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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 1:10 p.m.

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 …


Crocs to outsource manufacturing of clogs, other footwear

Colorado-based footwear company Crocs Inc. is closing company-owned manufacturing plants in Italy and Mexico by year’s end and replacing its chief financial officer.


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 1:30 p.m.

The internet hates Crocs’ high heels – here’s why that’s good for the company

It’s the high heel you never knew you never knew about. Now, you probably do.


Because International launches kickstarter campaign for retail shoes

Because International, a local nonprofit that makes and distributes growing shoes for children in need around the world, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a retail version of their shoe, …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

Just for kicks: Gonzaga players treated to new LeBron James shoes before PK80 Invitational

The PK80, which honors Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday, hosted a tip-off reception Wednesday night at Nike headquarters in nearby Beaverton.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

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.


Flowers: During tragedy, critics looked at shoes

Anyone who thought that ruminating on Melania Trump’s choice of shoes was appropriate is nothing more than a pathetic rube.


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 …


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 …


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.


New Balance distances itself from white supremacist support

Athletic-gear company New Balance is distancing itself from a white supremacist website’s call to support it for statements a company executive made backing Republican President-elect Donald Trump.


Chuck Taylor sequel flops, dealing blow to Nike’s Converse brand

Converse released a more expensive version of the classic Chuck Taylor, the first major overhaul of the world’s most iconic and best-selling sneaker. After a little more than a year, …


Flip-floppers: Summer favorites spark health concerns

Just because it’s casual doesn’t mean footwear has to skimp on fit, arch support


Air Jordans stolen in alleged assault at Spokane park

On Saturday a juvenile was punched multiple times, kneed and threatened with a sledgehammer – apparently over a pair of shoes.


Shawn Vestal: Shoe craftsman embodies Spokane industry niche

At the fringe of the yoga-soy block of hipness on West Main sits a small, dusty storefront where one man makes boots with his own thick, ink-stained hands. Cruz Albisu, …


Michael Jordan shoes auctioned for $104K

An auction company says Michael Jordan’s shoes from the famous flu game of the 1997 NBA Finals have sold for more than $100,000. The shoes were owned by a Utah …


Education Notebook: Center collecting shoes for students

The Mission Community Outreach Center, 1906 E. Mission Ave., is helping students in need get ready for the school year with its Back to School Shoe Drive. New shoes for …


Do Your Part: Recycle outdated items responsibly

All of us are guilty of stashing away outdated items that we just don’t know what to do with. It could be VHS tapes or expired medicines or outdated phone …


Pollution can sneak into your home in variety of ways

We bring dangerous chemicals into our homes every day. It could be from our shoes, new furniture, or even our vinyl shower curtain. Here are my Top Five ways chemicals …


Front Porch: Mother of four, heel thyself!

They called to me. They twinkled at me from among sensible square-toed pumps and frivolous flip-flops trimmed with plastic daisies. They glittered. They sparkled. They shone. I didn’t even intend …