BACK COUNTRY, Des Moines, Iowa
1. Oboz Sawtooth and Firebrand
2. Dansko Thea
3. Chacos Z/1 and Z/2
Top trends: “People are buying colorful shoes. We are also seeing a lot of interest in sneakers that are a cross between a boot and a sandal, with a closed toe and open back,” said store manager Lexi Wornson.
TENT & TRAILS, New York
1. Altra Instinct for men
2. Chaco Z/1 and Z/2
3. Five Ten Spire
Top trend: “The trend I’m seeing now is that whole [Vibram] FiveFinger thing,” said manager and buyer Craig Jackson.
CAMPMOR, Paramus, N.J.
1. Teva Hurricane series and Mush
2. Chaco Z/1 series
3. Keen men’s Newport H2 and women’s Whisper
Top trends: “Barefoot shoes and the minimalist approach are really starting to take hold. We are seeing it from … the traditional athletic brands such as Asics and New Balance, and also from new brands to our industry such as Inov-8. We are seeing [these styles] in more channels, and more people are trying to capitalize on them,” said footwear buyer Kevin Montanye.
GOOD FOOTING ADVENTURE, Brooklyn, N.Y.
1. Patagonia Javelina for men
2. Patagonia Spector for women
3. Merrell Moab for men
Top trend: “We’re seeing casual, cross-training-type shoes for everyday [wear],” said owner Philip Chaitman.