Shipment of fake Nike shoes seized in Southern California
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of pairs of Nike knockoffs were seized at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports complex recently in a shipment arriving from China, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said...
US heptathlete gay pride shoe flaps in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — American heptathlete Erica Bougard says she wasn’t trying to make an international political statement against Qatar’s anti-LGBTQ policies. She was just wearing her favorite...
In escalating trade war, US consumers may see higher prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China on Sunday put in place their latest tariff increases on each other's goods, potentially raising prices Americans pay for some clothes, shoes, sporting...
Man found near river with no memory of how he got there
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A 33-year-old man who wasn't wearing pants or shoes was rescued from the bank of the Nooksack River south of Lynden after apparently falling down at least part of an...
Collectable sneakers on auction at Sotheby’s in New York
NEW YORK (AP) — True sneaker heads will get the opportunity to expand their collection as Sotheby's in New York holds its first sneaker auction.
After 50 years of mending soles, Affton shoe shop closing
ST. LOUIS (AP) — "Italians are picky about their shoes," Giovanni LoCascio said, with room to talk.
After almost 75 years making and repairing footwear, the Sicilian-born St. Louisan has...
Secret gardens and co-ed styles hit Paris men’s collections
PARIS (AP) — A frothing cherub fountain constructed of striped fabric drew the eyes and camera lenses of VIP guests at Thom Browne's fantastical Paris Fashion Week show on Saturday. Here are...
In #MeToo era, Japanese woman slams #KuToo heels dress codes
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese women are saying, "No," to high heels in what's been dubbed the #KuToo movement, a play on the words for "shoes" and "agony" and allusion to the #MeToo hashtag.
Couture Council to honor Louboutin and his red-soled shoes
NEW YORK (AP) — From a tiny bottle of nail polish, a luxury fashion empire was born.
Designer Christian Louboutin says he was experimenting in his factory one day when he suddenly seized his...
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Nike said Tuesday it won't release a version of its Air Force 1 shoe meant to celebrate Puerto Rico, after an indigenous group in Panama objected to one of its traditional...
Nike’s plan for better-fitting kicks: Show us your feet
NEW YORK (AP) — Nike wants to meet your feet.
The sneaker seller will add a foot-scanning tool on its app this summer that will measure the length, width and other dimensions of customers'...
Baby giraffe gets therapeutic shoes to help walk
Hitting NFL draft’s red carpet means dressing up for moment
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brian Burns simply had to have the right pair of Spider-Man socks, so the pass rusher from Florida State had a pair overnighted to him in time for the red carpet at the NFL...
Florida senator dons rain boots to push for climate change
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Miami state lawmaker hopes his pair of black Bogs Bozeman mid-boots can inspire environmental conversations in Florida's Capitol, where the debate usually happens...
Cobblers face extinction - and are busier than ever
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The clock is ticking at shoe repair shops around the region. In most of them, men in their 70s and 80s work alone in stained aprons, maneuvering shoes against trimmers and...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry dropped in on a television interview to surprise a 9-year-old girl who helped design the inside of the latest version of the Golden State Warriors star's...
Store employee no longer has job after ‘MAGA’ hat dispute
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — An employee of a clothing and shoe store in a suburban Kansas City shopping mall no longer has a job after a confrontation with a teen wearing a "Make America Great...
Shoes pulled from Katy Perry line after blackface criticism
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry's fashion line has pulled two types of shoes after some people compared them to blackface.
The Ora Face Block Heel and Rue Face Slip-On Loafers were released last summer in nine different colors. They included protruding eyes, nose and red lips.
Future is now: Nike’s next self-lacing shoe hitting shelves
Nike's latest performance basketball shoe, from concept to reality, took about three years to put together.
NBA Fashion: All-Stars break out specialty shoes for weekend
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NBA players once again will be sharing personal stories this weekend during All-Star festivities — and using basketball shoes as a platform to get their message out.
When Kevin Durant takes the floor on Sunday he'll be wearing pink Nike KD 11 Aunt Pearls shoes bearing the names of 59 cancer survivors with inspiring stories.
NBA All-Stars: Who is wearing what shoe brands this weekend
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NBA players will breakout special shoes this weekend during the All-Star game. Here a list of who will be wearing what:
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Khris Middleton, Dirk Nowitzki, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic
Sole saver: Bill Wells stays busy as a cobbler
MCMURRAY, Pa. (AP) — Bill Wells has spent the past 33 years saving soles.
Wells is a cobbler, and the 81-year-old works seven days a week to repair shoes at his shop, Charles the Cobbler, in Krebs Professional Center in Peters Township.
Payless pranks VIPs, sells discount shoes at luxury prices
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Payless taught fashion influencers a lesson about shoes by opening a fake store that sold Main Street shoes at Madison Avenue prices.
Payless ShoeSource held a launch party in Los Angeles for the bogus label Palessi and invited the fashionistas to sample the merchandise. Payless posted a video of what happened on Facebook.
New exhibit to feature empowered women’s footwear, clothing
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shoes were made for walking over all her New York City congressional district.
Now, the campaign footwear worn by the youngest woman ever elected to Congress will be part of an exhibit chronicling how women use fashion for empowerment in endeavors such as politics and civil rights.
The Cornell Costume and Textile Collection at Cornell University is launching an exhibition titled "Women Empowered: Fashions from the Frontline."
Stanford regroups after top player Reid Travis transfers
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford's best player left the program. Reid Travis is now wearing a Kentucky uniform as a graduate transfer.
The Cardinal will try to fill the big shoes of the departed big man, the team's leading scorer and rebounder last season after he was such a fixture during four years on The Farm.
10 hurt in Hollywood promotional event by rapper Phora
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say 10 people have been injured at a Hollywood rap event after a possible stampede.
It happened shortly after 9 p.m. Monday outside the Hollywood & Highland shopping center, where the rapper Phora was holding a meet and greet in a shoe store.
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- Business WireAmerican Footwear Designer Brian ‘@OG_R3ID’ Reid Creates Two Exclusive Lifestyle Shoes for ETONIC China Under the R3.ID LabelAugust 15, 2019
- ACCESSWIREManhasset Podiatry's Dr. William Levine Collecting Gently-Worn Shoes to Help Soles4Souls Fight Global PovertyMay 9, 2019
- Business WireFamous Footwear Launches New Loyalty ProgramMarch 21, 2019
West Virginia authorities recover body from river
LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities have recovered a body from a river in West Virginia.
News outlets cited a statement from the Logan County Sheriff's Office on Monday in reporting the body was found in the Guyandotte River. The sheriff's office is trying to identify the body. The statement says it appears to be a white male who was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and orange and black tennis shoes.
The body is being sent to the Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.
Aretha Franklin exhibit debuts with eye toward her legacy
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit museum that hosted Aretha Franklin's public visitations after her death is again holding space for her — this time with an exhibit featuring photographs, videos and the red shoes she wore at the first funeral viewing that drew global attention.
Nike’s Kaepernick campaign signals change in shoe politics
A pair of shoes are set aflame with a cigarette lighter, captured on video and shared widely online to protest a political statement made by the manufacturer.
The New Balance shoes were burned by their owners two years ago after a spokeswoman indicated the company's support for President Donald Trump's trade policies.
LeBron James says in Kaepernick reference: I stand with Nike
NEW YORK (AP) — Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said he stands with Nike, a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.
NYPD Farriers Fix Horseshoes For Elite Unit
When NYPD horses lose shoes, the blacksmith comes to them
NEW YORK (AP) — It's like AAA for horses.
When one of the New York Police Department's horses loses a metal shoe, or they just wear out on the gritty city streets, a blacksmith shop on wheels rushes to the rescue, equipped with a 2,850-degree furnace and trained farriers who can make the fix on the spot.
Ivanka Trump is shutting down her clothing company
NEW YORK (AP) — Ivanka Trump is shutting down her fashion line of dresses, shoes and handbags that became a target of political boycotts and spurred concerns about conflicts of interest after her father was elected.
The president's daughter said in a statement she made the decision so she could focus more on work as a White House adviser. She had stepped away from the day-to-day management of her company when she joined President Donald Trump's administration.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Ivanka Trump shutting down her fashion company (all times local):
Ivanka Trump is shutting down her fashion line of dresses, shoes and handbags that became a target of political boycotts and spurred concerns about conflicts of interest after her father was elected.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on SEC Media Days (all times local):
The final session of SEC Media Days turned into a bit of a fashion show.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on SEC Media Days (all times local):
As one of the lesser-known coaches in the league, Missouri's Barry Odom was hoping to make a splash at Southeastern Conference Media Days.
MLB willing to loosen spikes color code for players
WASHINGTON (AP) — Major League Baseball is willing to loosen the regulations for the color of players' spikes.
Ben Zobrist, Kyle Schwarber and Steve Cishek wore black spikes in May despite a warning from Major League Baseball of violating a regulation requiring that at least 51 percent of the exterior of a player's shoes be the club's designated primary shoe color. For the Cubs, that color is blue.
Fashion firms upend design routine to focus on speed, trends
NEW YORK (AP) — Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was a hot style in sneakers and wanted to quickly jump on the trend for dressier shoes. It put a poll up on its website asking shoppers what style they liked, and based on that had a shoe for sale online in just one week.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ten new historical markers have been approved for placement along Virginia roads, including one that tells the story of a Lynchburg-based football team known as the "Shoeless Wonders."
The team of the Presbyterian Orphans' Home played its first games by 1922. The players received minimal coaching, wore second-hand uniforms and competed without shoes except for a boot used during kickoffs. The team was undefeated for at least six straight seasons.
Designer Louboutin wins case on red soled high-heels
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's top court has defended French fashion designer Christian Louboutin's claim to trademark red soled high-heel shoes.
The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that Van Haren, a Dutch company that sold similar shoes, had infringed the trade mark.
The court said that it did not matter that its shoes were different in shape. It said the registration of the trademark "sought solely to protect that application of a colour to a specific part of that product."
What Kim’s suit, shoes and hairstyle tell us about him
SINGAPORE (AP) — Kim Jong Un was clad in his favorite Mao-style suit, wore the same horn-rimmed glasses and maintained his trademark high-cut hairstyle. He didn't carry a national lapel pin and wore heeled shoes when he exchanged historic handshakes with President Donald Trump on Tuesday.
Here's a closer look at the young North Korean leader's appearance during the summit in Singapore:
Family-run Prada grooming son to take over in future
VALVIGNA, Italy (AP) — Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli said Friday the family-owned Italian fashion group has no intention of selling and that his elder son with co-CEO and creative director Miuccia Prada is being groomed to take over.
Bertelli said during the unveiling of a handbag production site near Florence that his 30-year-old son Lorenzo "is preparing so that one day he can become the head of Prada," assuming that once he has learned the ropes he also still has "the desire to do it."
HIXSON, Tenn. (AP) — A team of students has won $75,000 for a Tennessee high school's arts program by winning the Vans "Custom Culture" contest.
News outlets report the Vans Shoe Company planned a concert and cookout Thursday at Hixson High School to announce the victory. The national contest sought two shoe designs: one showcasing local flavor and one epitomizing the company's slogan, "Off the Wall."
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — On a whim, a Florida high school senior asked the Crocs shoe company to supply its foam shoes for her and all of her female classmates to wear to graduation, and the company said OK — if her request could get 2,018 retweets.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah family has video from a baby cam of an intruder who entered their home, exposed himself and masturbated in a bedroom where a mother and infant child were sleeping.
Layton police released a clip of the footage Tuesday in which the unidentified man is partially visible wearing black pants, light shoes and a light-colored sweatshirt.
Stepping back in time in an old-fashioned shoe store
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — At Penn-Lee Footwear in Wilkes-Barre, they do business the old-fashioned way.
Just like it was done in the 1960s, employees at the privately owned shoe store are dedicated to providing customer service and measure customers' feet by hand.
They still use shoehorns and Brannock devices, the standard foot-measuring tools named after inventor Charles Brannock.
Red Wing boots and Sven Clogs have a few things in common: Both are brands worn around the world and made in Minnesota, in factories that are about an hour away from the Twin Cities in Red Wing and Chisago City, respectively. And their factory outlets happen to make perfect day-trip destinations, especially if you love shoes. My family made pilgrimages to both this spring.