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Footwear Insight Extra
15 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
Dan Feeney, Ph.D., director of BOA’s Biomechanics Research & Performance Fit Lab | #165
In the latest Footwear Insight Extra podcast, Dr. Dan Feeney discusses the principal focus of the BOA Performance Fit Lab, its relationship with Aetrex and what might be ahead for BOA technology and fit.
14 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
Jan Deding, CEO and president of IMBOX Protection, North America | #164
In the latest Footwear Insight Extra podcast, we talk with Jan Deding, CEO and president of IMBOX Protection, North America about how the company’s in-store shoe protection system works and about its pending launch in the U.S.
27 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Jeff Chen, Co-Founder and CEO, Netvirta | #163
The latest Footwear Insight Extra podcast features a discussion with Netvirta CEO and co-founder Jeff Chen about 3-D body and foot scanning and how the technology can improve not only the fitting process for consumers, but also the return rates for vendors and retailers.
13 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
Olga Dogadkina, Co-Founder and CEO, Emperia | #162
The latest Footwear Insight Extra podcast features a conversation about virtual shopping, VR technology and the metaverse with Olga Dogadkina, co-founder and CEO of London-based Emperia. The company develops immersive virtual experiences for the retail, fashion and art sectors. Luxury brands have adopted the VR experience to help keep their consumers engaged. More mainstream brands could be next with VR.
19 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
Shameek Ghosh, CEO & Co-Founder, TrusTrace | #161
The latest Footwear Insight Extra podcast features a discussion with the CEO and founder of TrusTrace, a Swedish and Indian company, founded in 2006, that is all about sustainability. TrusTrace considers itself “a one-stop shop” for firms that want to make sustainability part of their DNA. Adidas, which signed on in 2020, is one TrusTrace’s 40+ customers.
16 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
Mark Hubner, SVP Brand and Strategy, Baffin | #160
Cold is at the core of everything Baffin does and produces. In the latest Footwear Insight Extra podcast, Mark Hubner, Senior Vice President of Brand and Strategy for Baffin, discusses the Canadian company’s heritage, commitment to domestic manufacturing and its second-year Canadian collection of products.
21 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Brazilian Footwear Executives | #159
In the latest Footwear Insight Extra podcast, Alex Fernando Klein Engelmann, Intl. Business Manager for Pegada Shoes, and Letícia Sperb Masselli, manager of the Brazilian Footwear Project for Abicalcados, discuss the Brazilian footwear industry and how it hopes to make inroads in the North American market.
20 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Bob Gatta, Data Display Systems | #158
In the latest Footwear Insight Extra podcast, Bob Gatta, CEO of Data Display Systems, details the purpose and usefulness of retail content management systems and how retailers, larger or small, can benefit from them.
18 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Frank Fox, Co-Founder, Sustainable Composites | #157
In the latest Footwear Insight Extra podcast, Frank Fox, co-founder of Sustainable Composites, discusses the science and engineering used to develop the company’s material from recycled leather scraps and how it changes the environmental landscape for leather products.
16 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Rob Gregg, Founder & CEO, Gales Inc. | #156
In the latest Footwear Insight Extra podcast, Rob Gregg, founder and CEO of Gales Inc., the San Diego-based Smart PPE Footwear firm, discusses how and why he pivoted from a luxury shoe business to domestically produced footwear protection for healthcare workers. The brand, Gales, is named after the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.
12 minutes | May 12, 2021
Sam Garzon, Founder of UNOZERO | #155
In this week’s Footwear Insight Extra podcast, Sam Garzon, founder of soccer footwear brand UNOZERO, describes how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the soccer specialty market and how his young, premium brand is surviving.
18 minutes | May 5, 2021
John Eades, REEF’s Senior Director of Product | #154
In this week’s Footwear Insight Extra podcast, John Eades talks about the iconic sandal brand and some of its creation and sustainability strategies going forward.
14 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Terry Schalow, RIA Executive Director | #153
In this week’s Footwear Insight Extra podcast, Terry Schalow, executive director of the Running Industry Association discusses the running industry’s health, challenges and resilience.
16 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Sharon Whiteley, Harmony783 | #152
In the latest Footwear Insight Extra podcast, Harmony783 co-founder Sharon Whiteley discusses the “grounding” and “earthing” concepts focused on by the young, stylish footwear brand. Grounding aims to reconnect people with the Earth’s natural energy and enables them to optimize their health and wellness by wearing shoes.
17 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Sophie Howe, CEO and Co-founder of Xesto | #151
In the latest Footwear Insight Extra podcast, Sophie Howe, CEO and Co-founder of Xesto, discusses the advanced computer vision AI start-up that built a 3-D sizing tool for footwear that uses an iPhone camera. Shortly, Xesto intends to launch a direct-from-website extension of the Xesto Fit experience that will enable consumers to size themselves as they shop for shoes.
24 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Knobbe Martens Attorneys Discuss Counterfeiting and IP Theft | #150
In the latest Footwear Insight Extra podcast, a trio of attorneys from Knobbe Martens—Susan Natland, Jonathan Hyman and Robb Roby—discuss counterfeiting and intellectual property theft issues related to footwear and soft goods, including possible remedies for small companies looking to protect themselves and U.S. legislation on the horizon.
22 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Steve Hamel, Third Mind Founder | #149
Third Mind Founder and footwear industry veteran Steve Hamel discusses the Los Angeles-based footwear brand he started and its focus on sustainability.
15 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Barry McGeough, Wolverine Worldwide | #148
Barry McGeough, the industry vet recently named VP of Advanced Concepts and Innovation at Rockford, MI-based Wolverine Worldwide, discusses his mission to bring new technologies, materials and other advancements to the company’s portfolio of 12 footwear brands. He also addresses how the COVID-19 pandemic is acting as an accelerant in advancing the adoption of many emerging trends.
12 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
Terry Schalow, RIA Executive Director, Sounds Off on Industry Outlook | #147
As the executive director of the Running Industry Association, Terry Schalow has had a front-row seat to the effects of the near-overnight changes in the industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shutdowns. With stores facing declines in revenue and existential threats to business, the RIA has gotten to work: launching a resource guide, surveying the industry as a whole to determine needs and working to coordinate a response. The RIA itself hasn’t been immune from the shakeup: the second edition of the KICK show, scheduled for May in Denver, has been converted into a virtual event, with details still to come. In this week’s podcast, Schalow sounds off on the industry outlook, what stores want and what comes next.
15 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
Elias Gröndal, Findsourcing.com | #146
Elias Gröndal, the former footwear sourcing and production planning executive for H&M, discusses his latest venture, Findsourcing.com, and how it can connect brands with suppliers around the world. Gröndal also addresses how the current coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis may impact global footwear supply chains.
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