- DSW’s dad or mum, Designer Models, has obtained the Shoes.com domain, building the firm the second (known) acquirer of the area in fewer than two decades soon after Walmart marketed it in 2020.
- A Designer Manufacturers spokesperson stated in an emailed assertion that the organization acquired the web-site and mental assets assets for an undisclosed cost as a “crucial strategic retail area.”
- A message on the Sneakers.com site tells site visitors that “now we’re a aspect of dsw.com” with a link to DSW’s e-commerce shop. Footwear News beforehand claimed on the Sneakers.com acquisition.
The Shoes.com title has had a lengthy and tangled record. Started in 1999, Footwear.com was acquired by Brown Shoe Co (which went on to turn out to be footwear wholesaler and retailer Caleres) in 2000.
Sneakers.com went bankrupt in 2017. Later on that 12 months, Walmart picked up the Sneakers.com domain name and IP assets for $9 million, sending the targeted visitors to its ShoeBuy e-commerce store, which Walmart obtained in 2017 via its now-defunct Jet subsidiary. (DSW picked up Shoe.com’s ShoeMe.ca area in the bankruptcy aftermath, in accordance to trade media studies at the time.)
As Walmart revamped and repositioned its digital enterprise, the retail large marketed off Footwear.com for an undisclosed quantity to personal equity company CriticalPoint Funds, which at the time owned footwear retailer JackRabbit.
Last January, CriticalPoint introduced that Shoes.com was formally aspect of its Jogging Specialty Team, which also owned other organizations together with JackRabbit. The company mentioned at the time that the blend of Footwear.com and JackRabbit would generate a “market-primary, omni-channel specialty footwear platform with a extensive vary of branded footwear.” Very last 12 months, CriticalPoint offered JackRabbit to managing retail store franchisor Fleet Feet.
And now Footwear.com resides less than Designer Makes and its DSW business, in which the enterprise has focused on e-commerce development. In March, CEO Roger Rawlins instructed analysts that need for DSW’s electronic business hit $1 billion for the 1st time.
“The higher-site visitors Sneakers.com domain furthers Designer Brands’ lengthy-array tactic to develop its footprint digitally and strategically posture and distribute Designer Brands’ Owned Brand names as very well as shoes from major National Model associates,” the Designer Makes spokesperson claimed.
No operating assets ended up section of the offer for Shoes.com. Designer Manufacturers did not name the seller of the IP and area title.