Go Big
Footwear Plus Magazine
by Footwear Webdesk
3h ago
The gang was and all there. The Atlanta Shoe Market (TASM) reported record exhibitor and retailer attendance at last month’s show at the Cobb Galleria Centre and Renaissance Hotel. Considering the industry consolidation over the past decade or so, that’s impressive. “We had 16 percent increase in exhibitors (totaling more than 1,800 brands) and a five percent increase in retailers,” reports Laura Conwell-O’Brien, executive director. What’s more, the buyers list featured big-name, first-time attendees, including Meijer, DSW, Anthropologie, Dillard’s, HSN, TJX, and Costco. “All the big box store ..read more
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A Man in Full
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by Kathleen O’Reilly
3h ago
Photography by Trevett McCandliss. Styling by Michael Macko. Fashion editor: Kathleen O’Reilly; model: Joaquin Ibarra/Next Management; groomer: Scott McMahan/Honey  Artists; stylist assistant: Daniel Johnson; photo assistant: Raymond Collette; production assistant: Eileen Viglietta. Fluchos leather boots; Paisley & Gray coat; Lucky Brand shirt; Mango sweater; Zara pants; The Tie Bar socks. Florsheim suede wingtips; sweater and socks by The Tie Bar; Taylor Stitch shirt; Mango pants. Lug sole Chelsea boot by Rieker; Mango coat; sweater by Gloverall; Lucky Brand pants; Uniqlo socks ..read more
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IR Show Heads to Vegas this July
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by Footwear Webdesk
3h ago
For decades Las Vegas and the shoe industry went together like slot machines and retirees. Twice annually, nearly the entire industry would converge in Sin City to get business done at the WSA Show. It was so big that, for a stretch, exhibitors filled the Sands Convention Center and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Exhibitors would erect small-scale cities in a “my-booth-is-bigger-than-yours” game of financial flexing. The effort even extended down to who had the plushest carpets. Well, those days are long gone, and much of the shoe industry has been absent from Vegas since. Until this summ ..read more
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Shoe Carnival Targets Midwest Expansion
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by Footwear Webdesk
3h ago
Shoe Carnival CEO Mark Worden Shoe Carnival’s aim to be the “nation’s leading family footwear retailer” took another step forward with the recent $45 million cash acquisition of Rogan Shoes, a 53-year-old work and family footwear chain with 28 locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. The acquisition is expected to generate approximately $84 million in sales and approximately $10 million in operating income, excluding transaction and integration costs, for 2024. Shoe Carnival now stands at 429 stores across 36 states and Puerto Rico. The store count is now at an all-time high for the 46 ..read more
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Proud Parent
Footwear Plus Magazine
by Greg Dutter
3h ago
Tony Adams, president of Hälsa Footwear Over his life-long was career working retail and wholesale in the footwear industry, Tony Adams has helped give birth to many brands. In fact, during a 17-year stint with H.H. Brown, he became a brand birthing specialist, launching Sofft, Bionica, and Isola, among others. As soon as those brands could walk, Adams was transferred to another startup because management deemed him so valuable in the birthing process. Yet he longed to parent a brand all the way to adulthood, helping it blossom and reach its full potential. If only the stars would align. That ..read more
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Moving Swiftly
Footwear Plus Magazine
by Greg Dutter
3h ago
Ron Owens, vice president and brand manager of Dingo Back in 2019, Ron Owens was lured out of retirement to take the reins of Dingo, a division of Dan Post Boot Company, in part because there were only so many rounds of golf he could play. But there was a much bigger reason to return: opportunity. The one-time Wall Street trader, having looked deep into his personal crystal ball, sensed something really big was afoot. Specifically, trends were snowballing, the likes of which he’d never seen in nearly 50 years of working in the fashion footwear industry. A mélange of Western, boho, denim, and c ..read more
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Gone Fishin’
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by Footwear Webdesk
3h ago
Dear Gary…What an interesting idea: What would I tell my younger self, and which era would I choose? Elementary school, high school, college, work, parenthood…hmmm. The more I think about it, the more I realize that writing a note to my younger self, at any stage, isn’t something I’d do. Why give a heads-up on the incredible journey that awaits me? Why ruin the surprises, good fortune, challenges, and triumphs that I’ll experience in every stage of my life? Maybe the mistakes and pitfalls that I’ve lived through were meant to be overcome so I could learn from them and improve as a person. Scar ..read more
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Shoe of the Week: Reba x Justin Anthem Boots
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by Ann Loynd Burton
15h ago
Reba x Justin Anthem Boots There’s no question that western is having a moment, and country music icon Reba McEntire’s soulful National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl is just one example. Reba is a frequent collaborator with Justin Boots, and the brand was quick to launch two new ostrich boots inspired by the singer’s game day look. Appropriately named “Anthem,” the cowboy boots are crafted from premium ostrich leather and available in black and brown. The result blends sophistication with rugged charm. The Reba by Justin Collection is known to fuse fashion and function, and the ostrich ..read more
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Beyoncé Sang Country, the Internet Broke Out its Cowboy Boots
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by Ann Loynd Burton
15h ago
Beyoncé dropped her twangy “Texas Hold ‘Em” song February 11, and the internet is still reeling. Earlier this week, the tune hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The week prior, the single made history as the superstar’s first No. 1 on the country charts — the first ever by a Black woman. The song has gone viral on Instagram and TikTok, where everyone from Dallas Cowboy’s Cheerleaders to influencers, police officers, and labor and delivery nurses are square dancing in cowboy boots and 10 gallon hats. Many are parodying the song to talk about everything from real estate to abortion rights by cli ..read more
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Peeps x Heelys: Win the Egg Hunt With This Sweet Collab
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by Ann Loynd Burton
15h ago
The Easter Bunny is dropping more than candy this year, thanks to a sugary collab: Peeps x Heelys. The collection fuses Heelys wheeled sneakers with the iconic marshmallow treats for a burst of color and springtime vibes. The collection comes on the heels (pun intended) of a string of collabs for the brand, which has debuted sneakers with Hello Kitty, Minecraft, Pac-Man, and South Park in recent months. Peeps x Heelys takes inspiration from the Easter basket staple. Each sneaker features an oversized Peeps Bunny plush as the tongue of the shoe, as well as a removable Peeps Chick charm. The sh ..read more
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