Nike Makes End-Run Around Retailers By Selling $720 Self-Tying Sneakers Itself

Nike Makes End-Run Around Retailers By Selling $720 Self-Tying Sneakers Itself

If you’re looking for Nike sneakers with self-tying laces, don’t go to FootLocker or Dick’s Sporting Goods: In an attempt to move away from relying on sports retailers to peddle its wares, Nike is cutting out the middleman and selling its new, pricey HyperAdapt shoes directly to consumers. [More]

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Foot Locker CEO Claims Malls Are “Far From Dead”

Maybe it’s just because Foot Locker had sales growth to report because people are snapping up higher priced- basketball and running shoes, but the company’s CEO seems to be in a very positive mood about the state of malls in the U.S., which is surprising at a time when other mall-based retailers are struggling. [More]

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NM Politician Spots New, Destroyed Sneakers In Trash At Sports Authority Store Closing Sale

Politicians are regular people who do mundane things like check out store-closing sales at national sporting goods retailers. A New Mexico state representative spotted shoes that had been deliberately destroyed tossed in the dumpster outside of a closing Albuquerque Sports Authority store, and was angry that good shoes had deliberately been destroyed. [More]

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Adidas, Kanye West Planning To Open Stores Dedicated To Yeezy Products

Rumors that musician/shoe designer/famous person Kanye West would release his next line of Yeezy footwear without partner Adidas have proved to be wrong, and then some: West and Adidas have instead announced an expanded partnership, including retail locations that will be dedicated solely to the Yeezy product line. [More]

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Converse Wins Trademark Battle Over Chuck Taylor’s Sole

As Converse’s Chuck Taylor sneakers have become as ubiquitous smartphones these days — heck, even your grandma might own a pair — parent company Nike has been trying block other retailers from cashing in on that popularity and selling copycat sneakers. The company just won one trademark battle over Chuck Taylor’s sole design, but is promising to keep fighting after an industry group said other aspects of the shoe’s style aren’t covered by the same protection. [More]

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Watch Your Mailbox For Your Vibram FiveFingers Settlement Check

This is apparently the week for long-awaited class action settlement checks, though class members in the Vibram Five Fingers settlement haven’t had to wait as long as purchasers of tickets from Ticketmaster, but the class action over dubious health claims made about the “barefoot” style shoes has been in the courts since 2012. The class action was settled in 2014, with each participant expected to receive checks ranging from $20-$50. Instead, they’ll be getting $10.11 per pair of shoes. That’s more than $1.01 per toe! [More]

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New Balance A Few Steps From Its Dream Of U.S.-Made Footwear Requirement For Military

Payless Pulls Light-Up Sneakers After Report Of Pair Catching On Fire

Payless Pulls Light-Up Sneakers After Report Of Pair Catching On Fire

If you’re planning to shop for a pair of boys light-up shoes you might want to skip Payless ShoeSource, as the retailer has pulled the footwear while fire officials in Texas investigate a fire that may be linked to the sneakers.  [More]

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Your Marty McFly Dreams Are Coming True: Nike Debuting Self-Lacing Sneakers

If you weren’t one of the lucky few to snag a pair of Nike’s special edition Air Mag self-lacing shoes last year, don’t give up hope — your Marty McFly dreams may still come true this very year: Nike unveiled sneakers with self-lacing technology, as well as sensors that adjust the sneaker’s fit.

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Ad Watchdog Points Out That Skech-Air Shoes Do Not Let Kids Bounce Like Superhumans

Ad Watchdog Points Out That Skech-Air Shoes Do Not Let Kids Bounce Like Superhumans

When you’re a child with a very active imagination, the hyperbole of advertising can be very confusing. That’s why some consumers reported a recent ad for shoe brand Skechers to the Children’s Advertising Review Unit, part of the Council of Better Business Bureaus’ self-regulation mechanism for the advertising industry. The ad is misleading, making the shoes look way more fun than they are. [More]

Nike Exec Sees A Future Where Shoppers Could 3D Print Their Own Sneakers At Home

Nike Exec Sees A Future Where Shoppers Could 3D Print Their Own Sneakers At Home

Making your own footwear at home won’t have to include cardboard, duct tape and those slippers you refused to throw out soon enough: A top executive at Nike says he thinks customers will someday be able to 3D print their own customized sneakers at home (or in Nike stores, for those without 3D printers at home).

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LEFT: Adidas' Stan Smith RIGHT: Skechers' Onix

Adidas Lawsuit Claims Skechers Ripped Off Its Popular “Stan Smith” Shoe Design

Adidas is suing fellow shoe peddlers Skechers, claiming in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday that Skechers’ “Onix” sneaker rips off the design of its “Stan Smith” shoe. [More]

Madewell Recalls 50,900 Pairs Of Shoes That Could Cause Wearers To Trip And Fall

Madewell Recalls 50,900 Pairs Of Shoes That Could Cause Wearers To Trip And Fall

You’re just strolling along, feeling fine and looking good in your new, $60 Madewell sandals when suddenly, you trip and fall. It’s not you — or at least, it might not just be your own personal clumsiness — the J. Crew-owned company says 50,600 pairs of sandals it sold in the U.S. and Canada have a metal shank that can dislodge from the inside of the shoe and break through the bottom of the outsole, posing a fall hazard.

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Converse Gives Chuck Taylor Sneakers A Makeover For The First Time In 98 Years

What’s old is new again: Converse has updated the design of its signature Chuck Taylor sneakers for the first time in the shoes’ 98 years on this planet.

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Coach Steps Up Its Shoe Game, Buys Footwear Brand Stuart Weitzman For $530M

There are just way too many puns to be made about buying a shoe company so let’s get them out of the way now: The shoe apparently fits just right for Coach, which announced its stepping up its footwear game by shelling out $530 million to buy its very own brand, Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC.

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Store Owner Giving Away Hundreds Of Pairs Of New Shoes To Any And All School Kids In Town

On the one hand, hundreds of pairs of brand new shoes could fetch a pretty penny for the seller. But on the other hand, as one New Jersey store owner figured, there are kids out there who could use some free footwear. [More]

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You Can Now Buy Pre-Muddied Sneakers For Only $215

Because we all know the inconvenience of having too much money and not enough stuff to spend it on, you can now kill two birds with one stone: Never worry about getting your spanking white shoes dirty by buying pre-muddied kicks for the bargain price of $215. Saves you time and stress over the inevitable, and provides a way to dispose of that extra income. [More]

The Only Occasions Women Need Shoes For In Nine West’s World: Finding A Husband, Taking Kids To School

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Good news, women of the world! The only occasions you’re going to have in your life to buy shoes boil down to finding your first husband and taking the kids to school. At least, according to Nine West’s “Shoe Occasions” category, which includes two lonely entries: “Starter Husband Hunting” and “First Day of Kindergarten.” [More]