An update on the charity concert in Cape Town referred to in last month’s Money Shop: From both a financial and music point of view, the charity concert was a great success. Organiser and promoter, Footwear Retailer David Gummers, raised £3,500 for the Baphumelele Orphanage from donations and ticket sales, with a shoe auction still to come. He wishes to thank all those in the Footwear Trade who contributed to this worthy cause.

Goodwin Smith announces the arrival of Bucking Good Shoes. Based in Stacksteads, Lancashire, Goodwin Smith specialises in classic men's shoes with contemporary designs offering at competitive prices, £95 for brogues and £100 for boots.

This year’s seminar will discuss some of the common business problems faced by the fashion industry and how even the largest companies can get it wrong. We will focus on issues of concern to investors, avoiding employment law challenges relating to size and disability, protecting your intellectual property, and what the details of your property lease really mean.

After the positive edition of The Kensington Shoe Event last March, early signs indicate that the coming one, showing Spring/Summer 2015, will be very welcome. The Event is held twice a year, March and September, at the Kensington Close Hotel, Wrights Lane, London W8 5SP. The next edition will take place from the 7th to the 9th of September.

Young entrepreneur Jennifer Duthie (28 from Blackpool) wowed the Dragons’ with her cool customisable kids’ shoes and competent and determined pitch, receiving an offer of £60,000 investment from Dragons’ Kelly Hoppen and Piers Linney

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – July 8, 2014 – President Bill Clinton delivered the keynote
address at the annual Global Conference for SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), which was
recently called “the hottest major (footwear) brand in the U.S.” by Princeton Retail Analysis

•      New will launch on 4th August, 2014 with new features, richer content and significantly improved technology designed to keep customers ahead in their markets

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – July 7, 2014 – SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX) today announced that it was named Best Lifestyle Brand of the Year at The Sports Trade Awards. This achievement follows a year when SKECHERS won multiple industry awards in the United States, including Running Design Excellence and Children’s Design Excellence from Footwear Plus magazine, and Footwear News Brand of the Year for the Skechers GO collection. SKECHERS was also named Fashion Brand of the Year at the 2014 Footwear Industry Awards in the UK.

Jacobson Group has appointed Victoria Dunlop to spearhead changes to the company’s London office.

The future of Norwich’s last remaining shoe manufacturer was secured this week with completion of a management buyout from its family owners.

Bernard O'Brien wins the International Golf Championship of the Shoe & Leather Allied Trades for the second year running.

Friday 13th June, The Belfry Golf Resort in Warwickshire. Bernard O’Brien, footwear retailer from Tuam, County Galway in Ireland received the “The News Bowl” as winner of the International Golf Championship of the Shoe Leather & Allied Trades, from President Gordon Wilson, having successfully defended the title he won in Southport last year. This has never been done before in the 69 years of the event since 1946. Well done Bernard!

Mark Bates - Jana shoes GmbH & Co. KG Mr Mark Bates will start on 01st June 2014 as the new agent for Jana shoes GmbH & Co. KG. with the selling of the upcoming Spring/ Summer collection 2015.

Moda Footwear will launch new and improved kid’s product zone Mini Moda this Spring/Summer, as the show gets set to return to the NEC Birmingham from 10-12 August 2014.

Bosses at Start-rite Shoes said a sale of the business could be an option as it looks to bring in new investment to take the brand across the globe. The children’s footwear firm sells most of its shoes in the UK, but chairman Peter Lamble said it wanted to export more shoes overseas. However, to do that, the firm needs to attract substantial third party investment, likely to be around seven figures, and Mr Lamble admitted that such an outlay could trigger a sale of the business, though he stressed no final decisions has been taken.

today announced that sporting goods industry expert Matt Powell from Princeton Retail Analysis stated SKECHERS is currently the “hottest major brand in the U.S.” in his April 2014 Footwear Overview released last week. The Company has also moved up the rankings for top athletic shoe companies to secure the number five market share position.

Shoe designer and University of Northampton student, Helen Kirkum, has won first prize at the inaugural Cordwainers' Footwear Student of the Year Awards.

 Leading footwear, clothing and tent aftercare specialist Granger's, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Laboratory Manager and a Product and Design Assistant. Following a significant period of growth, Granger's has strengthened its team to aid further development and expansion of the business.

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The future of Norwich’s last remaining shoe manufacturer is set to be secured, with the news that outline agreement has been reached for the company to be bought by its management.

A footwear retailer, who has organised an international charity concert, is hoping local generosity will help make a difference to some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.

The Society of Shoe Fitters are delighted to announce that Emma Butler of Belle Enfants, Ringwood, Hants.has won their prestigeous Student of the Year 2013 trophy.  "Emma put a tremendous amount of effort into her coursework, and when attending the practical Workshops showed outstanding enthusiasm and eagerness to learn" said Senior Tutor Maureen Unsworth F.S.S.F.  "Although only nineteen years old Emma showed a maturity and dedication well beyond her years and is capably managing her shop in Ringwood on behalf of owner and Society member Amanda Arkell" (who has successfully created several award winning children's emporiums over the past couple of years

ECCO’s CEO, Dieter Kasprzak, has announced that the company delivered its best ever results in 2013.

The Society of Shoe Fitters launched National Shoe Fitting week in 2013 and because of its success we are repeating this week commencing 12th April.  It is designed to increase the public’s awareness of how feet change over time, that no two manufacturer’s sizes are the same and to help improve footfall for the Independent Retailer and anyone with retail businesses prepared to give a fitting service.   Even within a manufacturer’s range shoes will fit differently despite being marked with the same size - so those buying online with a size in mind are still unlikely to get a well-fitting shoe. 

CHARITY SPONSORSHIP APPEAL : Philip Marsh 2014 - The Challenges

Dear All,

I am delighted to say I have completed my first Challenge the 12K Rock Solid Race.  The team of 13 supported me from start to finish and we completed the 12k course with over 35 obstacles in 2 hours 30 minutes. this was physically and mentally challenging but all your support gave me the extra bit I needed to complete it.

 I have been absolutely overwhelmed and humbled by all your generosity and am delighted to say I have raised over £25K which is more than I ever dreamt of.

My son Henry’s progress is slow, but I am pleased to say we have been granted funding for Henry to move to Tadworth Court Henry will be here for 6 months and will undergo intensive Neuro Rehabilitation in order for him to come home in October, one year on!!

 Moving onto my next challenge on the 21st June I will be taking part in a world record attempt parachute jump with 292 people aiming to jump out of a plane within 24 hours. I’d be really grateful if you could sponsor me at:

Once again thank you everyone for your generosity it really means a lot to me.

Kind Regards


Managing Director


The Superfit ‘Back to School’ range for the UK & Ireland features 8 styles for Girls and 7 styles for boys. The collection is produced in Both Black Nappa and Patent uppers in sizes 25 -42. Some styles are also combined with GORE-TEX® to provide a guaranteed waterproof and breathable product perfect for the rigours of a school day. There is also an indoor Plimsoll in Black available in sizes 23-38 and an outdoor white unisex sport shoe available in sizes 25-41. Delivery available from June A and also from instock all year round.

 Kids can only have fun in sturdy shoes that can keep up with all of their adventures. That’s why, as one of the most successful manufacturers of children’s shoes, Superfit pays so much attention to perfect workmanship and the highest quality materials. We take quality very seriously. Because after all, we take ‘Big responsibility for your feet’.

The pioneer in lightweight shoe technology is underscoring its position as a trendsetter for the new casual generation. High-quality inner linings combined with GORE-TEX® technology guarantee that your feet will stay dry and warm. Because LEGeRO wants to do more, we want our shoes to be like best friends – they never let you down and are up for anything. And that’s what makes them our feet’s favourite shoes.

Even during the cold time of year, easy going is IN! Amazingly easy urban casual sneakers and boots that make men look good in the city and in their leisure time are in higher demand than ever before! With soles that are light as a feather, non-skid thermoplastic polyurethane outsoles and the best GORE-TEX® in-shoe climate, they can beat out any weather in chilled-out style. Optical highlights include striking lines and stitched details that match the materials and colours, combined with fine suede in a used look as well as sporty smooth leather in grey-blue, brown and taupe. Men, what more could you ask for?

Tickets for the Footwear Industry Awards 2014 Event next Sunday 16th February are selling like hot cakes, so you'll need to book your tickets as soon as possible! Held at the National Motorcycle Museum close to NEC Birmingham, to coincide with the Moda Show, it promises to be an exciting evening! For more information please call Sam Baughan on the Awards Team at Datateam, on 01622 699162, or click above to buy your tickets and/or hotel accommodation online. I look forward to meeting you there! Kind regards, Cheryl Taylor, Editor, Footwear Today Magazine.

As I am sure many of you know the past 4 months have been some of the hardest me and my family have ever hadto endure. Unfortunately on the 5th October Henry my 3 year old contacted Ecoli and disease called HUS which attacks our Kidneys, Stomach and Brain. Henry was admitted to Bristol Children’s Hospital on the 11th October and was in a coma for 6 weeks. Nearly 4 months later there has been little improvement and we await a move to a Neuro rehab centre where Henry can start some kind of rehabilitation to prepare him and us for his return home in 6-12 months. I have decided to raise some money for 2 charities, The Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal and The Ronald McDonald House Bristol, without these charities I don’t know how we could have got through this terrible ordeal.

T Groocock & Co Ltd is extremely proud to be celebrating 100 years of trading as a family business.   Thomas Groocock opened his footwear manufacturing business in 1914 in Rothwell, Northamptonshire, the heart of the British Footwear Industry. 

As the official distributor for Naturalizer, one of America’s biggest selling footwear brands, Lotus Ltd has implemented a number of sales team changes that further resonate the ongoing pledge to developing the Naturalizer brand in the UK and Eire.

To support continued business growth at Ravel, Jacobson Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Rachel McElhone as sales executive. Rachel joins Ravel with immediate effect and will cover the North of England & Scotland. Rachel boasts a wealth of experience in the fashion industry and will apply her unparalleled knowledge to further build Ravel’s presence and profile in the North
of England & Scotland.

Cocoon partners, Rob Sewell and Chris Dent enjoyed a successful end to 2013, winning the Sales agency of the Year award at the Art footwear International sales meeting in Alicante. The €10,000 award will certainly help as they have just opened a new showroom called 333 and teamed up with the Italian agent Fabrizio Corsini.    The 333 showroom will be presenting 4 international agencies, presenting more than a dozen international brands.  The showroom is located at 333 Latimer road, LONDON W10 6RA and specialises in international mens and womens brands covering footwear, apparel and accessories. 

Maria Leese, owner of independent shoe shop Doris & Daisy, won through to the finals of the Dorset Business Woman of the Year. The category was sponsored by Barclays Bank and won an unprecedented level of entries from leading business women based in Dorset.

Prestigious ladies footwear brand, Moda in Pelle, is continuing to build on its ambitious programme of expansion with the recent launch of 22 new concessions in leading UK department stores. Moda in Pelle is focusing on driving business growth through concessions in prime locations throughout the UK and Ireland and now has 56 stores nationwide

BOXPARK, the world’s first Pop up mall, plans to launch a revolutionary
digital concept in January 2014 and become a cashless mall. BOXPARK MARKET PLACE will allow consumers to buy or share items in store, online and on their mobile. The new platform will feature a scan to shop or share app, allowing customers to scan products instore, add them to a shopping basket or share. It will also feature a fully integrated iPad POS system, linked to a transactional e-commerce platform.

Fashion forward women’s footwear brand Ravel is taking a fresh approach to spring/summer with the introduction of subtle new branding colours across all instore retail concepts, ecommerce, product packaging and POS to present a renewed brand image for 2014.

As editor of Footwear Today Magazine, I thought you might like to know about a new footwear industry award. It is called the 'National Shop Front of the Year Award' (by which we mean your window display) and entry is open to all  independent footwear retailers throughout Britain, large or small. The winner will receive £1,500 of holiday vouchers.

Please email your your photos to every time you change your window display, right up until the deadline of 1st January 2014.

Retailers can also be nominated by someone else. The FIA team will contact the nominated retailer to ask them to supply evidence, to be in with a chance of winning this exciting award and the holiday vouchers that come with it!

I do hope that you will consider entering your shop(s) for this exciting new Award.

Cheryl Taylor,
Editor, Footwear Today Magazine.

To support ongoing business growth at Gola, the company is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Swannack as key accounts manager for footwear, apparel and bags.

Datateam Business Media is delighted to announce that Clarks has signed up as overall event sponsor. Founded in 1825, Clarks still remains the number one shoe brand in the UK, and the fourth largest footwear company in the world. Clarks has come a long way since its humble beginnings in Somerset, but has never lost sight of effortless British style.

Remonte, part of the Rieker group is sponsoring a brand new award, 'National Shop Front of the Year'. Managing Director Chris Gorrod explains why: "The window to a retailer is very important for driving footfall. Some retailers spend a lot of time on it and these shopkeepers should be rewarded. This is a great opportunity for Remonte and the industry to reward the hard work that retailers put into their windows."

British footwear brand Lotus has initiated an international development strategy that will see it venture into new territories over the next five years.  Lotus has initially inked distributor agreements that will see the contemporary, yet wearable, footwear collections for women and men, plus the exuberant range of handbags debut for spring/summer 2014 in Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada and the USA. 

D3O, the British smart materials specialist, has developed a brand new range of cushioning materials specifically for footwear applications including athletic, industrial and military markets launching in July 2013.

Last Friday morning Laura West, Secretary of the Society of Shoefitters   had a call on her private phone line from 'Sarah' asking to speak to Compass Footwear regarding advertising and PR for the Footwear Awards.  She asked who was calling and the caller said 'The Society of Shoe Fitters'.  Naturally Laura could not believe her  ears!  She pretended someone had walked into the room and asked her for her landline number to call her back and she gave her the SSF landline  number ....even more flabberghasted.  The woman went on to try to sell her advertising - obviously hoping she would give financial information over the phone.
Laura has reported this to the Fraud Squad, but as their number was 'withheld' they are probably unlikely to trace the source. 
The following message has been put on the home page of the SSF website in the hope that someone may go to the site when the person calls and see that it is fraud, but obviously this is very worrying.
If you would please warn your stockists/members/agents that this is not a legitimate call.  As you know, the SSF does not solicit any form of advertising or take part in any telephone canvassing, so if they get a phone call from the SSF trying to sell advertising for the Awards that they should contact: Action Fraud 0300-123-2040 - Intelligence Report NFRC130700312404.

The sun is beating down, heat shimmers from the asphalt – but the new, cool LEGeRO GORE-TEX® SURROUND™ shoes keep you as cool as a cucumber. Exceptionally breathable and permanently waterproof – that adds up to cooling 360° climate comfort! The tangible added value of the LEGeRO innovation is provided by GORE-TEX® SURROUND™ Product Technology. As sporty sneakers, the GORE-TEX® SURROUND™ versions of TINO + ALBA are all set to sprint easily into a new high summer season.

Marshalls in footwear stems back over 100 years when brothers Arthur and Herbert split there interests between clothing and footwear. Both working for ‘Boss Mags’, Herbert chose to work in the clothing shop at one end of the Shambles in Worcester  and Arthur choosing to work in the shoe shop at the other end.  From there the following generations began opening shops through Herefordshire and Worcestershire.  In 2000 Andrew Marshall started Crosby Shoe Agencies representing Wolky, Country Jacks, and DRS. 

Cosyfeet, who specialise in footwear for people with swollen and extra-wide feet, are celebrating 30 years in business this year. The company puts its success down to its ability to the adapt its extra wide EEEEE+ footwear styles to meet the needs of an ever more fashion conscious customer base.

Chatham will launch its summer 2014 footwear collection at MODA. The collection includes a new G2 “barefoot” sole unit, leveraging the success of Chatham’s G2 footwear, which features a unique two year guarantee. The “barefoot” sole is anatomically shaped, which moulds and curves to your feet - it feels like you aren’t wearing shoes at all. Featuring natural shock absorbing properties and a sophisticated water drainage system, the barefoot sole unit is extremely lightweight and has a mesh upper.

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