footwear

Heels, flats, and sneakers, oh my! Meet the latest and greatest footwear walking the streets of the fashion world.

  • Sara Robards
    Published about a month ago
    Why You Need Platform Sneakers in Your Wardrobe

    Why You Need Platform Sneakers in Your Wardrobe

    So, the secret is well and truly out, fashion trainers are the future. Gone are the days where fashion insiders rock up to fashion week in heels—it’s now all about the trainer. Think Balenciagas—every fashion influencer owns a pair—or Fila Disruptors, the trainer every teenage girl must own. Trust me, the platform sneaker or chunky dad trainer are your new street style staple. So why are they so popular? It’s all about their versatility. Platform trainers can be worn with any outfit, whether it be a business suit or party dress. They give you that effortlessly chic vibe that everyone strives for. And don’t forget comfort. Platform sneakers are the comfiest shoes—possibly ever. With that extra platform sponginess, you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds.
  • Anita Powell
    Published about a month ago
    Sneakers or Shoes—What You Wearing

    Sneakers or Shoes—What You Wearing

    Sneakers have become a million dollar business. It is not just the big companies, such as Nike and Under Armour, that are making money. Kids are making money by reselling their sneakers and even adding drawings and other items to sneakers to make them stand out in the crowd. I was recently introduced to Stock X, a sneaker website where you can buy or auction your sneakers. It is amazing when you realize that sneakers have separated themselves from shoes in the footwear industry. There are all types of people that wear sneakers, from the great-grandmother to the sports star. There are all kinds of sneakers for different needs, such as cross trainers, walking, sneakers that can track your steps and calories, and Ecco. There are some sneakers that can cost a bundle of hundreds. That’s insane. Sneakers have seemed to replaced shoes for dressing up an outfit for occasions. People wear sneakers to weddings, funerals, and anywhere else they might go. There is a certain comfort to sneakers that you just can't get from shoes. Shoes, whatever happened to shoes? I think the most famous person was Imelda Marcos, who was the First Lady of the Philippines. When she fled her country, over a thousand pairs of shoes were allegedly found in her closet. That’s a lot of shoes! If you grew up in the 60s or 70s, you wore shoes to occasions such as Christmas, church, and Easter. These shoes were usually patent leather. There were stores like Pay Less that sold shoes off a rack. Pay Less was very reasonable when you were poor. There were a lot of shoe stores that used the Pay Less model of sales to get people into the stores. It was less formal and more customer open. This model let people come in and get their shoes off a rack and try them on at their leisure. I think that’s when the realization arose that the shoe industry was in trouble. Sneakers were making their move slowly into being a force in the footwear industry. I grew up loving sneakers. When I was being shipped overseas to Germany in the late 70s, I took a suitcase with just sneakers in it. The airline consequently lost my suitcase and I was never to see those sneakers again. Now, there are all sorts of sports figures that endorse sneakers that sell for big money. There is a connection between a sports figure and his/her sneaker in that we, the customers, reason that by buying a certain sneaker, we are all for that figure. Sneakers represent a style of cool relaxation. I’m a senior now, but I still love my sneakers; maybe not for the cool and relaxed effect, but just for comfort. I very seldom wear shoes now that I’m not working, but even to go to work I wore my sneakers and changed into shoes when I got to work. Shoes still serve a purpose, such as when you want to go on a date. There is something about sneakers that doesn’t seem right on a first date, but that too, I feel, is changing. It takes a lot of work to keep sneakers in pristine condition. When I washed my white Nike Air Max, I took the shoe laces out of the sneaker and put them in an old pillowcase. I washed them with borax and detergent and turned on the washing machine and hoped for the best. I was quite surprised at the end of the cycle, when I took them out of the pillowcase, they were white, like new white. My grandson told me to use an old toothbrush to clean them with, but I thought that was too much work. That’s when I decided to try the pillowcase method, and for me it worked. You can take away my shoes, but please leave my sneakers alone!
  • Kiran R
    Published 2 months ago
    Title: Why Are Red Bottom Shoes So Expensive?

    Title: Why Are Red Bottom Shoes So Expensive?

    Red bottom shoes for men are typically made of red material making it look unique. In the early times, we have seen women wearing red bottom shoes but nowadays even men are choosing red bottom shoes for their unique looks. The design and overall look of the shoes are also getting updated with time according to the needs of men and current trends. There are many different and trendy styles of red bottom dress shoes for men.
  • Whitney Alese
    Published 3 months ago
    The Truth Behind Nike Pulling the Flag Sneakers

    The Truth Behind Nike Pulling the Flag Sneakers

    Nike is back into the public sphere with its latest decision to pull one of their shoe designs.
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published 3 months ago
    Reason First: Can the Jordan XIII 'Lakers' Bring an End to Violence Over Sneakers?

    Reason First: Can the Jordan XIII 'Lakers' Bring an End to Violence Over Sneakers?

    The Anthony Davis trade to the Los Angeles Lakers may prove to be a boom for the Jumpman brand. With the duo of Davis and Lebron James on the same squad now, the Air Jordan “Lakers” sneakers might be a hot seller. Fans and supporters will have the opportunity to match the exclusive kicks with those purple jerseys. Because James already wears a 23 on his jersey, Davis will be in a position to change the number, as he once played with the figure popularized by Mr. Michael Jordan himself. The internet has already devised a plan for Anthony to take the number 21. From the brain of legendary designer, Tinker Hatfield, and Jordan the sneaker, which was popularized in the Spike Lee film, He Got Game (1998), saw inspiration from the paw of a panther. Complete with a hologram and the Jumpman symbol, a basketball, and the number 23, the sneaker have been reissued numerous times. Now Lakers fans can sport their Lebron or Davis jerseys to the game, at the bar, or in the comforts of home. On July 20, these faithful will be able to witness a possible playoffs run, and maybe even a Finals appearance during the 2019 to 2020 season.
  • Dianne Halloway
    Published 4 months ago
    DianneHalloway Interdisciplinary

    DianneHalloway Interdisciplinary

    The subtitle might make you believe the start of this log is gonna be a fairytale. Sike! Instead, this is quite adjacent. The affliction of copycatting done by big sneaker brands is far too prevalent. Years ago, in an age where every false move can be quickly spread by social media, I watched a design of mine replicate on the biggest platform without my permission. It was no surprise—sneaker brands have only historically grown by copying. It's an epidemic and today more prevalent than ever for major footwear companies getting away with blatantly ripping off designs from independent designers. Once a design hits social media, the fast-fashion machine can’t be stopped. It’s only a matter of time before there are multiple brands making copies while the original creator like myself almost always gets lost in the shuffle. I could have lamented about being copied by a huge brand. Large brands get away with stealing designs from smaller companies because fashion is not fully protected under American copyright law. The US copyright law positions American fashion as a manufacturing industry rather than a creative one. With these outdated legal doctrines still in place, sneakers in any category aren’t given nearly enough legal protection, even as sneaker designs have become increasingly prevalent. Unfortunately, the industry is frivolous, an area that doesn’t need protection. If every shoe design were to suddenly fall under copyright protection, big brands with large legal budgets would copyright as many designs as possible and constantly file lawsuits, creating a hostile environment that could force smaller designers out of the industry completely. So instead of starting an outrage on social media, it opened me up to really form a strategic plan and play chess. I started attending various popular curated conventional festivals for research. I’ve learned that traditional footwear development is out, or to say the least powered by big-branded names. No independent brand will triumph in that department because it's already been overtaken. The new and emerging trend is that of custom shoes—I would be remiss if I didn’t include the thriving influencers in this category that have been making waves in the customization world. The breakout of independent footwear customizers hauled a perception of pricey tags and catered only to the high-end clientele. Of course this is a gross misconception. Most of the moneymaking of the customizations are being powered over once again by the big brands like Nike ID, Adidas Miadidas, Custom Converse, Vans, Reebok and New Balance. But it seems like in this category, there is a fighting chance and a bit more wiggle room. The worldwide reach of social media and the common desire among customers everywhere to get customized, individual products has broadened the size and scale of the custom shoe market.
  • H J
    Published 4 months ago
    Payless Closed Down!

    Payless Closed Down!

    When it comes to gym shoes, or winter boots, I only go with two brands; Nike and UGG respectively. Expensive? Most definitely. But my UGGs lasted me four whole years. And not a single wet sock in sight. That's justification enough. And Nike has the perfect fit, comparatively to the rest.
  • Ringo Mendoza
    Published 5 months ago
    10 Sneakers That Match Everything

    10 Sneakers That Match Everything

    Sneakers are as popular as ever lately, with young professionals moving more towards wearing stylish sneakers rather than dress shoes or heels. It's all about street style these days. If you are a sneaker person and comfort seeker, you are going to need a good pair of sneakers that match everything so you need never be forced to wear uncomfortable shoes again.
  • Isaac Igb
    Published 5 months ago
    What Are Those?!

    What Are Those?!

    LoaferMaxes. Loafers + Nike Vapormax Trainers. Continue reading to see the end product.
  • Kamaldeep Chandel
    Published 5 months ago
    Most Comfortable Men’s Walking Shoes Without Laces

    Most Comfortable Men’s Walking Shoes Without Laces

    Whether you’re brisk walking on the track or on daily errands, you should choose nothing less than the best pair of men’s walking shoes in order to experience sheer comfort with every step you take and prevent any injury.
  • Isla Wright
    Published 5 months ago
    Australian Summer Footwear Must-Haves

    Australian Summer Footwear Must-Haves

    Summer is always in season. At least that seems to be the case in Australia. Warm weather, the shining sun, and summer clothes—those are the essentials for every Australian. And, of course, summer footwear. So, get your feet ready and choose your perfect shoe, based on one of the following criteria:
  • Isha Knight
    Published 6 months ago
    "Forever Tomboy"

    "Forever Tomboy"

    This whole idea started with looking down. While most ideas start with looking up for answers. Go figure! Traveling from coast to coast and at-a-glance catching every sneaker I could see from mesh fitness shoes to one of kind limited editions walking around. I noticed one simple thing. All the women's sneakers that I saw were so "plain Jane." While all the men's shoes seemed to have all the creativity, color, and eye-catching style in the world. Don't be mistaken there are a few women's sneakers that I have seen that are to drool over, of course, they cost about as much as a mortgage on a small country, but yet it still pales in comparison to the choices that men have to express their individuality through footwear. It's 2019 and women are so far evolved pass "plain Jane" status! (Thank heavens!)