About Us

FN is the ultimate destination for industry insiders and shoe lovers alike. From power players to style stars, FN draws on seventy years of history to offer a feet first look at what’s new and what’s next in shoes. The site is your first-stop for shoe news globally. Breaking the latest stories, offering expert analysis and on-trend seasonal coverage, FN is connecting readers to the topics that matter most. Led by an informed team of journalists, the site filters the way we look at footwear. With an eye for what’s next, the newsroom sets the tone feet first.


Michael Atmore

Michael Atmore

Michael Atmore is Editorial Director of Footwear News (FN) and Director of Brand Development for Fairchild Fashion Media (FFM). He oversees both FN and Footwearnews.com, which offer extensive coverage of footwear-industry trends, fashion designers, business executives and retailers, as well as reports and reviews of the major runway shows.

As Director of Brand Development, Mr. Atmore focuses on the extension of FFM brands, with particular attention to television, trade shows and the development of new products and initiatives.

Additionally, under his direction, FFM hosts two industry events: the annual FN Achievement Awards, and the FN CEO Summit, a biennial executive conference that draws a diverse cross-section of top-level executives and industry professionals. In 2008, Mr. Atmore created the FN “Shoe Star” webisode series, a reality shoe-design competition for Fashion Institute of Technology students created to identify the next great footwear designer.

Prior to joining Fairchild and Condé Nast in 1997, Mr. Atmore was founding Editorial Director and Publisher of Footwear Plus. He has an extensive background in retail, having served as Editorial Director for a group of retail-based publications at International Thomson. He has also held top editorial positions at U.S. Business Press and Harcourt Brace.

Neil Weilheimer

Neil WeilheimerExecutive editor Neil Weilheimer is a media pro with 20 years of writing, reporting, Web and management experience. He loves using all kinds of content to tell disruptive stories that engage and inform.

Weilheimer serves as top editor for FN’s most-read, most-debated list of the 100 most powerful people in footwear. Additionally, he reports enterprising stories for FN, from following one entrepreneur into the tent cities of post-earthquake Haiti to an exclusive profile of Cameron Diaz’s new shoe line.

Before joining the team in 2004, Weilheimer reported on real estate tycoons, green hotels and blind triathletes.

Katie Abel

Katie AbelExecutive Editor Katie Abel oversees cover stories, news content and special sections for the magazine and website. In addition, she regularly writes major stories on top executives, designers and celebrities, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Nicholas Kirkwood, Giuseppe Zanotti, Bergdorf Goodman President Josh Schulman and many others.

She also has been the lead editor on special standalone publications created by FN, including the Saks Fifth Avenue “Sexy Shoes” project and “Footloose,” a magazine produced in partnership with HSN.

Prior to joining FN, Abel worked at The Charlotte Observer, a leading daily newspaper in North Carolina’s largest city.

Eugenia Miranda Richman

Eugenia Miranda Richman

Eugenia Miranda Richman serves as the Digital Director for Footwearnews.com. Overseeing both editorial and social media strategies for the site, Eugenia works to reach shoe fanatics and industry leaders alike.

The Argentine-Nicaraguan via Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and New York City has been in publishing for more than a decade, earning her chops at InStyle, Vogue.com, xoJane.com, and Vivala.com. As a longtime miniature shoe collector, Eugenia fits right in shaping the digital voice of a legacy fashion publication.

Jennie Bell

Jennie BellJennie Bell serves as the features editor for Footwear News, working with the magazine’s top writers and editors to develop new and insightful ways to tell the shoe industry’s most compelling stories.

She’s been in the publishing business for more than a decade, and in her time at FN has overseen projects big and small, from the weekly Top 10 Lists and annual Year in Review sections, to the special FN Achievement Awards issue.

Prior to joining FN, Bell served in editorial positions for a range of New York media companies, including Louise Blouin Media, VNU and AOL. She is a proud graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., and remains a Southerner in her heart of hearts.

Nikara Johns

Nikara Johns is the women’s editor for FN. She assists Editorial Director Michael Atmore on a daily basis. In addition to assisting Atmore, she contributes to footwearnews.com covering trending topics, entertainment, celebrities and more. Before joining FN, Johns interned at Variety in Los Angeles for six months, writing over 200 articles for Variety.com. She also covered many events from award shows to Hollywood movie premieres. In 2013, Johns graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University in Chicago with a degree in journalism and PR.

Barbara Schneider-Levy

Barbara Schneider-LevyTapping into 30 years of experience at Footwear News, Barbara Schneider-Levy’s role as senior editor allows her to report on a diverse range of markets. Her coverage spans the men’s, comfort, work boot, Western boot, rain boot, slipper and materials and components categories.

Having launched her career in the early 1980s when a domestic shoe industry still thrived, Barbara had the opportunity to visit many footwear factories to learn firsthand how a shoe made its journey from a designer’s sketch pad to a store’s shelf.

Although manufacturing has mostly moved offshore, the industry continues to introduce new footwear talent to an increasingly savvy fashion consumer. The industry’s recently welcomed an impressive list of celebrity designers to the footwear community that include Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz and Ivanka Trump.

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