Footwear and Accessories

Something Inked's Bill Feldberg on Branded Footwear, Nike's Dope 420 Shoes, Promo Opportunities
May 1, 2019 at 10:10 am

Branded footwear is having a moment. Everywhere you look, big names are collaborating with shoe brands, bringing the promo and retail worlds together. We talked to noted sneakerhead Bill Feldberg, of promo company Something Inked, who gave us the details on the footwear phenomenon. Bill told us about Nike's 420 releases, Vans' licensing brilliance, Crocs' unlikely ascent to "cool," promo sales opportunities with footwear brands and much more...

$50 Socks? Fans Were Not Happy About Kanye West’s Coachella Merch Prices
April 23, 2019 at 1:47 pm

While Easter Sunday compelled believers to feel holy and anointed, many attendees at the church service offered by Kanye West ended up wholly disappointed. Through the gathering, held in conjunction with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, fans had the opportunity to purchase Kanye's "Sunday Service" merch. And while the communal nature of the…

Nike's New 420 Shoes for Dog Lovers Have Some, Um, Interesting Decoration Features
April 22, 2019 at 11:04 am

On Saturday, 4/20, the day that ganja lovers have designated as their own, Nike released its latest nod to their infatuation, issuing the SB Dunk High Walk the Dog kicks. The shoes feature many interesting decoration features, including a brown mark on the outsoles that looks like, well, dog poop. That's just one of many design elements that make the shoes stand out...

Nike's Broken Self-Lacing Shoes and a Lesson in Tech-Integration
February 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm

In 'Back to the Future Pt. II' we were all promised that, in the future (which is now the past, actually), we'd all have self-lacing shoes. It turned out to be a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy, as Nike made the shoes Marty McFly wore in the year 2015 as a promotional product. As these…

The $30,000 Grammys Gift Bag for 2019 Has Some Weird, Wonderful Stuff
February 7, 2019 at 1:29 pm

We are pretty fond of misnomers around here, with Frederic Chopin’s “Minute Waltz,” which takes no fewer than 90 seconds to play, among our favorites. Since the Grammy Awards “gift bag” has come to include items valued at more than $30,000, we are tempted to add it to our misnomers list, as that thing has come to fit enough stuff to give Santa’s sack a run for its money...

Graphic Designer Hand-Prints 1,000 Pairs of Custom Flip Flops Highlighting President's Tweets
January 3, 2019 at 11:38 am

The internet has given us countless opportunities for education and growth as human beings. We can access information at the touch of a button. Arguments are settled in seconds. We can see metaphorical vaults of historical documentation from a little device in our pocket. It also comes with some double-edged swords, however. The permanence of…

Justin Bieber Debuted His Own Line of 'Hotel Slippers' and They Sold Out Fast
January 2, 2019 at 12:50 pm

Ever since he obtained megastar status in 2010, many interesting news bits have been afoot in the life of Justin Bieber. Each time the Canadian hitmaker steps out, it seems the press finds itself enthralled with another opportunity to track his existence, no matter if the opportunity has anything to do with music. Thanks to…