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FROM THE EDITOR


Footwear Industry Awards 2019: Open for Business!


The Footwear Industry Awards the 2019 are open for business! Organised for the Footwear Industry by Datateam Business Media, supported by the British Footwear Association (BFA),


Footwear Friends and the Society of Shoe Fitters (SSF), the Footwear Industry Awards is now in its eighth year. We have a new award for 2019: Made in Britain Footwear – Export Growth Award.


The award will be presented to: The British Footwear Manufacturer showing the biggest verifiable YOY (year-on-year) percentage increase in terms of value of export sales. It is supported by the BFA, who will judge and present the award on behalf of the


footwear industry. All entrants will be required to make a short written presentation covering: How did


they select their target markets? Their Channel Strategy - Route to Market – terrestrial or online retail. What are the key brand attributes/ USP they used to break into their chosen markets? What is the main reason for their export success? The nominations are now open and there are awards aplenty to be won, so fill in the online


form and nominate your favourite retailer, agent, or supplier/brand. You can even nominate your own company! Read more about the Footwear Industry Awards in Footwear News on page 4 of this issue or visit www.footwearindustryawards.com In this edition, we report back on the Moda Show at NEC Birmingham in August. Whilst


attending Moda I met up with Faye Clark, from Finale Shoes. Faye attends Moda each season and provided an interesting comment: “We found Moda a useful show, it is a great opportunity to meet with brands and view their entire collections in a well-styled manner. We appreciate being able to see and place orders with a large number of our key brands over a few days, which limits the time needed away from our business. “The show is well laid out and it is helpful to compare and contrast collections from different


brands which is something that we think is much harder to do when viewing in a showroom or at your place of work. We placed orders and caught up with representatives from a number of brands at the show and left feeling inspired by some of the new collections available for SS19. “Trade shows are crucial to our business, we hope brands that exhibit and the companies that run the shows will continue to focus on developing and improving them to enable independents like us to utilise these to our full advantage in these testing trading times.” Read more comments on the Moda Show on page 13 of this edition. Don’t forget to check out our Editor’s Choice pages for our Best In Shows Ladies Footwear, on


pages 22-30. We have an amazing collection of shoes for your lady customers, hand-picked and fresh from the shows. Next month we’ll be featuring Best In Shows Men’s Footwear.


Kind regards, Cheryl Cheryl Taylor, Editor, Footwear Today Magazine, Tel: 01622 862962 | Mobile: 07518 346996 | Email: cheryltayloreditor@googlemail.com


EDITOR Cheryl Taylor: cheryltayloreditor@googlemail.com FASHION LAWYER Stephen Sidkin FEATURE WRITERS Henry Harington • Dawn Smith •David Gummers • Vicky Kember • Joe Maggio • Helen Rowland • JOURNAL MANAGER Sue Wiseman: 01622 699185 swiseman@datateam.co.uk DESIGNER Steve Parks CIRCULATION Curwood CMS Ltd, datateam@c-cms.com Tel: 01580 883844 Fax: 01580 883849 PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Paul Ryder: pryder@datateam.co.uk DIVISIONAL MANAGER Carl Hearnden: chearnden@datateam.co.uk REPRESENTATIVE IN INDIA A S Gianni (M.Com., LL.B): (Direct): +91 98390 35458 as_gianni@yahoo.co.in


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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WHY I BUY - CAPRICE MODA REVIEW BRAND PROFILE - SANDPIPER FOOTWEAR FOCUS - WALDLÄUFER NEW PRODUCT PROFILE - VIBRAM EDITOR’S CHOICE - LADIES BEST IN SHOWS OPPORTUNITIES IN CHINA TOKYO SHOW PREVIEW BEST SELLERS RETAILER OF THE MONTH FASHION LAW


FRONT COVER: SLIPFREE SEPTEMBER 2018 Welcome to Slipfree’s safe and colourful world!


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Inside this issue:


Awards News • Industry News • Moda Review • Fashion Law • Editor’s Choice: Ladies’ Best of Shows Brand Profile: Sandpiper • Footwear Focus Road Test: Waldlaufer • Why I Buy – Caprice Retailer of the Month • Best Sellers


www.footweartoday.co.uk


Published by: Datateam Business Media Ltd, London Road, Maidstone, Kent ME16 8LY. Tel: 01622 687031 Fax: 01622 757646 email: footwear@datateam.co.uk website: www.datateam.co.uk Subscription Prices 2017 Footwear Today Magazine Number of editions per year: 9 ISSN: 1475-8601 UK: £58 Overseas: £109


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