Tag: Shoes and Boots

Kanye West’s New Yeezy Shoes Draw Comparisons to Crocs and a Colander

Kanye West knows how to attract attention. Just not always the kind from adoring fans. On Thursday, Yeezy Mafia, an unofficial social media account that tracks news of Mr. West’s sneaker brand, posted a photograph of the latest style in the singer’s Yeezy line. It wasn’t the white shoes’ first appearance on the internet; Mr. […]

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Make Shoes in U.S., or Pay Tariffs? A Footwear Company Seeks a Third Option

Before the trade war threatened to upend everything, Lena Phoenix spent most of her hours puzzling over how to expand the thriving footwear business she and her husband had founded in their home in Colorado. Now, she is mostly consumed with finding a way around the tariffs that President Trump just imposed, bringing expensive complications. […]

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U.S.-China Trade War Hits a New Phase, and a Boot Maker Trembles

DONGGUAN, China — Bruce Xu’s factory in southern China produces just about the most all-American footwear there is: real leather cowboy boots, complete with generous heels and expressive stitching up the sides. Lately, though, the trade war has made running an all-American business in China “a big headache, a big pain,” Mr. Xu says. And […]

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Trump Plans More Tariffs for China. You’ll Feel This Round.

President Trump announced another wave of China tariffs this week, essentially saying he would impose a tax on nearly all $540 billion in Chinese goods that come into the United States in a year. And this batch could really bite. The administration carefully tailored previous rounds of tariffs to pinch businesses in ways that most […]

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One Small Step for Man, One Big Step for Moon Boots

ImageBuzz Aldrin became the second man to walk on the moon after he stepped off this ladder on July 20, 1969. CreditNeil Armstrong/SSPL, via Getty Images The most famous shoe print in the world is not on this world at all. It’s on the moon, probably still there in the gray dust. On July 20, 1969, […]

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Alber Elbaz Makes a Happy Return

ImageTod’s Happy Moments collection, a collaboration with Alber Elbaz. “I wanted to make people happy, and make myself happy, because I have not been very happy the last four years.” So said Alber Elbaz, the prince who kissed awake the sleeping beauty of Lanvin only to be jilted at the altar 14 years later; poster […]

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Shut Out by Shoe Giants, ‘Mom and Pop’ Stores Feel Pinched

BELFAST, Me. — Colburn Shoe Store, established in 1832, advertises itself as the oldest shoe store in the country. It has occupied the same small storefront on Belfast’s Main Street since 1905. It’s a place where the owner, Colby Horne, and his father, Brian, remember the brand and size their customers like, and those of […]

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‘Catastrophic,’ ‘Cataclysmic’: Trump’s Tariff Threat Has Retailers Sounding Alarm

Already battered by the e-commerce revolution, traditional retail stores are bracing for another blow — new tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports that the Trump administration is threatening to impose. Retailers and analysts warn the impact will be disastrous for an industry already tormented by vacant storefronts and deserted malls. The reason: Unlike […]

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Wow, Tevas Got Cute

Could Tevas, the sturdy, quick-drying sandal designed for water sports and other outdoor activities, be the shoe of summer 2019? A few brands are betting on it. In early May, the activewear start-up Outdoor Voices released a Teva collaboration with sandals marked by mismatched, color blocked straps. Within a week, the company said, most sizes […]

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