Denver Post: This Denver shoe shiner’s videos might put you to sleep — but that’s the point. “Today, [Jason] Dornstar makes many of his videos in the back room of Homer Reed Ltd., a family-owned menswear store across from the historic Brown Palace Hotel. Tucked away behind the dressing rooms, his space isn’t glamorous by any means — he’s set up at a workshop bench in a grimy corner decorated with trinkets and stickers, a shelf lined with rows of cans filled with polish, wax and creams. A shiny silver YouTube creator award stands out against the clutter, commemorating the day he passed 100,000 subscribers. He calls his corner the ‘Shine Dungeon.’”
Bing Blogs: New updates to the Ethical Shopping hub on Microsoft Bing. “We first released this experience last year in the UK, and today are excited to announce we’ve expanded to more places – the US and Canada in English. As a reminder, the hub provides fashion customers with categories like eco-friendly, upcycled, or fair-trade fashion, as well as providing all-up ratings for how ethical a given brand is, where possible.”
Complex: Nike Hits One Sneaker Store With Major Cancelations Before Holiday. “Supply chain issues and transportation disruptions have led to Nike canceling one store’s orders for the remainder of this year and into 2022. Though many industries have been hurt by supply chain woes, this singular email doesn’t mean all, or even most, of Nike’s wholesale partners will be affected at the same level.”
WWD: Manolo Blahnik Unveils a Digital Archive With Color, and British Humor. “The Manolo Blahnik Archives: ‘New Way of Walking’ is part museum, part VIP gallery tour, part pop culture lecture that brings the designer’s work, inspirations and memories to life in a 3D experience that stretches across five separate ‘rooms.’”
Just Style: New tool assesses impact of apparel and footwear. “The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), along with its technology partner Higg, has announced the completion of a new tool that evaluates the comprehensive environmental impact of products. In addition to developing greener products, companies can also use the new tool to credibly communicate their performance, demonstrate progress towards sustainability and circularity goals, and address anticipated regulation.”
PRZen: Sneakervista is the largest online catalogue of sneaker stores (PRESS RELEASE). “To help sneakerheads pursue the pair of their dreams, Sneakervista developed an entire sneaker and streetwear encyclopedia to provide all the information they need. The sneaker shops stored on the database feature accurate details of the store addresses all around the world. The comprehensive store catalogs extend from countries to cities that make it a reliable guide for tourists and travelers looking for just about any kind of sneaker – from local sneaker boutiques to hyped pop-up stores, Sneakervista offers it all.”
Footwear News: Crocs Is Giving Away Free Shoes to Essential Workers — Here’s How to Get Them. “Through its ‘Free Pair for Healthcare’ initiative, Crocs has delivered tens of thousands of shoes at no cost to medical professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the clog-maker is expanding its relief efforts to include many other essential workers.”
The Scotsman: Scots asked to take pictures of their footwear to catch criminals. “The University of Dundee’s Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS) is undertaking the largest ever study into the variation in footwear marks made by the same shoes across different surfaces and activities so the variation observed can be used to explore links between the shoe and the mark it makes. To do this, they are asking thousands of individuals to take part in a large-scale citizen science project by taking pictures of their footwear and the marks they make.”
Slam Online: Jordan Brand Launches Online Sneaker Database. “Jordan Brand just unveiled a new online database that details every sneaker they’ve ever created. Original shoe sketches, designs, stories and images are featured on the site. There’s also a few hidden gems like some Deion Sanders PEs and a look at the original idea for the Air Jordan VII.”
New-to-me: an online database of running shoes. “A former competitive cross-country runner turned statistics instructor, [Jens Jakob] Andersen parlayed his love of running and shoes into a side gig by opening up his own run specialty shop. However, he soon became disillusioned by the sales process…. It was the combination of these experiences that led Andersen to develop RunRepeat, an online database of running shoes with a neutral, transparent and holistic approach. The database compiles 960 running shoes, 165,624 user reviews and 5193 expert reviews to assign each shoe a ‘Runscore’ between 0 and 100.” NO ADVERTISING!
Friday fun if you really want to weird yourself out. From TechCrunch: Turn anything into a nightmare cat with this machine learning tool. “Machine learning has the potential to solve many of our regular human problems, like for instance having too few nightmarish, oddly cat-filled crude images to gaze upon. Luckily, Christopher Hesse created the edges2cats web-based tool to address exactly that issue.” There’s also one for shoes and handbags. You can REALLY weird yourself out with this.