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July 23rd, 2007

Weekend in review-shoes and news

Last week’s shoe and fashion review celebrated the life of fashion mogul Gianni Versace, introduced you to Skins shoes and reflected on the growing popularity of gladiator-style sandals and shoes. Lucky for you, this week’s shoe and fashion review is just as exciting.

  • Crocs live while shoe and handbag designers don’t—Reuters reports that 270 crocodiles were saved from becoming victims of the Chinese underground shoe and handbag market. From ivory tusks to crocodile skin, China’s illegal trade of products made from endangered species is a growing problem. The problem was stopped from hitting astronomical proportions over the weekend when Chinese border police searched a suspicious boat and found 270 crocodiles. 
  • Vick’s shoes nixed—We don’t think you have to be a football fan to have heard about the animal cruelty allegations against Atlanta Falcons quarterback, Michael Vick. But if by chance you haven’t, you’ll probably run across the story soon. The shoe news related to Vick’s accusations is Nike’s decision to cancel distribution of the "Air Zoom Vick V" athletic shoe.
  • Brooks Brothers gets hip—Brooks Brothers, a brand known for conservatively casual mens fashion, is taking action to become more hip and attractive to a younger audience. Is this a good idea? We’re not sure, as traditional marketing theory states that one brand can’t be everything to everyone.
  • One giant leap for fashionable space clothing—Astronauts have lots to look forward to in the coming years as a design is in the works to give their signature space suits a new look. Space suits haven’t changed much in more than four decades—they still weigh roughly 300 pounds and exude a mass of space-grade materials, making astronauts look like marshmallow men and women. However, thanks to scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a new, lighter, sleeker and yes … sexier suit is expected to be ready for use by 2010.   

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