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By Wendy Donahue, Tribune Newspapers|June 26, 2013

Even if you grimace at defaced buildings bordering train tracks and highways, you might approve - even applaud - Reebok's project with 13 pre-eminent graffiti artists. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the iconic Reebok Classic Leather style, the brand has collaborated with graffiti pioneer Stash to recruit 12 other pre-eminent graffiti artists from around the world to design exteriors for the limited edition Reebok City Classics capsule collection. Participating artists include Wane (New York City)

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Ask Amy: Keeping accidental sneaker freebie is unethical

Amy Dickinson and Ask Amy|July 7, 2014

Dear Amy: Last week my wife and I purchased three pairs of sneakers at a store. The service was poor and the experience was frustrating. As we were leaving I noticed the cashier only charged us for two pairs of sneakers. I chose not to say anything about it. In the car I told my wife what had happened, and she said, "Well, the store made an error, the service was poor and I guess that means I got a pair of free sneakers. " Even though I sort of agreed with her...

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Adidas cancels release of 'shackled' sneakers

Reuters|June 19, 2012

NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) - After a public outcry, Adidas AG canceled the release of an upcoming sneaker model that featured plastic orange shackles attached to the shoes' heels. In a June 14 Facebook post, the shoe company unveiled the "JS Roundhouse Mids," purple and gray sneakers with attached short shackles that bore the company's name. The shoes had been set for release in August. "Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?" read a...

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Exclusive, collectible shoes kick it at Sneaker Con

By Lindsay Friedman, Tribune Reporter|June 10, 2014

His last name isn't the only thing that makes Marty from "Back to the Future" so fly - just take a look at his shoes. Nike Mags, a replica of the movie's featured sneaks, represent the core of devoted sneaker collectors' - or sneakerheads' - values: rare, unique and limited edition. Most collectors would be lucky to see a pair of these futuristic sneakers, let alone own a pair. Typically, Mags sell between $5,000 to $10,000 based on condition, said Cody Scates, an employee...

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Sneakers sneak in a money lesson

By Steve Rosen, Tribune Media Services and Kids & Money|September 17, 2012

LeBron James and Nike, thank you. The basketball superstar and the giant of the sneaker world are combining starting Sept. 22 on the rollout of Nike's priciest shoe yet. The LeBron X Nike Plus will sell for $270. There was initial speculation that it would break the $300 barrier, but this remains the LeBron sneaker series' most expensive version yet. Those pricey sneakers reportedly will come embedded with motion sensors that tell how high you jump so you can refine your rebounding and...

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Sneakers are not just for casual wear anymore

By Kristyn Schiavone, Tribune Content Agency and Simple Style|April 11, 2014

Lately, I've been seeing a lot more sneakers and tennis shoes around town as part of everyday outfits. Of course, sneakers have always been critical for activities like going to the gym or traipsing around the city where you're vacationing because you're afraid to take cabs or public transit. But recently, they've come back as part of dressier ensembles, akin to Keds with poodle skirts in the 1950s. At first, I was totally unenthused about this trend because it started with the...

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Sneaker Pimps

September 10, 2004

You've seen people pimp their rides. How about their sneakers? The graffiti bandits and street artists who spawned the underground cult of tricked-out sneakers are coming to Chicago this weekend. The Sneaker Pimps exhibit is stopping here as part of its 10-city U.S. tour. It features more than 600 rare, vintage, celebrity-signed and painted sneakers. Several Chicago artists join more than 200 others artists already in the show. Catch the footgear and meet some of the artists at 8 p.m. Friday at Tinta...

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Haute kicks

By Jessica Moazami, Special to Tribune Newspapers|March 4, 2014

Raf Simons for Adidas Raf Simons is no stranger to working with sportswear. The Belgian designer, known for mixing subculture style with crisp menswear tailoring, has nine collections under his belt with the sportswear label Fred Perry. For the second time, the creative director of womenswear at Dior is teaming with iconic sports brand Adidas for a follow-up to last fall's collection. The line of 21 unisex designs has a colorful, retro-futuristic look. Simon's mixing

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Sneakers are not just for casual wear anymore

By Kristyn Schiavone, Tribune Content Agency and Simple Style|April 11, 2014

Lately, I've been seeing a lot more sneakers and tennis shoes around town as part of everyday outfits. Of course, sneakers have always been critical for activities like going to the gym or traipsing around the city where you're vacationing because you're afraid to take cabs or public transit. But recently, they've come back as part of dressier ensembles, akin to Keds with poodle skirts in the 1950s. At first, I was totally unenthused about this trend because it started with the...

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Jennifer Rosato, dean of NIU College of Law

By Leslie Mann, Special to Tribune Newspapers|February 2, 2014

Even a few hours spent with Jennifer "Jenn" Rosato, dean of Northern Illinois University College of Law in DeKalb, bear evidence of her intensity and commitment. A native of Bethlehem, Pa., Rosato, 52, started her career as a caseworker for abused children, but decided she could help them more by being a lawyer, she said. She earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and proceeded to climb the academic ladder in New York and Pennsylvania. "She's got...

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Adidas sues Big 5 over alleged sneaker knock-offs

Jonathan Stempel and Reuters|May 16, 2012

(Reuters) - Adidas AG has sued to stop a U.S. sporting goods retailer and a skateboarding equipment maker from selling sneakers with three parallel diagonal stripes, a design it said looks too much like its own. The world's second-largest sporting goods company claimed that sneakers made by World Industries Inc and sold by Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp are knock-offs that infringe many Adidas trademarks. Adidas first used the three-stripe motif in 1952 and began trademarking...

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3 held in theft of $9K worth of sneakers

By Geoff Ziezulewicz and Tribune reporter|January 5, 2014

Three Chicago-area men were arrested early Saturday and face felony burglary charges after they attempted to steal nearly $9,000 worth of sneakers. Equipped with bolt cutters and a head-mounted flashlight, Frederick A. Young, 28, and 26-year-olds Jeremie Bolden and John D. Luckett broke into a Union Pacific railroad box car late Friday at a depot in the 2400 block of West 26 th Street, according to Cook County court records and prosecutors. The men cracked open the car and...

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Las Vegas claims new record: world's largest sneaker collection

Reuters|September 27, 2012

By Timothy Pratt LAS VEGAS, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Las Vegas has a fake Eiffel Tower and a fake Egyptian pyramid, but the Guinness Book of World Records recently confirmed that the city can now lay claim to a new and authentic world record: the world's largest collection of sneakers. The record keepers at Guinness certified this month that Jordan Michael Geller's Shoezeum, a shrine to Nike that he says includes one of every model of Air Jordans...

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Michael Jordan's 'flu game' shoes sell for $104,765

Curtis Skinner and Reuters|December 12, 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A pair of autographed shoes worn by basketball star Michael Jordan in the famous 1997 "flu game" during the NBA finals sold at auction on Thursday for a record-breaking $104,765. Grey Flannel Auctions in New York said an unidentified client scored the red-and-black sneakers after a bidding war erupted in the telephone and online auction. The previous record for shoes worn in any sport was also for a pair of Jordan shoes, which sold for $31,070 last...

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Shopping for athletic shoes can work up a sweat

Ellen Warren|November 22, 2013

There's been a lot of reader angst over shoes lately. But Angel's got your back. Or your feet. Or … whatever. Dear Answer Angel Ellen: After much trial and error, I am frustrated with the two extremes of athletic shoes - clunky, orthopedic-looking or cool looking but not supportive. What athletic lace-up shoe brands can you recommend that are low profile yet supportive? I am very grateful for your answer. - Flatfooted and hating it Dear Flatfooted :...

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Police searching for missing girl, 14

Staff report|August 20, 2013

Authorities are searching for a 14-year-old girl last seen August 10 at the South Side's Bud Billiken Parade. Britni "Moo-Moo" Johnson, 14, is described as 5'3", 120 lbs., with a medium brown complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing army stretch jeans, a black tank top, a short denim sleeveless vest and black high-top Nike sneakers, according to police. Her hair is in crochet braids and she may be carrying a floral print backpack, police said. Authorities urge...


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