Elan-Polo has formed a joint venture with Grube Sportartikel to distribute Everlast footwear in Germany, replacing a deal that the American company previously had with Circle Europe. Elan-Polo has the European license for Everlast shoes, while Circle is its apparel licensee throughout most of Europe. Jürgen Waldheim, who ran the joint venture with Circle, is leaving the company. Grube, which carried the Everlast footwear line in Germany, Austria and Holland until the end of 2001, distributes also AND 1 and Pro-Keds in Germany. The lifting of European import quotas on Chinese footwear next Jan. 1 will allow Elan-Polo to source Everlast shoes directly in China, using its own offices in the country, rather than from Vietnam, helping to solve previous supply chain problems.