Footwear in the News: April 19, 2012

Footwear in the News is a collection of articles and blog entries that catch my attention, and is in my opinion worth reading. Read on and enjoy!

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Image above: (L) Gucci sneaker, (R) Guess’ Melrose sneaker

Snooki’s Latest Shoo-In Gig: Children’s Slippers! (E! Online) – “As the Jersey Shore star prepares for motherhood the reality star is also going to put her fashion expertise (lots of animal print) into a new children’s slipper line produced by footwear licensing partner Happy Feet.”

This Gucci v. Guess Court Battle Just Keeps Getting Better (Fashionista) – “Gucci’s lawyer had fingered Marc Fisher as an integral player in the ‘massive knockoff scheme,’ even presenting evidence that the company was sending Gucci fabric samples to Guess’ fabric supplier, with the intent to copy coloring and patterns.”

Toms Shoes: a Doomed Vanity Project? (Forbes) – “Toms to face up to ‘two existential flaws’ – first, the failure of its buy-one-give-one model to ‘actually solve a social problem;’ second, the lack of ‘a stronger, more differentiated and less replicable product offering,’ which exposes the brand to the fatal impact of fickle consumer tastes.”

Adjustable heels leap technical hurdles (The Globe and Mail) – It took entrepreneur “Tanya Heath… 14 engineers and shoe technicians, several designers and master boot-makers, the sale of her family’s apartment… to produce the world’s first shoe with adjustable heel heights.”

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Image above: Tanya Heath’s adjustable heels

Raf Simons takes over for Galliano at Dior (Reuters) – “Belgian designer Raf Simons is taking over as artistic director at Christian Dior, the Paris fashion house announced on Monday, ending months of speculation over who would replace his disgraced predecessor, John Galliano.”

Christian Louboutin: the fun and fetishism (Telegraph) – “With studs, spikes, scarlet soles and toe cleavage, Christian Louboutin has been playing footsie with shoe design for 20 years.”

Oakville businessman invests in Africa’s industrial revolution (Toronto Star) – “Toronto entrepreneur Tal Dehtiar is starting a new business, making shoes in Ethiopia for sale in North America. He says Africans want jobs, not aid, and may be blazing a new trail.”

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