New pregnancy shoes launched in US
A San Antonio, Texas company is launching a new line of shoes specifically for pregnant women. The footwear is designed to help ease some of the discomfort mothers-to-be experience when they’re expecting. Swollen, achy feet are a common complaint late in pregnancy. New Life Shoes created its new line specifically to address such problems. “It allows for expansion of the foot, both lengthwise and vertical-wise, so 360 degree expansion, as well as five different layers of cushioning and support that are customizable,” said New Life Shoes president Mark Connors. “You can put in or take out various pieces of the shoe to accommodate changes in the foot.” The shoes are designed with a special strap so women can put them on with one hand. Other styles of pregnancy shoes are currently in development, New Life Shoes said.
Keds gets new president
US-based Collective Brands Performance has announced the appointment of Rick Blackshaw as president of the Keds brand. Mr Blackshaw has experience with brands including Converse, Timberland and the former division of Reebok, Avia, and most recently served as vice president and general manager for the Chuck Taylor All Star Division of Converse. He started in his new role on January 24 and succeeds Kristin Kohler Burrows who recently departed the position to pursue career opportunities closer to her home in New York. Mr Blackshaw will report to Gregg Ribatt, president and chief executive officer of the Performance and Lifestyle Group (PLG) of Collective Brands, and will head all functions of the Keds team including product design and development, sales, marketing, merchandise planning and operations. “We are thrilled to have Rick join and lead the Keds team. His background and achievements in the footwear industry are impressive, including generating significant growth across multiple brands,” said Mr Ribatt. “We look forward to his leadership and valuable contributions to our Keds brand as we drive market and product category expansion and share this iconic American brand with more and more consumers across the globe.”
Nicaragua hopes free zones will attract more shoe firms
Nicaragua's state agency for promoting inward investment, ProNicaragua, said at the start of the year that it plans to expand the country's use of duty free zones.
ProNicaragua's executive director, Javier Chamorro, singled out footwear manufacture as one of the sectors he is keenest to attract. He told local media that he would set up a forum during the first half of 2012 to show footwear manufacturing firms what Nicaragua can offer. He said the success two Brazilian footwear firms are having in the Central American country should encourage others.
He said the forum should take place in June and that he had hopes of convincing representatives of 45 footwear manufacturing companies from Asia, South America, Europe and the US to attend.
Mr Chamorro said Nicaragua has the ability to be a very competitive shoe manufacturing location and added that it was an industry that appeals to him because of its potential for creating large numbers of jobs.
Celine Dion owns more shoes than Imelda Marcos
Canadian singer Celine Dion has said she owns “about 3,000” pairs of shoes – an incredible amount which rivals Imelda Marcos’s 2,700-strong collection. The singer says she is obsessed with footwear and admits she can’t resist adding to her collection when she goes out shopping, but she doesn’t feel guilty because it’s her only real vice.
She said: “If you have, let’s say, 600 pairs of shoes, you’re considered a freak? I have about 3,000 pairs. Look, some people do drugs, and I buy shoes.”
Ms Dion said that she feels very lucky to be able to buy expensive shoes and other luxuries.
source : http://footwearbiz.com/
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