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Stop Demanding Guests Take Off Shoes in Your House

'WSJ' writer makes her case in terms of hygiene, practicality, and personal well-being

(Newser) - If cleanliness is next to godliness, then Kris Frieswick has just declared herself a heathen. Sort of. That's because the writer has declared, via a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, that she's not inclined to take her shoes off in homes where people are expected to do so,...

Usain Bolt: Today's Sprinters Have Unfair Advantage

World record holder blasts new shoe technology at Olympics

(Newser) - Usain Bolt says runners hoping to best his world record sprints at the Tokyo Olympics will have an unfair advantage: new-generation shoes. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, gold medal-winning marathon runners wore carbon-plated, thick-soled shoes that were ultimately found to be 4% more efficient than other shoes, reports Outside . Sprinters,...

His Brand Was Adored by Surfers, Skateboarders, and 'Spicoli'

Paul Van Doren, co-founder of Vans, dies at age 90

(Newser) - In the '70s, skateboarders and surfers wore them. In the '80s, Sean Penn donned a pair of the black-and-white checkerboard version as Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Today, teens and young adults still sport the Vans brand, famous for its iconic canvas boat shoes with...

These Old Sneakers Are About to Break a Sotheby's Record

Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototypes worn by Kanye West at 2008 Grammys set to sell for $1 million

(Newser) - If you saw them thrown in the corner of a bedroom, you'd think these black size 12 sneakers were just any old pair of Nikes. Instead, they've just become Sotheby's most expensive shoe listing ever, set to be auctioned off this month for more than $1 million,...

Kamala Harris Gives Jolt to a Certain Sneaker

Sales of Converse's Chuck Taylors spike after vice president wears them

(Newser) - Supporters of Kamala Harris appear to have helped boost sales of the vice president's favorite pair of shoes. Women across the country vowed to wear Converse sneakers —specifically the Chuck Taylor versions Harris loves so much—and/or pearls for Inauguration Day, in honor of the nation's first...

For Crocs, a 'Bittersweet Moment' Amid the Pandemic

Consumers scooped up famous, easy-to-clean clogs in record sales year

(Newser) - For many retailers, 2020 was a catastrophe due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the Crocs footwear brand, it was a "bittersweet moment," per CNN Business . The sweet part: Last year was a record one in terms of sales, and the company on Monday increased its Q4 year-over-year revenue...

They Met Up for a Sneaker Sale. Then Everything Went Awry

Teen girl killed during shootout over Adidas Yeezy shoes near Miami: cops

(Newser) - A Miami high school senior weeks away from graduation was killed last week during what cops say was a botched sale of Adidas Yeezy sneakers. Two men have since been arrested and charged with murder. CNN reports that Andrea Camps Lacayo died April 7 after she accompanied her boyfriend, Sergio...

Fried Chicken-Scented Crocs Are Now a Thing
KFC Crocs Don't Just 
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KFC Crocs Don't Just Look Like Fried Chicken

They smell like it, too—at least until feet enter the picture

(Newser) - For $59.99, you can "make your dreams of wearing a bucket of chicken finally come true." That's according to Crocs , which is out with what is surely (seriously, no contest) its oddest design yet. Revealed in a fairly out-there ad released Wednesday, the KFC X Crocs...

Nike Nailed It With These Shoes—and That's a Problem

The Vaporfly is helping marathon runners break records

(Newser) - Some shoes aren't just good, they're too good—which has World Athletics seeking a response to Nike's Vaporfly sneakers, Quartz reports. The governing body of track and field knows these shoes are helping runners set marathon records, but what to do? The Times of London reports a...

Mom Texted Ashton Kutcher, Scored Some New Shoes

'That '70s Show' star reacts to message of a cross-country team in need of running shoes

(Newser) - A Texas cross-country team might have thought they were being punk'd—but Ashton Kutcher really did come through for them in a pinch. Monica Gutierrez tells CNN that her son, an eighth-grader at the IDEA Tres Lagos school in McAllen, joined the cross-country team this year, and one of...

Don't Worry Too Much About Wearing Your Shoes Inside

'New York Times' talks to health experts who say the germ factor is relatively benign

(Newser) - A New York Times story tackles an interesting if low-grade health question: Should you take your shoes off before going inside? After talking to several scientists about the matter, the article by Christopher Mele comes to a general conclusion: If it's just a matter of health—that is, worry...

Woman Buys Out Entire Payless Store to Help Those in Need

Carrie Jernigan says it all began with a simple request from her daughter to donate one pair

(Newser) - It started with a pair of Avengers-branded shoes. One day in May, attorney Carrie Jernigan was shopping at a Payless near her home in Alma, Ark., with her kids, trying to grab as many pairs of deeply discounted footwear as she could after Payless announced it would soon be closing...

Kanye Credits $150M Comeback to 'Superpower'
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Kanye West Got Rich Again. Here's How

The rapper sits down with Forbes magazine

(Newser) - Kanye West is wealthy again. The rapper/singer/songwriter who bottomed out three years ago—hospitalized with temporary psychosis while apparently $53 million in debt—is now on the cover of Forbes and crediting his comeback to an old love: sneakers. "I am a product guy at my core," West...

Japan's Health Chief on High Heels at Work: 'Necessary'

He's pushing back on artist Yumi Ishikawa's petition against workplace dress requirements

(Newser) - Women across Japan may find workplace dress codes that require high heels to be onerous, but according to the country's chief health official, such mandates are just fine. Reuters reports that Health Minister Takumi Nemoto responded Wednesday to an online campaign started by artist Yumi Ishikawa that pushes back...

Woman Buys Out Shoe Store, for a Cause

Addy Tritt's kind act benefits Nebraska flood victims

(Newser) - A Kansas woman donated 204 pairs of shoes to Nebraska flood victims after buying everything that was left at a closing Payless store , per the AP . The Hays Post reports the shoes, with a retail price of more than $6,000, were part of a flood relief shipment taken to...

This May Be Biggest US Retail Liquidation Ever

Payless is shuttering all 2,100 of its stores here, as well as its e-commerce operation

(Newser) - In what the Wall Street Journal says may be the biggest retail liquidation ever in America, one of the nation's most well-known chains for shoes on the cheap is closing all of its stores here. A spokesman says all of Payless' 2,100 or so US locations are expected...

NBA Star Responds After Girl's Plea About His Shoes

Riley Morrison wanted to know why Steph Curry sneakers came only in 'boys' sizes

(Newser) - Riley Morrison knew which shoes she wanted on her feet as she kicked off her basketball season. Unfortunately, she appeared not to have the right feet. "Girls want to rock the Curry 5s too," the 9-year-old Golden State Warriors fan from Napa, Calif., wrote in a letter to...

How Payless Got People to Pay Hundreds for Its Shoes

Bargain shoe store opened a fake luxury boutique

(Newser) - Would you pay $640 for a pair of Payless shoes? You might think the answer is "absolutely not," but you haven't been to Palessi. In a recent ad campaign/social experiment, Payless took over a former Armani storefront in Santa Monica, Calif., and set up a fake luxury...

Nordstrom Takes Heat for Pricey, Shabby Sneakers

Some say the $530 Golden Goose footwear mocks poverty

(Newser) - If you can afford to lay out more than $500 for a new pair of kick-around shoes, you likely want a pair that looks clean. Nordstrom is banking on just the opposite, however, by stocking Golden Goose's Superstar Taped Sneaker . The shoe is described as "a distressed leather...

Man Asks Mourners to Bring Shoes, Not Flowers

He wanted them to be donated to needy families

(Newser) - Shoes, not flowers. The final wish of a Michigan man was fulfilled Monday when dozens of children's shoes were donated at his funeral in Saginaw. Dennis Wright of Perry died of cancer at age 61. He had asked mourners to skip flowers and instead give something that could make...

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