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Vendors Sound Off at The Atlanta Shoe Show

Casual, color and comfort rule the buys this season.

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Brands share insight on key styles and hot items for spring '15 from The Atlanta Shoe Market, which took place Saturday, Aug. 23, through Monday, Aug. 25.

Men's/Outdoor/Athletic
Chaco
Nolan Davis, owner of Outdoor Sports Marketing representing Smart Wool socks & Chaco:
"We really have had a strong turnout from Florida to Mississippi. For Chaco, it's been the GXI [sandal], which we have in 17 colors. [During the show], we've really seen the most growth in kids'. Men's is flat and women's is up significantly, but kids' is doing really great."

K-Swiss
Chris McGerigle, Northeast sales representative:
"Trendwise, the resurgence of the white shoe and heritage tennis styles, which K-Swiss is really known for, is really helpful. With the new shield, new marketing and product, we're doing really well. We've seen a lot of old accounts want to restart with us, and plenty of existing accounts looking to grow their offering."

Johnston & Murphy
Mark Williams, sales representative:
"Wingtips are still our hottest style and retail at $165, so we can find that price-conscious spot, and we have styles at $275 and up that people are looking at. There is some pessimism out there, but maybe not as much as I anticipated. Socks are still as strong as they were. We sell out each season. We have definitely had some new prospects this time around. Most of this show is independents [for me], but they do have multiple stores."

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