Footwear News has given this year's Lifestyle Achievement Award to Robert Greenberg, founder of LA Gear and Skechers USA. He invested initially in hair salons, denim and roller skates. He then moved into the footwear sector after relocating from Boston to Los Angeles in 1978. Founded in 1979, LA Gear was a boom-bust experience for the American entrepreneur. He launched Skechers together with his son Michael and close partners in 1992, after distributing Dr. Martens shoes in the U.S. for a while. He still acts as chairman and chief executive of Skechers, which is in line to hit sales of more than $3 billion this year.

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