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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Netanyahu Hosted Japan's PM for Dinner. The Dessert Stunned

Not in a good way, though, as shoes are looked down upon in Japanese culture

(Newser) - On Monday, Israeli celebrity chef Segev Moshe proudly posted a pic on Instagram showing off his latest creation: what looked to be a man's shoe filled with a "chocolate selection from the world." Per the Washington Post , it was Moshe's dessert offering for a May 2... More »

Shoe Store Freak Accident Kills 'Adorable' Little Girl

Ifrah Siddique was apparently killed by a mirror in a Payless outside Atlanta.

(Newser) - Payless Shoes is offering condolences to the family of a 2-year-old girl who died after a mirror inside one of its suburban Atlanta stores fell on top of the girl, the AP reports. Riverdale police Lt. Nicole Rabel told news outlets that Ifrah Siddique was found severely injured Friday... More »

US Curler's Shoes 'Look Like They Were in a Dumpster Fire'

Tyler George loves his Skechers anyway

(Newser) - Looks can be deceiving. Just ask Team USA curler Tyler George, owner of what may be the ugliest pair of shoes to grace the Olympics. George admits his tattered white Skechers—purchased eight years ago at a mall in Duluth, Minn., where he lives and owns a liquor store—"... More »

Michael Kors Scoops Up Jimmy Choo for $1.2B

Handbag maker trying to step up its game in luxury goods market with high-end shoes

(Newser) - Shoes and handbags go together like … well, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors, now that the latter has agreed to purchase the former for $1.2 billion, the Wall Street Journal reports. Michael Kors is looking to bolster its business with the luxury shoe brand as sales of its own... More »

Cops: Con Man Scammed NBA Stars Out of Their Shoes

He told them he was Adele's manager

(Newser) - A Florida con man with a long history of celebrity-related scams managed to trick several NBA stars into giving him their sneakers, police say. Justin Jackson and his wife, Angel Lii, have been charged with felonies including identity theft and conspiracy to defraud, the Miami Herald reports. Police say that... More »

Lawyer: 3 Men Who Probed Ivanka Trump Shoemaker Detained

Men were investigating excessive overtime and low wages

(Newser) - A lawyer for one of three activists detained while investigating a Chinese company that produced shoes for Ivanka Trump in China said Tuesday that all three men were being held at the Ganzhou City Detention Center in southeastern China, where conditions were crowded but tolerable. The activists were working with... More »

Men Probing Ivanka Trump Brands in China Missing, Arrested

They were looking into conditions at a shoe-making factory

(Newser) - A man investigating working conditions at a Chinese company that produces Ivanka Trump-brand shoes has been arrested and two others are missing, the arrested man's wife and an advocacy group said Tuesday. Hua Haifeng was accused of illegal surveillance, according to his wife, Deng Guilian. Deng said police told... More »

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