#428 It’s All Greek to Me: Exploring Emerging Shoe Brand Kheloni With Rebecca Gradler
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by Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
2d ago
This week, Matt and Sandi are joined by Rebecca Gradler, the founder of the emerging Greek-rooted shoe brand, Kehloni. She shares her childhood experiences in Greece, the inspiration behind Kehloni, and how she leverages her fresh perspective in a millennia-old industry. Rebecca also discusses the challenges of starting a brand in the midst of a global pandemic and showcases the beauty of her handcrafted, unique, and timeless shoe line. The podcast explores her shift from direct-to-consumer sales to a wholesale approach, her entrance into high-end resort shops and boutiques, and the importance ..read more
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#427 Good Morning Vietnam! OrthoLite in Action With Vietnam Country Manager Mark Coffield
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by Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
1w ago
In this edition of Shoe-In Show, Matt sits down with Mark Coffield, Country Manager for OrthoLite Vietnam, as they explore his multi-decade journey through the shoe industry. Mark reflects on his experiences in footwear and the innovative work taking place at OrthoLite's state-of-the-art facility in Vietnam. Matt and Mark also discuss the importance of innovation, customer service, and quality in service to OrthoLite's many iconic customers. With special guest: Mark Coffield, Country Manager, OrthoLite Vietnam  Hosted by: Matt Priest ..read more
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#425 Price Check on Aisle 2: Unpacking Recent Shoe Pricing Trends With Gary Raines
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by Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
3w ago
Join us as fellow N.C. State Wolfpackers Matt Priest and Gary Raines unpack the latest shoe pricing data and current footwear costing trends. Together, they dissect recent CPI numbers and margin expectations for men's, women's, and children's footwear. There's more to these numbers than meets the eye! With special guest: Gary Raines, Chief Economist, FDRA Hosted by: Matt Priest ..read more
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#424 Footwear So Fresh and So Clean, Clean With Freshy's Scott Willman
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by Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
1M ago
Scott Willman, the founder, CEO, and creative director of Freshy, stopped by Shoe-In this week to bring his creativity and California vibes to Matt and Sandi. With a background in architecture and design, Scott is creating a unique, vibrant, and positive shoe brand for the masses. If you want to learn more about what makes Freshy so unique, and shall we say, fresh, make sure you take a listen. With special guest: Scott Willman, Founder, CEO, and Creative Director, Freshy Hosted by: Matt Priest and Sandi Mines ..read more
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#423 What We Heard at the 2024 Shoe Executive Summit
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by Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
1M ago
Want to know how to thrive in the 'Artificial Age'? In this episode of Shoe-In, co-hosts reflect on the highlights from the 2024 Shoe Executive Summit, from key takeaways to what we heard from the more than 100 CEOs and Presidents in the room. Hosted by: Team FDRA ..read more
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#422 Checking In With Footwear Product Pro JP Trudeau With Wolverine Worldwide
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by Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
1M ago
In this dynamic episode of Shoe-In, Matt and Andy welcome Jon Paul Trudeau, the Vice President of Product Operations at Wolverine Worldwide. Checking in from Hong Kong, JP discusses his journey from rock star drummer to footwear design and development pro, and the importance of focusing on product and innovation. The guys also dive into topics such as the future of sourcing in Asia, the shift away from China, the need for automation in new factories, and the exciting innovations driving material technology. With several decades of shoe experience in Asia, JP brings the knowledge without the no ..read more
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#420 Vietnam Vantage: Takeaways from Matt's Recent Trip
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by Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
2M ago
In this episode of Shoe-In, Matt shares fresh insights from his recent visit to Vietnam, discussing the changing manufacturing and business landscape. Hear about his experiences at Wolverine Worldwide's Supplier Summit, and uncover insights from his visit to innovative supplier, Ortholite. Discover the rising concerns of factories amidst shifting American consumer behaviors and explore the future of innovative and sustainable operations in the industry. This episode is a goldmine for anyone keen on understanding global sourcing dynamics. Hosted by: Matt Priest and Andy Polk ..read more
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#419 The Current State of Shoe Innovation - From Factories to Materials to AI
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by Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
2M ago
Industry vet, Chris Hillyer joins the show to discuss the current state of footwear innovation, sharing insights into what's really moving the dial for brands. We cover innovative approaches to challenges, the future of footwear manufacturing, the dynamics of market changes, and new tools being used to transform brands. We also touch on AI's actually uses for footwear. A show not to be missed! With special guest: Chris Hillyer, Footwear Innovation Consultant Hosted by: Andy Polk ..read more
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#418 Running Shoe Retail 2024: Key Shifts and Outlook
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by Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
2M ago
Michael McCauley, owner and operator at Fleet Feet, joins to share key insights into his running shoe store in Augusta, Georgia. We chat about the running brands best connecting consumers, the changing operations of their retail store, which includes extensive training for new employees, and lengthy customer service processes to find the perfect footwear and build a consumer profile. McCauley also shared insights on running retails evolution, noting how their customer base has shifted from 80% runners to 80% comfort and medical referrals. With special guest: Mike McCauley, Owner, Fleet Feet Au ..read more
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#417 Exploring the Shoe Industry’s Transformation With Born’s John Heron
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by Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
2M ago
Discover how the shoe industry is shifting and adapting in the light of changing economic trends and consumer behaviors in this episode. Special guest John Heron, President of the Born Brands Group at Berkshire Hathaway, shares his journey across the footwear sector, including his time at FFANY and Designer Brands. Gain unique insights into the significance of FFANY's New York market week, the shift towards women-led companies, and the evolution of consumers' tastes and preferences. With special guest: John Heron, President, Born Brands Group Hosted by: Andy Polk ..read more
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