June 13, 1985 |
In a move to protect U.S. shoemakers from a rising tide of imports, the International Trade Commission on Wednesday recommended a sweeping program of quotas to limit imports from all foreign countries over the next five years. If approved by President Reagan, the program will likely mean higher shoe prices for consumers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1985
I am shocked and surprised by your editorial (June 14), "Giving Consumers the Boot." What you are trying to say is that the American domestic shoe industry does not know how to compete and you are concerned that quotas will raise prices on shoes. From 1976 to 1980, when we had orderly marketing agreements , we also had inflation! Remember inflation? Your newspapers did not cost 25 cents at that time! During the period of inflation, when the average went up about 15%, shoes (under a quota system)
March 17, 1997 |
Dinno Daniels, star basketball player at Walter Cohen High School in New Orleans, was sitting in English class last November when a PA announcement summoned him to the main office for an important phone call. "I thought something had happened to my mother . . . something serious," the junior guard recalled. On the phone, he heard a woman's voice--but it was a basketball recruiter. "She started telling me how she loved me as a player and that I should be playing for her. "I couldn't believe it.
October 6, 2003 |
Seymour Fabrick moved slowly across the floor at the World Shoe Assn. expo in Las Vegas. After seven decades in the business, moving fast wasn't in the cards. The glittery high heels and sexy thong sandals didn't catch his eye. On this day he was looking for survivors. Guys like Jack Berlin, 74, who has been selling shoes for nearly half a century. "I said, 'Was that Seymour Fabrick who just came by?'
December 10, 1999 |
Imelda Marcos' 3,000 pairs of shoes may have been an international joke, but here in the shoe-making capital of the Philippines they're no laughing matter. The former first lady, city officials say, put Marikina on the global map. Within the next month or two, Marikina will formally say "thank you" to Marcos.
May 3, 1987 |
Nearly three years ago, as the fitness boom began to wheeze and stumble, the $2.7-billion athletic shoe industry was overjoyed to discover the little-known scientific finding that vigorous walking is a better exercise than jogging and aerobics. To the industry, the vision was clear and tantalizing: millions of people walking in millions of walking shoes.
December 29, 2008 |
While most Americans step into Manolos and Nikes that were stitched together thousands of miles away, J&A Shoe Co. cranks out 50,000 pairs of heels, wedges and thongs every month at a factory 15 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Gardena-based J&A is a part of a dying breed of shoemakers that manufactures all its products domestically, battling formidable competition from corporations that make shoes overseas for pennies a pair.
September 15, 1988 |
Thirty years ago, a free decoder ring came as a bonus with a new pair of P.F. Flyers. Soon, they'll be offering a matching designer sweatshirt instead, but you'll have to pay extra. The once-popular P.F. Flyers, virtually absent from shoe stores in the 1980s, will soon be back. Flyers sold for less than $15 a pair four decades ago. The new version will cost $60 to $70. Changes, yes, but one thing remains: P.F.'s old rival, Keds.
March 16, 1997 |
For archrivals Nike and Adidas, the heavy artillery is a barrage of flashy, MTV-like commercials featuring NBA stars. But the foot soldiers in the nation's high-stakes shoe wars are high school basketball players. From major urban centers to wealthy suburban enclaves, hundreds of elite high school teams wear expensive, cutting-edge shoes and other athletic gear supplied for free by companies battling for supremacy in the multibillion-dollar industry.
July 4, 1998 |
The sneaker business has been on loose footing for a year now, but athletic-shoe retailer Just for Feet Inc. keeps sprinting ahead with aggressive expansion plans--and Wall Street likes what it sees. Indeed, stock in the Birmingham, Ala.-based chain hit a 52-week high this week of $28.94 in Nasdaq trading.