Bank Leumi USA has filed a lawsuit against Shoe Mania Holding Inc., alleging the off-price footwear chain sneakily shuttered its three Manhattan stores on the night of July 17 and, despite being in default on a $2 million loan, cleaned out the inventory without permission. [via The Real Deal]
Crocs, Inc. has announced it will donate $5 for each pair of shoes sold online at www.crocs.com and at the brand's Colorado retail stores from July 24 to July 31 to aid the victims of the Aurora, CO shooting. The donations will be made through Crocs Cares, the clog company's corporate social responsibility program, to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund through www.givingfirst.org.
If there's one thing the Footwear Plus team loves, it's dessert. Throw in a view of the summer sun setting behind New Jersey and we are pleased as punch, so last night's soiree to celebrate the new Alice + Olivia showroom in New York City's Meatpacking District was right up our alley. A selection of the brand's Spring '13 shoes wound its way up a spiral staircase while guests enjoyed cake pops, Magnum ice cream and maccarons in "American" flavors like s'mores, fruity pebbles and PB&J.
Artist-designed footwear brand Bucketfeet has teamed up with Scott Wilson of Minimal on Skullz, a limited-edition shoe that merges art and technology. Using the Lunatik, a touch pen created by his Chicago-based company that allows for a seamless transition from analog to digital with the click of a button, Wilson drew his original artwork in Sketchbook Pro on the iPad and then applied the Percolator app which transformed the hand-drawn art into a circle-based abstracted pattern that became Skullz.
Let's face it: More often than not, free outdoor events are a washout. (And I'm not talking about the weather.) That wasn't the case last weekend when Converse brought City Carnage to New York City, a free two-day event celebrating music and skateboarding at Hudson River Park.
The World Basketball Festival wasn't the only party going down in Washington, DC, last weekend: Converse left its mark on our nation's capital with a (completely free) one-day block party that celebrated basketball, music and culture, and kicked off the launch of its limited edition Pro Leather WBF footwear collection.
In light of ongoing negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership and changes to U.S. trade policy, New Balance and RPFMA (Rubber and Plastic Footwear Manufacturers Association) will discuss the importance of supporting U.S. jobs and domestic footwear manufacturing at a news conference on Capitol Hill tomorrow, July 18. The Boston, MA-based brand is currently the only athletic shoe company that manufacturers footwear in the U.S., with 25 percent of its U.S.