Churches across Christchurch horrified, line up 50 pairs of shoes to remember victims

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Peace gesture

Fifty pairs of white shoes sit outside a church in Christchurch as a solemn symbol of the lives lost in the city.

The move comes as churches all over Christchurch used their weekend services to express their horror at the massacre that killed 50 people and injured about 45 at two mosques in the city on Friday.

A campaign titled “give nothing to hate” has also been created to encourage people to wear green hearts to express their solidarity with Muslims.

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Good heart, good people
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Good heart, good people

Merivale’s All Souls Church vicar Megan Herles-Mooar said there was a desire from the congregation to respond to the tragedy.

The congregation decided a pair of shoes to represent each person who died as a tangible way to express the loss.

“People took their shoes off before worship and never put them back on again. There is something about seeing that. These are people, the same as us. They have good hearts and good souls and were good people.”

White for peace
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White for peace

The church asked for donations of shoes and then painted them white.

They were unsure how long the display would remain.

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Seeking responses
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Seeking responses

The church has people supporting the families in every way they could.

A public meeting would be held on Tuesday at the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square at 7 pm for the public to say how they want to respond to the massacre.

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Discussion on varied issues
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Discussion on varied issues

The meeting, organised by the Canterbury Progressive Network, and EcuAction, a Canterbury based Interfaith network, would discuss a number of topics including how widespread white supremacist views were in Canterbury, gun control laws and whether religion was a unifying or dividing force in society.

In pic – A Muslim girl writes a message to pay tribute to victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

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A message for all
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A message for all

A message for unity is seen on a boxing glove at an Islamic Centre in Kilbirnie, Wellington

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The 6 Best Road Running Shoes for Spring 2019

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As winter loosens its icy grip, it’s time to gear up and hit the road. And these running shoes make it fast, fun, and comfortable.

Skechers GoRun Razor 3 Hyper ($135)

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Best For: Setting PRs
When going fast is your priority, step into this fun speedster. At 6.4 ounces and with a 27-millimeter stacked heel, the Razor 3 Hyper boasts the best weight-to-cushion ratio of all the shoes we tested. The tight upper boosts control, while the EVA midsole delivers one of the most launch-you-forward rides of any shoe on the market.
6.4 oz; 4 mm drop

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Saucony Triumph ISO 5 ($160)

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Best For: Unmatched comfort
Roomy and smooth riding, the Triumph ISO 5 is the Cadillac of daily trainers, a stable cruiser best suited to slow and moderate days. With 28 millimeters of resilient TPU, this shoe is a cushion lover’s dream. Saucony’s new footbed contours around your heel like a bucket seat, providing a truly dialed-in fit.
11.4 oz (men’s) / 10 oz (women’s); 8 mm drop

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Under Armour Hovr Infinite ($120)

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Best For: The data conscious
There’s no shoe more feature rich than the new Hovr Infinite. Its midsole has a soft core wrapped in mesh for a plush yet snappy feel. And a chip in the midsole syncs via Bluetooth with the MapMyRun app to record pace, stride, and cadence.
10.8 oz (men’s) / 8.8 oz (women’s); 8 mm drop

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Hoka One One Cavu 2 ($110)

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Best For: Bounce on a budget
Hoka’s Cavu 2 has minimal cushioning on the tongue and around the heel, a 21-millimeter stack height (thin for Hoka), and breezy mesh. All that made the shoe airy, while the zippy midsole pushed us down the road.
7.2 oz (men’s) / 5.8 oz (women’s, pictured); 5 mm drop

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Brooks Ravenna 10 ($110)

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Best For: Controlling pronation
The newest Ravenna has Brooks’s GuideRail technology—thin pieces of dense foam under the arch and outer heel that function like bumpers for your foot, keeping it straight. And the shoe keeps its generous 24.5-­millimeter stack height in the heel.
9.4 oz (men’s) / 8.3 oz (women’s, pictured); 10 mm drop

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361 Degrees Meraki 2 ($130)

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Best For: Going the distance
This everyday trainer is our high-mileage favorite. The upper has webbing that keeps your foot locked in, while a padded tongue and heel cup offer comfort. The combo of a peppy midsole and a springy carbon-fiber shank boosts energy return and fights fatigue.
9.6 oz (men’s) / 8 oz (women’s, pictured); 9 mm drop

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5 Easy Hacks to Customize and Perfect Your Shoes

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We celebrate and glorify running shoes at Runner’s World, but we also aren’t afraid to modify and customize them. After all, they’re a tool to help you accomplish your goals. Here are our favorite tweaks to make footwear meet our needs.


No-Slip Grip

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You don’t need a fancy traction device to run on snow and ice. Hit the hardware store for #10 x 3/8-inch hex-head screws. Drilling into the thickest parts of the sole, add six on the forefoot and four on the heel. You can take them out quickly (with a power drill) to run in dry conditions, and replace the screws when they wear down.

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What You Need:
#10 X 3/8″ Stainless Slotted Hex Washer Head Screw $10


Lace to Fit

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A few years ago, we got shoes that were missing a top eyelet. The heel slipped, so we grabbed a pair of hole-punch pliers and added our own. These pliers are essential for runners who want to adjust the lacing of their shoes to fix fit issues.

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What You Need:
General Tools Hole Punch Tool $7


Install Drainage

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A problem with too many shoes is that when water gets in through the top, there’s no way for it to get out. Break out a ¼-inch drill bit and add six holes through the thinnest spots on the forefoot. When you run, you’ll pump the water out.

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What you need:
Bosch 18V Compact 1/2″ Drill/Driver Kit $129


Patch It Up

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A common tool for runners until recently was Shoe Goo. Parts were always coming loose on shoes. That doesn’t happen much anymore, but occasionally a rubber patch will work loose. Just add a dab of glue and stick it back on.

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What you need:
Shoe Goo Repair Adhesive $6


Let ’Em Breathe

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If you find a new shoe causes blisters on your pinky toe late in runs when your feet swell, or presses a little too much on a bunion. Take an X-Acto knife to the upper and cut a window, or make small slits over the areas of pressure for extra room.

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Swapna Receives Customised Shoes From Adidas For Her 12-Toed Feet

Image result for Swapna Receives Customised Shoes From Adidas For Her 12-Toed FeetAsian Games gold-medallist Indian heptathlete Swapna Barman has received a pair of customised shoes to fit her 12-toed feet.

German global sportswear company Adidas created and delivered customised footwear for Swapna, who has been struggling to fit in her feet into regular shoes.

“I’m so excited to finally have these pairs. I have already started training in these and I know from here on I can focus entirely on improving my performances without worrying about any pain,” Swapna said.

“The journey from here should get easier. I would like to thank the Adidas team in India and at the Athlete Services Lab for helping me with this solution,” said Swapna. “I shall continue to work hard and keep moving towards my goal of winning honours for the country.”

Swapna Barman seen here with the statue of Adolf Dassler, the founder of Adidas, when she visited the Athlete Services Lab in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
Swapna Barman seen here with the statue of Adolf Dassler, the founder of Adidas, when she visited the Athlete Services Lab in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
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Adidas took Swapna to their Athlete Services Lab in Herzogenaurach, Germany for a detailed footwear analysis.

“Taking into consideration the unique task we had at hand, we at adidas are proud to provide Swapna with unique pairs that shall help her across the seven different disciplines of Heptathlon,” said Sharad Singla, Director – Brand Marketing, adidas India.

Apart from Swapna, Adidas recently signed athletes Hima Das and Nikhat Zareen amongst others to use sports as a catalyst to bring positive change.

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The best shoes to pair with skinny jeans for girls

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Skinny jeans are a staple piece in every girl’s wardrobe. Whether you frequent a corporate office or are a collegiate, the skinny jeans have to be your favorite for pairing with blouses, t-shirts and even kurtas. Not many may realize this, but the kind of shoes you wear with your outfits can make or break them. While most shoes do look great with the aforementioned skinny jeans, certain styles like pointy shoes, mules really enhance the overall appeal of the skinny pair of jeans.

  • Slip-on mules
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Slip-on mules

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Mules are the perfect in-between style of shoes-meaning they are neither too casual like your old kicks and are neither too formal like your court pumps. Whether you’re sliding your feet into a pair of block heels or flats, be assured that they’ll make for a stylish duo with your skinny jeans.

  • Pointy heels
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Pointy heels

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One of the most flattering feature of the skinny jeans is that they elongate the wearer’s legs. Pointy shoes like classic pumps and ballerinas do the same. For the lovers of the pencil heel, opt for court pumps in suede(also known as leatherette) to appear taller. Girls who prefer flats over heels any day would look extremely fetching in pointy ballet flats.

  • Strappy sandals
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​Strappy sandals

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Strappy shoes look feminine and delicate and add a girly vibe to every outfit they are paired with. Whether you choose to wear stilettos or a pair of strappy flats, combined with skinny jeans both would make you look like a style maven.

  • Knee high boots
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Knee high boots

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With its tapered fit, the winter option for footwear that pairs well with skinny jeans are the knee-high boots. Be it the classic blue or the all-time favorite black, these suede knee high boots would be perfect to pair with both.

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How to Clean Velvet Shoes So They Look New

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With their soft sheen, rich color and elegant flair, velvet shoes add a luxurious touch to any woman’s wardrobe. But with such a fine fabric, special handling is required. The material is particularly vulnerable to inclement weather and spills, which can leave behind unsightly marks and cause the fabric to become crushed and matted — leading to bald spots over time.

Thankfully, it’s actually quite easy to get them looking like new despite water, mud and any other random stains you may encounter. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to avoid wearing velvet shoes in rain or snow, as they’ll be harder to salvage in this case. However, there are ways you can make them more resilient against the elements, such as using a protective spray. Read on to learn our simple tips for cleaning velvet shoes and preventing future wear and tear.

For Dirt and Mud Stains

1. Let your shoes dry out.

If your shoes are caked with mud, it’s important to let the velvet dry completely before trying to clean the stain. Mud is much easier to remove from the surface when it’s dry.

2. Use a brush to remove dirt.

When your shoes are completely dry, use a toothbrush or other soft brush to remove excess dirt or dust. Make sure to brush in the direction of the nap to restore its sheen. Brushing the shoes after every wear is also a great way to keep dirt to a minimum and prevent the nap from getting crushed.

For All Other Marks and Spills

1. Blot excess moisture.

Lightly dab at the wet stain to soak up excess moisture. Do this as soon as possible to prevent the stain from setting.

2. Make a gentle cleaning solution.

For an easy DIY-solution, mix water and dish soap in a small bowl. Alternatively, you can try a combination of lemon juice and two tablespoons of baking soda. Fill the bowl with lemon juice until you get a considerable amount of foam on the top (this is important for the next step).

3. Use a soft cloth to the apply the solution.

Once you get a foamy consistency, skim a soft cloth over the suds or foam — so as not to get the velvet too damp — and gently wipe the affected area. Avoid rubbing the solution into the velvet and stick to long straight movements to keep the nap in place. Let the shoes air dry.

5. Protect against future stains with a protective spray.

While it won’t make your shoes completely waterproof, it’s a great idea to apply a protective spray to your velvet shoes to prevent future stains. Scotchgard’s top-rated Fabric & Upholstery Protector is safe to use on velvet (you can find this out by checking the manufacturer’s instructions on products designed for leather or suede). 

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