Phoenix Footwear Group, Inc., headquartered in Carlsbad, California, specializes in quality comfort women's and men's footwear with a design focus on fitting features. Phoenix Footwear designs, develops, markets and sells footwear in a wide range of sizes and widths under the brands Trotters®, SoftWalk®, and H.S. Trask®. These brands are primarily sold through department stores, leading specialty and independent retail stores, mail order catalogues and internet retailers and are carried by approximately 650 customers in over 900 retail locations throughout the U.S. Phoenix Footwear has been engaged in the manufacture or importation and sale of quality footwear since 1882.
Our products emphasize quality, fit and comfort with classic styling. These products compete predominately in the moderate-priced categories of the market.
Trotters. Competing primarily in the traditional women’s dress, tailored and casual classifications, Trotters provides retail price points from $69 to $99. The broad selection of sizes and widths for this brand fills an important need for our customers by emphasizing quality and fit with the continuity of style from season to season.
SoftWalk. SoftWalk competes in the women’s comfort footwear segment at moderate retail price points from $79 to $129. Utilizing its patented foot bed that fundamentally differentiates SoftWalk from its competitors, we believe SoftWalk’s consumer acceptance and popularity is attributable to its unique combination of comfort and contemporary styling. By molding multiple layers of high density materials together, our patented “egg-crate” technology allows for an insole construction that creates raised cushioning elements of a height, size and spacing so as to be self-adjusting to the foot. These elements combine to create a shoe that provide ultimate comfort and supports the foot similar to a mattress. Our patented foot bed technology provides the consumer with exceptional comfort without compromising style and is utilized in all of our SoftWalk products.
H.S. Trask. H.S. Trask is a men’s product line emphasizing Western American styling and heritage. We utilize high quality materials reminiscent of America’s original leathers such as bison, cowhide and elk. During fiscal 2007 and fiscal 2008, we invested in the redevelopment of this product line in an effort to leverage the favorable product positioning and western lifestyle image of the brand. During 2009 and 2010 we were not able to execute against this plan for growth due to the severe national recession and our working capital constraints. During fiscal 2011 we started pursuing the sale of the H.S. Task brand in light of our decision to focus our efforts and resources on our two primary brands, Trotters and SoftWalk.