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FROM THE EDITOR I


Footwear Industry Awards


’m delighted to report that Footwear Today Magazine has received an amazing response from the trade to the Annual Footwear Industry Awards. Our loyal readers have played an


active part, nominating and voting for those they believe are the most deserving, so that only the best win these awards. Organised by Datateam Business Media for the industry, with the


support of BFA, IFRA and the Society of Shoe Fitters, the Footwear Industry Awards event promises to be an exciting evening, held on 17th February 2012, the first night of the Moda show, at the National Motorcyle Museum, nearby Birmingham NEC. Tickets for the event, including a complimentary champagne


reception and a sumptuous four-course meal with fine wine, are available at £90 per person; £900 for a table of 10. Read more about the awards at: www.footwearindustryawards.com/ I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to welcoming


you to the event. The dress code for the evening for men is black tie/lounge suit, for ladies it's cocktail/evening dress. Once again, a big thank you to all the independent footwear


retailers on our Best Sellers panel who kindly notified us of their star performers in December 2012. The top selling brands are revealed in our new Best Sellers section on page 26 of this issue! I’m pleased to report that four of our Best Sellers panelists have been short-listed for Awards this year. These include Karen Little of Haswell Shoes, Nuneaton, Andrew Roberts of David Roberts Shoes, Llandudno, Andrew Marshall of Strolling4Shoes, Cumbria and James North of North Shoes. I wish you all every success on the night! We are now working on the March edition, and asking retailers to


let us have their top five selling brands in January, by the third week of February please. If you would like to take part, please let me know and we’ll add your name to our list. In return for your participation in Best Sellers, we are offering to


feature you and your shop in our new Retailer of the Month page. The independent footwear retailer featured in this month’s edition is Charles Clinkard of Clinkard. Read more on page 24. It’s the show season this month, with PURE at London Olympia


(Feb 10-12), closely followed by MODA. We bring you previews of the major footwear shows, including Moda and Pure London. Meanwhile, the team at Footwear Today will look forward to seeing you at the MODA show at the NEC Birmingham from 17-19 February, look out for (Stand T41) I’ll be there on Monday and Tuesday, so do come along and introduce yourself and tell me what you’d like to read about in Footwear Today in 2013! If you are an exhibitor at Moda and would like me to have a look at


your footwear collections, please drop me an email and I’ll add you to my list.


Kind regards,


Cheryl Taylor, Editor


DL 01622 862962 E: ctaylor@datateam.co.uk/ cheryltayloreditor@googlemail.com


IFRA, BFA and Society of Shoe Fitters all support Footwear Today as a valuable forum for the footwear industry, helping to promote trade and keeping retailers informed about the latest products and developments.


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NEWS BRAND PROFILE FOOTWEAR FOCUS PURE LONDON PREVIEW EDITOR’S CHOICE (LADIES FORMAL) RETAILER OF THE MONTH BEST SELLERS EDITOR’S CHOICE (LADIES COMFORT) FASHION TRENDS FASHION LAW


32 PAGE MODA PULL-OUT FRONT COVER: Gumbies FEBRUARY 2013


Gumbies are excited for the launch of our new Zip-Off convertible shoes! Visit us at MODA, Hall 20 Stand S8 to see the range.


Contact: Gumbies Ltd Tel: 01258 839100


Email: mail@gumbies.co.uk Web: www.gumbies.co.uk


Inside this issue: Chatham Marine Road Test – Editor’s Choice on Ladies’ Formal and Comfort Footwear Fashion Trends – Best Sellers – Retailer of the Month and Pull Out Moda Supplement


www.footweartoday.co.uk


EDITOR Cheryl Taylor: ctaylor@datateam.co.uk FASHION LAWYER Stephen Sidkin FEATURE WRITERS Becci Knowles • Henry Harington • Dawn Smith • Vicky Kember • Joe Maggio • Emma Cooke • JOURNAL MANAGER Sue Wiseman: 01622 699185 swiseman@datateam.co.uk SALES EXECUTIVE Sam Baughan: 01622 699162 sbaughan@datateam.co.uk DESIGNER Steve Parks ADMINISTRATION Ellie Inchmore PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Paul Ryder: pryder@datateam.co.uk


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Subscription Prices 2013 Footwear Today Magazine Number of editions per year: 10 ISSN: 1475-8601 UK: £58 Overseas: £109 The Publishers cannot accept responsibility for any discrepancies either in copy or between products and/or services listed. Nor can they be responsible for illustrations and/or copy for products which lead to infringement of copyright.


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