From 3D printing to robots that are changing the way shoes are made, 2016 was the year footwear got tech-y.
3D printing technology got plenty of lip service from the industry this year, and in some cases much more than that. Adidas, for instance, released its first commercially available3D printed shoe, as did rival New Balance. Even non-athletic shoe companies, like People Footwear and Ryka, got in on the action.
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Walmart is rolling out new apparel brands across categories to shore up its position against Amazon as its sales in the sector continues to grow.Read more
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VF Corp. said it will reinvest roughly $100 million back into its business to make it more agile and consumer focused, even while dealing with implications of the new Tax Act on its multinational operations.Read more
There are many ways to create newness in footwear, and new brands—including some familiar names—introduced new collections and novel business models at FN Platform this week.Read more