(The Telegraph)

Who Throws A Shoe? A Shopkeeper Fending Off Armed Robbers, That’s Who

A snaggle-toothed time-traveling Brit once asked a question for the ages: “Who throws a shoe?” Friends, the answer to that Powersian question is: “Someone who has nothing else on hand but needs to fight off armed robbers.” A Manchester shopkeeper over in the United Kingdom flew in the face of that incredulous question, fending off intruders with his footwear. [More]

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These Shoes Crush Hope For The Future Of Our Children Under Their Hidden, Bedazzled Heels

WARNING: If you want your hope for the future of our children to remain undimmed, you should probably stop reading this. Otherwise, the haunting jingle accompanying the commercial for “Daddy’s Money Secret Wedges” will stomp your vision of a world where everything isn’t focused on image, wealth and material goods into a dark, globby puddle of woe.  [More]

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Rockport Sends Me Same Size Shoes, Different Sized Insoles

If Aaron had different-sized feet, he’d be all set. Well, also if his shoes were different sizes. Neither is true. He ordered some Rockport shoes more than a year ago, then set them aside. When he opened the box, he discovered that they had two different size insoles. How does that happen? He doesn’t know, but Rockport isn’t willing to send him a replacement insole. [More]

Converse, Twitter Customer Non-Service, And The Amazing Self-Destructing Sneakers

Converse, Twitter Customer Non-Service, And The Amazing Self-Destructing Sneakers

Maybe Tim is being irrational, but he was under the impression that if he spent $100 on a pair of shoes, he could depend on the soles to not fall apart inside of a year. Sure, he lives in New York City and puts a lot of miles on his shoes, but isn’t that the point of shoes? When his first pair of Converse by John Varvatos wore out, he bought another. He really liked the shoes, except for the pesky hole in the heel. When the second pair fell apart within six months too, he sought help from Converse. Apparently, Converse has never helped a customer with a complaint about the longevity of their shoes before, because they don’t seem to know how to deal with an unhappy customer. Or maybe their passing Tim around to different places and departments and ignoring his messages is their policy. [More]

New Shoes Hurt, New Balance Replaces Them

New Shoes Hurt, New Balance Replaces Them

Sean’s new shoes hurt his feet. When he realized that this wasn’t because he was out of shape or had bought the wrong size, he figured it had been too long since buying the shoes, and he wouldn’t be able to return them. Not so when the shoes were from New Balance, purveyors of sneaker awesomeness. [More]

How To Make Your Shoes Last Longer

How To Make Your Shoes Last Longer

Your shoes are probably the single most expensive piece of clothing you wear every day, and are undoubtedly the garment you put under the most stress and expect the most out of. Take care of them and you can get some extra mileage out of your clothing budget. [More]

Millions Of Women Are Joining Shoe-Of-The-Month Clubs

Millions Of Women Are Joining Shoe-Of-The-Month Clubs

Would you like to have a new pair of shoes in your favorite styles sent to you every month, at a discount, without having to visit stores to try them on, or slog through online catalog pages trying to find just the right pair? Millions of women think that this is a great idea, and have joined online shoe-of-the-month clubs like JustFabulous, ShoeDazzle, and ShoeMint. [More]

Shoppers Duke It Out Over Air Jordans

Shoppers Duke It Out Over Air Jordans

Although there may not have been a must-buy toy to cause a shopping frenzy this holiday season, a shoe managed to make adults behave like children. Police were called to various locations across the country to break up scuffles over the latest Nike Air Jordans. [More]

Payless Lets Other Shoe Drop, Closing 475 Stores Over Next 3 Years

Payless Lets Other Shoe Drop, Closing 475 Stores Over Next 3 Years

Customers of Payless ShoeSource have apparently taken the name of the business to heart, giving the company so little money that it has decided to shut down 475 poorly performing stores over the next three years. Of the shops — including sister franchise Stride Rite — being set up to be stomped, 300 are scheduled to be closed by the end of the fiscal year. [More]

Aldo Sends Free Pair Of Shoes After Dog Eats One

Aldo Sends Free Pair Of Shoes After Dog Eats One

Reader Dan was hoping Aldo would sell him just one shoe after his roommate’s dog ate one, but they ended up sending him a whole new pair for free. Regular customer service told Dan that they don’t sell shoes in singles but after sending his note to the folks at the top of Aldo, his story starting making the rounds internally and they shined down on him with rays of benevolence. [More]

Vibram USA Doesn't Like Pouting Customers, Replaces Busted Shoes

Vibram USA Doesn't Like Pouting Customers, Replaces Busted Shoes

I hear from runners I know that Vibram 5 Fingers shoes are the greatest invention since… well, shoes. Reader Mark agrees, and when his pair developed burst seams and some other holes, he was unhappy. He would miss his unbelievably dorky-looking but comfortable shoes. So he did the only logical thing: he posted a photo essay online of the wonderful times that he and his shoes had together, and sent a link to Vibram USA.
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Zappos Stops Shipping To Canada

Zappos Stops Shipping To Canada

Sorry canucks, your shoe options just shrunk a little bit. Starting April 1st, Zappos is no longer going to ship to Canada. [More]

Clarks Stands Behind And Replaces Leaky Shoes

Clarks Stands Behind And Replaces Leaky Shoes

Keeping your feet dry is sort of a key feature of shoes, so Justin was disappointed when the sole of his Clarks boots cracked and leaked whenever he wore the boots in the rain. He contacted the company and learned that their shoe soles have a five-year warranty, and mailed out his broken shoes and had a replacement pair within just a few weeks. Hooray! [More]

Store Charges $20 Fee If You Try But Don't Buy Its Shoes

Store Charges $20 Fee If You Try But Don't Buy Its Shoes

Jay says he’s stumbled upon a ludicrous fee at a dance-focused shop. If you try on a pair of shoes but decide not to buy them, you owe the store $20. [More]

Go Hiking In Style With These Teva Stiletto Heels

Go Hiking In Style With These Teva Stiletto Heels

Teva sandals are no longer for granola-crunching outdoors types. Now the fashion-conscious adventurer can go straight from the rugged rocks to the black-tie fundraiser without missing a beat. [More]

Converse Outlet Slashes Shoes Cost By Whole Penny After Raising MSRP By $5

Converse Outlet Slashes Shoes Cost By Whole Penny After Raising MSRP By $5

New York lawyer Eric spotted a pathetic attempt by a Maryland Converse outlet store to pretend that it was offering a discount on this pair of shoes. One sticker slashes the dubious MSRP by a penny, from $30 to $29.99, but another sticker reveals that the original price was $25. [More]

Man Convinces JCPenney To Honor Online Price

Man Convinces JCPenney To Honor Online Price

Gerry and his wife tried to buy a pair of sneakers that the JCPenney website had listed on sale. While other products were marked “online only,” this particular pair of sneakers was marked “also in stores,” so the couple assumed that the price would be the same. Naturally, the store’s employees refused to see the logic of this argument. [More]

High Heels Can Mess Up Your Calf Muscles And Tendons

High Heels Can Mess Up Your Calf Muscles And Tendons

Do high heels hurt your feet and legs — even after you’ve taken them off? A new study says that women who wore high heels daily for years had “shorter calf muscles and stiffer, thicker Achilles tendons than women who favored flats,” says NPR’s health blog. Ew! [More]