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Disney Gets Patent to Take Pictures of People's Feet

It could track theme park guests by their shoes

(Newser) - Disney has received a patent to take pictures of visitors' feet at its theme parks, the Los Angeles Times reports. Specifically, the patent titled System and method using foot recognition to create a customized guest experience would scan guests shoes when they enter the park then track them as the... More »

People Really Hate Steph Curry's New Shoes

What's wrong with them? Absolutely nothing, if you're someone's grandpa

(Newser) - While Hillary Clinton is burning Donald Trump on social media, everyone else is burning Steph Curry. Not for any recent screw-ups on the court, but for his new Curry Two Low "Chef" sneakers, released Thursday by Under Armour, reports For the Win . Not that there's anything atrociously hideous... More »

Family Says Toddler's Shoes Burst Into Flame

They were powered by lithium batteries

(Newser) - A Texas couple is warning parents about light-up shoes after their 2-year-old son's pair apparently burst into flame. Attila and Jovan Virag say they found a fire in the backseat of their SUV on Saturday. When the flames were extinguished, there was a hole in the floor, a melted... More »

Louboutin Just Redefined the 'Nude' Shoe

Collection includes 7 shades from 'porcelain' to 'chocolate'

(Newser) - In fashion, "nude" usually refers to a beige or peachy color. Christian Louboutin is apparently among the first to realize that shade doesn't represent the skin tone of many. After introducing shoes in five nude shades last year, the designer has expanded the collection to include two new... More »

Nike Truly Botched Its Pitch Meeting With Steph Curry

Like 'something hastily thrown together by a hungover college student'

(Newser) - ESPN has a deep and fascinating look at what it calls "the marketing heist of the century": sneaker behemoth Nike losing out on megastar Steph Curry to comparatively tiny Under Armour. Curry is arguably the biggest name in the NBA right now, "a cult of personality so... More »

Nike's New Shoes Lace Themselves

They'll be available in 3 colors around the holidays

(Newser) - The future is now, people! Ever since Marty McFly donned self-lacing shoes in Back to the Future, people have been dreaming about sporting a pair of their own—because, you know, tying laces sucks. Nike has finally brought the dream to life, reports the Verge . The company has announced a... More »

Adidas Stops Trying To Put Men's Shoes on Women's Feet

The PureBoost X is the rare running shoe actually developed for women

(Newser) - Next month, Adidas will launch a running shoe specifically developed for women. Why is this news, you ask, I've seen plenty of pink sneakers before. Well, those shoes were by and large designed for men then "adapted" for women, Footwear News reports. Or, as Quartz quotes the industry... More »

Hot Mic at Pope Visit Catches Shoe-Toss Threat

Mystery woman's ire caught on live television

(Newser) - Something about Pope Francis' visit to Congress this morning apparently made one mystery woman want to resort to footwear-related violence. Mediaite reports a live mic caught a woman standing behind the pope saying she wanted to "take my shoe off and throw it" just before Francis entered the House... More »

Teacher Wins $20K, Plans Gift for Students

Bri Dredge got a little help winning Millionaire Hot Seat

(Newser) - An Australian teacher who won $20,000 on a game show (with a little help from the sympathetic host) plans to buy a gift for each 8th-grade kid at her school: a new pair of shoes, the Herald Sun reports. As a guest on Millionaire Hot Seat, Bri Dredge was... More »

Huge Reward Offered for Dorothy's Red Slippers

Anonymous fan of Wizard of Oz makes amazing offer

(Newser) - There's no place like home—especially for a pair of authentic slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. In fact, an anonymous donor is offering $1 million for information that leads to the return of the red shoes stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand... More »

Man Sees Girl's Woeful Shoes, Invents Incredible Pair

Expanding kicks could help 300M kids who don't have footwear

(Newser) - Think it's difficult keeping your growing child in fitting shoes? Imagine trying to do it on $1.25 a day. Some 400 million children live in such circumstances, and about 75% of them don't have shoes, Mashable reports. That struck Kenton Lee, 30, when he was working at... More »

Adidas' Goal: Win Back Americans

World's no. 2 sports brand struggling in key market

(Newser) - Between 2002 and 2013, Adidas saw its overall market share more than quadruple—but in the US, the German company has recently struggled, with a retail market share of just 7% last year. And in the world of sneakers, that's a big problem: "The US is 40% of... More »

12-Toed Runner: 'Hurts Every Time I Put My Shoes On'

Swapna Barman prepares for Asian Games

(Newser) - An 18-year-old heptathlete from West Bengal, India, is preparing for her first big international competition—and facing a challenge few competitors must address. Swapna Barman has six toes on each foot, and she hasn't been able to find a pair of shoes that works, Reuters reports. "Even after... More »

Sorry, Everyone, But Our Feet Are Getting Bigger

Average shoe size is up about two sizes since the '70s, study says

(Newser) - We already knew there was an obesity epidemic , but there’s one body part that may be outpacing the rest: our feet. The average shoe size has gone up two whole sizes since the 1970s—and people are cramming their feet, big or small, into shoes that are undersized, according... More »

Women Aroused by, Lie About, Their Shoes survey looks at love of famous accessory

(Newser) - Women see shoes as purely utilitarian accessories that help them get around town ... right? Uh, not exactly. The online retailer has confirmed in a nationwide survey that women really do love their shoes—in ways that are a little surprising, the Oklahoman reports. The findings are from 1,... More »

Thieves Steal $34K Pair of Sneakers

Gone are Usain Bolt's cleats he wore setting 100M world record

(Newser) - A pair of Usain Bolt's orange cleats were on display in London—until someone stole the signed shoes, which are reportedly worth $34,000. The Jamaican athlete wore the cleats when he set the world record in the 100-meter race in 2009, the Los Angeles Times reports. Now, he'... More »

Women Have Surgery So Designer Heels Fit Better

When Hitchhiker's Toe and Christian Louboutins clash

(Newser) - How far are women willing to go for fashion? According to the New York Times , pretty far. The newspaper walks a mile in the shoes of a handful of LA- and NYC-based podiatrists who perform procedures specifically designed to help women fit comfortably into designer heels. What types of surgery... More »

Hillary Clinton Has to Duck a Shoe During Speech

She laughs it off in Vegas

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton had to be fast on her feet during a speech in Las Vegas today. A woman in the audience chucked a shoe that whizzed past her head, reports the Las Vegas Sun . "Good thing she didn't play softball like I did," said Clinton, drawing laughter.... More »

Protester Lobs Shoe at Iran's Rouhani

But it misses his car in Tehran

(Newser) - Hasan Rouhani might have skipped a handshake with President Obama, but his overtures to the West were still too cozy for hardliners back home: Someone chucked a shoe at the Iranian president upon his return to Tehran, reports AFP . This one was nowhere near as dramatic as the shoe-throwing that... More »

Ahmadinejad Critic Tries to Hit Him With Shoe

Not everyone in Egypt is pleased to see Iranian leader

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad landed in Egypt today and got a welcome kiss from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, reports Reuters . But the Iranian leader got a decidedly different reaction in the midst of a crowd when a critic tried to hit him with his shoe, reports ABC News . It was reportedly a... More »

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