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Reef bolsters its spring lineup with a new technology.
Submitted by Lyndsay McGregor on October 30, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicWhen Reef decided it wanted to redefine surf footwear, it wanted to be more than just another beach-to-street shoe. "In today's modern, fast-paced world, consumers want to simplify their lives--they need truly versatile products to do that," says Tom Cooke, vice president of footwear at the Carlsbad, CA-based brand. "The product really has to take you further, take you anywhere, and still look and feel good doing it." Key word: feel good. So the team dug deep with the goal of bringing a new innovation to market in 2015. Enter the Rover Collection featuring Swellular Technology.

"We designed and built products that have simple...

Cat Footwear left its mark on New York City with a successful pop-up shop.
Submitted by Lyndsay McGregor on October 29, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicWhen I say Cat Footwear you say...? Construction, probably. And that right there is why the Wolverine Worldwide-owned brand decided to put down (temporary) roots in New York City with its first-ever monogrammed storefront in the U.S. Open to the public from Oct. 21-29, the pop-up was located in a prime position in midtown Manhattan: on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 47th Street, where the estimated 25,000 people that pass by every day had a chance to stop in and check out the latest lifestyle collection including the re-launched Colorado boot, as well as some exclusives from the U.K. "We liked the location because it has a...

Brittany Moeller brings a fresh perspective to Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse.
Submitted by Lyndsay McGregor on October 29, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicWith more than 14 years of retail buying under belt, Brittany Moeller brings her expertise to Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse as the Charlotte, NC-based chain's women's buyer. In her new role, she's charged with formulating an assortment of women's leading brands in footwear, handbags and small leather goods for more than 75 stores nationwide as well as the company's website.  "I'm excited to utilize my industry expertise and bring a fresh perspective to the Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse team. I also look forward to leveraging my strong industry relationships in my new...

Ready-to-wear designers give the minimalist running trend new life.
Submitted by Anonymous on October 28, 2014
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Image and video hosting by TinyPicImage and video hosting by TinyPicPulling a page from sneaker designers' handbooks, ready-to-wear gave the minimalist running trend new life. Alexander Wang (far left) furnished a pair of high heels with a weave reminiscent of the Nike Air Wovens with sock-like details in bold, bright colors. Sportmax (at left) wove black leather in a similar pattern rendering jute-bedecked flatforms sporty not sweet. Simple silhouettes benefit from the subtle texture play while wilder shapes...

Nordstrom and New Balance to gift 15,000 kids with new shoes this holiday season.
Submitted by Anonymous on October 27, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicThe holidays are coming, and Nordstrom plans to gift 15,000 pairs of new athletic shoes to children in need across the United States. The Seattle-based chain is once again partnering with its customers, New Balance and the nonprofit organization, Shoes That Fit, through its Holiday Giving Program. "It's remarkable what a pair of new, well-fitting shoes can do for a child and their self-esteem," says Amy Fass, executive director at Shoes That Fit. "When a child feels comfortable and confident...