November 2009 Blog Archives
How do you celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the world's most iconic basketball sneakers-one that changed the game of footwear design? Reebok answered with a party in New York for its product team, sneakerheads and fans, all of whom were counting down to midnight on Nov. 20, when the latest (and very limited) editions of The Original Pump-designed by 20 of the world's leading sneaker boutiques-dropped across the globe. .
This year may well be remembered as the Year of the Cutback. In art, entertainment, travel, footwear and many other goods and services industries, suppliers have curtailed, stripped down and (in some cases) downright cheapened their respective offerings as a first line of defense against the Great Recession.
Unfortunately, less is not always more, especially when one does not pay any less for that sub-par version. Thats why it was so refreshing to see U2 go over the top on its recent tour stop at Giants Stadium in New Jersey..
A quarter-century after the Air Jordan appeared on the court, Michael Jordan’s name still carries weight. And his basketball shoes still have die-hard fans.
In celebration of the Air Jordan’s 25th year, Jordan Brand, a division of Beaverton, OR-based Nike Inc., has unveiled the Air Jordan 2010 shoe, which will debut on the feet of today’s basketball phenom—and Team Jordan athlete—Dwayne Wade. . .
On Nov. 5, Villa—a specialty retailer of urban apparel and footwear with 24 stores in Pennsylvania—hosted a service day at West Philadelphia High School, with musician and humanitarian Wyclef Jean, The Timberland Co.
and NBA Cares getting in on the action.“Our mission is to educate and inspire youth in inner cities, especially Philadelphia, to become community leaders,” Villa CEO Jason Lutz said, explaining the reasoning behind the retailer’s Big Serve initiative. Last week’s effort marked Villa’s largest service event to date. .
With Vancouver counting down to the 2010 Winter Olympics, running Feb. 12-28, Robeez is proudly showcasing its Canadian roots through a collection of winter booties with Olympic and athletic themes.
Available in four sizes—0 to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, 12 to 18 months and 18 to 24 months—each of the six styles is lined with a super-soft and fuzzy plush material to keep baby’s toes warm. Patriotic motifs include a red leather bootie with a maple leaf emblem and a red, white and blue style with a star for Robeez’s American neighbors. .
Is footwear the unofficial fifth member of The Black Eyed Peas? Following bandmate Fergie’s well-heeled lead, Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo taps into the sneaker scene with a creative collaboration of luxury kicks coined TABOOXJUMP. The three-time Grammy Award winner linked with New York-based Jump after wearing several of the brand’s signature street styles on tour. .
Saucony unveiled its brand-new ViZiPRO collection of running gear at a panel discussion in New York last week, detailing how the highly reflective microfiber apparel and accessories are designed to keep runners seen and safe in any season, day or night. The ViZiPRO collection includes jackets, vests, sport tops, headgear and hand gear for men and women in the trademark fluorescent orange color meant for maintaining an eye-opening luminescent and reflective surface for increased visibility of athletes. .
As New York City prepared to host runners from all over the world last weekend, Asics hosted a pre-marathon run through Central Park on Friday, led by Olympian marathoner and U.S. record-holder Deena Kastor and her coach Terrence Mahon.
After a light three-mile loop around the park, runners were treated to a breakfast pep talk with Mahon and Kastor, along with fellow Olympian Ryan Hall, who opted to stay off his feet that morning to rest up for Sunday’s 26.2 miles. . .
Rockport professes its dress and dress-casual shoes are made to stand up to the daily marathon, and to prove the point, the Canton, MA-based company sent a team of eight runners—led by Dr. Andy Baldwin of “The Bachelor” fame, a naval officer and Ironman competitor—to power through the ING New York City Marathon wearing its new men’s DresSports 2s.
Buoyed by lightweight Adidas performance technology, all eight men crossed the finish line with times ranging from 3:16:56 to 4:33:26. . .