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For Women, Shoes > Men

How so very humbling. According to Telegraph, a survey of more than 1,000 women found that 92 percent of women could remember the first shoes they bought with their own money. By contrast, less than 67 percent of them could remember the name of the person they first kissed. Likewise, 96 percent of women regret having thrown away a pair of shoes sometime in their lives while only 15 percent regret dumping a boyfriend. I mean, I love shoes and all myself but … that just sends chills down my spine. Men: we need to stand together against the enemy known as The Shoe. United, we may yet loosen Its grip on the women we love.

Photo: touchnote.com

Photo: touchnote.com

Other interesting tidbits:

  • On average, one woman owns 19 pairs of shoes and only uses 4 pairs regularly.
  • On average, a woman buys 4 new pairs of shoes per year. Hopefully, with Shoe Metro!
  • One in seven women may hide a pair of shoes from their partner/spouse. Men: beware of secret shoe love affairs!

Converse Spreads AIDS Awareness, Raises Funds with New Chuck Taylor

Hope everyone had a great holiday! Mine was pretty eventful. For one, I made this pretty great sweet potato salad. For two, I had stuffing that I enjoyed for the first time in my life. And finally, I played some pool with a random homeless guy at my local pool hall (I lost $5 but hey, he earned it). What more could I ask for?

Photo from www.hypebeast.com

Photo from www.hypebeast.com

But that’s neither here nor there. I’m back and today is World AIDS Day. In support of AIDS awareness, Converse has released the Leather Jacket Chuck Taylor as part of the (PRODUCT)RED line. (PRODUCT)RED is a partner brand fronted by Bono, U2 frontman and enthusiastic activist for world charities. A portion of the proceeds from all (PRODUCT)RED products go towards the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. To date, the brand has raised more than $135 million in funds.

The Chuck Taylors themselves consist of motorcycle jacket inspired red leather in a patchwork design with quilted lining, decorative zippers running up the vamp, and a zipper closure at the heel. They retail for $200USD. Check out some more pics after the jump.

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Nike Debuts Native American-Friendly, Eco-Friendly N7 Collection

Since Thanksgiving arrives this Thursday, I thought we might take the time to pay some respect to Native American communities, who have sacrificed so much in the history surrounding Thanksgiving. I guess Nike had similar plans.

About a week ago, Nike debuted a new line of shoes called the Nike N7 Collection. The N7 Collection is designed to meet the unique needs of Native American feet and to be as environmentally safe as possible. A portion of the funds from sales of the N7 Collection will go into the N7 Fund, which supports youth sports in Native American communities.

Nike N7 Air Pegasus+ 26

Nike N7 Air Pegasus+ 26. Photo from dubdaily.com

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Adidas Developing €1 Shoes for Bangladesh

Sorta staying in the same inspirational mood as yesterday’s post about TOMS Shoes, Adidas announced earlier this week that it was in the process of developing extremely cheap trainers to aid the millions of people worldwide who do not own shoes. As it hasn’t finalized the design and/or production costs of the shoe yet, it hasn’t finalized a price yet either. But Adidas is aiming for a €1 price point (about $1.50USD). The company plans to begin production in Bangladesh next year.

Can you imagine: shell-toes for about $1.50?

Can you imagine: shell-toes for $1.50?

Adidas likely isn’t doing this for the most admirable of reasons, like TOMS Shoes. Sports apparel companies like Adidas and Nike continually come under fire for exploiting workers in developing countries. This is probably just a move to clean up the company image a bit. Still, this is very positive news and hopefully, it’s a sign of a growing trend of socially responsible business. And hopefully, Adidas also decides to promote their new shoes by reuniting Run-DMC (with all due respect to the late Jam Master Jay, of course).

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TOMS Shoes Founder Speaks on New Shoes and Spreading Philanthropy

Running With Heels recently ran a good interview with Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS Shoes. The TOMS Shoes footwear company is an extremely charitable company that operates on a One to One giving model–basically, for every pair of TOMS shoes you buy, the company donates another pair to impoverished children in South America and Ethiopia. To date, they have donated more than 150,000 pairs of shoes. TOMS Shoes is inspirational, to say the least.

Photo from www.worldvisionreport.org

Photo from www.worldvisionreport.org

The interview reveals some of Mycoskie’s thought process behind the design of his new shoes, how the needs of the children even guide both the functional and aesthetic qualities of TOMS shoes. If you’re in the giving, charitable, full-of-good-will mood this upcoming holiday season, maybe think about getting some TOMS. They’ll be both a gift to your friend or family member and a gift to a child in need.

Nike Jordans Worth Losing Your Team’s Sponsorship For

This is somewhat old news by now but I’m just hearing confirmation about it today. About a month ago, there was some controversy with Marcus Jordan, the son of NBA legend and sneaker fiend aggregator Michael Jordan. This year, Marcus is a freshman basketball player for the University of Central Florida. Now, UCF has had a contractual agreement for at least the past 4 years with Adidas to sport Adidas athletic footwear and apparel in return for sponsorship. But Marcus Jordan, the son of arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, could not bear to step into anything less than Nike Air Jordan sneakers. There was concern about what his stubbornness would mean for the team and even for UCF sports in general.

Beautiful enough to fight for?

Beautiful enough to fight for?

Apparently, that meant a lot to Adidas. After Marcus Jordan wore a pair of Air Jordan shoes during one of UCF basketball’s exhibition games, Adidas announced that it was ending its sponsorship of UCF sports. Ouch!

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