During the John Galliano spring-summer 2010 fashion show in Paris each of the models, at the risk of stating the obvious, wore a pair of shoes. The difference this time was that these shoes were produced under licence by Rodolfo Zengarini.
A few years back Timberland started putting labels on products showing the energy, materials and chemicals that went into their shoes and boots. With its Earthkeepers 2.0 boot the company is demonstrating a new way of designing boots.
Although the USA, Canada and the five largest European countries represent the biggest sportswear markets, the Russian market for sports shoes is the most prosperous, according to a report from the NPD Group.
Rain and cooler-than-usual weather so far in June may have dampened demand for summer items such as sandals, swimwear and beer for retailers already hard put to counter sales declines during the recession.
Footwear retailer Collective Brands Inc posted a first-quarter profit that topped market estimates as lower expenses offset a drop in sales, but said it expects a challenging sales environment in the second quarter.
DSW Inc posted a 31 percent fall in quarterly profit, hurt in part by higher operating expenses, and forecast fiscal 2009 earnings below analysts' estimates, sending the footwear retailer's shares tumbling 15 percent.
Germany's retail sector will see more companies going bust due to overcapacity of around 25 percent and department stores will go down first, the head of German retail group Tengelmann predicted in an interview.