Though frigid weather has frozen footwear sales across most of the country this year, things are looking up--and we're not just talking about spring. According to global market research company Euromonitor International, global apparel and footwear sales will hit $2 trillion by 2018, and shoes will likely be the bulk of that. Footwear was one of the most dynamic categories in 2013, growing by 6.1 percent, compared to 4.8 percent growth in apparel, and the footwear market has consistently outperformed apparel sales for the past decade, especially in the women's category. Let's be honest, that love affair isn't ending any time soon.
Kamik, a division of Genfoot Inc, has joined the European Outdoor Conservation Association and will support select conservation projects around the world including environmental clean-up operations, trail operations and replanting initiatives. The Canadian brand will align with the EOCA's mission to support valuable conservation work by raising funds from within the European outdoor sector and promoting care and respect for wild regions.
"For over two decades we have been exercising sustainable practises and working to put processes in place that move us forward as a company, while leaving a smaller footprint behind," says Kamik CEO Richard Cook. "We believe our green initiatives are, and will continue to be, integral to our success. We are committed to manufacturing footwear that families trust to protect against outdoor elements...
A specialized shoe insole that vibrates when wearers are supposed to make a turn is due to ship out soon and its inventors predict it will be a gamechanger in more than one market. Lechal, which means "let's go" in Hindi, will deliver thousands of insoles and customized sneakers to the visually impaired, as well as to runners and other athletes.
Designed by MIT grad Anirudh Sharma, Lechal provides subtle feedback about where the wearer is going and in what direction. The shoes and insoles rely on Bluetooth technology to connect to a person's smartphone, which then uses GPS to map out a route. The shoes will vibrate on whatever...
On the heels of last fall's collaboration, which resulted in a 90 percent sell-through, Nine West and InStyle have come together again to launch a complete accessories collection for spring. Hitting stores tomorrow, the collection combines InStyle's industry insight with Nine West's footwear and accessories expertise to bow an array of shoes (18 of 'em), clutches and cuffs. Retailing from $70 to $109, the collection will be available at all of Nine West's U.S. locations, as well as on NineWest.com and at select stores in Canada, Spain, Turkey, Mexico and the U.K.
The Skechers Foundation celebrated its fifth annual Pier to Pier Friendship Walk on Feb. 27 by presenting its largest ever donation totals in the history of the walk: $318,000 to The Friendship Circle--a non-profit organization that assists children with special needs and their families--and $492,000 dedicated to six education foundations.
Skechers President Michael Greenberg expressed his gratitude to sponsors such as Nickelodeon, Steel Partners, Wells Fargo and Chevron, celebrity supporters Jimmy Kimmel, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Tommy Lasorda, and more than 10,000 walkers for their collective help in reaching this milestone.
"Donation funds from the Skechers Foundation have helped expand our current programs, including Camp Got Friends--a two-week summer retreat which serves 90 children with special needs," says...
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