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Ocean Minded unveils American-made collection of sandals.

May 8, 2014

Ocean Minded has partnered with the Sandalman, a family-owned footwear company in Newport Beach, CA, to refresh two of its bestselling sandals. “There’s been a resurgence of made-in-the-U.S.A. product and this collaborative relationship combines the best of both companies,” says Steve Workman, general manager. The limited-edition premium collection debuts with the women’s Makena (SRP $130) and the men’s Mokulua (SRP $150), both featuring full-grain leather straps, toe posts and footbeds, along with a die-cut sponge SBR foam midsole.

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Toms taps Paul Van Dyk for a space-themed collection.

May 7, 2014

Grammy-nominated DJ, musician and record producer, Paul Van Dyk, has teamed up with Toms on a galactic collection of shoes and sunglasses. Launching this summer, Classic and Paseo Mids feature an outer space-themed print featuring the German DJ’s signature triangle logo, while the eyewear frames depict the hues in his Vandit record label logo. Retailing from $59 to $125, the collection hits Toms stores and toms.com in June. 

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Everything You Buy is Rubbish makes shoes from plastic collected on British beaches.

May 6, 2014

The U.S. produces about 57 billion pounds of plastic every year, and only about 3 percent of it is recycled. What happens to the rest? Well, it will probably still be around long after your own body has decomposed. To help spread the message about overconsumption and how much environmental damage it does, a trio of Brits has created a pair of shoes made entirely from plastic rubbish collection on U.K. beaches.

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Skechers explores purchasing an interest in the Los Angeles Clippers.

May 2, 2014

Skechers announced today that it is consulting with its advisors about leading an investment group to acquire an interest in the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. Skechers CEO Robert Greenberg calls it “a natural fit.” He continues, “We believe this presents us with a tremendous opportunity to leverage and cross-promote both the Skechers and Clippers brands.

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Vans uses the force to release Star Wars branded footwear.

Star Wars fans everywhere rejoice. Last week Disney and Lucasfilm revealed the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, the latest film in the saga, and this June Vans will honor the momentous occasion with a six-piece offering that features classic styles stamped with artwork from the original trilogy. 

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Nicole Richie to deliver keynote speech at Licensing Expo 2014.

May 1, 2014

Advanstar Licensing and the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) have announced that Nicole Richie will deliver the Big Interview keynote address at this year’s Licensing Expo. Richie is the founder and creative director of House of Harlow 1960, a line which she launched in 2008 that encompasses jewelry, eyewear, handbags, shoes and ready-to-wear. “I am thrilled to be addressing the executive audience of licensing and brand extension professionals at Licensing Expo,” she says.

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Ruthie Davis named Footwear Designer of the Year by the AAFA at the 36th Annual American Image Awards.

April 30, 2014

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) named Ruthie Davis Footwear Designer of the Year at its 36th Annual American Image Awards last night at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. “It is a huge honor to be listed amongst past recipients of these awards such as John Bartlett, Badgley Mischka, Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta.

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The Original Muck Boot Company and the Fabulous Beekman Boys collaborate on a limited edition boot.

Last night at Green Table in New York City’s Chelsea Market, the Original Muck Boot Company celebrated the launch of the Muck B 1802, its first ever fashion collaboration with Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, also known as the Fabulous Beekman Boys. “Brent and Josh have built a brand considered by Epicurious to be ‘the next Martha Stewart’ and one that exemplifies the growing trend that is modern farming,” says Sean O’Brien, global director of footwear.

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Wolverine Worldwide could benefit from Department of Defense’s latest rule change.

April 29, 2014

Saucony, Merrell and Bates could soon have their logos on more military members’ feet across the country. Thanks to a policy shift announced by Pentagon officials last week, new active duty soldiers entering boot camp will be supplied with American-made athletic footwear when using a voucher given to them by the government to purchase shoes for training purposes. The rule change is in response to years of pressure from U.S.

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Reebok and Austin Adventures launch series of fitness vacations.

April 28, 2014

For more than 40 years, Austin Adventures has created award-winning international multi-sport travel experiences. Now the company has teamed up with Reebok to offer a series of vacations that promote fitness as a way of life. Reebok Fitness Vacations by Austin Adventures launches this summer with a pilot trip to Montana. Vacationers can expect to take part in a wide range of activities such as biking, hiking, rafting, yoga, traditional and trail running, functional fitness classes, group fitness classes and obstacle racing. 

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