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How does Adidas make shoes in days?

by Kai Ryssdal and Josie Fan Mar 6, 2018
Making a pair of sneakers is a labor-intensive process, and it could take months. But Adidas is trying to change that. In its newly built Speedfactory in Germany, Adidas is making most parts of the shoes with machines. Marc Bain…

Can you tell if these are fake Yeezys?

by Kai Ryssdal and Shaheen Ainpour Dec 4, 2017
The boom in the high-end sneaker market makes counterfeit kicks a real problem.
One of the shoes Eddy Lu brought by our studio. Can you tell if it's real?
Shaheen Ainpour/Marketplace

Inside the mind of Manolo Blahnik, the king of shoes

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Sep 14, 2017
The life of the designer and the creation of his eponymous luxury shoe brand is the subject of a new documentary, "Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards."
“The only time I ever really see Manolo truly, truly happy and contented is when he's in the factory sculpting the last of a new shoe or playing with the shape of a new heel,” says Michael Roberts. Above, a picture of Manolo Blahnik.
Courtesy of Music Box Films

We all want the vintage Apple sneakers, but none of us can afford them

by Jana Kasperkevic Jun 8, 2017
The opening bid is $15,000, but they're the 'holy grail' for size 9 1/2 fans.
Want to look like an Apple employee from the early 1990s? Then you need these sneakers, which the company made exclusively for its staff.
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
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A multi million dollar company that sells one thing

by Kai Ryssdal Nov 3, 2016
Brooks Running doesn't have the name recognition of Nike or other big shoe-makers, and that's by design.
Jim Weber, CEO of Brooks Running.
Brooks Running

Nike's future concerns analysts

by Dan Gorenstein Sep 27, 2016
The shoe company may need to pivot away from basketball wear.
One analyst says that Nike's problem is its focus on basketball shoes.
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The surprising story behind the rise of flip-flops

by Reema Khrais Aug 5, 2016
The humblest shoes of summer got their start thousands of years ago
The classic, inexpensive summer shoe got its start centuries ago.
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How Ugg survived fad status

by Molly Wood Apr 7, 2016
Hate 'em or love 'em, those boots don't seem to be going away.
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Hello, Chicken and Waffles Nikes

by Molly Wood Mar 25, 2016
The syrup aesthetic
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What's next for Nike?

by Andy Uhler Sep 24, 2015
The athletic company is taking its look to the street.