Footwear News - - INSIDER - — N.J.

From the mo­ment he landed on the footwear scene, Steve Mad­den has never been one to hold back. Dur­ing a spe­cial ap­pear­ance at Ad­ver­tis­ing Week, the shoe mogul sat down for an in­ti­mate con­ver­sa­tion about the fash­ion in­dus­try, his path to suc­cess and how times are chang­ing in the dig­i­tal world. Mad­den also said his piece on the United States tar­iff dis­pute with China. He was vo­cal about his dis­ap­proval of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s trade stance and how it can im­pact the footwear in­dus­try. “[U.S.-China trade re­la­tions] have been so great for our coun­try. It’s a beau­ti­ful thing, and it’s work­ing and has worked in Amer­ica for the last 25 years,” Mad­den said. “Now they are try­ing to stop it. The world is very small now, and we can’t sus­tain our­selves.” He added, “Be­ing able to open up to the world — it has saved us, frankly. That’s why these tar­iffs are such an aw­ful idea. It’s so wrong-headed what they are do­ing. It’s just so wrong, and hope­fully it will change.”

Steve Mad­den

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