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The Net Takeaway: Dress shoes, Sports Shoes, my feet still hurt


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Dress shoes, Sports Shoes, my feet still hurt · 01/13/2009 01:38 PM, Trivial

A friend asked why we can’t wear sports shoes to work. I mentioned that he already was…

Here are some brands of “standard” affordable business shoes, and their parent companies:

Johnston and Murphy: Owned by Genesco, makers of Lids, HatZone, and other sports stuff
Rockport: Reebok
Cole Haan: Nike
Bostonian: part of Clarks, the comfy shoes guys

Some are “sporty work shoes”, and are part of a holding company:
Bass: Philips-VanHeusen
Timberland: Philips-VanHeusen

Some of these shoe makers are still independent from holding companies and trying to make it on their own.
Allen Edmonds: Still independent
Florsheim: Back from the dead, owned by the founder’s family and the Weyco group (BTW, we all love marketspeak: from their annual report… “Weyco Group designs and markets moderately priced and better-grade men’s branded footwear for casual, fashion and dress lifestyles. The principal brands of shoes sold by the Company are Florsheim, Stacy Adams and Nunn Bush.” Moderately priced and better grade?)

Apropos of nothing, Zappos has a “Made in the USA” option on it’s site ( However, you can’t search for “made in Italy” or other well known shoe countries.

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  1. Informative content. Just wanted to point out some helpful buying tips for those looking to buy sports shoes.

    If you are planning to buy your sports shoes online to save you the trouble of travelling to a sports store, then make sure you are buying your shoes from a reputed and genuine online store. There are many online stores that are now selling counterfeit products not only in watches, handbags and perfumes, but also in sports shoes.

    Make sure you enter your search query as “genuine sports shoes” or any other keyword with the words “genuine”, “authentic” or any other word that signifies quality real stuff. This is important to ensure you buy shoes that last you long and also provide the actual comfort which any fake shoe cannot provide.

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