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Nike’s Kaepernick campaign signals change in shoe politics

With the Colin Kaepernick campaign, Nike is embracing activism and racial justice at a time when shoe companies can no longer avoid the nation’s political division. After years of building billion-dollar brands around sports celebrities, shoe and apparel makers now find themselves flashpoints in the political, racial and cultural clashes surrounding the Trump administration.

Then and Now: Saad Shoe Repair

In 1909, 15-year-old Eli Saad arrived nearly penniless in Spokane. His older brothers Paul and John had started the Saad Bros. Shoe Repair, Pool Room and Cigars in 1906, and he soon joined the business.

Iraqi man who threw shoes at Bush is running for office

Muntadhar al-Zaidi might be most famous for his shoes. Back in 2008, the Iraqi journalist attended a Baghdad news conference with George W. Bush. The then-president was there to tout the successes of the U.S. invasion.

Gonzaga donning special Nike uniforms at PK80

The PK80 tournament next week in Portland honors Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday and Gonzaga and the 15 other participating teams will be outfitted accordingly.

Lonzo Ball’s first signature sneaker to cost $495

Celebrity dad LaVar Ball reportedly had a problem getting a shoe deal from the Big 3 – Under Armour, Nike and Adidas – but he has developed a signature shoe for his son Lonzo, independently made by his Big Baller Brand. And it comes with a Big Baller price tag:

EXCLUSIVE: Lonzo Ball Reveals His Big Baller Brand Signature Shoe

After months of speculation, Big Baller Brand is officially putting to rest any remaining rumors about the company’s highly anticipated next move. Lonzo Ball will become the first player to have his own independently made signature shoe entering the NBA Draft. In the video above, Lonzo explains his decision.

Retail woes drag takeover premiums to lowest level since 2008

The retail trends that are keeping U.S. shoppers away from malls are also putting a damper on deal-making. The number of mergers involving apparel, shoes and jewelry dropped 12 percent to 115 in the past year. And the transactions that are getting done are fetching the smallest premiums since the recession in 2008. They plunged to 3.4 percent from 23 percent a year earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Front & Center: Saving soles, one shoe at a time

Greg Ressa, owner of Ressa’s Shoe Service, discusses his introduction to shoe repair, how footwear’s evolution has changed his business, and which brands he most admires.