Crocs, the distinctive colorful clogs loved and hated in equal measure, first hit stores in 2004 and were an immediate hit. By 2007, the Colorado-based company was selling 50 million pairs a year, reaching $850 million in sales. Then it all went south.
It's hard to believe there was once a time when we female humanoids simply wrapped our paws in woven weeds and went about our day. These days, designers are daring women to climb to breathtaking new heights in order to totter on the cutting edge of stylish footwear.
You would be forgiven for thinking that I have a dozen daughters, scurrying around on a total of 24 feet, judging by the quantity of footwear in our house. But it turns out that it takes only two fast-growing girls to amass way too many shoes.
Fabulous news for this season -- there is a look or piece that will suit everyone, and I mean everyone. Finally hooray, looks from the runway that real people can actually wear. Even better, the key trends seem to be sensitive to the financial climate -- investment pieces have pushed out throwaway fashion and are the underlying theme throughout.
In the days following the launch of the highly popular Missoni for Target collection, demand for the colorful knits, zigzag totes and retro bicycles caused prices to skyrocket on sites like eBay and Craigslist. Among the marked-up items was a Missoni for Target throw blanket listed on eBay for $200, nearly five times its retail price. Yet one woman thinks she can get an even better return on the items she nabbed.
In a 2010 national poll conducted by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania, "appearance" ranked second only to "communication skills" when respondents named qualities most often associated with professionalism. "How an individual dresses for work can be a powerful extension of his personal brand," says Matthew Randall, executive director of the CPE. "Clothes, accessories and even the footwear an employee chooses to wear help to reinforce or diminish his skills and qualities in the eyes of his employer, co-workers and clients."
There's been a lot of talk lately suggesting that the era of taking your shoes off when you pass through airport security may be coming to an end. That sounds great, but I wouldn't get too excited just yet.
You might have heard something about the Transportation Security Administration's new known (or trusted) traveler program that will begin testing in October. For now, this will impact a very small number of travelers, but it has the potential to mean big changes in the security process in the long run.
Merriam-Webster.com defines a fad as "a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal." Some would say that the UGGs, those bizarre-looking Australian sheepskin boots, fit that description to a T.
First dates are always nerve-wracking -- that's a given. So many questions! Where will we go? What if I'm gassy? Should I let him pay or should I offer to split the tab? What will we talk about? Will he like me? More importantly, will I like him?
â¢ In New York City for the weekend, Katie Holmes stopped into Soho Baby, where 3-½-year-old daughter Suri was especially taken by a train set. After some perusing, Holmes bought her daughter rain boots, a matching backpack and little stuffed giraffe. "[Suri] was wearing nice dress shoes and she took them off and put the rain boots on," a store employee tells us. According to the employee, Holmes complimented the store, and "[she] was very nice," the employee says, adding that Suri was "quiet [but] she was smiling."
It's definitely fall: Kids are back in school, football season has kicked off, and ragweed is blooming. While autumn means cooler temperatures and colorful leaves, it also means runny noses and red eyes for millions of Americans.
Do you sometimes feel as if going to a doctor's office is like going through a revolving door: in, swoosh-blur, out? You fight traffic to get there, wait a while in the waiting room, wait a while in the exam room, get seen, get dressed and get out. But once you've gone, you realize you're missing something -- maybe a small piece of helpful information. Below, some insider tips from medical specialists who tell you what your doctor doesn't have time to tell you in that all-too-brief appointment.
Is anyone else besides Michelle Obama leaving the house these days? Because for the last week, you would have thought that Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow and Halle Berry had gone into the Witness Protection Program.
Amanda Wagner and Jessica Tuttle turn 50 this year, but they're not letting age hold them back from their favorite exercise: running. They've been lacing up their running shoes since their teens and show few signs of slowing down. Research on older runners suggests they may not have to.
The Baltimore headquarters of sports apparel maker Under Armour don't look much like the offices of a technology company. The walls are covered with posters of professional athletes such as the New York Giants' Brandon Jacobs and the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis, wearing tough, menacing expressions. There's a treadmill in the hallway. In one workspace, in front of the cubicles, a football-throwing machine spits out short passes on a ribbon of AstroTurf.
What appears to be a separated human foot inside a shoe -- possibly the sixth discovered in Canada's British Columbia in the past 15 months -- has been found on a riverbank, Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Wednesday.