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Nike’s Hottest Sneaker of the Year Is for People with Disabilities

Three years ago, a teenager with cerebral palsy wrote a letter to Nike. Now he’s got his wish.

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Choosing the right sneaker can be difficult for anyone. Foot Locker has been witness to many a crying adult, whining about foot pads and half-sizes. But it’s especially challenging for many people with disabilities, which is why college sophomore Matthew Walzer decided he would reach out to Nike and encourage them to design a specially crafted shoe. Nearly three years after Walzer first contacted the company, Nike finally launched a sneaker for people with disabilities like Walzer. It’s functional, it’s popular, and yeah—it looks good.

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This Shoe Is Rubbish

Charles Duffy, William Gubbins, and Billy Turvy, all second-year design students, collected plastic trash from beaches around England, melted it down, and molded the material into a sneaker that looks like something out of a beautiful kindergarten finger painting party.

Here are some fun facts for your Friday. There are over 165 million tons of plastic in the world's oceans. Eight million pieces of plastic enter the ocean every day. Animals from at least 267 different species have died due to eating or getting tangled up in oceanic plastic waste.

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How Michael Jordan's March Madness Shorts Changed the Apparel Business

While Jordan’s effect on footwear is impressive, it’s not the only multi-million dollar fashion trend he set.



Dan Lewis, author of the daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”) joins us Wednesdays with surprising facts about the world of business.

Ask virtually anyone who the greatest basketball player of all time is, and they’ll reply with the name Michael Jordan. His legacy is astounding; even Magic Johnson, an all-time great in his own right, has been quoted as saying “There’s Michael Jordan and then there’s the rest of us.” And his effect on the game of basketball is undeniable, as fans and players alike aimed to emulate him. Certainly, the ad campaigns featuring him encouraged this.

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Nike Print Pack: Shoes Made from Old Magazines

Maybe there's life for print publications after all. Or at least an afterlife. Nike has released a set of shoes made from old glossies.


Maybe there's life for print publications after all—or at least an afterlife. Nike just released the Women's Premium Print Pack, a limited edition set of three shoe styles, all made using shredded magazines.

The pack contains the Flash Macro Premium, the Blazer Mid Premium, and the Air Rift Premium. While the shoes have regular soles, strings, and other components, the main material used in each is a kind of laminated, stitched fabric created from old glossies. Unfortunately, you may have to travel outside the states to get them: Nike says they will only be available in Europe, China, and "select emerging markets."

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Companies Part Ways with Chamber of Commerce over Climate Change Woes

Apple has joined the list of prominent companies (see: Nike) that disagree with the United States Chamber of Commerce's views on global warming...

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