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2010 FN Power 100

Creativity, entrepreneurship and a bit of risk taking are defining this year's group of leaders. Find out who's got the power.

Out of the darkness came the light — and the lightning rods.

After the tough times of 2009, when most footwear executives cut costs, slashed inventories and braced for the worst of the recession, this year was a different story. Corporate leaders began to regroup, restrategize and return to finding innovative ways to conquer the retail market. It’s no wonder footwear has been a leading category, rebounding much faster than apparel and, oftentimes, saving the bottom lines of department stores.

Christian Louboutin continued to set the pace, with styles women couldn’t stop from buying and new boutique openings. He kept consumers excited, and in doing so inadvertently became the face of post-recession luxury, a big reason he rose to the No. 2 spot on this year’s Power 100 list. Neil Cole, too, jumped in the ranking, after partnering with Madonna’s Material Girl label, as well as securing the rights to the Peanuts comic-strip characters.

Meanwhile, others fell. Consider Kevin Plank and his Under Armour brand, which is retooling its running product after weak footwear sales.

As in every year, new players earned their places on the list, such as Scott Savitz, who has grown Shoebuy.com into an e-tail force, attracting 6.5 million monthly visitors and chalking up $180 million in sales. J.Crew’s Mickey Drexler also joined the industry’s elite this year, after making footwear a larger focus for the company and teaming with Alden, Minnetonka and New Balance for interesting collaborations. And Tony Post, too, made the cut after turning Vibram’s FiveFingers style into a footwear movement.

To measure the market heft and influence of each executive on the list, Footwear News studied all sides of the industry — from discounters to luxury houses — to determine who is having the biggest impact on the shoe industry. Sales figures and earnings, of course, factored into the decision process, but so did new store openings, line extensions, collaborations, fashion clout, innovative product, revamped business strategies and, of course, the all-important buzz factor.

What follows is a ranking of the industry’s most powerful influencers — those who not only survived the recession but are shaping the footwear landscape in its wake.

  • 01

    Phil Knight, Mark Parker

    Rank 1

  • 02

    Christian Louboutin

    Rank 2

  • 03

    Blake Nordstrom, Pete Nordstrom

    Rank 3

  • 04

    Ron Fromm, Diane Sullivan

    Rank 4

  • 05

    Matt Rubel

    Rank 5

  • 06

    Terry Lundgren

    Rank 6

  • 07

    Jeff Bezos, Tony Hsieh

    Rank 7

  • 08

    Ken Hicks

    Rank 8

  • 09

    Wes Card, Richard Dickson

    Rank 9

  • 10

    Mike Duke

    Rank 10

  • 11

    Steve Madden, Ed Rosenfeld

    Rank 11

  • 12

    Herbert Hainer

    Rank 12

  • 13

    Blake Krueger

    Rank 13

  • 14

    Robert Greenberg, Michael Greenberg

    Rank 14

  • 15

    Jim Davis, Rob DeMartini

    Rank 15

  • 16

    Manolo Blahnik, George Malkemus

    Rank 16

  • 17

    Giuseppe Zanotti

    Rank 17

  • 18

    Tamara Mellon, Joshua Schulman

    Rank 18

  • 19

    Vince Camuto

    Rank 19

  • 20

    Stephen Sadove, Ron Frasch

    Rank 20

  • 21

    Karen Katz

    Rank 21

  • 22

    Eric Wiseman

    Rank 22

  • 23

    Bob Dennis

    Rank 23

  • 24

    Diego Della Valle

    Rank 24

  • 25

    Neil Cole

    Rank 25

  • 26

    François-Henri Pinault, Jochen Zeitz

    Rank 26

  • 27

    Marc Jacobs

    Rank 27

  • 28

    Miuccia Prada

    Rank 28

  • 29

    Angel Martinez

    Rank 29

  • 30

    Glenn Lyon

    Rank 30

  • 31

    Kevin Mansell

    Rank 31

  • 32

    Jay Schottenstein, Michael MacDonald

    Rank 32

  • 33

    Nobuo Oda

    Rank 33

  • 34

    Mark Lee

    Rank 34

  • 35

    Kenneth Cole, Jill Granoff

    Rank 35

  • 36

    Jeffrey Swartz

    Rank 36

  • 37

    Gregg Steinhafel

    Rank 37

  • 38

    Stuart Weitzman

    Rank 38

  • 39

    Neil Clifford

    Rank 39

  • 40

    Pierre Hardy

    Rank 40

  • 41

    Myron Ullman

    Rank 41

  • 42

    Mindy Grossman

    Rank 42

  • 43

    Jim Issler

    Rank 43

  • 44

    Bob Campbell

    Rank 44

  • 45

    Nicholas Kirkwood

    Rank 45

  • 46

    Lew Frankfort, Reed Krakoff

    Rank 46

  • 47

    Mike George

    Rank 47

  • 48

    Carol Meyrowitz

    Rank 48

  • 49

    Peter Harris

    Rank 49

  • 50

    Tarek Hassan, Sam Hassan

    Rank 50

  • 51

    Rick Darling

    Rank 51

  • 52

    Aldo Bensadoun

    Rank 52

  • 53

    Michael Kors

    Rank 53

  • 54

    Brian Atwood

    Rank 54

  • 55

    Bob Goldman

    Rank 55

  • 56

    Danny Wasserman

    Rank 56

  • 57

    Daniel Schwartz

    Rank 57

  • 58

    Isack Fadlon

    Rank 58

  • 59

    Ralph Lauren

    Rank 59

  • 60

    R. Stephen Rubin, Andy Rubin

    Rank 60

  • 61

    Scott Savitz

    Rank 61

  • 62

    Jules Schneider

    Rank 62

  • 63

    Massimo Ferragamo, Vincent Ottomanelli

    Rank 63

  • 64

    Edward Stack

    Rank 64

  • 65

    Tim Belk

    Rank 65

  • 66

    Stanley Silver, Patti Silver

    Rank 66

  • 67

    Millard "Mickey" Drexler

    Rank 67

  • 68

    Bob Infantino

    Rank 68

  • 69

    Alexis Maybank, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

    Rank 69

  • 70

    John Varvatos

    Rank 70

  • 71

    Kevin Plank

    Rank 71

  • 72

    Steven Nichols

    Rank 72

  • 73

    Tony Post

    Rank 73

  • 74

    Jack Silvera

    Rank 74

  • 75

    Blake Mycoskie

    Rank 75

  • 76

    Peter Hanig

    Rank 76

  • 77

    Wayne Weaver

    Rank 77

  • 78

    Scott Silverstein

    Rank 78

  • 79

    Marc Fisher

    Rank 79

  • 80

    Karl-Johan Persson

    Rank 80

  • 81

    Brendan Hoffman

    Rank 81

  • 82

    Tim Boyle

    Rank 82

  • 83

    Mario Polegato

    Rank 83

  • 84

    William Dillard

    Rank 84

  • 85

    William Snowden, Bill Snowden Jr.

    Rank 85

  • 86

    Jerry Turner

    Rank 86

  • 87

    Marcia Kilgore

    Rank 87

  • 88

    Joe Ouaknine

    Rank 88

  • 89

    Dennis Lazar

    Rank 89

  • 90

    Rick Cytrynbaum

    Rank 90

  • 91

    Glenn Murphy

    Rank 91

  • 92

    Natalie Massenet

    Rank 92

  • 93

    Mark Weber

    Rank 93

  • 94

    Tom Raynor, Jeff Phillips

    Rank 94

  • 95

    Pierre-André Senizergues

    Rank 95

  • 96

    David Zaken

    Rank 96

  • 97

    Michael Katz

    Rank 97

  • 98

    Jim Weber

    Rank 98

  • 99

    Gene Yoon, Jon Epstein

    Rank 99

  • 100

    Richard Cofinco, Robert Nand

    Rank 100

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