How Jordan Brand’s First NIL Athlete Kiki Rice Plans to Be Agent of Change On and Off the Basketball Court

Five months have passed since Kiki Rice became Jordan Brand’s first name, image and likeness (NIL) athlete, and the young baller has already witnessed a dramatic increase in the spotlight that surrounds her. Since signing in October 2022, the UCLA women’s basketball star admitted she’s fielded her fair share of NIL and Jordan Brand-related questions, and the amount … Read more

Kenneth Cole & Instagram’s ‘Dude With Sign’ Want Your Attention

Kenneth Cole and @dudewithasign has teamed up for Mental Health Awareness Month. CREDIT: HARVEY JACKSON Kenneth Cole is continuing on his mission to end the stigma around mental health. As part of the brand’s 40th anniversary and in line with Mental Health Awareness month, the company has teamed up with @Dudewithsign on a special collaboration. Seth Phillips … Read more

K-Swiss and McLaren Racing Reveal Their First Shoe Collection

With the 2023 F1 racing season on the horizon, K-Swiss and McLaren Racing have revealed a collaborative, team performance-driven footwear collection. K-Swiss and McLaren Racing — after announcing a multiyear partnership in July 2022 — will release three collaborative collections throughout the year, with the first dropping today. This partnership, K-Swiss said, is based off the companies’ … Read more

The Athlete’s Foot Unveils Local Store Concept as New Parent Arklyz Continues to Modernize Retail Chain

The Athlete’s Foot (TAF) is going hyper local. On Friday, the sneaker retailer celebrated the grand reopening of its store in Atlanta’s Atlantic Station shopping district, featuring an updated design that will become the new model for the franchise. The “neighborhood” concept is meant to capture a community vibe with customized art elements, local brands … Read more

Brooks Comes After Skechers in Infringement Suit Over ‘Beast’ Mark

Skechers and Brooks are embroiled in another legal spat. Brooks last week filed a suit accusing Skechers of trademark infringement. The lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in a Washington District Court, takes issue with Skechers’ use of the word “Beast” on its shoes. Brooks, which sells a sneaker model called “Beast” and features this word … Read more

Footwear Sales Slowed in Q1, While Basketball Shoes and Loafers Served as Bright Spot

The footwear market slowed in the first quarter of 2023 as demand softened and warmer weather impacted boot sales, according to new data from Circana (formerly IRI and The NPD Group). Beth Goldstein, footwear and accessories analyst at Circana, told FN in an interview that there was a decline in unit sales in the first quarter, but … Read more