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Nike’s New Adapt BB Redefines the Future for Smart Shoes

The sneaker of the future may have finally landed. More than self-lacing, Nike’s new Adapt BB smart shoe’s advanced power-lacing system promises to create “a truly custom fit.” Nike has doubled down on its app ecosystem and paired the Adapt BB with an app that can adjust the shoe’s fit without the wearer doing much at all. Once a wearer steps into the shoe, a custom motor and gear train determines the tension the foot needs and adjusts accordingly for a “snug” fit. “The tensile strength of the underfoot lacing is able to pull 32 pounds of force (roughly equal to that of a standard parachute chord) to secure the foot throughout a range of movement,” Nike said. Nike says it assessed the viability of this mechanism through a rigorous series of testing it says makes the Adapt BB the organization’s “most tested shoe.” Testing included 40,000 button presses, 2,900 tightening cycles and 30,000 impact pulses.

PASSENGER LEATHER - Nava Design - Catalog Passenger Leather - 10/2018

Leather goods catalog-Nava Design - Catalog Passenger Leather - 10/2018

Footwear Brands Look to Transitional Styles to Mitigate Weather Risk

Tall boots were in short supply at the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) New York Shoe Expo this week—largely because of the weather. As FFANY footwear brands courted retailers with their next big collections for Fall ’19, the scarcity of boots with taller shafts was apparent. “As a fashion trend, we see much more in the low bootie area than in the high boot area, as far as demand, because of the popularity of denim, leggings and narrow-fitting pants,” Marty Rose, a brand representative for All Black, told Sourcing Journal. “Plus, there’s a desire for a more walkable heel. So, we’re seeing a combination of a lower heel and an ankle high—or just slightly over ankle—bootie being in a greater demand than the more traditional higher boot.” Current fashion trends may have led shoe brands toward the silhouette anyway, according to Rose, but, when combined with erratic weather now seen all over the world, the bootie and other transitional styles could simply make more sense to today’s consumer.

How Footwear Will Embrace Sustainability and Self-Expression in 2020

Consumers have yet to shop the full scope of Fall/Winter 18-19 footwear, yet shoe brands are already preparing to present their collections for 2020. And many brands will reveal their designs at MICAM, the Milan-based trade fair for leather and fashion footwear, Feb. 10-13. In preparation, the trade fair shared three key trends for the Fall/Winter 19-20 season, each with its own distinct design point-of-view and added value for the consumer. From romantic, vintage inspirations and experimental style, to the industry’s increasing investment in comfort and sustainability, here’s a look at MICAM’s trend forecast for next fall. The past meets the future in this comfort-focused, nostalgic trend story. For women, new designs draw from vintage sources, including ditsy floral wallpaper print and retro geometrics. Prints come alive with colors that are both “retro and contemporary” like avocado green, synthetic lemon, bright pink, dull apricot and blue-gray. Brown also makes a strong comeback, a color trend that echoes Fashion Snoops’ 2020 forecast. Key silhouettes for women include squared-off Mary Jane heels, pumps with slanted block heels and almond toe pull-on knee boots. For men, Purpose Full translates into monk strap cap-toe shoes and lace-ups with dot perforations and pinking. Casual lace-ups with a chunky sneaker bottoms live here too. Mid-century Bakelite designs and a color palette dense with vintage green, putty, mustard yellow and blue, adds an artisan look to footwear. The color palette is also complementary to eco components like recycled outsoles and uppers made from natural materials like wool. Freestyle In Freestyle, footwear challenges conventions and celebrates freedom of expression. The theme invites a melting pot of cultural references and design influences, plus embraces gender fluidity. Vibrant, lively and unexpected color combinations are important, as well as clashing pattern mixing. Key colors include matte gold, flame orange, plaster, purple and more retro yellow. The colors are brought together through clashing prints like plaid, tie-dye, animal prints and text over imagery. Silhouettes are genderless—think penny loafers, sneakers and lace-ups—with an emphasis on vulcanized outsoles and aggressive treads. The low hiker with mixed materials makes an appearance. The silhouette is shaping up to be the next Dad sneaker. Light Magic The rise of healing crystals and spiritual wellness gives way to a new trend based on mystical color, romantic flourishes and gothic designs. Women’s styles in Light Magic tell a story rooted in the dark side of nature, mythological creatures and fairytales. Crystal-embellished mules for dress and exaggerated granny boots capture the story’s fantastical aesthetic, while ’90s style chunky brogues add edginess. Rich shades of gray, violet and maroon are juxtaposed with pale absinthe, dew gray and pink salt. “The romantic and mysterious colors are characterized by a dark fantasy. The color palette seems to be illuminated by an unearthly light, ranging from black to mystic violet, to the brightest pastel colors,” MICAM described. The trend story is casual for men, with silhouettes like a versatile mixed media midi hiker and weatherproof duck boot. Red, teal and leafy colors add a sportier feeling. However, there’s also room for men’s dress boots. Expect to see Dandy-like stacked heel ankle boots. An asymmetrical side zipper adds a rocker vibe to the svelte silhouette. Source: Sourcing Journal (Published on: 26th November 2018)

Clothing and Footwear Spending Dips in September as Caution Creeps In

Real personal consumption expenditures (PCE) for clothing and footwear fell $2.62 billion in September, to $402.94 billion—a 0.6 percent drop from August, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) figures released Monday.

Vans Gains Favor Among Teens as Athletic and Streetwear Brands Dominate Footwear Preference

Vans has seen a nearly unprecedented rise in popularity among teens, trailing only Nike, according to the most recent Piper Jaffray Taking Stock with Teens survey. The semi-annual report, which surveyed 8,600 teens averaging 16 years old, found athletic and streetwear brands continue to dominate the mindshare of Generation Z, with stronger growth among female teens. While 85 percent of male teens still prefer an athletic brand of footwear, that number is down a percentage point from last year. Meanwhile, 71 percent of female teens have a preference for athletic footwear—up four percentage points from last year’s survey.

Rothy’s Debuts Eco-Friendly Sneaker Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

The San Francisco–based footwear brand, which hawks the comfy-cute ballet flats and loafers plastered all over social media, has just released its first-ever sneaker, one that the company hails a “wardrobe game changer.” Rothy’s crafts each of its shoes using post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, which it fuses into filaments, spins into yarn, then treats with a proprietary moisture-wicking agent. It produces the uppers using a three-dimensional knitting technique, similar to Nike’s Flyknit, that creates no seams and zero material waste. Other components share the same sustainable spin. The insoles comprise recycled foam and injection-molded soles are made of carbon-free rubber. Even the glues are nontoxic and vegan-friendly. Bonus: The shoes are machine washable, if not machine dryable. Like its predecessors, the Van-like slip-on comes in a slate of eye-popping colors, including electric lemon and washed pink. New to the sneaker, however, is a removable midsole, which can be replaced with a more arched or cushier version. The sneaker costs $125, the same as its rounded-toe flat but a smidge less than its pointed-toe flat ($145) and loafer ($165). Rothy’s also has a line of scaled-down girls’ loafers, in sizes 10 to 4, that retail at an equally diminutive $65. Rothy’s has grown from strength to strength since Roth Martin, who ran a design gallery, and Stephen Hawthornthwaite, a 16-year veteran of the finance industry, founded it three years ago. In addition to 50 employees in the United States, Rothy’s manages more than 400 in a 65,000-square-foot factory in China it owns and operates, meaning it controls all of its manufacturing and can tweak its retail assortment to mirror demand. While Rothy’s began as a digitally native, direct-to-consumer brand, it opened its first brick-and-mortar store on Fillmore Street, just two miles from San Francisco’s iconic Jackson Square, earlier this year. For further reference, please visit: https://sourcingjournal.com/footwear/footwear-brands/rothys-recycled-plastic-bottles-sneakers-119193/

Paige Denim Expands Into Footwear

Paige Denim is expanding its offer to include a new range of footwear that’s designed to channel the same laid-back Californian vibe the denim label for which the brand is known. The new line will have limited distribution and is set to launch this month on the brand's Web site, Nordstrom in the U.S and Selfridges in the U.K.

Fashion Trend in European Market 2018

Requirements of European consumers are quite different from other regions. This document contains an overall trend of EU market and top brands in EU market.

2017 Spring Sales Survey Report of FDRA

2017 Spring Sales Survey conducted by FDRA: A nation-wide survey of footwear consumers on their purchasing habits for Spring 2017. Footwear Distributors Retailers of America (FDRA) conducted a nation-wide shoe sales survey, from April 4-6, 2016, of people purchasing shoes this (2017) Spring. The survey seeks to accurately ascertain the evolving behaviors and insights of the American footwear consumer this spring season. Respondents answered key questions focused on the likelihood of an upcoming shoe purchase, for whom those shoes shall be purchased, the types of footwear consumers are searching for, and the channel in which they will buy their shoes. The results support current industry notions with some definite surprises along the way. 5 Key Highlights of the Survey are: Shoppers prefer 3:1 purchasing new shoes in a physical store (77%) versus purchasing online (23%). For those who do purchase online, 21% said what they like most is the priceand 18% said the variety. Twelve percent (12%) said it was for convenience. 39% said they were buying comfort/casual sneakers/leisure shoes and 26% said they were purchasing performance sneakers for the gym or sports. Fourteen percent (14%) said they were buying fashion/dress shoes like heels, flats, or men's oxfords. The most important factor when purchasing shoes this spring season is to fill a need at 37% and the cost at 30%. Half of all consumers plan on spending less money this Spring compared to last Spring (52% to 14%) with 35% saying they will spend the same amount.

NIKE PUSHES DESIGN INNOVATION

Nike debuted a number of brand new styles as part of their Nature of Motion exhibition at the 2016 edition of the Milano Design Week with the goal to inspire “designers to dream big and think different. Hence, Nike challenged 10 progressive contemporary designers to rethink the concept of natural motion and to join Nike exploring Natural Motion through various mediums.

DAVID PRESTON'S GANDY SHOES

Oxford shoe cut from fine brown leather with orange suede detail, equipped with a thin, rubber sole. It's a very British shoe for a British brand, in the most versatile color. This is perhaps going to be vogue in UK market!

LUGGAGE LEATHERGOODS AND ACCESSORIES Winter 2015

Canada’s comprehensive guide to important companies in the industry, all contact information including sales representatives. Products represents, and brands represented. In the Product Section, detailed breakdown of TRAVEL, BUSINESS & FASHION ACCESSORY items are provided. Furthermore, in Brand Section it provides you with an easy guide to finding the brands you want at a glance, listed alphabetically and within their respective product categories of Travel, Business & Fashion Accessories. Additionally, a Product Showcase Section that is meant to help you get an even better idea of who these companies are.

THE NEW J CREW X NEW BALANCE TRAINER COLLAB IS PRETTY SWEET

Turns out Pops has had the inside track on spring for years. The J Crew x New Balance Butterscotch 997 arrives exclusively in shops and online this Saturday. These American titans are now teaming up to give us a limited-edition remix of the 997 model - inspired by butterscotch sweets.

Ars Arpel Editorial Products - 2015

Ars Arpel is the leader publishing house of trade magazines for leather industry. Since 1947 it offers professional information on shoes, bags and furs.

Fore Casting – Traends Guide

The ArsSutoria Trends Guide is specifically developed for who have to create collections in the field of shoe & bags, focusing on trends forecasting, from creative concepts to market analysis. Each season, ArsSutoria Research Team individuates four macro consumers and trends areas. Each trend is described on several aspects: concept, colors, materials, iconic structures and consumer analysis. These trends guides are useful for shoe manufacturers, designers, merchandisers, material suppliers.