The Amazing, Foldable Flat

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: November 13, 2009

Afterheels and Rollasoles are compact ballerina flats designed to fit in a woman’s clutch purse. Smaller than a pack of cigarettes, these compact shoes provide relief to women whose feet are sore after a night of dancing in high heels.

How to Repair High Heel Shoes at Home

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: November 6, 2009

There is no need to visit a shoe repair shop the next time the heel breaks on one of your pairs of stylish pumps. And there’s no need to prematurely toss your high heels into the dustbin either! Most broken heels can be satisfactorily repaired in the comfort of your own home with just a few simple tools at hand.

Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program Wants Your Old Running Shoes

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 31, 2009

Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe recycling program collects old athletic shoes and processes the materials so that they can be remade into athletic equipment. It is one of the only shoe-recycling programs of its kind.

A Brief History of Shoe Manufacturing the United States (Part Two)

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 27, 2009

Shoe companies in the US faltered after World War I and struggled to keep up with European innovations. It was not until American companies began producing athletic shoes that American shoemaking giants climbed back on top. Today, many American shoe companies outsource their labor to foreign markets.

A Brief History of Shoe Manufacturing in the US (Part One)

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 25, 2009

Shoemaking in the US began as a trade for cobblers. After the Revolutionary War, the industry became compartmentalized, and shoes were shipped across the US. By the end of the 19th century, shoes were made cheaply and quickly in massive factories.

Controlling Sales of Counterfeit Shoes

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 23, 2009

The manufacturing of counterfeit shoes has increased in recent years as methods for manufacturing counterfeits have become more sophisticated. In 2006, the US Homeland Security Department intercepted an illegal importation of more than 135,000 counterfeit Nike shoes.

Troop Sneakers Are Back in Town

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 21, 2009

Troops were popular as an urban / hip-hop sneaker in the 80s and the 90s. The sneakers were endorsed by the likes of LL Cool J, MC Hammer, Ultramagnetic MCs, Stetsasonic, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Flava Flav as well as Ghostface Killah, Cool Kids, Mickey Factz and Teriyaki Boys. The sneakers were bright, bold and cheaply made. They did not necessarily last as long as other more mainstream sneakers, but they sure made a statement.

History of New Balance Athletic Shoes

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 15, 2009

New Balance Athletic Shoes was originally an arch support company that sold basic orthopedic devices to policeman, waiters and other people who were on their feet all day. In the 1970’s the company expanded into running shoes and has been running ahead of the pack ever since.

Terms You Should Know When Buying a New Balance Shoe

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 15, 2009

Like most brand name shoes, New Balance has special terms for sports shoe basics like shock absorption properties and motion control. It is important to familiarize yourself with these terms before purchasing a pair of New Balance athletic shoes.

Italian Shoes Made in China

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 13, 2009

Designer brands made their name by selling shoes that were a piece of artisanal Europe. But today, most of these luxurious labels have shifted their base of operation to China, although the shoes still sport “Made in Italy” labels.

Markups on Shoes

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 9, 2009

Most of us realize that the shoes we buy – whether they are high heels, sports shoes or sandals – come with a hefty markup. That is to say, the price you pay to own that particular pair of shoes is much, much higher than what it costs Nike to make that pair of shoes. But exactly how much extra are we paying?

How to Spot Fake Uggs

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 8, 2009

Believe it or not, a “Made in China” label is actually a good sign on a pair of genuine Ugg boots. The shoes are, in fact, made in China by Deckers Inc. (an American company) as of several years ago. Classic and Short Uggs should both sport “Made in China” labels. A “Made in New Zealand” label actually may be a sign that the Uggs are fake. The only exceptions are Ugg Nightfall, Ugg Sundance and Ugg Ultra boots…

How to Spot a Pair of Fake Gucci Shoes

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 7, 2009

To make sure shoes are genuinely made by Gucci, be sure to investigate the label inside the shoe, the sole of the shoe and the shoe’s packaging. Gucci merchandise is made to the highest degree of specificity and so errors in standards of manufacturing and packaging should be viewed suspiciously.

Are You Sure Your Chanel Ballerina Flats Are Authentic?

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 6, 2009

When it comes to spotting fake Chanel ballerina flats, it is important to carefully inspect the label inside the shoe as well as the shoe’s sole. Statements of authenticity do not accompany authentic Chanel ballerina flats.

Causes and Complications of Toe Amputation

Health and Fitness • Published: October 4, 2009

Toe amputation may be necessary for a variety of reasons including infection, trauma, disease (such as cancer) and nerve damage. Most people who undergo toe amputation will be able to recover full mobility. Some complications can arise when the big toe or second toe are amputated.

How to Spot a Fake Prada Sports Shoe

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 2, 2009

The label, triangular logo, sole and packaging of Prada sports shoes must be inspected carefully in order to distinguish genuine Prada shoes from counterfeits. Heavily discounted Prada sport shoes sold online are most likely not authentic.

History of Reebok

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 1, 2009

Reebok was originally an English shoe company that catered to internationally acclaimed athletes. The brand took off in the 1980’s with its line of women’s athletic footwear. In 2006, Reebok was bought out by its competitor Adidas.

Reebok Freestyle

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 1, 2009

In 1982, Reebok introduced the Reebok “Freestyle”, a woman’s athletic shoe designed for aerobic exercise. This new shoe marked a shift in the athletic shoes market towards athletic shoes designed for sports other than jogging (aerobics, basketball, etc.) and towards the female market for sports shoes (before the 1980’s jogging was primarily a “man’s” hobby). With a price tag of 60 dollars, the Reebok was shockingly expensive at the time. Some people called it the most expensive sports shoe in the world.

Confiscated Designer Goods Given to the Homeless

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 1, 2009

It is illegal to distribute and to purchase counterfeited designer goods. Trading officers around the world have come up with a clever purpose for all the confiscated goods they have collected – give these illegal jackets, shoes, pants and shirts to the homeless.

History of Asics Shoes

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: October 1, 2009

Asics is a Japanese company that officially started business on September 1, 1949 under the name Onitsuka Co., Ltd. Its founder – Kihachiro Onitsuka – set up shop in Kobe, Japan. Onitsuka had a mission. He wanted to use sports to rehabilitate youth in Japan growing up in the aftermath of World War II. Kobe, Japan had been badly destroyed by B-29 bombers on March 17, 1945. The attack resulted in the death of 8,841 civilians and the destruction of 21 percent of the urban area.

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