Vendors Sound Off at The Atlanta Shoe Show

Casual, color and comfort rule the buys this season.

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See Kai Run
Ali Thompson, sales representative:
"We're seeing a lot of new accounts which is really great, whether older stores or brand-new ones opening. For us, we provide the sort of basics for kids' shoes but with the embellishments the kids want, which, especially here in the South, is what they look for. We're Atlanta-based, so this show is important for us. Florida is a bit tough for us in terms of people visiting because a lot of Florida still shops in New York and it's hard to get them to come to Atlanta. Here, I say it's more Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, the Carolinas and a few from elsewhere, like Colorado."

Stride Rite
Tracy Stenger, sales representative:
"Saturday was a slow-traffic day for us because a lot of people were traveling, but today is a bit better. Sperry Kids and Saucony Kids are doing extremely well for us, and we have six brands here, so it really aims to fill that niche for each store."



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