As someone who suffers from chronic back pain, I've heard it all: walk more, rest more, lift weights, don't exercise, DO excercise, never wear high heels, never wear flats. The list goes on. But today's story from China really takes the biscuit. Zhang Fuxing, a factory worker, says walking in huge iron shoes weighing more than 440 pounds each can cure back pain.
"I've been walking with iron shoes for seven years," Fuxing, 52, says, claiming he walks up to 15 metres each day in the shoes, which he has gradually increased in weight, and also touts them as a cure for hemorrhoids. "It's not strong muscles that make you able to talk like this, the power comes from internal organs," he adds. "When you walk with your heart it will work."
If most of us were given the opportunity to create an inanimate object that would capture the spirit of an ex, chances are it wouldn't be too flattering. Not so for artist-designer Sebastian Errazuiz. His latest exhibition, "12 Shoes for 12 Lovers," which opened at Art Basel Miami last weekend, is a romantic look back at lost love. From Heart Breaker to GI Jane to Gold Digger, each stunning sculptural shoe reminisces a relationship in a poignant and touching way. Click here to check out the full series, and if you're in Miami, the shoes are all on display at the Melissa pop-up on Lincoln Road through January 6.
H.H. Brown Shoe Company celebrated its Season of Giving Holiday Event on Tuesday in association with Toys for Tots and The Food Bank for New York City. The company made a donation to each charity involved on behalf of each guest that attended. Members of the footwear industry and press mingled with celebrities such as New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara, actor Brendan Dooling of The Carrie Diaries, and Diane Guerrero and Alysia Reiner of Orange is the New Black, while enjoying light bites and getting a sneak peek at H. H. Brown's brands' Fall '14 collections.
Mandy Cabot, co-founder, president and CEO of Dansko, is the 2013 recipient of the T. Kenyon Holly Memorial Award for outstanding human achievement. Presented by Two Two, the award is bestowed upon an individual in the footwear industry who exemplifies the philanthropic spirit and character of the late T. Kenyon Holly, past president of the foundation. "Mandy is the epitome of what Two Ten is about...an unconditional commitment to caring," says Jim Salzano, Two Ten board chair. President Neal Newman continues, "Her work in sustainability and business leadership in [her community] is done out of tremendous passion and dedication."
"Each one of us is responsible for the reduction of our impact on the environment. I am confident that social consciousness does not have to come at the cost of good business," Cabot says. "We are all...
A clothing store in Leeds, U.K., has come up with a unique way to let its customers know what's coming up for spring/summer. The Chimp Store commissioned British artist Chris Anderson to recreate to-scale versions of the upcoming Adidas Originals collection using 100 percent recycled cardboard. Anderson's eco-friendly versions of the Stan Smith, Campus, Superstar Shelltoe, ZX700 and ZX8000 feature the brand's trademark parallel bars and perforations, logos whittled from masking tape and laces fashioned from jute twine.
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