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The Craziest Shoes From New York Comic-Con 2015

Comic-Con made its way to New York City over the weekend. The largest pop culture event on the East Coast followed the San Deigo convention that took place this summer, which brought out major players like Jennifer Lawrence and Bella Thorne.

This time around, stars from “Sleepy Hollow,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Gotham,” “Teen Wolf” and “Once Upon A Time” joined the many devoted fans on the New York Comic-Con floor.

Attendees donned their best costumes for the occasion. Some channeled zombies or traditional “Star Wars” characters, while others went with the classic comic book superhero suit.

These fans do not miss a detail when it comes to dressing up for Comic-Con. With each intricate ensemble came outrageous makeup, accessories and, of course, shoes.

Some of the craziest shoes seen over the weekend included sky-high stiletto heels on Wonder Woman and Robin, and a pair of Gene Simmons lookalike Destroyer platform boots on attendees dressed as the band Kiss.

New York Comic-Con 2015 Crazy ShoesComic-Con attendees dressed as the band Kiss, complete with towering platform boots.
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Jared Leto, who plays the Joker in “Suicide Squad,” made his way to NYCC Sunday — in disguise. The actor wore a mandrill monkey mask, going totally incognito. Mark Ruffalo joined in on the fun, too, also sneaking into the convention wearing a mask. The two interacted with fans and posed for pictures, going unnoticed until they took to social media to reveal their identities.

Got to hide out and enjoy #comiccon2015

A photo posted by Mark Ruffalo (@markruffalo) on Oct 10, 2015 at 3:20pm PDT

Check out our gallery below to see more of the craziest shoes at New York Comic-Con.

For those who aren’t as into extreme ensembles, we’ve rounded up a gallery of Comic-Con-appropriate shoes for your next visit, including “Star Wars” sneakers from Vans and Adidas.

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Foot Cardigan Receives $250,000 Investment On ‘Shark Tank’

Foot Cardigan Founders

Ladies and gentlemen, witness the “Shark Tank” effect.

Almost immediately after two of Foot Cardigan’s four founders, CEO Bryan Deluca and Chief Technology Officer Matt McClard, appeared on the popular ABC show, the company began logging an order every 10 seconds.

The spike began after the episode aired last Friday night at 9 p.m. (EST) and lasted throughout Saturday. By Sunday, the eclectic sock-subscription service was still seeing, on average, one new order per minute, Deluca told Footwear News.

Following the pair’s nationally broadcast acceptance of a $250,000 investment by Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” regular Mark Cuban and guest shark Troy Carter, founder and CEO of production company Atom Factor, Foot Cardigan is expected to more than double its 7,000-subscriber base by the end of the week.

“It’s a dream scenario,” said Deluca of the deal, which gives the sharks a 20 percent stake in Foot Cardigan. “There is a value to having these sharks behind you as partners — for us, there was a clear connection to the both of them.”

In fact, though they figured it was probably a long shot, Deluca said he and McClard had selected the Cuban-Carter duo as a “best possible outcome” during a private conversation the morning before the show’s taping.

“Mark is in Dallas, and we’re in Dallas, and he also has a tech background,” explained Deluca. “With Troy, the draw was the culture and entertainment connections he has and his proven ability to build brands.”

In addition to running his own entertainment company, Carter managed Lady Gaga for five years and was an early investor in successful ride-service company Uber.

During the show, Cuban also flexed his social savvy, suggesting a potential collaboration between Foot Cardigan and his Dallas Mavs.

With all of the heightened interest, Deluca said he now plans to grow his in-house team. He already added three new hires to tackle the order influx and will likely do more recruitment around the holiday season and at the start of 2016.

“We’ve been running on fumes all weekend,” Deluca said. “This is the best kind of stress a company could ask for.”

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Saint Laurent Spring 2016 Shoe Highlights: Paris Fashion Week

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Dick’s CFO Impresses Wall Street During Meet & Greet

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Analysts continue to give positive reads on Dick’s Sporting Goods as the retail chain forges ahead with aggressive door expansions and its ecommerce overhaul.

Following its analyst meetings on Friday, Wall Street seems impressed by the firm’s newly minted CFO Teri List-Stoll, a former Kraft Foods Group EVP, CFO and senior advisor who joined the company in August.

The major topics, analysts said, included e-commerce, cost savings, store size and competition.

“List-Stoll will focus on how to balance expense control while driving growth, from a more data-driven point of view than has been in place at Dick’s,” Sterne Agee CRT analyst Sam Poser wrote in an Oct. 5 note. “She will focus on helping to develop more scalable processes such as product development for the Calia brand.”

Susquehanna Financial LLLP analyst Christopher Svezia, in an Oct. 5 note, also noted that he thought the new CFO was building an effective plan for the firm.

“We walked away impressed with her experience and believe she brings the right philosophy to help grow the business more efficiently,” Svezia said. “In particular, the company’s cost structure will likely receive a fresh look while improved productivity will be a focus.”

Among his other highlights from Friday’s meetings, Poser said he was able to confirm that there will be an annual cost savings of $25 million to $30 million, or between 13 cents and 16 cents per share, when Dick’s takes its e-commerce platform in-house.

Dick’s CEO Edward Stack had unveiled plans, earlier this year, to launch the firm’s e-commerce business, which is currently run by eBay, on its own exclusive e-platform by January 2017.

Poser and other analysts have been upbeat on the move — citing Dick’s current e-commerce edge as proof that the company does digital well.

“Dick’s is currently paying GSI transaction fees to process orders. Those fees go away when e-commerce comes in house,” Poser explained. “Dick’s will continue to use third party distribution for e-commerce orders in 2017, but the costs should be more favorable than they are now with GSI.”

(GSI Commerce is a tech company that was acquired by eBay in 2011).

The in house e-commerce platform is now being tested at Golf Galaxy and will also be at Field & Stream ahead of the full-on transition in 2017.

Regarding store size, Svezia said he believes “50,000 square feet continues being the sweet spot” for Dick’s for a few reasons.

“This size allows the store to manage a healthy mix of product categories while offering compelling points of display (i.e., shop-in-shops); there is enough square footage to keep vendors satisfied; the latter is a key advantage since management noted that customers tend to shop across many brands which helps mitigate against investor worries over vendor [direct-to-consumer] growth,” Svezia said.

Further the analyst said, competition in the sporting goods retail arena has not changed much recently, and Dick’s continues to lead with its only major competitor being Academy Sports and Outdoors.

“Overall, we liked what we heard and continue to favor the risk/reward at these levels even on the heels of outperformance so far this year,” Svezia said.

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Paris Fashion Week Shoes Of The Runway: Spring 2016 Collections

Click through the galleries below to see the best in footwear from the Paris Fashion Week spring ’16 collections.

Sonia Rykiel

At Sonia Rykiel, pumps and sandals came finished with aquatic embellishment dipped in silver, from star fish to conch shells. A retro ankle strap silhouette prevailed as well, capturing the label namesake’s glory days as an essential character to ’70s Left Bank nightlife.—M.L.H.

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Sonia Rykiel Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekSonia Rykiel spring ’16 runway collection.
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Hermès went back to chic basics for spring ’16. Easy dresses, pants and tops were done in cream, burnt orange, mustard yellow, black, beige, cobalt blue and a rich caramel. As far as footwear, the runway shoes consisted of pointed toe mules with a low heel and sneakers which all came in a similar range of hues. The styles didn’t possess the same ornamentation as those that Pierre Hardy showed for the house over the weekend at a presentation. —R.A.

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Hermes Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekHermès spring ’16 runway collection.
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Giambattista Valli

At Giambattista Valli, the gladiator was given a graphic Roman update. Replacing intricate lacing was clen ladder strapping. And instead of a pancake sole, his had a comfort footbed covered in glitter. Evening-wear appropriate? Not really outside of the Almalfi Coast or clubs of Mykonos. But for a runway, the sensible sole and reworking of one of footwear’s classics made good sense. Just make sure straps are adjusted properly – they were wonky on many a model. —M.L.H.

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Giambattista Valli Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekGiambattista Valli spring ’16 runway collection.
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At Sacaï, Chitose Abe addressed cowboy dressing with serious aplomb. Bandana prints and colonial embellishment had varying degrees of subtly, while western boots were less overt. Sure they had the characteristic dipped vamp shaft and snipped toe, but twisted block heel, toe capping and cutouts added soigné subversion. As did well-styled large fishnet sockets. There was a lot to see below the ankles. Quite like the mixed-media, gender and genre ready-to-wear, this clever mashup was indeed winning. —M.L.H.

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Sacai Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekSacai spring ’16 runway collection.
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Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney’s wildly popular lace-up platform shoes have been spotted on celebrities for several seasons now. For spring ’16, the designer paired her plaid, gingham and pleated flowy, layered dresses with a new iteration of her platforms—sandals. The flatform styles were offered in simple strappy styles in neutral colors with thick white soles.—R.A.

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Stella McCartney Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekStella McCartney spring ’16 runway collection.
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Alexander McQueen

At Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton referenced the iconic shoe shapes of her late mentor. The aardvark rounded boots of his final collection were brilliantly reinterpreted, this time as a kicky slingback clog. They came in multiple iterations – from denim to eggshell leather. And while clog codes have been apparent throughout the spring ’16 collection, what was thoughtful and new here was the embellishment details on wooden soles. So often left rugged and slightly raw, Burton’s came tricked out with patchwork, engravings and even metal hardware inlays. Just call them anti-normcore, fantasy clogs fit for a wood-nymph wonderland. —M.L.H.

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Alexander McQueen Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekAlexander McQueen spring ’16 runway collection.
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Roland Mouret

At Roland Mouret, springy, swingy dresses paired perfectly with cut-out, asymmetrical sandals. The easy footwear was done in both solid and open-weave leather in black, nude, olive green and a punchy tangerine orange. —R.A.

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Roland Mouret Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekRoland Mouret spring ’16 runway collection.
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Once again designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon play with shape and color on the Kenzo runway. Cutout over-the-knee boots in patent white and black made a big statement, as did sporty sandals done up in a variety of colors. – M.S.

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Kenzo Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekKenzo spring ’16 runway collection.


As far as the footwear goes, designer Phoebe Philo was not feeling her usual minimalist aesthetic this season. Chunky flatform wedges were done on pointy ankle boots, which had metal studding along the sole. The same wedge was also done on a squared-toe loafer, which had leather tied like a turban overtop the vamp. Other standouts in the collection include pointy Mary Jane flats with cutouts, as well as leather Chelsea boots and pointy woven loafers with a wooden heel.

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Celine Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekCeline spring ’16 runway collection.
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Vivienne Westwood

At Vivienne Westwood, there was everything from gold platform sandals to printed oxfords for men and women to cheetah print flats.

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Vivienne Westwood Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekVivienne Westwood spring ’16 runway collection.
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Comme des Garçons

At Comme des Garçons, pouf coats and even poufier bright red wigs overpowered the witchy pointy toe low ankle lace-up booties. —R.A.

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Comme des Garçons Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekComme des Garçons spring ’16 runway collection.
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Elie Saab

At Elie Saab, a less perfected, more spur-of-the-moment attitude prevailed. And nowhere was it more prevalent than footwear. Wafty layers of lace were paired with kicky clashing block heels and flat gladiators for a offhand approach to dressing up. —M.L.H.

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Elie Saab Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekElie Saab spring ’16 runway collection.
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Acne Studios

At Acne, checkered and striped flat mules gave way to patent red and blue thigh-high boots and an array of thong sandals with velvet ankle covers that almost seemed practical for fending off spring chill. —R.A.

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Acne Studios Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekAcne Studios spring ’16 collection.
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At Mugler, designer David Koma’s body-con looks were brought down to earth with almond toe oxfords. For gowns needing a little lift, it was ergo fishnet overlay booties and thick-strap sandals. Overall, it felt a little heavy handed for the itty bitty looks. —M.L.H.

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Mugler Spring 2016 Paris Fashion Week RunwayMugler spring ’16 runway collection.
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Haider Ackermann

At Haider Ackermann, western and wincklepicker shapes prevailed. From cap-toe boots to animalia oxfords, the flat and Cuban heel options added a certain strut. The designer’s languid lines and very revealing, shirtless tailoring certainly benefitted from shoes with a tomboy spin.—M.L.H.

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Haider Ackermann Spring 2016 New York Fashion WeekHaider Ackermann spring ’16 runway collection.
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Designer Jonathan Anderson continued his new, quirky revival of the Spanish luxury brand. Leather ankle boots had side cut-outs and patent toe caps, which were squared-off in shape. Other boots were done in a metallic holographic treatment, or in black leather with circular shapes of metal as embellishment. PVC ankle-strap sandals had lucite heels for a barely-there effect. —C.A.

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Loewe Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekLoewe spring ’16 runway collection.
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Barbara Bui

Barbara Bui focused on a high heel sandal last this season, compete with a towering stacked wood cylindrical heel. Uppers were either a thick thong panel or crisscross strapping. They were one of the strong points of the long and languid collection. —M.L.H.

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Barbara Bui Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekBarbara Bui spring ’16 collection.
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Paco Rabanne

Designer Julien Dossena paired experimental pieces – be they house code chain mail dresses with attached knitwear or frayed tailoring – with a flat cropped boot. The winklepicker shape matched the sharp frisson of the collection. Less so the western boots. Other looks were shown with a very open-laced stiletto or thong sandal. —M.L.H.

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Paco Rabanne Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekPaco Rabanne spring ’16 runway collection.
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At Carven, designers Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud followed up their debut collection at the brand by staying carefully on-message. 

Footwear was very similar to last season, a lug sole boot, this time adapted as an open toe. The thick heel came in various acrylic marble treatments. But let’s hope next season there is something truly new.—M.L.H.

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Carven Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekCarven spring ’16 runway collection.
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Anthony Vaccarello

Anthony Vaccarello loves to play with asymmetry in his ready-to-wear, so it made good sense that he mimicked his slashed-to-there aesthetic in runway sandals. Full-exposure heels came in his preferred black on black, but also in flashes of mixed metallics and acrylic paneling. They were again in collaboration with Stella Luna. These revealing styles offered the full reveal of feet and begged the question: where does one get a worthy pedicure in Paris? —M.L.H.

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Anthony Vaccarello Spring 2016 Paris Fashion WeekAnthony Vaccarello spring ’16 runway collection.
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