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Score: 8
This Week and Warm Top 4 Examples: 3,651 Total Clicks Date Range: Feb 16 - Feb 16
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Fashion brands find unique ways to use the eco-friendly material
Implications - Many fashion brands are taking advantage of cardboard's status as an eco-friendly material by finding unique ways to use it in their packaging. Not only is cardboard immediately obvious for its eco properties; it's also malleable enough for creative packaging solutions. This shift illustrates that brands are able to leave their creative mark, even while continuing to be sustainable. [More]
Score: 8.1
This Month and Hot Top 4 Examples: 10,891 Total Clicks Date Range: Oct 15 - Jan 16
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Consumers turn to survival-focused fashion to convey their interests
Implications - The collision of fitness culture and adventure tourism has resulted in a new fashion frontier. Survivalist fashion is not only rugged in its appearance; it is also geared towards extreme forms of fitness and leisure. As consumers continue to stretch their physical limits, they begin searching for products that reflect and champion their newfound extremism. [More]
Score: 7.4
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 5,302 Total Clicks Date Range: Jul 15 - Nov 15
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Footwear designs employ low-key heat retention technologies
Implications - Footwear designers are turning to increasingly sophisticated and experimental forms of technology to ensure expert heat retention without compromising the aesthetics of their product. Providing a utilitarian function disguised by an unassuming look, these designs suggest that despite the fusion of technology and fashion, consumers continue to favor a traditionalist aesthetic over a futuristic one. [More]
Score: 5.5
This Year and Mild Top 4 Examples: 12,878 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 14 - Aug 15
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Modern running shoes focus on enhancing the energy of active consumers
Implications - Brands are coming up with alternative ways to serve active millennials with footwear products that are designed to enhance energy levels. While this specific approach helps companies in the footwear market stand out, a focus on invigorating consumers is also essential when targeting young, busy age groups with packed schedules. [More]
Score: 7
This Year and Hot Top 4 Examples: 15,766 Total Clicks Date Range: Sep 14 - Jul 15
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Shoe brands release products with captivating, interactive light features
Implications - New footwear products are mixing footwear with innovative lighting designs that challenge typical footwear design. The introduction of seldom seen elements helps brands get ahead of the competition, as connections with consumers are more likely to be developed via interactive, eye-catching merchandise. [More]
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Score: 5.9
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 8,540 Total Clicks Date Range: Oct 14 - Jun 15
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Shoe labels release merchandise with exceptionally lightweight features
Implications - Shoe labels are releasing exceptionally lightweight footwear products that combine the best of athleticism with breathable materials and designs. This aesthetic addresses a desire for easily accessible, on-the-go sporting items that are suited to busy and active Millennials. [More]
Score: 4.9
This Year and Mild Top 4 Examples: 14,336 Total Clicks Date Range: Jan 14 - Jun 15
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Brands hone in on gender bending shoe lines for the modern consumer
Implications - Brands are honing in on androgynous footwear lines that deliver gender-neutral designs. These creative concepts are meeting the wants and needs of modern shoppers who are no longer restricted to strict male and female divisions, but are instead blurring distinctions, reflective of an evolving view on gender. [More]
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Score: 5.6
This Year and Mild Top 4 Examples: 14,260 Total Clicks Date Range: Sep 14 - Jun 15
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DIY shoe products create hyper-customized options for young audiences
Implications - Bespoke features are bleeding into the footwear blogging sector, providing consumers with more control. This is largely in the interest of Generations Y and Z, that are not only individually oriented, but also familiar with DIY takes on almost every consumer segment. By providing shoppers with control over designs, these and akin concepts are contributing to greater customer satisfaction. [More]
Score: 8.1
This Year and Hot Top 4 Examples: 23,977 Total Clicks Date Range: Aug 13 - Aug 15
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High-performance footwear takes an unrestricted approach to its design
Implications - Designers of high-performance sports footwear have begun taking a simplistic, pared down approach to the design of such products. Whether it's by ensuring shoes are easily adjustable, or simply designing them with greater flexibility in mind, high-performance outdoor footwear is often made to mimic being barefoot, signalling a consumer preference for both natural design and feel. [More]
Score: 5.9
Warm Top 4 Examples: 26,557 Total Clicks Date Range: Sep 13 - Oct 14
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Instead of fit or function, brands use time periods as inspiration
Implications - Although the cyclical nature of fashion is nothing new, brands are using the quintessential aesthetics of specific generations -- past or future -- in design for aesthetic appeal. This approach to design targets consumers more concerned with aesthetics rather than functionality. [More]