Monthly Archives: August 2015

Red Carpet Worthy Statement Shoes For The MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards is known for having a less traditional red carpet than other major awards shows. Attendees usually steer away from gowns and go for more fun looks, shoes included.

Ahead of the awards on Sunday, Footwear News has chosen unique shoes for men and women fit for the red carpet.

Always celebrity mainstays, Christian Louboutin and Giuseppe Zanotti both provide options that are a twist on classic pumps and sandals. Louboutin’s So Kate metallic python pumps come in an exotic, iridescent purple while Zanotti offers up his strappy silver metallic Anne sandals with tiny specks of color throughout.

Christian Louboutin MTV VMAs Red Carpet ShoesChristian Louboutin So Kate metallic python pumps.

Darmaki offers up a black pointy toe pump with a distinctive geometric gold heel, and Daniele Michetti’s Shima fringed suede sandals could bring a tribal vibe to the red carpet.

Darmaki MTV VMAs Red Carpet ShoesDarmaki Chanda pumps.

On the men’s side, there are plenty of statement sneakers to be had including Balenciaga’s marbled multicolor high-top sneakers and Maison Margiela’s Replica paint splatter sneakers.

Maison Margiela MTV VMAs Red Carpet ShoesMaison Margiela Replica paint splatter high-top sneaker.

Of course, we’ll be watching very closely to see if the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 all-black sneakers make an appearance. It’s even possible a red or white pair could show up after Chris Brown shared his red pair on Instagram and a guest at James Harden’s birthday party reportedly spotted Kanye West in an all-white pair.

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Darryl Dawkins: How He Changed The NBA & Sneaker Sponsorships

Darryl Dawkins

Darryl Dawkins, the backboard-breaking baller from the planet Lovetron, died at the age of 58 yesterday. While the legendary basketball player was known for his electrifying dunks and infectious smile, in the footwear world he was known for for something else — switching out of his Nike sneakers midgame for a pair of Ponys.

Dawkins, one of the first players to skip college and head straight to the NBA, was an attractive player to athletic brands looking to sign endorsement deals.

According to a New York Times report from Aug. 2, 1982, Dawkins was in hot water with the Beaverton, Oregon-based athletic brand after removing his Nikes, the brand that gave him an endorsement deal, and changing into a pair of Pony sneakers during a playoff game while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.

“While far from the largest in the business, the contract Mr. Dawkins signed with Nike in July 1980 involved substantial sums,” The New York Times reported. “In return for wearing Nike shoes during all practices, games and other occasions when in uniform, Mr. Dawkins, along with 25 other N.B.A. players, was made a member of Nike’s Pro Club.

Darryl DawkinsDawkins on the court wearing Nike sneakers.
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“Members of the club share a royalty pool to which Nike contributes 10 or 20 cents for each pair of shoes sold, depending on the price of the shoe,” the report continued. “So, besides his $50,000-a-year guarantee, Mr. Dawkins shared in any pool money left after the guaranteed amounts had been paid.”

As a result of the sneaker switch, Nike took Dawkins to court, resulting in one of the earliest brand/athlete sponsorship lawsuits filed. John O’Neil, the then president of Converse, stated in the New York Time report that he was unaware of any previous brands suing an athlete.

Whilst Dawkins may be credited as playing a large role in spearheading NBA players turning themselves into marketing machines — the Nike legal battle he faced also resulted in much tighter contracts and formalization processes.

The outcome of the lawsuit? Well, the man known as Chocolate Thunder went on to sign with Pony, making guest spots in the brand’s marketing efforts, including dancing with break-dancers and dunking in a 1984 commercial. Dawkins went on to wear the brand’s Uptown silhouette on the court, which would see a limited edition re-release in 2007.

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Repetto Introduces Men’s Ballet Flats

Repetto Men's Ballet Flats

French ballet flat brand Repetto is introducing men’s ballet flats for fall ’15.

The Caruso men’s style—which is made in France—will retail for $375. It will be available at the new, 2,350 square feet Repetto store opening in SoHo, New York, later this year.

Made in a black patent leather, the men’s flat is made using a stitch-and-return method, which makes the style more flexible and comfort-oriented. 

Coincidentally on-trend, men’s ballet flats have been an unlikely trend at the recent men’s shows. Brands like Dries Van Noten and Gucci have embraced the typically more feminine footwear style, encouraging a more genderless approach to menswear dressing.

Gucci Spring '16 Men'sA ballet flat look from Gucci’s spring ’16 show.
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The Repetto brand has become known for its iconic ballet slippers, which date back to 1947. 

Founder Rose Repetto created her first shoes in a workshop at the National Opera of Paris, following the advice and encouragement of her son, who was a dancer and choreographer.

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Overheard On Wall Street: Lower Oil, Leather Prices To Boost Footwear

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Another tumultuous week is in the books for Wall Street and all of those aboard the global stock market roller coaster ride that’s eked on during the latter part of the summer.

In addition to ongoing concerns over China’s economic woes, investors have been watching declining oil and leather prices in hopes that the latter could boost profit margins and the former could spur consumption.

Cowen & Co.’s team of refining analysts said, in an Aug. 27 report, that they expect gas prices of roughly $2.15 by year-end that could result in around $70 billion in savings for U.S. consumers.

While consumer gas savings over the past year have not translated into the retail sales gains that many footwear and apparel companies had been hoping for, Cowen’s footwear and apparel expert John Kernan noted that there could be a stronger uptick in consumption in the year ahead.

“Based on historical personal consumption expenditures trends, clothing and accessories spending could benefit by $1.8 billion to $2.4 billion through Fall 2016 in this scenario,” Kernan wrote in the Cowen report. “With oil prices down 60 percent year-over-year, lower costs of oil-based synthetic apparel and footwear should benefit athletic vendors.”

Kernan added that some vendors could see a mid-single-digit benefit to cost of goods sold but higher labor costs in Asia might have an offsetting effect.

“Innovation in athletically inspired apparel and footwear has provided merchandise margin stability and higher [return on investment capital] for Nike, Under Armour, VF Corp, Columbia Sportswear, Hanesbrands Inc. and Foot Locker while lower cost of goods sold could benefit into 2016,” Kernan said.

Macquarie Securities analyst Laurent Vasilescu also noted, in an Aug. 28 report on Caleres, that he expects lower input costs will be a meaningful tailwind for the company going forward.

“Caleres continues to work with partners to reduce costs, particularly on soles, to reflect the decline in petroleum prices year-over-year,” Vasilescu wrote. “With leather representing 30 percent of cost of goods sold for the footwear industry, Caleres’ FY16 margins will also benefit from the recent decline in prices.”

In an Aug. 20 note, Vasilescu also called out VF Corp, Wolverine World Wide Inc., Deckers Brands, Columbia Sportswear, Nike and Genesco Inc. as potential benefactors of the 40 percent decline in leather prices over the last six months.

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Weekend Sneaker Releases: Nike, New Balance, Adidas & Under Armour

Sneakerheads will not be disappointed with the choices they have this weekend to add to their collections. Nike, Jordan, Under Armour, New Balance and Adidas all have new sneakers for sale Saturday.

Check out what you can pick up over the weekend.

Nike Rise Collection

The brand’s Rise 2.0 basketball initiative has ballers including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant touring the world to help young athletes develop their skills on the court. To celebrate the campaign, Nike will release Rise editions of its signature basketball shoes on Saturday, including the LeBron 12 Low, Kyrie 1, KD Trey 5 III, and the Kobe Venomenon 5. The prices of the shoes will range from $110 to $175.

Nike Kobe X EXT Mid

The Kobe X silhouette gets a luxury makeover from Nike with the Saturday release of the Nike Kobe X EXT Mid. The shoe featured an al black upper with a black and light brown gum sole. The shoe has a retail price of $225.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350

The all-black Yeezy Boost 350 will hit stores on Saturday. The shoe features a black with dark gray accented Primeknit upper with black Boost outsole. The shoe has a retail price of $200.

Premier x New Balance 998 PRMR

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer Premier used New Balance’s classic 998 silhouette for the collaboration, named the 998 PRMR. The suede upper is predominantly black with tan in the front and is designed to look like the gold front panel and black chassis of a classic car. The tongue is all-black premium leather, with white stitching for the New Balance branding. The shoe’s outsole is mostly black with white and tan towards the front of the shoe, with an all-white bottom. The shoe has a retail price of $220.

Air Jordan 9 Spirit

A sneaker inspired by to the Michael Jordan statue outside the United Center in Chicago will hit stores on Saturday. The Air Jordan 9 Spirit has a predominantly white upper, with militia green and a black-and-militia green tongue. The upper also boasts black-and-militia green highlights, including the eyelets, lining, the Jordan-branded heel tab and the 23 underneath it. The outsole is mostly militia green with black speckles, with a black Jumpman logo and white bottom. The shoe has a retail price of $190.

Under Armour Clutchfit Drive II Elite 24

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Elite 24, the national high school basketball showcase, Under Armour will release an edition of its Clutchfit Drive II dedicated to the event on Saturday. The shoe gives a nod to New York City, a.k.a. The Big Apple, with its red and hyper green colorway, with cracked pavement-looking upper. The shoe has a $125 retail price tag.

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Milan Street Style: Summer 2015

As the summer winds down, many have left the world’s urban locales and jetted off to quieter, more relaxing spots. But when the cities empty out, the tourists pour in, evidenced in Milan where visitors from around the world took to the streets for site seeing and shopping.

In what might be the summer of the sneaker, many chose bold and bright pairs for walking around the city. Our photographer caught tourists wearing everything from Rick Owens high-top leather sneakers to a purple and pink ombré Nike laceless pair. And of course it wouldn’t be a street style story without a pair of Adidas. One tourist was spotted in a pair of Pharrell’s Adidas Superstar Supercolor sneakers in bright aqua blue.

We also spotted some other major brands and labels including Keen, Birkenstock, Isabel Marant and Valentino.

In just a few short weeks, the residents of Milan will have surely returned in anticipation of Milan Fashion Week Sept. 23-28 showcasing the spring ’16 collections. Designers showing there include Max Mara, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Prada, Emporio Armani, Versace and Jil Sander among many others.

Click through the gallery to explore the best of Milan summer street style.

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Milan Street Style Fashion: Summer 2015

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[UPDATED] Shoe Sales: August 2015

Shoe sales

Lord & Taylor
August 3–until further notice. Up to 65% off clearance shoes.
Where: 424 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
When: 10am-9pm

Steve Madden
August 3–until further notice. Women’s clearance shoes starting at $29.99.
Where: 861 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
When: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm

Johnston & Murphy
August 3–until further notice. Up to 50% off select styles.
Where: 345 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017
When: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

J. Crew
August 3–until further notice. Extra 40% sale shoes.
Where: Online only.

August 3–until further notice. Up to 50% off already reduced items including shoes.
Where: 1000 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10022
When: Mon-Wed 10am-8:30pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm

August 3–until further notice. Extra 40% sale styles including shoes.
Where: 473 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
When: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm

Matt Bernson
August 3–until further notice. Extra 60% off select styles.
Where: 20 harrison street new york, ny 10013
When: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12-6

LD Tuttle
August 4–August 9. Extra 60% off spring styles.
Where: Online only.

August 5–until further notice. Up to 40% off.
Where: Online only.

August 5–until further notice. Up to 50% off select styles.
Where: Online and 44 Mercer St., New York, NY 10013
When: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

Vince Camuto
August 5–until further notice. Up to 70% off.
Where: 532 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
When: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm

Rebecca Minkoff
August 10–until further notice. Up to 70% off including shoes.
Where: 96 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012
When: Mon-Wed 11am-7pm, Thu-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

August 10–until further notice. Up to 60% including shoes.
Where: 461 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10017
When: 11am-7pm

Paul Smith
August 10–until further notice. Up to 50% including shoes.
Where: 108 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011
When: Mon-Wed 11am-7pm, Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

The Editorialist
August 11–August 13. Up to 70% off.
Where: 143 Madison Avenue, Suite 5c, New York, NY 10016
When: 11am-5pm

Saks Fifth Avenue
August 13–August 15. Up to 70% off including shoes.
Where: Online only.

Sigerson Morrison
August 13–until further notice. Up to 70% off.
Where: 28 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
When: 11am-7pm

August 13–until further notice. Merchandise including shoes up to 75% off with an additional 30% off.
Where: 644 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
When: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm

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