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Vibrams FiveFingers Sued over Health Claims

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A group of five law firms has filed a class-action suit against Vibram USA Inc and Vibram FiveFingers LLC in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging the company used deceptive statements about the health benefits of barefoot running. “Given that Defendan’ts advertising and marketing equates barefoot running with running in FiveFingers,(read more)

Uggs for brides? Footwear firm gives weddings the boot – to style mavens’ horror

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By Isabel Teotonio Most brides opt for designer heels for their big day. But boots? Ugg boots? Ugg Australia has unveiled its “I Do” wedding collection of cosy UGG wedding shoes, complete with sparkles, satin and crystal. Like many other brands, the Australian company has stepped into the bridal category, with a capsule collection featuring(read more)

Skechers Posts Loss in Q1 on Sales Decline

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Skechers USA, Inc. reported first quarter sales were $351.3 million compared to $476.2 million in the first quarter of 2011. The loss from operations for the first quarter of 2012 was $4.4 million compared to earnings from operations of $15.3 million in the first quarter of 2011. The net loss for the first quarter of(read more)

Shoes have replaced handbags as fashions big investment accessory: Style Czar

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The two girls window shopping outside the Louis Vuitton store on Bloor Street seem mystified “What are those?” asks one, pointing in the window, her nose wrinkling in amazement as if she has spotted a fleet of LV-embossed UFOs. “Um,” offers her companion, “wedge-heeled, patent-leather platform penny loafers?” The girls turn away, laughing at the(read more)

Shoe therapy has real benefits – study

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By: Matthew Theunissen Shoes are more than just laces and leather – for some women they may have therapeutic qualities, a new study suggests. Research led by University of Canterbury PhD student Jessica Boyce has found that women who feel more insecure after exposure to “body ideals” own more attractiveness-conferring accessories such as shoes and(read more)

Running shoe debate heats up with the weather

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Spring is here! The forsythia is in bloom, the trees are turning green and runners are hitting the road. Every year, 36 million people in the United States run and about half of them suffer at least one injury. To prevent injury, runners are advised to stretch properly, cross-train in other sports and, above all,(read more)

On Your Feet for Health

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Standing at work all day may seem tiring but it could be the ticket to better health. With one in eight Queenslanders resting their feet for an average of seven hours or more a day, Diabetes Queensland is urging people to “stand up” for their health – and hairdresser Jaime White agrees. Read the full(read more)

New York soda ban won’t work, marketing experts say

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By Mary MacVean Comedian Jon Stewart drank from an oversized soda cup on his show as he bemoaned the New York City mayor’s plan to ban the sale of super-sized sodas from ballparks and other thirst-inducing places. And, Stewart complained, the proposal did what little else could – got him to agree with conservatives. In(read more)

Local shoe experts focus on runners’ fit

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Every day, more people lace up their sneakers and set out on the open road. But new runners might not realize that if their shoe doesn’t fit or provide the right support, it could hurt their feet, knees and hips in the long run. Local sock and shoe retailers said people often buy the wrong(read more)

Labor Shortages in Guangdong Signal Limits on Stimulus

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By Justina Lee Guangdong’s job market is showing signs of withstanding China’s slowdown as factory owners report that shortages of workers persist in the southern export hub. “Before, most of the factories were short about 20 percent to 30 percent of workers or technicians,” said Stanley Lau, deputy chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong(read more)