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FN's 2012 Power 100

Find out who holds the power and how they're using it.

It's about power and the powers that be.

In 2012, the footwear industry was defined by the dominant figures that led with a steady hand and by the economic forces that influenced their decisions.

Footwear News’ annual ranking — in a reimagined, faster-to-read format — has its share of winning feats, such as major acquisitions and global expansion, and a few flops, including athlete scandals, legal tussles and folded labels. Some people rose on the list due to savvy business moves and a deft read on market trends. Others fell victim to Europe’s economic woes and sourcing troubles in China. And some names from prior years are absent, either because they stepped down from their posts or their businesses were bought.

To measure the true market power of those in the industry, FN editors pored over sales and earnings data, line launches, store openings, advertising campaigns and star-studded collaborations. Also taken into account was how much clout brands and designers have with consumers.

Read on to find out who holds the power and how they’re using it.

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