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Skechers Friendship Walk kicks off in nine days.
Submitted by Anonymous on October 17, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicSkechers sixth annual Pier to Pier Friendship Walk kicks off in nine days in Manhattan Beach, CA, and with $855,331.01 already raised for education and children with special needs, the company is confident it will surpass its $1 million goal by Sunday, Oct. 26.

On hand to help Skechers reach that goal is Steel Sports. Starting at 8 a.m. on the morning of the walk, Steel Sports will donate $5 for every selfie posted and tagged with the #P2PSteelSports hashtag within 24 hours by a walker....

A sabbatical led to a new calling for Bryr's Isobel Schofield.
Submitted by Lyndsay McGregor on October 16, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicAfter 15 years in the apparel business, Isobel Schofield decided it was time for a change. "I found myself really burnt out," the British-born designer remembers. "I took some time off to recharge my creative batteries and find my new path." While she was on this "creative walkabout," she reached out to a Midwestern clog company and asked if it would take her on as an apprentice. "One thing led to another, and I fell in love with the process of making shoes."

She launched Bryr, her line of American-made clogs, in September of 2012. Based out of a small workshop in San Francisco, Schofield buys most of her leather from a century-...

Converse sues 31 companies for knocking off its Chuck Taylor All Stars.
Submitted by Anonymous on October 15, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicConverse's iconic Chuck Taylor sneakers have been a wardrobe staple for generations of Americans. (Our Senior Editor alone owns more than five pairs, and our Creative Director wears them everyday.) Now the century-old shoemaker is suing 31 companies of trademark infringement in 22 separate lawsuits filed Tuesday in the United States District Court in Brooklyn, NY. 

Converse says some of the instantly recognizable elements of its kicks (namely thin black stripes and a rubber toe cap and bumper) are being knocked off by the likes of Walmart, Kmart, Skechers, Fila and more. While the Nike-owned company is suing for monetary damages, it has told...

NSRA and FDRA fight for footwear retailers nationwide on Capitol Hill.
Submitted by Anonymous on October 15, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicLast Tuesday, the National Shoe Retailers Association (NSRA) and the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) joined forces in Washington, DC, to lobby on behalf of sales tax fairness for independent shoe retailers. NSRA President Chuck Schuyler and FDRA President Matt Priest met with key members of Congress, in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, to inform them of challenges faced by family-owned footwear retailers and explain why sales tax fairness for brick-and-mortar footwear retailers is crucial.

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Stuart Weitzman raises money for children in need with its Baby Buggy collection.
Submitted by Anonymous on October 14, 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicSome women care for their shoes as they would their children. Jessica Seinfeld has gone one step further. This fall, the Baby Buggy founder and mother of three has teamed up with Stuart Weitzman to raise money for its cause with the launch of three limited edition boots named after her children. 

Starting this month, proceeds from the sale of the Stuart Weitzman Baby Buggy collection, which will be available exclusively on stuartweitzman.com and in the brand's flagship boutiques in New York City and Beverly Hills, will help provide families in need with essential...