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Shoe-In

Covering the ins and outs of all things footwear, from sneakers to heels, loafers to slippers and every type of shoe in between. Brought to you by the FDRA and FFANY, the footwear industry’s associations focused on retail, trade, politics and fashion…helping create and enhance conversations on all things footwear.

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#123 The Art of Launching a Shoe Brand with Casca

Casca Co-founder, Braden Parker, stops by Shoe-In at FN Platform to discuss the highs and lows of launching a shoe brand in today's diverse retail landscape. Braden unveils the highs and lows of bringing the brand's all-day performance footwear to market. And of course, Jasmine is here for the show's absolutely amazing "Whatcha Got? Whatcha Gettin'?" segment.

31mins

17 Sep 2018

Rank #1

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#92 The World of Independent Footwear Retail with Chiappetta Shoes

Matt and Andy welcome Tony Chiappetta of Chiappetta Shoes in Kenosha, Wisconsin as they learn more about the unique world of independent footwear retail. Tony downloads on the ways in which Chiappetta Shoes has met their customers' needs since opening in 1921. Jasmine jumps in to run through the best winter boots to sport during this cold winter in her Fashion Footwear in Focus segment.

28mins

12 Feb 2018

Rank #2

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#51 Getting to Know the Next Great Footwear Designer

Joining Matt, Andy, and FFANY's Ron Fromm on Shoe-In this week is Den Ly, winner of The Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) & ARSUTORIA School 2017Joseph C. Moore Footwear Scholarship.  Den Ly takes the Shoe-In team on a journey to Cambodia and back as he discusses his passion for shoe design and the inspirations driving his creativity.  Oh, and there's a monkey named Gizmo involved...just sayin'. Jasmine leaves her fashion comfort zone as she explores the emerging trend of wearing socks with heels in her Fashion Footwear in Focus Segment.

29mins

15 May 2017

Rank #3

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#60 A Holistic Approach to 21st Century Footwear Sourcing and Merchandising

Craig Townsend, Executive Vice President at Elan Polo International joins Matt and Andy on this week's show to explore the constantly changing footwear development dynamic in a global supply chain.  How does a direct footwear importer like Elan Polo who serves all aspects of the footwear marketplace evolve with its 21st Century supply chain?  Download to find out! Jasmine joins in on the fun as she explores the recently announced Under Armour UA ICON initiative allowing footwear consumers to customize shoes and upload their own images for inclusion on the upper. We tried out a few of our own styles.

26mins

17 Jul 2017

Rank #4

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#91 One Big Fashion Footwear in Focus Segment with Jasmine

Jasmine takes charge as this entire episode is one big Fashion Footwear in Focus segment. Listen in as Matt, Andy, and Jasmine explore the importance of celebrity, red carpets, and influencers on footwear fashion. She also explores expected footwear trends for 2018, like ugly dad shoes.

23mins

5 Feb 2018

Rank #5

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#177 The Founding of Hoka and Lessons on Innovation Leadership

How did Hoka grow into a top brand? What innovation lessons can we learn from its story and how can we apply those lessons today? Industry legend Stuart Jenkins joins us to share stories and insights never heard before, and a new project he is working on that may change the industry!

34mins

30 Sep 2019

Rank #6

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#55 Rethinking Footwear Innovation with the SLEM Institute

Matt and Andy welcome Nicoline van Enter and Yassine Salihine from the SLEM Institute as they discuss the latest innovations disrupting traditional footwear design, development, and manufacturing.  Nico and Yassine provide a full recap of their most recent SLEMinar with highlights from The NPD Group's Matt Powell, Terna Jibo from Portland Design, Christian Decker from Desma Footwear Automation, and more! Jasmine throws out the reemergence of slides for the summer in her Fashion Footwear in Focus segment.

47mins

12 Jun 2017

Rank #7

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#136 The Inside Scoop on How Allbirds Built their Brand with a Total Focus on Sustainability

In this episode, the team talks about 2018 trends and shares audio clips from FDRA's Sourcing Summit featuring Allbirds CEO Joey Zwillinger. Joey explains how they started their brand with a sustainability first mindset and how they strategically built their brand into a rising all start in the fashion industry.

40mins

17 Dec 2018

Rank #8

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#201 What's new with Soles4Souls! - A Chat with President and CEO, Buddy Teaster

On this episode we check in with Buddy Teaster, President and CEO of Soles4Souls. The Shoe-In Show team learns all about the new happenings over at Soles4Souls, some of the hardships they face helping countries in need, entrepreneurs, and more.

23mins

9 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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#66 Exploring Footbeds, Fashion, & E-commerce with Birkenstock's David Kahan

Birkenstock Americas CEO David Kahan joins Matt and Andy at FN Platform to explore the continued growth of the iconic German brand, innovative ways in which the signature Birkenstock footbed is being used in new and emerging styles, and his vigorous efforts to protect the 240-year-old brand in the age of Amazon.  Jasmine joins in on the fun in her Fashion Footwear in Focus segment as she downloads on all the new and exciting ways in which Birkenstock is evolving.

36mins

28 Aug 2017

Rank #10

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#142 The Latest on Vietnam Footwear Sourcing with the Innolux Group

Matt and Andy welcome Davide Degano, Vice President at the Innolux Group to Shoe-In as they explore the ongoing growth and dominance of footwear production in Vietnam. What makes Vietnam such a desirable place to source footwear and how long will the magic last? Listen in to find out! Jasmine jumps in on the fun with her rundown of go-to shoes for bad weather in her Fashion Footwear in Focus segment.

22mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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#69 Exploring the Dominance of Steve Madden with Ed Rosenfeld

Steve Madden Chairman & CEO and FDRA Chairman Ed Rosenfeld helps the Shoe-In team understand what makes Steve Madden such a dominant force in the footwear industry today and shares the keys to the company's success.  Ed explains the importance and history of Steve Madden's test and react strategy in an age when the footwear customer is certainly king. Jasmine joins the fun as she explores Steve's current shoe offerings and what makes him so fashionable in the Fashion Footwear in Focus segment.

25mins

11 Sep 2017

Rank #12

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#139 Shoeconomy with FDRA’s Chief Economist, Gary Raines

For the very first time FDRA’s Chief Economist, Gary Raines joins us for an episode to discuss the state of the “Shoeconomy” and what to expect in 2019!

29mins

7 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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#143 African American Footwear Series: Diversity Download with D'Wayne Edwards of PENSOLE Part 1

In the first installment of Shoe-In Show's African American Footwear Series, footwear designer extraordinaire and PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy founder D'Wayne Edwards walks Matt, Andy and Jasmine through his inspiring story from his younger days as a kid from Inglewood to the peak of his career at NIKE to the launch of PENSOLE in Portland. D'Wayne is just getting started as he works to provide greater opportunity for youth and speaks out on the need to drive diversity within the footwear industry.

26mins

4 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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#132 How Impactiva is Helping Transform Shoe Factory Production to Boost Productivity

Jose joins us to talk about the changes happening on our factory floors. New workers, new managers, new locations and automation are all changing how we make shoes, but we still have an old mindset on how to get the most out of factory workers. Jose explains a better way forward - one that trains and empowers workers to make shoes right the first time. A must listen for any sourcing and production professional!

33mins

19 Nov 2018

Rank #15

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#70 The NPD Group's Beth Goldstein & the Current State of Footwear Retail

Key footwear industry analyst Beth Goldstein drops by Shoe-In to educate the crew on the latest and greatest (and most challenging) retail issues impacting shoe brands and companies.  Beth brings the knowledge as she breaks down segmentation within the industry and the number of brands fighting over footwear consumer market share.  For the first time in Shoe-In Show history (which isn't very long) the team does both the Fashion Footwear in Focus and the Whatcha got? Whatcha gettin'? segments.

32mins

18 Sep 2017

Rank #16

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#125 The Inside Story of Dutch Fashion Footwear Brand Blackstone Shoes

Dick de Bruijn, Founder and Owner of Blackstone Shoes stops by Shoe-In to explore the history of the Dutch footwear company and the importance of remaining true to the brand's fashion roots.  Jasmine joins the fun as she explores the staying power of the dad shoe trend in her Fashion Footwear in Focus Segment.

22mins

1 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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#81 British Footwear Invasion with Paul Bridge from SGS

Footwear construction expert Paul Bridge calls in from across the pond to discuss the British footwear market and key footwear construction issues impacting the industry today.  Topics range from English footwear retail to sole bonding to Northampton Town F.C.'s crest incorporating a leather shoe....The Beatles' Rubber Sole also gets a mention of course.   Jasmine educates the boys on Seth Aaron's recent 3D printed shoe line for Spring '18 in her Fashion Footwear in Focus segment.

27mins

27 Nov 2017

Rank #18

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#192 Sustainability talk with Reebok's brand president, Matt O'Toole!

The Shoe-In Show team is honored to chat with Matt O'Toole, Reebok's brand president. We discuss the evolution of Reebok, footwear innovation, and their new Cotton + Corn plant-based shoe!

30mins

13 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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#83 Holiday Shoe Shopping with Famous Footwear's Rick Ausick

Footwear industry icon and recent Footwear News Achievement Awards (FNAA) Hall of Fame inductee Rick Ausick stops by Shoe-In to download on the current state of footwear retail and innovations driving the overall shopping experience.  Rick also educates the boys on all that goes into preparing Famous Footwear's over 1,000 retail locations for the holiday shopping season. The Shoe-In team brings back the world famous "Watcha Got? Whatcha Gettin'?" segment as Rick and the hosts each unveil the shoes they are wearing and the next pair they plan to purchase.

33mins

11 Dec 2017

Rank #20