Alien Stomper Reebok shoes look like Ripley’s vacation kicks

Image result for Alien Stomper Reebok shoes look like Ripley's vacation kicksThis year marks the 40th anniversary of Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley battling a xenomorph in the sci-fi classic Alien. Reebok, which designed the super-high tops she wore in the sequel, is once again stepping up to celebrate the franchise with a special-edition pair of Alien Stomper shoes.

They’ll be released Friday — April 26 aka Alien Day aka the annual event started by 20th Century Fox to celebrate all things Alien.

Reebok’s previous versions were inspired by Ripley’s iconic shoes for actress Sigourney Weaver in Aliens and by the yellow and black Power Loader that she used to fight another xenomorph. The 2019 edition of the shoes is meant to look like a prototype that came before the original pair.

The Alien Stomper 40th Anniversary OG mid-top shoes aren’t as dramatic as the super-high tops, but they’re more practical for everyday wear when you’re not fighting for your life on a spaceship. These are an updated version of mids Reebok released in 2015.

“When you buy it, it’s supposed to feel like you just happen to find this prototype of the shoe 40 years later that was on the ship, that’s why it’s aged and yellowed,” said Reebok footwear designer Chris Hill.

Hill combed through original and concept artwork to feed into the details on the kicks. There’s even an early take on the Weylan-Yutani (without the “d”) logo inside the ankle.

The new Alien Stompers come with a Stomping Guide that will hopefully help you survive your next space tug crew assignment.

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Review: Ion Raid Amp II – Flat Pedal Shoes With Plenty of Grip

Ion Rascal II

Ion released the original Raid Amp flat pedal shoe a few seasons ago, and while they were light and comfortable, there was one problem – the soles just weren’t sticky enough. Time to go back to the drawing board. The latest version is called the Raid Amp II, and uses a new rubber compound and a softer midsole that’s designed to allow the shoes to really latch on to the pins of a flat pedal.

The shoes still have the same look and basic design elements of the original – the uppers are ventilated and designed to be quick drying, and the asymmetric cuff provides a little extra ankle protection. There’s also a molded rubber toecap to help prevent a rider’s toes from getting bruised and battered.

Ion Raid Amp II Details
• Pin Tonic sole design
• Molded rubber toe cap
• Elastic lace holder
• Asymmetric padded ankle cuff
• Weight: 470 grams (size 45, per shoe)
• Colors: black, grey, pink
• Sizes: 37-47
• $139.95 USD
• www.ion-products.com

The tongue isn’t gusseted, but there is an elastic strap sewn into the middle that helps keep the laces tucked out of the way. The Raid Amp II shoes are available in sizes 37-47, with three different color options: black, grey, or pink.

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Ion call their new sole design ‘Pin Tonic’.
Ion Rascal II
The asymmetric cuff and extra padding help dull the blow from crank and frame impacts.

Performance

Good news – the Raid Amp II shoes are actually grippy, and not in the usual “almost like a 5.10, but not quite” way. In fact, I’d put the stickiness level right on par with that of 5.10’s S1 rubber, the stuff that’s used on their Freerider Pro shoes. I’ve used the Raid Amp II’s on a very wide range of pedals – Shimano XT, Anvl Tilt, Kona Wah Wah, Burgtec Mk4 Composite, and found that there was plenty of traction in every instance. The shoes are stiff and supportive enough to wear on long rides without needing to worry about foot pain, but there’s still enough flex to make walking around off the bike feel very natural.

The shoes have a snug, foot-hugging fit, closer to what you’d expect from a pair of well-broken-in climbing shoes as opposed to a super-roomy skate shoe. That means these may not be the best option for riders with wide feet, but it does give them a very high degree of sensitivity, which makes it easy to tell exactly where your foot is on the pedal. How precise a shoe feels isn’t something that’s discussed very much, but it makes a difference when it comes to making those foot position micro-adjustments that flat pedal riding often requires.

The Raid Amp II’s aren’t going to keep your feet from getting soaked in a rainstorm, but they don’t turn into lead weights once they’re fully saturated either. The upper material doesn’t retain much water, and it didn’t take long to get them dry and ready for another dousing after wet rides. I haven’t tested them in any really scorching temperatures, but they do seem to breathe well, and the lack of any extra-thick padding in the uppers should help prevent any overheated feet once summer time arrives.

Ion Rascal II
Ion Rascal II
 The soles are going strong, but some of the stitching has started to come undone.

Durability

The soles of the shoes have held up very well over the last few months of use, without any unexpected wear or delamination, but I did run into some stitching related issues with the uppers. The stitching that holds one of the pull-straps on has begun to come apart, and while the last few stitches are holding strong, I’m not sure how long that will last. Some of the stitching just past where the front of the laces end has begun to give up as well, which is a little more worrying than losing the use of a pull-strap.

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Masters 2019: The special edition shoes pros are wearing at Augusta National

olf shoe companies are getting into the Masters spirit by giving their players custom styles inspired by the tournament to wear at Augusta National. From Rory McIlroy to Mark Leishman, tour pros are showing some personality and Masters spirit on their feet. A few of the custom styles the tour pros are wearing are even available for purchase.

Brandt SnedekerG/Fore Gallivanter

G/Fore’s limited edition Gallivanter has all the technology benefits of the Gallivanter line—like the waterproof upper, the lightweight sole, and the cleat configuration. What makes the shoe limited edition is in the aesthetics. The pink and green colors make it a fit for the Masters, and spring in general.


Brooks KoepkaNike Tour Premiere

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Andrew Redington

Koepka isn’t the only Nike athlete wearing Masters-specific shoes. This version of the Tour Premiere features a light green snake skin pattern and the praying hands, a reference to Amen Corner, on the heel.


Marc LeishmanCallaway LaGrange

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This custom version of the LaGrange has the names of his children on it and a kangaroo for the Australian, as well as thematic coloring.


Rory McIlroyNike Air Zoom Victory Tour

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Mike Ehrmann

The snake pattern is the same as the Tour Premiere’s Koepka’s wearing. McIlroy helped in the designing of the original Air Zoom Victory Tour, which he’s been wearing different versions of since January.


Webb Simpson:FootJoy MyJoys

The beauty of MyJoys is that if you can’t find a color or style that you’re looking for, you have the option to just make them. Simpson’s version of the MyJoy features a new print that gives the shoe an old school vibe.


Austin Johnson, Dustin’s caddie: Adidas

The team at Adidas took inspiration from Georgia peaches for this limited-edition version of the Crossknit 3.0 — Georgia peach ice cream sandwiches to be specific. The sandwich itself can be found at concessions stands at the Masters. The insole features images of scoops of ice cream.


Bubba WatsonG/Fore Disruptor

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G/Fore collaborated with custom shoe company Nomad Customs to make these shoes for Watson to wear at the Masters. Each shoe is hand painted.

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The best places to buy dress shoes for women

It is simply the case that one can never own too many pairs of shoes, and when it comes to work-appropriate shoes, the “correct” number of pairs is practically infinite. Of course, finding a pair of flats or so-called modest heels that are both attractive and acceptable to the corporate powers that be can be a bit of a challenge. But with some help from our favorite office-ready shoe purveyors, you may want to keep your shoes close and your credit card closer.

When picking a great pair of work shoes, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind. First and foremost, are they comfortable? If you’re already feeling pinched at work, the last thing you need is to have shoes that are literally pinching your feet as well. After all, it’s difficult to feel empowered when you’re constantly bending over to adjust your strap or massage your heel.

You’ll also want to keep heel heights in mind. While I prefer to live about four inches above my natural height, I would also prefer to sleep and pet cats for a living. Alas, in order to be part of the professional world, it seems that society has dictated that I live in heels of a more moderate one-to-two-inch height. Also important to consider is the width of your heel. As impressive as your ability to teeter totter around on a one-inch circumference may be, that’s probably not something that you can (or should) put on a resume or to the test in your office. Luckily, you don’t need to be in stilettos to pull off a killer look.

Furthermore, you may want to consider your preferred work shoe color. While black, nude, and the occasional navy shoe are common suspects, it’s also well worth adding a pop of color to your wardrobe with some more creative hues. Don’t shy away from white, either – sure, they’ll show dirt a bit more easily, but let’s be honest, in your sterile office environment, you’re not really at risk of getting things particularly dirty.

Regardless of which of our favorite office-appropriate shoe purveyors you decide to shop in, we’re sure that you’ll have a decidedly professional (and fashion-forward) experience.

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The best dress shoes for women overall

The best dress shoes for women overall

Why you’ll love it: Everlane’s classic collection of shoes are ethically sourced, responsibly made, and will keep you moving throughout the day.
When it comes to the professional woman’s wardrobe, few brands are better represented than Everlane. It’s hard to believe that it’s been less than a decade since the company was founded, but in its nine years of existence, Everlanehas proven that cutting out the middleman and employing responsible sourcing and manufacturing practices are both great for business, and better still for fashion. And that’s certainly no exception when it comes to the brand’s beautiful collection of shoes.

What I love best about Everlane’s collection is its rather manageable size. Sure, there are still more than enough options from which to choose, but you won’t spend hours upon hours scrolling through seemingly endless variations of what ultimately looks like the exact same shoe. Rather, in keeping with the brand’s broader ethos, the shoe collection is straightforward and elegant, offering elevated basics at reasonable prices.

If you’re looking for a simple yet chic flat, look no further than the Day Glove, one of Everlane’s perennial best sellers. Available in a wide range of colors, this ballet flat is incredibly comfortable and looks fantastic paired with a pair of slacks or just about anything else. As it turns out, wearing a heel is not a prerequisite for looking put together, and the Day Glove proves just that.

Taking the Day Glove up a notch is the Day Heel, which incorporates a two-inch block heel with the same beautiful design and fit as its flat sibling. I love its back pull tab, side vents, and cushioned insole, all of which make this heel easy to put on and easy to keep on. Plus, this shoe comes in a wide range of colors that span the classic suspects like black, rose, and bone as well as the bolder options like bright red, bronze, and other metallic offerings.

I’m also in love with the Editor Heel, a sleek kitten heel that looks effortlessly sharp with its miniature stiletto. While it runs a bit big, the soft, Italian leather material may just convince you that this is the last pair of heels you’ll ever need.

None of Everlane’s heels go above two inches, which makes them extremely comfortable and wearable all the livelong day, and most styles come in both leather and suede versions to fit your personal aesthetic.

Pros: Incredibly comfortable, ethically made, manageable selection of styles

Cons: If you’re looking for a higher heel, Everlane may not deliver

The best work-to-weekend dress shoes for women

The best work-to-weekend dress shoes for women

Why you’ll love them: Madewell shoes are perfect both in and out of the office, won’t break the bank, and are definitely comfortable.
I was a Madewell fangirl before I joined the workforce, and now, I’m a Madewell fan-professional. Not only does the retailer offer a fantastic selection of work appropriate clothing, like cardigans, dresses, and trousers, but it also has one of the chicest and accessible shoe collections I’ve found for the younger demographic.

With great options for both the summer and the winter, Madewell’s shoes are, as you might imagine, well made, and reasonably priced, with most coming in at less than $130.

What I particularly appreciate about Madewell is its ability to turn classic shoes into fresh, modern offerings. Take, for example, the all-important loafer. While Madewell certainly offers this staple pair in your usual black leather, there are also a few updated options. My personal favorite is the Crackle Metallic version, which is just bright enough to catch your eye, but not so aggressive that you’ll feel the need to hide your feet any time a senior partner comes around.

If you’re looking for a great pair of mules, Madewell certainly has you covered. These shoes come in a wide range of heels, prints, and colors, which means you can dress up or dress down your professional wardrobe however you see fit. I also love the solid craftsmanship of these shoes. The pair I own has more than withstood the tests of time, weather, and situation.

Pros: Modern takes on classic styles, inexpensive, wide selection of colors and prints, available in stores and online

Cons: The dressiest of office environments may not be well-served by Madewell shoes

The best work-appropriate boots for women

The best work-appropriate boots for women

Why you’ll love it: If I could only wear one type of shoe for the rest of my life, it would be a pair of boots, and they would probably come from M. Gemi.
You may not think you’re fancy enough to buy Italian-made shoes, but M. Gemi is here to prove you wrong. The direct-to-consumer brand is best known for its beautiful loafers and flats, but as it turns out, the high-quality footwear company also makes some of the most beautiful ankle boots that you’ve ever seen. If you’ve ever questioned whether or not boots are work appropriate, M. Gemi is answering with a resounding “yes.”

Made in artisan Italian workshops with almost unbelievably soft leather or suede, the Corsa ankle boot is not only insanely comfortable, but extremely versatile as well. The beautiful silhouette has a fitted shaft and sleek sole, and looks fantastic paired with a sharp pair of cigarette pants or a dress.

While it takes some time to break in a pair of boots or any pair of work shoes, this simply isn’t the case with M. Gemi. Its products are ready to wear right out of the box, and I’ve literally never gotten a blister from its shoes, even after very long work days. Plus, with the just-over-two-inch heel height, you won’t feel as though you’re at risk of falling and breaking your neck when you’re running from meeting to meeting.

If you’re not into the boots look, you could also check out the famous Stellato Sacchetto. The company’s constant best seller, this pointed flat has a soft suede upper, a tiny heel, and an effortless sophistication. The shoe quite literally wraps your foot in comfortable leather, and comes in a range of surprising colors that rotate out by season.

As it stands, I love the sage color, but M. Gemi is always coming up with new earth tones that never go out of style.

Pros: Truly quality craftsmanship, beautiful and comfortable material, warm inviting earth tones, unique look

Cons: M. Gemi shoes do come at a premium, but they’re worth it

The best dress shoes for women who like variety

The best dress shoes for women who like variety

Why you’ll love it: If you believe more is more when it comes to shoe options, then dive right into the crazy shoe world that is J. Crew.With a seemingly endless roster of styles, colors, and patterns, J. Crew is truly the shoe lover’s dream come true. While this may sound a bit overwhelming, I appreciate that J. Crew’s website allows you to narrow down your choices based on the kind of shoe that you’re looking for.

A particular treasure trove, I’ve found, is its heels department, where you can find elevation of the slim or chunky variety, the miniature or stiletto variety, or just about anything in between.

The Elsie Suede Pump is a personal favorite of mine. Think of it as the shoe that every woman needs in her closet, what with the slightly curved heel that is generously sized at 3.5 inches, and the perfectly pointed toe. I find this pair to be especially useful on presentation days, when I’m looking for a bit of additional lift.

The fact that J. Crew has both IRL and online presences certainly makes shopping considerably easier, especially considering the size of its shoe catalogue. I’ll often scour the internet for a pair I like, then go to my friendly neighborhood store in order to take it for a test run. And of course, with different selections in different stores, shopping is always a fun surprise.

Pros: Huge selection of shoes, higher heels available, ease of shopping either online or in-stores

Cons: Some J. Crew shoes can get pretty pricey, but there are also less expensive options to offset those pairs

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Dunkin’ preps for Boston Marathon with doughnut-inspired running shoes, ‘munchkin’ sizes for kids

Dunkin' and Saucony partnered to release doughnut inspired sneakers before the Boston Marathon.

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

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.”

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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.

Reuters

 

 

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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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