completely, Cobb asserts. It may be better for some shops and manufacturers to concentrate on making their website more “mobile-friendly,” since a majority of smartphone shopping still happens on mobile websites, rather than within an application. That’s why Wolverine World Wide decided to launch mobile websites for many of its brands, including Merrell, Hush Puppies, Cushe, Chaco and Sebago, says Jodi Watson, vice president of global e-commerce and consumer insights for Merrell. While Merrell has discussed launching an app, the brand is waiting for more feedback from its customers before delving into the technology. “I’ve seen a lot of people running to be ﬁrst and create an app before they’ve seen what the problem is and what the role is,” Watson notes, adding that the focus on Merrell’s mobile shopping site has paid off. “So far, we’ve been really pleased with the results. We’ve seen about 1 percent of our sales happen on the mobile site.” Aside from launching mobile websites, an increasing number of retailers are ﬁnding creative ways to boost business by working with existing mobile applications. JC Penney recently joined a growing number of retailers offering location-based coupons, by giving smartphone users discounts up to $50 for “checking-in” with GPS-enabled apps like Foursquare and Facebook. Taking advantage of these apps can also be beneﬁcial for smaller stores, by helping connect shops with nearby customers—especially since the apps are free. “The chains always have the budget to do certain things, like advertising. The in-
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Retail giants are launching smartphone shopping applications as more customers go mobile, but should smaller sellers follow suit? By Audrey Goodson
dependents may offer better product, but they don’t have the budget to put it out there,” notes Brandon Williamson, who created his SoleSearch application to help give a boost to independent sneaker boutiques. So far, his application has been downloaded 30,000 times on Apple devices and launched for Android devices last month. “Something like SoleSearch allows for the independent retailer to immediately offer the product [to the consumer],” Williamson notes, since the application links to each retailer’s website. “The use of a mobile afﬁliate can be very good,” agrees Cobb, “with the caveat that you’ve got to make sure you handle that trafﬁc appropriately. If you are on Yelp with a 20-percent-off offer, the click-through has got to reiterate that offer when people land [on your website].” In fact, consistency across online platforms—from applications to websites to email— is key to ensuring shoppers ultimately click the “buy” button, Cobb says. “What we’ve found is that if you’re offering something to someone, they’re always worried that you’re going to bait and switch.” That’s why Zappos decided to produce their mobile app in-house, says product manager and app designer Jamie Newberry. “The reality is that we had outsourced to two different vendors and it wasn’t really working out,” she explains. Newberry knew that the company wanted a very basic app that provided the same design and ease of shopping as the brand’s web-
site. “We wanted people to be able to get in, browse around, ﬁnd what they’re looking for, buy it and get out. We didn’t want to clutter it with too many gimmicks or bells and whistles.” So far, the streamlined strategy seems to have worked: The 4-star rated app is averaging about 2,000 downloads a day. As mobile technology takes off, the online and in-store shopping arenas are increasingly merging. Sites like TheFind, which launched a mobile app in November, allow users to compare prices on products from both nearby stores and online retailers (a type of technology that both Google and Ebay have recently acquired and are incorporating into their mobile platforms). “The future of shopping lies in a further blurring of the lines between online and ofﬂine,” notes Usher Lieberman, director of corporate communications for TheFind. So will the move to mobile make in-store shopping obsolete? Not by a long shot, experts agree. Most industry insiders see mobile applications as a complement rather than a replacement to the in-store experience. “We know that many people come to our website to research, and then they buy ofﬂine at their favorite retailer,” says Watson at Merrell. Lieberman agrees: “As big as online shopping is, more than 90 percent of retail transactions still happen inside a physical store location. In creating our app, our motivation was to connect consumers’ in-store shopping and online shopping activity, either before or after they visit a store.” •
APP IT UP
Are you ready to move into the mobile world and develop a store app? Here are some of the top tips from industry experts: Know your audience. “You should ﬁrst understand the mobile needs of your consumer,” Ugg’s Kalinich advises. Know your ability. “Next, you will need to determine if your existing technical staff can support the goals of the program,” Kalinich says. If you don’t have the capabilities in-house, “Finding a quality developer is key in making your vision come to life,” says SoleSearch’s Williamson. Aim for simplicity. “The better and easier it is to use the app, the more successful it will be,” Williamson says. Newberry at Zappos agrees: “A lot of apps try to do a lot of things and lose focus.” But keep it fun. “Give them a reason to come back and use the app rather than just popping over to use Safari,” Newberry suggests. Take your time. “Spend time designing and testing the designs to ensure the apps satisfy your mobile goals,” Kalinich says. Testing your app can also help prevent bugs, Newberry adds. Make it free. “If your prime goal is to drive up sales, then don’t get wrapped up in trying to make money off of the app to recoup the cost spent on developing,” Williamson notes. “Make it free so that everyone is able to see what your business has to offer.” —A.G.
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Riding the utilitarian rain boots fashion wave, Rob Moehring, CEO of Washington Shoe Company, makers of Chooka and Western Chief, reports that sales nearly doubled in 2010. He forecasts the deluge to continue this year. By Greg Dutter
TO SAY ROB Moehring is happy when it rains would be an understatement of epic proportions. You could say each raindrop acts as a tiny impetus for shoppers to purchase a pair of his Chooka or Western Chief rubber rain boots. As the raindrops accumulate into puddles, it only ups the ante. And the fact that rain occurs year-round in all 50 states, it’s easy to see how overcast skies and drizzle would put an ear-to-ear smile on the face of one of the leading rain boot makers. But it hasn’t just been the utilitarian factor fueling Moehring’s rain boot bonanza for nearly the past decade. (After all, rain boots, or wellies, have been around for more than a century.) It’s more due to the technological advancements introduced about eight years ago, enabling rubber to take on prints and colors. Ever since, Moehring’s design team has been turning boot shafts into canvasses for wild, whimsical and colorful creations. These once-drab staples have been reborn into bold fashion statements. It’s fair to say millions of consumers are also now happy when it rains: It’s a chance for them to make a splash—pun deﬁnitely intended—with their footwear. What was once lamented as a “bad hair day” has turned into a fashion opportunity—frizzy locks be damned. “Before, wellies were basic boots people just wore to march around the farm in,” Moehring offers. “Now, they’ve become an important part of a women’s wardrobe.” Nevertheless, even Moehring was surprised when 2010 sales nearly doubled from 2009, which was up more than 50 percent from the previous year—especially considering the dark clouds of the recession that have hung over the entire footwear market these past two years. “Nobody really saw this year’s growth coming,” he admits. “We planned for a 30- to 40percent increase, and we were just blown over.” Moehring cites the midtier’s embrace of rain boots for fueling the explosive growth. “There are just a ton of people shopping in that tier, and that’s generated a lot of business,” he says, adding that the Kent, WA-based company now operates two public warehouses, while its main warehouse is running three shifts a day. “We’ve had to expand rapidly, and we’ve been fortunate to ramp up the extra warehousing ability.” In addition to the masses embracing rain boots, Moehring notes that its Western Chief brand continues to grow exponentially—thanks to a couple of kid-speciﬁc market perks. First, kids are constantly growing, so there’s more of a need to replenish. Then there’s the “cute” factor that allows Western Chief boots (and their matching rain coats and umbrellas) to double as dress-up options and Halloween costumes. Never mind the simple fact that cute is cute—which, Moehring says, plays strongly in both mid and upper 18 footwearplusmagazine.com • january 2011
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tiers. He notes that Western Chief is an affordable impulse buy in its upscale dealers. “They can sell our brand for less than most of the other merchandise they carry, yet it’s still unique and offers that necessary cachet,” he says. As for how long the rain boots sales deluge might last, Moehring predicts at least a couple of more seasons before proverbial market consolidation sets in, leaving fewer players answering the demand for the long term. It’s not unlike the sheepskin boot craze, he notes. “When that trend was hot, everybody was in the sheepskin business,” he says. “As the category matured, suppliers consolidated to four or ﬁve key players. I see the same thing happening in rubber footwear.” Moehring believes the consolidation phase has just begun, although he doesn’t expect it to impact the company’s sales growth. “We believe 2010 was the ﬁrst big year in the mid-tier market, and that will continue expanding,” he predicts. “There’s still a lot of room for growth there.” In addition, Moehring says the upper-tier market is evolving into more sophisticated styles that help sustain sales volume. “It’s
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O&A Ugg’s sheepskin boot and, possibly, Crocs. The all about studs, straps and buckles in that tier, rain boot has found its place in the consumer’s as well as different material treatments that are closet because it looks great and fulﬁlls a need. more subtle,” he notes. Going forward, Moehring anticipates a cusNow that nearly everyone offers a rain boot, tomer for both bold and subtle rain boot styles. how are you keeping your brands distinct? The utilitarian factor isn’t going away, and the We believe the consumer seeks out quality and trickle-down effect from high to lower tiers organically rejuvenates the market. Plus, plenty of women just want to have some fashionable fun. As such, Moehring remains bullish on rain boots for this year and beyond. “This style of footwear is now embraced by Any New Year’s resolutions? Mulally, who ran the commerthe masses,” he says, noting that even To create new and exciting cial plane division of Boeing former Republican vice presidential ideas in lines that we know and is now doing an amazcandidate Sarah Palin sported a pair work well for us. We want to ing job running Ford Motor of Chookas during an episode of her make the things we’re good at Company. reality TV series. While Moehring better to differentiate ourselves says Palin is a polarizing political in the marketplace. What’s your motto? New, fun, ﬁgure, the fact that she was wearing inspirational product every day. Chooka’s “Tattoo City” boots while What are you reading right ﬁshing was an honest and unpaid (benow? “Skinny Bitch,” which Who do you consider to be lieve it or not) product endorsement. is about the vegan diet. The the world’s most inﬂuential “She has a strong fashion following, motto of the book is pretty ﬁgures in fashion? Michael and wore our boots in a utilitarian much “if you eat crap, you are Kors and Marc Jacobs. manner. So we’ll take it,” he says. crap.” I’m also reading “The While keeping pace with the Servant” by James Hunter, Does a perfect shoe exist? rain boot craze, Moehring is also which is about enhancing the It depends on the mood and the focused on the rest of the Washworkplace environment for moment, and there are so many ington Shoe Company portfolio. your employees. I’m happy to of both. That’s what I love It includes Staheekum sheepskin be reading that book. about the women’s shoe busislippers—which, Moehring reports, ness: There are so many opporregister a steady increase in sales Who inspires you most at the tunities to create product for each year, and Eddie Moran men’s moment? Steve Jobs. What them, and women are expresswork boots. In addition, Wild DuApple is doing to our way of life ing themselves more and more ces, a women’s leather boot fashion is just amazing. Speciﬁc to our through their footwear. Before, brand, has joined the mix this year. business, Robert Greenberg the shoes had to match the outIf that’s not enough, Moehring also continues to impress me, Vince ﬁt, but now, women build their plans to expand Chooka into leather Camuto’s grasp of product is wardrobes around shoes. styles starting in 2012. “We’ll lightly incredible and I’m amazed step into the water for spring, and by how Angel Martinez has How do you deﬁne success? then make a bigger splash by fall,” turned a one-trick pony (Ugg) Doing what you love, followhe says, adding that it has been a into a lifestyle brand. ing your passion, providing frequent request from retailers. “We solutions for people’s lives and have a strong consumer following If you could hire anyone, who hopefully, making a living and brand recognition, and many would it be? Steve Jobs or Alan doing so. retailers want to preserve Chooka’s space on their shelves year-round.”
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First off: Is it raining outside your ofﬁce right now? Yes. And I’m very happy! Understood. Still, this run has surpassed even your wildest expectations, right? Yes, but it conﬁrms what a powerful combination utility and fashion can be. It’s a similar story to the popularity behind Merrell’s Jungle Moc, 20 footwearplusmagazine.com • january 2011
great design. We use high-density rubber, and our upper designs are always fresh and new. Of late, we’ve been translating some classic styles and design elements found in leather boots. One example is the classic riding boot silhouette—only ours are made of rubber, which offers more utility. I believe the women who ﬁrst loved our fun,
bright and funky designs have discovered the true utility of rubber rain boots. Ours are neither heavy nor clunky, and since we’ve made them less farm like and more fashionable, they’re comfortable wearing them often. For example, city women are on their feet a lot, and appreciate the utilitarian aspect of rubber footwear. Without the fashion element, this category probably would have never come around again. That’s true: When consumers see something new, it makes them want to buy it more—be it different treatments, materials and/or silhouettes. Otherwise, wellies are a commodity. Chooka never really sold based on solid colors; it’s always been about interesting details. This season, it was straps, buckles and studs, plus the introduction of sophisticated design elements. For example, we did well with lace details and fabric uppers like Irish woolens and plaids. Even our dot patterns have become more subtle. Whereas in our more price-sensitive Western Chief women’s line, big dots and bold colors still sell well. And of course, when it comes to Western Chief kids, it’s all about the ‘cute’ factor and the power of our Thomas the Tank Engine, Hello Kitty and Batman licenses. Fun, whimsical product is more in demand than ever before. Moms don’t want to buy boring boots, and kids increasingly drive purchasing decisions. What’s the status of the rest of the Washington Shoe Company portfolio? We introduced our Eddie Moran work boot line last year on the downside of the work cycle, so it has experienced slow growth to date. Nevertheless, we’re satisﬁed with the response, and expect stronger sales as the look cycles back in. It’s a good sign that J.Crew is now carrying Red Wing, as is Nordstrom. In the meantime, we launched a women’s derivative of Eddie Moran called Wild Duces this year. It’s a fashion boot line based on manmade materials (retail prices range from $40 to $70) that started out with some motorcycle looks. It’s been a star to date—we’re selling at lots of Western, farm and mid-tier general stores. These kinds of outlets are located all over the country and have a loyal customer base who basically will buy it where they see it: They may be carrying a huge bag of
O&A dog food, but if they see these boots, they’ll buy them as well. It’s been a pleasant surprise. What started out as a men’s work line has evolved into a strong women’s fashion boot business. How crazy is that? But that’s what this industry is all about: Women always want new shoes! How is Staheekum performing? Quietly yet steadily, with 15-percent increases year after year. Actually, it’s kind of boring, but I love boring. Today’s lifestyle is all about comfort, and this brand lies on the fringe of that craze. Tons of young people are wearing slippers as part of this “sleep to street” trend: They hop out of bed, shower (or not), tie their hair into a ponytail, slip into sweats and slippers and are good to go. Despite one of the most difﬁcult retail climates in decades, your company is thriving. What’s your secret? First let me say, last year was still very challenging, but we’ve found that people gravitate even more to perceived value as well as the opportunity to add some fun into their lives. A lot of bleakness remains with respect to the overall mood, but there are increasingly a number of people that are revolting against that. One way is to simply express themselves in fun rain boots. Another way is by trying to be comfortable—both physically as well as emotionally. Many people don’t want to try and be a fashion plate; they just want something that works and is comfortable. Our brand portfolio is nicely aligned with those trends.
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What has been the biggest change you have seen among your retail partners since the ﬁnancial collapse? Retailers remain cautious and sensitive to cash ﬂow and inventory. They need to be lean and mean, because there’s no place for extra expense today and the tolerance for error no longer exists. Consumers just don’t buy closeouts the way they used to. You can’t get out of unwanted inventory at 10 or 15 percent off with a “rack in the back.” Retailers really have to be spot-on with the right product for their customers. How was the mood at the FFANY show in New York? Retailers are keenly aware of what works for them, and they are staying loyal to those brands. As a result, more communication is taking place between supplier and retailer than ever before. It’s got to work at the cash register or it doesn’t work for anybody. We spend a lot of time discussing emerging trends and current sales, and we’re watching that on a daily basis to sense an end or beginning of a sales cycle. That communication is critical because, at the end of the day, the consumer drives the bus. And they can turn on a dime. Is it more difﬁcult to succeed today? Yes and no. It used to be more stable: Book your usual orders with the usual brands, and see you next season. Those days are gone, but that’s actually better for a company like ours. This type of landscape rewards brands that are engaged in the market and watch and react to the latest trends.
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How have consumers really changed as a result of this mess? Well, Black Friday was huge for Internet retailers—and not just Cyber Monday. It shows that consumers are aggressive; they want the best possible mix at the best price, and we’ll continue to see that. On the other hand, brick-and-mortar retailers that take care of their customers are being rewarded with loyalty. People like to go where they are being taken care of. Men, in particular, will rely on such retailers as their fashion consultant if their wives or girlfriends aren’t in the picture. Are there any retailers you particularly admire? Nordstrom, because they really listen. They know what their customer wants. And if they run into trouble, they ﬁ x it: They’re the best at turning things around if something is not going well. I also respect major online dealers with how they respond to customer demands. What’s your outlook for this year in general for the industry? Many are worried about 2011, and the Chinese suppliers are acting a bit paranoid. A lot of factories have raised prices on orders that were already booked, and commodity prices have been going up almost daily. Deliveries will arrive later, so we are responding by planning further ahead.
So price increases are on the way? Yes. The problem, however, is while the consumer is starting to shop again, they have grown accustomed to relatively low prices. Yet rubber costs are up 30 to 40 percent; then throw in the depreciation of the U.S. dollar, plus the possibility of a huge duty increase on rubber in March, and it’s a perfect storm for our business. Will the consumer buy into these price increases? Un-
fortunately, I think we’re in the beginning of an inﬂationary cycle and they are going to have to pay up if they want new shoes. The fact is price increases are hitting all shoes coming out of China. And while no one wants to accept higher prices—including suppliers, retailers and deﬁnitely consumers—it’s inevitable. Nevertheless, a retailer was telling me recently that if they raise their prices, the consumer will likely look elsewhere. Whether they ﬁnd it for less or not, they’ll still blame the original retailer for raising the price. Sounds like a vicious cycle. It can seem that way at times. But the fact remains that consumers always embrace new and exciting product. That’s what we continue to work like crazy to achieve, and we’ve got a number of exciting projects in the works that we expect will be well-received. And I actually believe recessions are good for an emerging brand because buyers can’t rely on the old formula. That’s what I love about the junior business—you get an audience with those buyers because that market is always changing. They can’t afford to miss out on the next big thing so they are usually much more receptive. Overall, most people I speak with remain cautiously optimistic; they believe this year will be better. Where do you see yourself in three years? Doing what I enjoy: creating fresh footwear designs and delivering on them. People often ask, ‘Why don’t you retire?’ What else am I going to do? I love coming into work each day to create new and exciting designs. I also love the fact that everywhere I go, I’m basically involved in the shoe business—whether it’s watching kids playing on a ﬁeld or seeing what people walking around a mall are wearing. I’m lucky, because I’m able to do what I love and wouldn’t want to do anything else. •
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Owner Nathan Newell’s eclectic mix of highquality footwear brands has been so successful, he recently moved into a 2,400-square-foot space more than twice the size of his former spot. Now located in the upscale Pearl neighborhood shopping district, Halo lures visitors with its “old Northwest industrial feel,” which includes soaring ceilings, concrete ﬂoors, exposed brick and old-growth timber beams. Halo’s customers keep coming back for the boutique’s bespoke Entermodal handbags stitched on-site and the shop’s unique array of brands, including Jil Sander, Camilla Skovgaard and Cydwoq.
Owner Marlys Badzin opened her swanky boutique 11 years ago to give the women in her Midwest location their designer shoe ﬁx without having to board a plane to either coast. The shop’s wide assortment belies its small size with more than 50 brands of shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories on the shelves, including boots by Cynthia Vincent, Golden Goose and Belle by Sigerson Morrison. Fitting the shop’s warm ambiance is its friendly staff, says Sales Manager Jinny Krogman. “We make our customers feel at home and always go the extra mile to make their experience with Pumpz fun and easy.”
Current best-selling brands: For women, Dries Van Noten, Fiorentini + Baker and Sendra. For men, Costume National and John Varvatos. We also carry Florsheim by Duckie Brown, and people love the colors. Current best-selling boot styles: For women, over-the-calf, low-heel, pragmatic boots. Ankle boots are doing well, too. On the men’s side, chukka-style ankle boots. Any projections for next year’s best-selling boot silhouette? I feel like the tall boot situation has been going on for several seasons now, and for us, [we’re now seeing] a boot with a lower height and more ankle cuts. And for next year’s boot style? Straps, buckles and belts. And for women, we’re going to start shifting away from the heavily distressed to a more ﬁnished look—a little bit less beat-up and weather-worn, and a little more feminine with a heel that might go a little higher. Average spent on boots per customer: Between $400 and $600. Has it changed since the recession? No, people are just buying less. But I would also say more people are trying to reach for a high-quality boot because they know they can wear it longer. Does the over-the-knee trend still have legs? It’s a tough look. If it’s done one way, it becomes too ‘hoochy,’ and if it’s done another, it becomes too ‘swashbuckly.’ I’m sure we’ll see it next season, but I think the lower boot styles will be the stronger selling point. I’d put my money on ankle versus over-the-knee boots. Best-selling accessories? Socks and Numero 10 and Entermodal handbags. Any surprises this year? When someone who has been buying ﬂat boots for as long as I remember comes in to buy 4-inch stilettos. I’m hearing more people saying they’ve got their shoe savings now [to spend]. People are still loving their shoes.
Current best-selling brands: Alexander Wang, Fiorentini + Baker, Pedro Garcia, Pons Quintana, Tory Burch, La Canadienne, Frye and our Pumpz brand. Best new brand: We are very excited to be carrying Car Shoe once again starting in spring. Current best-selling boot styles: Rabbit-fur lined boots from Manitobah Muks and weather-proof boots from La Canadienne. For fall, riding boots, over-the-knee boots, ankle boots and combat boots. Any projections for next year’s best-selling boot silhouette? We are just seeing the combat boot trend being introduced and hope to capitalize on it next year by offering a range of styles. And for next year’s boot style? For early fall, dessert, sneaker-style and hiker boots—with more masculine and outdoor styles becoming more feminine with a wedge or heel. Average spent on boots per customer? About $350. Has it changed since the recession? Our customer is now shopping more carefully, but she still wants the designers she’s been wearing for years. Now she may only buy one or two great pair of shoes per season as opposed to three or four, but she might come back for that third or fourth pair on sale. Does the over-the-knee boot trend still have legs? Our customers still feel comfortable with the overthe-knee boots, but we will be carrying a smaller assortment next year as the trend isn’t for everyone. What’s the biggest challenge facing your business? Our customer is a “wear now” lady who loves to be trend forward and unique, so we continue to work on providing her with constant newness, exclusivity and excitement in our assortments. Why do you think women love boots? I think boots are many women’s guilty pleasure. Can you really have enough boots? What’s your outlook for 2011? We are very excited for 2011 based on our most recent fourth-quarter business, as well as the assortments throughout all our categories we will be offering our customers. —Audrey Goodson
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FACE Raises $1.4 Million for Children’s Charities in China Sixth annual event unites industy leaders, dignitaries and international celebrities. H.H. BROWN SHOE Company recently hosted its sixth annual Footwear Association Charity Event (FACE) in Shanghai, China, uniting industry leaders, dignitaries and celebrities from around the world to beneﬁt China’s youth and less fortunate. With the support of donors in the United States, China and across the globe, FACE raised more than $1.4 million to beneﬁt charities throughout mainland China. Celebrity philanthropists, including acclaimed actor and director, Zhang Guoli, Emmy-winning producer, host and entrepreneur, Yue-Sai Kan, celebrated singer Johnny Jiang, renowned actress Vivian Wu, master violinist Chai Liang, and popular singer and television personality Tao Jingying were among the luminaries at the FACE press event and check presentation ceremony on Nov. 1. “We are extremely grateful for the generous support of our business partners and colleagues throughout the global footwear industry in making this our most successful event to date,” says Jim Issler, FACE president and president and CEO of H.H. Brown. “Each year the work of our partner charities reaches more children than ever before, as we continue to seek out new and innovative ways of enriching young lives.” Issler adds, “We are especially proud that celebrity icons like Yue-Sai Kan have joined in our efforts this year, helping spread FACE’s mission throughout China.” Since its inaugural event in 2005, FACE has raised more than $6 million to beneﬁt the children of China. Established by H.H. Brown Shoe Company and footwear industry partners to provide vital healthcare, nutrition, education and social outreach to those in need, the event’s title sponsors have grown to include full-service footwear supplier BBC International and Chinese footwear retailer Daphne. Proceeds from this year’s event will support The Harvard School of Public Health’s China Initiative, The Two Ten Footwear Foundation, The Zhongshan Young Volunteers Association, The Soong Ching Ling Foundation, The China Welfare Fund for the Handicapped and other local charities throughout China. For more information about FACE or to make a donation at any time, please contact John Sweeney, H.H. Brown’s vice president of media services, at (978) 9334866 or visit www.facefootwear.org.
Children throughout China benefit from FACE’s support of art and enrichment programs as well as infant outreach and nutrition programs.
Left to right: Edwin Keh, FACE board of directors, with Ron Fromm, chairman and CEO of Brown Shoe Company; FACE executive vice president Bob Campbell with Jim Issler, president and CEO of H.H. Brown and president of FACE; Eddie Chen of Chinese retailer Daphne and Issler present Wings of Music’s Chai Liang with a check for $75,000 for his youth music enrichment program.
Left to right: A musician from the Soong Ching Ling Band performed on a traditional Chinese instrument and pianist Liu Wei, who lost his arms in an accident at age 10, delighted the crowd with an incredible performance.
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OUTDOORS Fall marks Teva’s first entree into the mountain bike category. The brand has partnered with professional freerider, Jeff Lenosky, to design a purpose-built, technical shoe called the Links, as well as a less intricate version, the Pinner. Product manager Chris Hillyer is optimistic about the brand’s foray into mountain biking, but not necessarily surprised. “Teva has over 25 years of experience building shoes with traction for wet, slippery rocks,” he says. “It’s not a big leap for us to apply our technology to mountain bike shoes.” TEVA
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Suppliers are pushing the performance envelope next fall, answering increasing demands for product versatility— ranging from innovative linings that help pump up blood circulation to styling as suitable on the trails as in the office. The latest outdoor footwear offerings address the anywhere, anytime desires of adventure enthusiasts who seek to travel lightly and move fast. Topping the list are all-purpose shoes that can withstand the elements and handle a variety of terrain. And while tried-and-true hikers still have space on many specialty outdoor store shelves, the surge continues in all-around shoes that claim to do more—just like the enthusiasts themselves. BY MEAGAN WALKER
Building on the success of its popular Montara Boot Hiker, Ahnu introduces an après ski boot, the Tahoe, for Fall ’11. The Tahoe features 200 grams of insulation, a down-feather nylon tongue and a waterproof, breathable membrane. Like most Ahnu styles, this one also features Numentum Technology, which helps to carry the foot back to a neutral position and facilitates the body’s natural movements. AHNU
To keep up with all-business, all-season runners, Brooks added a Gore-Tex bootie to its best seller, the Adrenaline, to create the Adrenaline ASR GTX. Incorporating Gore-Tex to this popular style was a natural choice says Product Line Manager Carson Caprara, who adds that consumers recognize and trust the Gore-Tex name for their outdoor adventures. “More people are looking to go outside and continue their regimen through the winter,” he says. “They’re varying their training to experience running in different ways and get out into nature.” BROOKS
Tecnica streamlines for the elements with its signature Tecnica Rolling System (TRS). The system eradicates the so-called “dead spot” that occurs while walking, thereby significantly improving the wearer’s transition of energy. The system is ideal for winter performance because there’s more surface area touching the ground at all times, providing even better traction. The newest model with TRS is the Cyclone Thermic GTX, complete with leather upper and a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane. TECNICA
Keen enters Fall ’11 with what it describes as a trail-ready boot. The Gypsum, perfect for an overnighter or a two- to-three day hike, caters to a slightly different customer—one who’s just a little more advanced. Matching the shoe’s athletic customers to a national park, Blaine Conrad, Keen global outdoor category director, says, “Gypsum would be Yosemite.” A new winter style, the Revel, also arrives on shelves for men and women. The boot combines an unmatched trio of traction, warmth and breathability to fend off the harshest of winter weather conditions, Conrad says. Warmth is created in the boot’s dead airspace, with a honeycomb grid of material, including a reflective layer closer to the ground and a layer of wool next to the foot bed—resulting in one seriously cozy boot. KEEN
Specialty stores sound off about what’s moving off shelves, running clubs and the (somewhat) sunny outlook for 2011.
With the long shadow of 2009 no longer darkening many sales floors, specialty outdoor retailers from coast to coast believe this spring will give store owners reason to smile. “Consumers are loosening up their wallets and the recession is starting to recede,” notes Mike Dahlberg, head buyer for Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis, MN. “There’s pent-up demand for what [customers] have been craving.” Dahlberg says what they’re craving in the City of Lakes is natural motion footwear. Keen and Merrell sell well, but he says Vibram FiveFingers is easily their best seller, and offers other retailers his own mantra for 2011: “Watch Vibram very closely.” Somewhat surprisingly, further west in Fort Collins, CO, The Mountain Shop co-manager, Mike Caputo, has never heard of Vibram FiveFingers. The in-demand products at this store include Ahnu, Patagonia, Teva and
Chaconians rejoice: Your winter line has arrived. New casual styles lined with shearling and wool warm up feet and keep water out with added protection from cold-weather Vibram Burly outsoles. Available for men and women, the Credence blurs the work/relaxation gap, and marketing manager Whitney Conner sees the boot evolving into a do-it-all style. “I won’t be surprised when it grows into that year-round boot,” she says. “You know the type: The leave by the door, slip on under a dress, go out to grab the mail in bad weather, chop wood, pick up your kids and so on.” CHACO
relaxed surf-sand brand, OluKai. Looking forward to this year, Caputo sees La Sportiva becoming its top-selling brand. His biggest business gripe is with the large outdoor shops. “The bigger chain stores have return guarantees that are hard to compete with,” he says. “You go to REI and you can return a pair of boots after 100 days, and they’re already destroyed.” Drive an hour south on I-25 in Colorado and the town of Golden will appear. There, The North Face’s Abby style garners attention, as do most high boots with a little fur. For hikng, Merrell high-tops are number one, and as for natural motion, customers have begun buying Vibram for yoga and pilates. On the east coast, nestled along the Appalachian Trail within New Hampshire’s border is outdoor specialty shop The Mountain Goat of Hanover. Kendra Dynok, the store’s manager and buyer, has seen an upswing in road runners throughout 2010. To capitalize, she launched a running club. Members have the perk of invitations to in-store clinics from companies like Brooks and Saucony. Dynok says it’s been the best business decision she’s made all year. As for the outdoor category, Montrail and Salomon have flown off Mountain Goat’s shelves.
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What to pack for the trail is a recurring dilemma for many adventure seekers, but GoLite thinks it has men and women covered with its Travel Collection. Part of the BareTech series, the new six-style collection is based on a neutral palette that easily mixes and matches with clothing. The line brings the benefits of barefoot running to an everyday shoe. GoLite also developed a Zero Impact sole that caters to the most serious outdoor athlete. The zero-drop heel allows the runner to move at a swifter pace while conserving more energy, equating to minimal impact on the body and improved endurance. GOLITE
Go-to running brand Saucony expands further into outdoors and aprés with three new shoes for Fall ’11. The ProGrid Outlaw has a unique three-quarter-cut, giving it a basketball-esque look but weighing in at only 11.5 ounces. Despite its svelte figure, the Outlaw provides plenty of support around the Achilles heel, thanks to a neoprene notch that hugs the tendon. The Razor 2.0 is the company’s all-weather trail update and is a bit heartier than the Outlaw. With a zip-up gator built around the sneaker to keep debris SAUCONY
For Fall ’11, New Balance marries outdoor and athletic with its second-generation multisport collection. The 1521, an update to the super-successful 1520, stays competitive in the crowded all-purpose category by going against the grain: Rather than bulking up the shoe, New Balance strips away the layers and increases flexibility. As Katherine Petrecca, the company’s strategic business manager, says, “The last thing anyone needs is one more multi-sport shoe that responds the same way.” NEW BALANCE
Blow out those candles, Merrell: The company celebrates 30 years in business this fall. For the milestone, the brand has reinvented its iconic collection, the Wilderness. Now named Origins, the line features modern touches. For guys, the original Wilderness Canyon with electric blue laces returns, but its weight has been trimmed by 25 percent. Merrell also updates its take on the minimalist trend, specifically for cold weather. The Sonic Glove for men and Lithe Glove for women are appropriate for the colder months, complete with soft shell uppers for protection from the elements. MERRELL
out, plus waterproof and water-resistant qualities, the elements are no match for the style. “People are looking for all-season shoes,” says Patrick O’Malley, Saucony’s senior vice president. “Not just summer, not just fall—they are getting out there even in the winter. Running is a year-round sport.” For its après style, Saucony has adapted its AMP PRO2 technology for footwear. AMP PRO uses a polyester fiber called Celliant that absorbs energy the body emits and recycles it back into the skin, making circulation more efficient and increasing oxygenated blood flow by up to 32 percent. •
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Spot On! All the latest styles. All under one roof. Convenient. Affordable. And fresh new areas to shop: The Fashion Collection and The Kids Shoe Box.
Round-trip shuttle service (two-minute ride) is available to and from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Pick up and drop off at the east parking lot of the Cobb Galleria Centre. Featuring “SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE” Complimentary to all attendees Elaborate buffet & one complimentary drink per person
The Atlanta Shoe Market: the one show you should attend this season.
February 19-21 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011 Breakfast 7:30 am Seminar from 8:00 - 9:00 am Renaissance Waverly Hotel Wilton Room Presented by Ellen Campuzano $10 per person and the $10 will be refunded the day of the seminar. Space is limited, so please register early. Make checks payable to: Southeastern Shoe Travelers. Registration Deadline: January 14, 2011.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS Renaissance Waverly Hotel – $129 Please refer to The Atlanta Shoe Market. 888.391.8724 Embassy Suites Galleria – $109 single, $129 double. 770.984.9300 Atlanta Marriott Hotel NW – $95. 800.228.9290 Sheraton Suites – $98. 770.995.3900
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Non-stop service between the Renaissance Waverly Hotel at the Cobb Galleria Centre and the HartsﬁeldJackson Atlanta International Airport. Service from the airport every half hour from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. Service to airport every hour from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. $30* one way (advance reservations only); $50* round trip (advance reservations only). For Reservations: By phone: 770-955-4565 (Mon.-Fri, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm) By email: www.aandmlimo.com Online: http://galleriadirect.net/ reservations.asp *Prices subject to change
FALL 2011 OUTDOOR
SNOW BUNNIES Designers tie in warm and fuzzy feminine details to utilitarian boots. Photography by Dean Powell
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New Balance Saucony
TRAIL BLAZERS New Balance
Warm hues spice up the trail running category with glowing results.
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All-purpose styles suitable for on- and off-road.
TRUE GRIT Patagonia Ahnu
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Known as “shoe fashion that fits me,” Ara brings the season’s most important styling, colors and materials to our wide range of boots, pumps, flats, casual and walking shoes—with an emphasis on
With Sandalistas, cork
comfort and fit. All styles are in stock for immediate in-season delivery.
comfort merges the ben-
Visit us at FFANY (Feb. 1-3) at our New York head-
efits of Lynco support and
quarters, 12 W. 57th Street, Suite 1001; and at
lightweight, shock-absorbing properties. Along with a memory foam top cover for customized cushioning and an anti-bacterial footbed, unique features include a
the Atlanta Shoe Market (Feb. 19-21), Cobb Galleria Centre and Renaissance Waverly Hotel (booth numbers 1217-1219 and 1316-1318).
Met Bar Pod to reduce stress at the ball-of-foot and a Medial Support Pod to minimize over-pronation. The collection is available in a variety of styles and colors. www.aetrex.com
CEO Tom Romeo founded Bearpaw in 2001 to redefine casual sheepskin footwear. The result: shoes, boots and slippers that are as stylish as
SHOWCASE FALL ’11
they are comfortable. With commitment to quality, each Bearpaw shoe focuses on comfort and fit, using only the highest standards of craftsmanship. Available throughout the United States and in 13 countries around the world, Bearpaw will continue offering the utmost in comfort. Look for chic new designs in premium materials for women, men and children. Visit us at the following shows: Surf Expo, ASR, OR, FFANY, WSA, Magic, FN Platform and the Atlanta Shoe Market.
Our luxurious new 2011 collection is available at ENK Children’s Club, KSA, MAX, FN Platform, Atlanta Shoe Market and The Children’s Great Event. On-trend footwear with clothing to match and an ongoing commitment to quality and customer service are our signatures.
Long Range by Rocky meets the footwear needs of active consumers—be it on the ranch, in the woods, on the beat or at a construction site. Innovative features include the Long Range X Peak Performance System, proprietary Long Range Leather by SRL, the Expansion Fit Seam and the Stabili-Shank.
Step into wellness! Experience Earth, the healthy footwear with the 3.7º sole incline that helps naturally improve posture and reduce joint stress. Our new Fall 2011 collection features a range of fashionable boots with on-trend details such as faux shearling, ribbon and buckle accents. Visit us at WSA, FN Platform and Atlanta Shoe Market.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this January, Spring Footwear proudly presents its 2011 winter collection. Designed with traditional European quality and craftsmanship, Spring Step combines comfort, technology and fashion to bring you everything that’s important in a shoe, and the ultimate
Geox’s Fall 2011 collections convey chic Italian
in walking pleasure. Visit us at WSA, Magic and the Atlanta Shoe Market.
style as well as function. For women, the focus is on an exciting array of boots, ballerinas and moccasins. Our men’s line features many new boot styles and great relaxed dress shoes. We’ll also debut Amphibiox, our newest patented waterproof system. Visit us at WSA, FN Platform, FFANY (29 W. 34th St.) and Atlanta Shoe Market (booths 1327-1333).
We’ve always had one goal when it comes to our collections: that they’re unique and With a slogan of “Comfort Made
fashionable as well
in Italy,” Fly Flot introduces
as comfortable. With our wide variety of styles,
superior flexibility, softness and
we create the best
lightness. The longer you own a
selections for our customers to enjoy—such
pair of Fly Flots, the more they
as the chic wedge Tower 10 featured here.
adjust to the way you walk, stand
Visit us at: WSA, Sands Expo, (Feb. 7-9);
and live. Visit us at WSA, Magic
FN Platform, Las Vegas Convention
and the Atlanta Shoe Market.
Center (Feb. 14-17); and Atlanta Shoe Market (Feb. 19-20).
Based on Muck Boots’ traditional comfort and warmth, the new Tatton style (pictured) offers practical design and stunning autumn colors for rainy skies, puttering in the garden or simply being out and about on a snowy day. The Tatton is a full knee-high boot
A gorgeous black Nappa knee-high boot from the
with clean lines and easy-wash rubber overlays.
new Yardley collection, the Brinkley (pictured)
The outsole features a large surface area for a
features a contoured footbed, exceptional arch
secure grip in slick conditions,
support and side-zip closure for seamless fit and
as well as great traction for walking.
all-day comfort. Visit us at Outdoor Retailer, FN Platform and other shows to see the Brinkley and all of our new Fall 2011 collections.
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advanced technology to achieve
For Fall 2011, Rieker introduces the “Antistress”
Kendra ankle boot—known as “comfort right out of
the box.” Pictured here in burgundy, this style also
comes in black, dark brown, nut and gray. In addi-
is inspired by the
tion to our Antistress collection, preview the newly
famous Rialto Bridge in
launched Remonte Dorndorf line at WSA, FN
Platform and The Atlanta Shoe Market.
a combination of architectural beauty and innovative design. Look for value, design, quality and fashion in every pair
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of Rialto shoes.
Western Chief Kids and Sanrio have done it again
In a class by themselves, Chooka
—this time, by adding the Hello Kitty Froggy
rainboots offer an array of dazzling
to the family! These bright colors and
colors and designs to prove that
cheerful prints will bring a smile to
form and function are synonymous
any child’s face, and have them
with style. In any weather, Chookas
jumping from puddle
are more than an accessory to an
outfit; in fact, they are the outfit!
The line caters to any style, from
classic to edgy. Look for funky
patterns in several new silhouettes,
touch to the
including riding boots and tall knee
fun, playful set.
boots. Visit us at ENK Children’s Club, FFANY, WSA, MAGIC, FN Platform and Atlanta Shoe Market. www.chookaboot.com
Since its creation, Yaleet (distributor of Naot Footwear) operates accord-
Something rather unexpected happened when wellness and
ing to two basic principles: We offer solutions and promise trust. Our
fashion joined forces: A whole new kind of women’s
superbly crafted products demonstrate our response to the compelling
footwear was born! Extending Earthies’ momentum
need for healthy, comfortable and fashionable footwear. At the same time,
into Fall/Winter 2011 is a
our commitment to integrity makes quality customer service our highest
debut collection of fashion-
priority. Visit us at FFANY, WSA, Platform and the Atlanta Shoe Market.
forward designs and silhouettes. Experience Earthies: Wellness. Elevated. Visit us at WSA, FN Platform and the Atlanta Shoe Market.
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Italian Nice Offering European fashion at moderate prices, Gidigio’s U.S. presence expands. THE ONLY TRADITION Italian-made Gidigio breaks is price point. Since 1996, Gidigio designer Giorgio D’Alessandro has blended of-the-moment fashion with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship that uphold the “Made in Italy” cachet. As Gidigio’s U.S. rep Kevin Powers of C6 Wholesale notes, the line is moderately priced with retails starting at $199. The brand, which has a loyal following in Germany and Denmark, entered the U.S. market at Powers’ Washington, D.C., store Carbon, where it was sold exclusively for a successful ﬁve years. Together, Powers and D’Alessandro are now expanding the line’s breadth of retailers. The mostly women’s range has been edited for the States, but still has a robust offering of 50 to 60 styles for spring. In particular, the brand has focused on expanding its range of workappropriate yet fashion-forward silhouettes. “Work, wine and walk,” Powers offers. “We wanted silhouettes that won’t freak out the boss, but look stylish enough to wear on the town and feel comfortable for walking.” Comfort, Powers adds, is the surprising element and essential for the brand’s “city-centric demographic” who walk to most places. Soft, glove-like leather is one way Gidigio delivers on that promise. “The talented families who create these shoes are true artists who pass their skills down to each generation. They create footwear for major labels that are synonymous with luxury, as well as a ‘Made in Italy’ price tag.” Gidigio’s loosely twisted leather has garnered the mostattention from buyers. The technique appears on a variety of silhouettes, including a peep-toe slingback sandal, two-inch heel sandal and ﬂats with ankle ties. Oxfords—both ﬂat and with a chunky, stacked heel—are gaining traction with a unique wheelburnishing technique. Other silhouettes include cap-toe laceups, cuffed sandals, loafers and gusseted Chelsea boots. Powers says Gidigio is for the customer who doesn’t care about instantly recognizable logos. “The shoes are as at home in a high-end store next to $500 styles as they are in trendier stores like New York’s Tani,” he says. “The key is having salespeople who engage customers. Once customers dabble with a pair, they come back for more.” —Angela Velasquez
Hot Metal Highline United takes a shot with Gunmetal. BUILDING UPON ITS base of fashionable footwear brands, New York’s Highline United is expanding Gunmetal—the ﬁrm’s junior-oriented line that launched softly last spring—into a full-ﬂedged collection for Fall ’11. Contemporary and affordable with a price point between $80 and $120, Gunmetal is poised to hit the majors and snap up a piece of the price-conscious market with a taste for current fashion. The Gunmetal lady, says Lauren Picciano, Highline United advertising manager, knows how to play with color, patterns and prints, adding she’s “not afraid to take risks and is her own personal stylist.” The fall line is ﬁlled with textural pony hair, faux sting ray, tweeds, ﬂannel, soft leathers and suede— trendy looks that Picciano says enable the consumer to make an “emotional” purchase. “Unlike other trend-driven brands, we push the envelope by putting out product we believe in and that looks one-of-a-kind,” she explains. Maintaining the footwear’s wearability was key, too. Picciano says a fashion line cannot exist without a peppering of 4.5-inch platform pumps and mules, but the majority of silhouettes are ﬂats and wedges, or grounded with a chunky heel. And countering the Spring ’11 collection’s pale leather, braided wedges, open-toe boots and strappy sandals, the fall range uses dark and muted shades of gray, rich caramel and brown. “Brown is a special color for us,” Picciano says. “We don’t necessarily use it on our upper patterns, but rather, on our heel ﬁnishes, small piping and stitching.” Multiple straps, hardware, canvas and raw-edge leathers lend a military vibe to the animal print-heavy Lady Safari group—which, after a successful run last spring, will carry over into next season. Tall suede lace-up boots, mixed-media buckled loafers and slouchy angular granny-style boots—part of the line’s push for a preppy and man-tailored aesthetic—are also generating buyer buzz. Tassels, kilties, panels of plaid and contrasting laces in primary colors round out the collection, adding a tonguein-cheek nod to varsity ﬂair. —A.V. january 2011 • footwearplusmagazine.com 61
Caption: Lisa by Donald Pliner stiletto; Sanita clog; Sperry Top-Sider wedge; boot by Lovely People.
Designer Chat: Gabriele Strehle
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E D I T O R’ S P I C K S
Which trends are you anticipating for fall? There will be new pleasure in elegance. People are ready to move past the loud, clamorous, strutting style that pervades today’s music and ﬁlm. Which shoe designers do you admire most? Salvatore Ferragamo was both a visionary and an inventor. He dreamed up the wedge heel and even studied anatomy classes with the aim of designing shoes that were more comfortable. He was brilliantly perceptive, designing ballerina ﬂats for Audrey Hepburn and high heels for Marilyn Monroe. I also admire Manolo Blahnik because his shoes are veritable sculptures.
Kilties accent women’s fashions for Fall ’11. Which pair of shoes in your closet is getting the most wear of late? The ﬁrst pair of sneakers I designed for the fashion show in Milan in 1998—we gave them to all of the guests. They are as soft as a glove, light, adaptable and elegant. What’s missing in the U.S. footwear market? Many people today seem to equate comfort with shapelessness and believe that sneakers are the only shoes it’s possible to move around in. We could really use some of the spirit of Ferragamo, who came from Italy and convinced all of Hollywood that comfort and elegance could be combined. —Angela Velasquez
EDITOR’S PICKS PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEAN POWELL
JUST LIKE THE women who wear it, the Strenesse Gabriele Strehle collection is in constant motion. Deeply rooted in Germany’s garment industry (founding company Wohlfahry & Co. began producing outerwear in 1949), Strenesse has evolved from basics to designer apparel and footwear. Led by creative director Gabriele Strehle (inset), who came on board in 1975, the brand has forged its niche in the upper tier with its signature style of subtle design lavished with detail. In 2000, the company launched a New York-based subsidiary with Strehle’s name. Her designs are based on the company’s classic values which, Strehle describes, is a balancing act to show “strength and fragility and mind appeal and sex appeal, because the woman of today and tomorrow cultivates the harmony of her contradictions.” Strehle describes the Spring ’11 collection ($350 to $700 retail) as styles for women who are constantly on the go. “Each element of the shoe expresses a different feeling, from the colors to the fabrics. The pieces make an impact,” she explains. Although Strehle often takes cues from music and theater, for spring she drew inspiration from London—speciﬁcally Petticoat Lane’s boundless diversity, the subtle glamour of Hyde Park and the oft-wild Portobello Market. Key silhouettes include kitten-heel slingbacks, peep-toe “shooties,” distressed Oxfords and ballerina ﬂats with a soft square toe in nude and ocean tones.
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Barefoot Beneﬁts Synclaire’s kids line merges style and wellness. WITH HOLISTIC LIVING as hot as it’s ever been, it was only a matter of time before kids footwear followed suit. Synclaire Brands surges forward in the natural movement category with the introduction of its Barefoot Walking line for infants. Using Action Flex Technology, unique grooves in the shoes’ outsoles help increase pliability. Furthermore, the grooving is angled, rather than straight across—providing little feet the freedom to move naturally. “Action Flex adds stability to the shoe, so there’s a holistic aspect,” says Peter Roccamo, brand manager. “We tried to design the shoe with that feeling in mind.” The collection strikes a balance between allowing the child’s foot to develop naturally and providing support. “It deﬁnitely breaks away from the hard leathers of years past,” Roccamo says. Available at independent retailers, the Barefoot Walking line boasts more than 20 styles, including hot pink and black ballerina ﬂats, pink ankle-strap silhouettes, denim ﬁsherman sandals, bow-accented metallic sandals and white kicks. —Meagan Walker
How one father’s travels to South America sparked a shoe company. LAWYER BY DAY, shoe importer by night: That’s the life of Sal Hazday, owner of A&N Imports. Hazday began bringing the Brazilian brand Toke (pronounced Toe-KAY) to South Florida boutiques about ﬁve years ago. Hazday happened upon the line of sandals and closed-toe shoes for girls, which he calls “classically elegant,” while on business in South America. His assigned territory was Brazil and, like any good father, he never failed to bring back his two daughters some gifts from his travels. Oftentimes, that gift would be Toke shoes. “My wife’s friends always loved them,” Hazday says. “That gave me an idea: Maybe one day, this could even become a business opportunity” Putting thought into action, Hazday scoped out a number of shoe factories in the small city of Birigui, an area known for shoe production in the state of Sao Paulo. He decided on Toke, a family-run factory that produces no more than 1,000 pairs of shoes per day due to intricate handwork. Along with craftsmanship, Hazday says what sets Toke apart from other traditional styles is the crepe sole used in toddler sizes: Unlike a rubber sole, the crepe version is more malleable. “It gives the shoe a great level of ﬂexibility,” Hazday attests, “and provides safety because it doesn’t slip.” Mary Jane and T-strap styles dominate the Toke line in dress up-friendly metallics adorned with bows. “If Mom is shopping for a special occasion, it matches easily,” Hazday says. For everyday dress, summertime sandals in pink, green and blue pastels features ﬂower details, and the Baby line includes a more casual sneaker. All styles have leather uppers and linings. Already well-known (and liked) in South Florida boutiques, Toke is beginning to rise in popularity in other areas of the country, Hazday reports. —M.W.
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made you look hot out of the oven
Chef Aarón Sanchez (seated, center) designs his shoe with the Mozo team.
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PROTECTIVE, CUSHY FOOTWEAR is a non-negotiable for acclaimed chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Chris Cosentino and Aarón Sanchez, all of whom spend 14-plus hours on their feet on any given day. Between the three, they have appeared on “Iron Chef America,” “Top Chef Masters” and as judges on the Food Network in addition to holding executive chef positions in renowned restaurants in San Francisco and New York. The chefs, who formerly wore Converse, Keen and Birkenstock footwear in the kitchen, will now don their very own line of shoes: the Sharkz from Mozo, a brand within the Deckers Outdoor portfolio, makers of Ugg, Teva and Simple. Set to hit stores this spring, the Sharkz weigh in at a mere eight ounces in women’s (10 ounces in men’s)— incredibly light for a kitchen shoe. The collection also features superior ventilation, one of the most important aspects of kitchen footwear. “I was blown away. The hood catches air and pushes it into the shoe, providing just enough ventilation,” Cosentino explains. “It’s great to put on a shoe with a footbed that’s not curling up [from so much moisture].” Made of full-grain leather, the Sharkz feature a TripleFit System, which allows the size of the volume inside the shoe to be customized by up to a half size. The foot beds are also removable so they can air out after a long shift. But the Sharkz go beyond just comfort—they’re stylish and affordable, too. “The entire shoe, from sole to top, is a palette that we can paint, decorate, color or sew,” says Mozo president Stuart Jenkins. “This shoe lets chefs express their personality and sense of style.” For now, the designing chefs are cooking in plain white or black Mozos, but soon they’ll receive their custom designs. Jenkins says Cosentino’s creation is all about “sneakers, surf and California;” Samuelsson’s appear urbane, sophisticated and “very New York;” while Sánchez’s convey his Latin heritage. “We couldn’t be more thrilled about their sense of style,” Jenkins says. The Sharkz are set to retail at $59.95 for a plain white or black pair and $69.95 for the Signature Chef-designed versions. —Meagan Walker