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Plus, they also have all the comfort that the New Balance 574 is known for, including ENCAP technology in the midsole, a padded collar, and a durable rubber outsole In this case, each Air Jordan sneaker incorporated in the design was worn while Michael Jordan scored 60+ points The "Optical Force" Air Force 1 Pack is clean and subtle, but still delivers quality and innovation Heartbeat traction pattern tells the story of heart and dedication in the game, as well as cardiovascular training

 

This stand out model from the footwear newcomers sports an original design that was inspired by the elite airmen that flew in World War II (see mom, I was paying attention in history class) The models include: The Klein - a classic low-top oxford with simple lines, leather piping and two eyelets; The Duck Boot - a refined take on the classic water-worthy model with stitching details and welt construction; The Dom - a work boot-inspired chukka with a versatile style They feature Native's signature EVA (Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate) construction with perforations that run all the way around the shoe The Saucony Originals collection includes a fresh variety of retro classics that are receiving a lot of attention lately on sneaker forums and the streets

 

Plus, to make the pack complete, Jordan Brand packaged it in an exclusive double box, and provided a red, white and blue American-themed bag for each pair Pointer Footwear is known for their meticulous detail, reinventing classic models, and implementing fresh materials, patterns, and designs These striking patterns were borrowed from Adidas soccer cleats, which are currently being laced up by many World Cup athletes The "Crackle Pack" is available in three colorways, including black, white, and green, which all share an allover cracked premium leather upper

 

 

And, it is why Nike chose to use octagon pattern perforations on the side panels on each of these Air Force 1 designs So, be on the lookout for the "Tecate", "Marvin the Martian", and "Chrome Ball Incident"-inspired models coming soon This newly released Air Max '97 gets all the usual fixings: metallic silver leather, 3m paneling, varsity red mesh tongue, and Air Max sole The basketball shoe colorway consist of mostly white leather and Flywire which are used for the construction of the upper

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Because of their simple

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Because of their simple and straightforward design, the Nike Blazer is still being released today in fresh and new colors, materials, and patterns They sport a leather Varsity Red upper with black and red accents (inspired by the first Spiz'ike), white midsole, translucent outsole, and a printed lining with graphics taken from the Air Jordan XX, a sneaker that famously featured Spike Lee in the commercial The Big Nike High demonstrates not only a stylish silhouette, but an appealing colorway to go along One of the most anticipated models is Chris Paul's seventh signature sneaker, which is designed for his quick and aggressive style on the court

 

Plus, they also come with two pairs of waxed laces (black and red) The Nike SB Dunk Low Premium "Dorothy" features premium materials, gradient colorway made to mimic the storm, checkered lining for Dorothy's dress, bright red laces for "Ruby Red" shoes, and printed "yellow brick road" insoles Enter the latest from the Paul Rodriguez line, the Zoom SB Paul Rodriguez 3 in a Matte Silver/Black/Black-Electric Green colorway The high model is also accented nicely with a gum rubber outsole, while the low model has soft suede overlays

 

Check out Nike's latest innovation on classic Air Max models, including the Air Max 1, Air Max 95, and Air Max 97 now at Sneakerhead With that said, Jordan Brand recently released another Air Jordan 9 basketball shoe in a white/turquoise/lemon-metallic silver color scheme The retro basketball shoe draws multiple color scheme inspirations from the Air Jordan 3 "True Blue", the Air Jordan 3 "Cement" and the Air Jordan 3 "Fire Red"44 sticky rubber sole with the 0

 

 

Enter the latest from the Paul Rodriguez line, the Zoom SB Paul Rodriguez 3 in a Matte Silver/Black/Black-Electric Green colorway The toe box, side panels and swoosh are all smothered in bold metallic lime, while the rest of the sneaker is done up in electrolime colored elephant print Taking this into consideration, Jordan Brand has transformed many of their popular sneakers into winter-ready models that look good, and can take on the season better than traditional sneakers This Nike+ ready running shoe has a BRS 1000 carbon rubber outsole in the heel for durability with solid rubber throughout for fantastic traction

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Originally seen on Jordan's

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This year, Nike is looking out for those who missed out on this shoe last year and those who just want to double up on this shoe Despite many in the industry doubting this would actually work, designer Eric Avar's beetle-inspired idea came to life, Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway chose the Foamposite as his signature sneaker, and the rest is history The collection also has three colorways of the Basket Classic adorned with gold details and New York City-inspired icons Here is Kobe Bryant's fifth signature sneaker from Nike, the Nike Zoom Kobe V

 

Originally seen on Jordan's feet during the Chicago Bulls 1996 championship parade, the Air Jordan XI Low "Concord" sports a classic colorway with white Cordura upper, wraparound black patent leather detail, carbon fiber shank plate, and blue-tinted icey translucent sole The three colorways of this 90s running model include a super clean white colorway with black details, a black make up with contrasting fluorescent yellow, and a straightforward black on black model that also showcases the "snow splatter" graphic in reflective 3M The models use the Air Force 1 design as their core, then implement characteristics of different Air Jordan models Plus, they also have fresh black and grey accents, splatter details, and OG tongue tag design

 

 

For Fall 2014, Palladium offers a variety of silhouettes in new designs, materials, and colorways, including the Pallabrouse Baggy EX that features a combination of nylon and suede, the Blanc High in striking red leather, and the Pampa High in durable canvas For the Fall 2014 Collection, Supra took this fashion-forward design even further with this limited edition model This is only the second time the Air Jordan VI "Carmine" has been re-released since its 1991 debut, with the first time being 2008 as part of the "Countdown Pack And, the first time the world got a glimpse of arguably the most recognizable icon in sports, the 'Jumpman' logo, it was on the Air Jordan III

 

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Available in white or navy

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Available in white or navy, the CT300 has an undeniable retro look with a combination suede and nylon upper, signature "N" branding, and a gum outsole While the Nike Dunk was redesigned to better fit a Women's foot a couple of years ago we've yet to see Nike change anything on the Air Force 1 to tailor it more for Women until now But with so many fresh designs, what models do you leave out of your collection? PRO-Keds takes us back to a time when canvas ruled the hardwood with the Royal Throwback Pack Just as the previously released Nike Air Max Lebron VII's these basketball shoes are sure to be an instant classic

 

Whether partnering with a small clothing companies or high fashion designers, the models these integrations create are usually hard to overlook Available in Game Royal, Black, and Light Crimson, you can pick up a pair now at Sneakerhead Available in black or white, they feature a premium leather upper, ultra high design, grey wraparound heel counter, and signature orange basketball "Pump" on the tongue To honor this year's NBA All-Star Game taking place on February 14-2010 at the Dallas Cowboys New Stadium, Nike Sportswear has put together some very special Air Force 1 Premium's

 

 

In 2010, the Fitzsimmons made its debut and many were singin' its praises Accenting the sneakers are hints of neon yellow on the lace loops, Nike Swoosh, and within the visible air unit Plus, they topped it off with workboot-inspired round laces While this pair uses a Hornets jersey-matching "Orion blue" color for its main accent, it uses a very similar black and white upper

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Furthermore the mid-sole

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Furthermore the mid-sole is also white, with black stitching and a black outsole The Asics GEL-Kayano Trainer was originally released in 1993 and designed to meet the needs of long-distance runners The "Brenda" edition was named after Rose's mom and sports a scarlet red upper, while the "Home" model features a predominantly white upper with speckled details Admittedly, the Puma x Alexander McQueen collection is not for everyone

 

However, its most distinctive feature is seen on the side panels In case you are not already aware, the Air Jordan Alpha 1 is an evolution of the Air Jordan 1 This simple creative casual lifestyle shoe designed for women is composed of an entire hyper blue patent leather upper Other features include a clean white midsole and a nylon tongue

 

 

Plus, Nike even took it one step further Some of the new bags and accessories include polka dots, marble print, nylon material, camo mixed with solids, and much more The lightweight, breathable mesh upper has a mid-foot synthetic leather overlay for enhanced fit The black, blue, red, green and yellow accents colors are contrasted nicely with white for a great inspirational design

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They are currently available

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They are currently available in Anthracite and Vivid Pink The main texture is a orange synthetic pony fur upper that extends down to the mid-sole The other interesting element on this Lebron VII is the baby picture on the insole of Lebron getting his first basketball goal for Christmas Though lacking the fanfare of the Air Jordan VI (6) and Air Jordan IX (9) retros, the Air Jordan II (2) retro basketball shoe is certainly having a good year of releases

 

While he tries to capture an elusive three-peat this season, Kobe Bryant will be lacing up his new signature sneaker, the Nike Zoom Kobe VI Its vulcanized rubber sole is wilder than almost every other autoclaved street-pieces seen The Reebok X Stash Pump Omni Lite and Reebok x Stash Pump Court Victory both share a durable canvas upper, all-over tiger camo print, and "Stash" embroidered on the heel For the ninth shoe in the series, the Jordan brand team decided to pay tribute to nine defining moments in Derek's career

 

 

This model abandons the traditional all leather upper, and in place it features a fresh blend of nubuck, canvas and leather Every new Foamposite release creates frenzy among sneakerheads, countless comments on sneaker blogs, and scrutiny about every little design detail They combine sport and style seamlessly, and feature a comfortable neoprene upper with leather overlays, built-in tongue design, and a tube outsole (that was inspired by the original 90s Tubular release) An ever so common Phylon midsole is fastened below the upper in white and includes a herringbone pattern for superb traction

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One of the ways my friend Jackie and I dealt with the crappy things in life was with gallows humor. It was the kind of stuff most people would drop their jaws over, but it really helped us cope with everything life had thrown at us. One of the things we'd joke about is how there weren't any greeting cards for what we were going through. No one makes cards for cancer and dead kids! So instead, we'd scratch out the slogans on store-bought cards and write in our own (inappropriate) words. It might have been strange, but I cherish those silly cards now that she's gone.

 

A couple months ago on Facebook, Jackie's sister linked to an amazing artist, Emily McDowell, who is now selling empathy cards. They are mostly for cancer, but a few are non-specific. They are realistic, humorous, and so, so perfect. I laughed and cried when I read them, because Jackie would have loved all of them. I hate that I can't send her any of them. I miss her and her contagious laugh so much.

 

It might sound crazy, but I think there is definitely room for realistic and humorous cards for parents who've lost children. I received tons of amazing cards after Madeline died, so I know how helpful and supportive it is to receive that mail. In a situation where no one really knows what to say, it's nice to let a card do the talking.

 

With that being said, these are my suggestions for child loss cards, a.k.a. Grieving Cards (with thanks and appreciation to Emily McDowell for the inspiration):

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Saving Greece... and the European Project

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This is not the time to recount the errors of the past.

Nor to rehash the troubling folly of those who closed their eyes 15 years ago to the sleights of hand both financial (fudging of accounts) and rhetorical ("You don't leave Plato on the doorstep,") that brought Greece into the euro zone.

Nor to dwell on the immense responsibility that Alexis Tsipras shouldered when he called on his people to reject on July 5 a version of the plan that he entreats them to accept today. The ancient Greeks had a word -- hubris -- for that sort of pride, the overreach that is the downfall of men who bet too heavily on their own strength and, in this case, on their ability to get the "plutocrats" and "banksters" of Brussels to "bend." And, incidentally, they had another word -- kairos -- for those moments of opportunity that, barring a miracle, come around only once, a moment that Mr. Tsipras nearly bungled.

Since Monday morning we have had but one thing in mind: Rejoicing that an agreement was finally -- miraculously? -- reached, in large part thanks to France and the persistence of François Hollande.That agreement was reached not between Greece and its "creditors," but between Greece and its partners, its sister nations within the euro zone.

Because, of course, Greece had to be saved.

It had to be saved from that growing segment of European opinion that was sick of seeing a member country place its own legitimacy over that of 18 other members.

It had to be saved from the legion of false friends who would have liked to see Syriza set up a laboratory for the sovereignist theories of the extreme right and left.

It had to be saved from itself and from the sentiment (partly justified, partly not, but nevertheless relentlessly promoted by demagogues who were playing with fire) that Greece was being prescribed remedies that were akin to a cup of hemlock.

But most of all, it had to be saved -- imperatively -- for the following three reasons.

No one -- no one, and certainly not the sorcerer's apprentices who wanted to see Greece become a European Venezuela -- had any idea of what the firing up of the infernal machine known as Grexit would have meant for the Greek people themselves, for the country's pensioners, for its unemployed and precariously employed, for its indebted households, and for its unpaid public employees.

No one -- no one, and certainly not the economists who calculate everything except, of course, the incalculable -- had the ability to foresee the contagion and, very likely, the turmoil that a Grexit would have induced in the Europe of Hyperion, of Byron, and of the great philhellenic tradition. Thanks are due to Mrs Merkel for ultimately coming to understand this, as thanks are due to all of the negotiators, to those who worked through the historic night from Sunday to Monday, for having sensed that the destiny of peoples cannot be reduced to balance sheets, bank stress tests, or consolidations of vast sums.

And finally Greece had to be rescued because of what its bankruptcy, or that of the Greek state, would have meant for the European project, for the concrete utopia of Europe, for its contribution, across the continent, to the defeat of the very real fascist movements that have taken hold here as Stalinism, there as Francoism, and elsewhere as a junta of colonels. That bankruptcy would have signified a defeat from which Europe would have been hard pressed to recover. Not that the emergency plan agreed to at the last minute will be enough in itself to restore Europe's enthusiasm and momentum, but at least it suggests that the "great lassitude" identified by Edmund Husserl at the dawn of modern Europe is not an inevitability; at least it calls a halt to the slow fall to which, even before the Greek crisis, we have been the worried and seemingly powerless witnesses; and perhaps it sounds a timely warning shot across the bow of those leaders who thought that Europe would build itself, much as the feckless republicans of 1848 believed that "l'Italia si farà da sé." No, Europe will not build itself in its sleep or behind the backs of its movers and shakers -- Europe requires voluntarism, vision, and virtue on the part of courageous leaders.

May the parliaments that must now ratify the proposals of the heads of state take the full measure of what is at stake.

May the Slovaks and Slovenes remember that history is not made through collective punishment--a principle of which they are living proof.

May the Estonians and Latvians who learned recently that Vladimir Putin has commissioned a study of "the legality of the independence of the Baltic countries" (AFP, June 30) keep in mind what the arrival of Eurasia on Europe's southern doorstep would mean for everyone.

With respect to the Germans, I understand that they are sick of being depicted as Nazis by minstrels singing that democracy was invented in Athens, but one hopes that they will remember what was in the minds and hearts of illustrious German pioneers of Europe such as Konrad Adenauer, Walter Hallstein, and Helmut Kohl -- that Europe is a mechanism designed to ensure not just good accounting but also just solidarity.

It all begins now -- if, in fact, this terrible crisis has served to reveal not just the economic but also the political, moral, and spiritual bankruptcy with which we have just had such a close brush, and if we know how to respond to it, above and beyond the Greek case, with real acts of recommitment and reform.

 

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Why Uber Is An Easy Target For Politicians

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Uber is growing fast -- and its economic value has become a topic of political debate.

 

Politicians are grappling with how to approach the ride-hailing app and the "on-demand economy," also referred to as the "sharing economy." In her economic policy speech Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton seemed to distance herself from Uber, focusing instead on the implications for the labor market and the risks faced by drivers who aren't shielded by benefits and job security. 

 

“This ‘on demand’ or so-called ‘gig economy’ is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation, but it’s also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future,” she said.

 

GOP candidates, meanwhile, have rushed to align themselves with Uber, touting its role as an innovator and job creator. Politico reported that Jeb Bush plans to take an Uber ride in San Francisco, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul fired back at Clinton's speech, writing on Twitter, “Services like Uber, Airbnb, and Lyft stimulate our economy and work towards lower prices. How is this bad @HillaryClinton?”

 

Uber, which has run into regulatory roadblocks in numerous U.S. cities, has emerged as a polarizing symbol of the sharing economy. A major concern is that its business model, which relies on drivers whom it defines as independent contractors rather than employees, is leaving these workers exposed without benefits and forced to pay any costs they incur during trips. While Uber offers drivers schedule flexibility and relief from high taxi medallion costs, it also creates uncertainty when it comes to drivers' wages and job statuses.

 

Drivers have complained of Uber's exploitative tactics, including failing to pay up on promised fares earned.

 

The California Labor Commission ruled last month that an Uber driver was an employee, not a contractor. But the ruling applies only to the driver involved in the case, Barbara Ann Berwick, and Uber has beaten back attempts in other states to have its drivers classified as employees.

 

“Our economy is designed to provide a social safety net to people who have full-time jobs, but we don’t have the infrastructure to provide a similar safety net for people who do productive work but are not full time,” said Arun Sundararajan, a professor at New York University's Stern School of Business. “Uber drivers are trying to become full time because that’s where benefits are, but classifying them as full time is retrofitting an old system. There’s a new way people are making a living, and it’s about finding a way to extend protections to more of them.”

 

In her speech, Clinton also outlined government action that would combat income inequality. Some research has suggested that companies like Uber may help alleviate some of those tensions. “There’s a growing recognition that these sharing platforms can help reduce inequality,” Sundararajan said. “They’re democratizing access to a lot of things that used to be reserved for richer people, like cars.”

 

Like many startups of its kind, Uber capitalizes on the gaping inefficiencies in traditional systems. “Uber is easier to be upset with because it highlights the weaknesses of transportation systems in towns, specifically taxi franchises,” said James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester who studies digital disruption. “It might create new problems, but it does solve some old ones.”

 

That hasn’t stopped Uber from aggressively expanding into new markets and continuing to battle with policymakers and local taxi commissions. It grew six times in size in 2014, and is currently valued at $50 billion. 

 

“Uber opposes anyone that opposes them. It’s the same message: We are the future, get used to us. That may be true, but not in a politically adept way,” McQuivey said. With the election cycle kicking into high gear, Uber should be wary of not becoming the “poster child for the excesses of Silicon Valley exploitative innovation,” McQuivey said.

 

Uber has appeared much less willing to work with regulators than its peers in the sharing economy. Airbnb, for example, has made efforts to appease concerns over the shrinking number of affordable housing options: It removed 2,000 hosts in New York from its website last year after a report by the state attorney general claimed that almost three-fourths of its listings were operating as illegal hotels, and in April cut ties with hugely profitable vacation-rental firms in Los Angeles.

 

After repeatedly running ashore of local regulations, Uber might need to pedal back as politicians begin to take a harder stand against it.

 

“Uber realizes it needs to adopt a more collaborative approach,” said Alex Stephany, who studied the sharing economy in his book The Business of Sharing and serves as CEO of JustPark, an app that matches drivers with parking spaces. “The challenge for Uber now is still to be aggressive operationally, but begin to forge bonds with the people it has alienated.”

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Senate Democrats Warn Puerto Rico Default Would Trigger Humanitarian Crisis

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WASHINGTON -- If Congress doesn’t give Puerto Rico the power to restructure its stifling $73 billion in debt soon, a default could trigger a humanitarian crisis on the island, two Senate Democrats warned on Wednesday.

The 3.5 million American citizens who call Puerto Rico home could see a complete shutdown of their government, said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

"The fact of the matter is the $73 billion in debt that Puerto Rico can’t resolve could lead to a humanitarian crisis unlike any Puerto Rico has ever seen," Schumer told reporters. "We are talking about the potential loss of critical public services, schools shutting their doors, ultimately the shutting down of government across the island."

 

The answer, Schumer said, is to give Puerto Rican municipalities the ability to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code -- an option already open to cities and counties in all 50 states.

On Wednesday, he and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation that would allow the island's municipalities and state-owned corporations to restructure their debt under Chapter 9.

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla quickly praised the bill, urging Congress to “propel” it to passage.

"Action by Congress on Chapter 9 is necessary so that together we can solve this crisis," Garcia Padilla said in an emailed statement. "Chapter 9 is an option that all states have at their disposal for their municipalities and public corporations and there is no reason why Puerto Rico, its creditors and its citizens should not be afforded the same protections."

Puerto Rico was able to make a July 1 payment on its debt, but still owes billions of dollars by Jan. 1. The total includes $9 billion owed by the island’s public utility, PREPA, and an array of mutual bond debts.

"Failure to pay that debt without an orderly workout would in effect begin a cascading series of chaos, and litigation would ensue all around the U.S., maybe around the world, in courts throughout the states here on the mainland, as well as in Puerto Rico," Blumenthal warned. "Seventy percent of Puerto Rican debt is owned by people who live on the mainland. ... The litigation costs alone would be substantial."

The cause of this looming disaster, Blumenthal admitted, likely rests with Congress.

The domino effect started when Congress granted corporate tax breaks for setting up shop in Puerto Rico and made the island’s municipal bonds "triple tax-exempt" -- that means bondholders don’t have to pay federal, state or local taxes on them. Backed by those benefits, Puerto Rican officials chose to invest money to further lure businesses to the island.

But in 1996, Congress decided to phase out the corporate tax breaks -- which cost the U.S. government a lot in lost revenue -- in order to help balance the U.S. budget, hurdling Puerto Rico into the current crisis. There is now $15 billion in Puerto Rican debt owned by hedge funds and about $11 billion held by mutual bond funds. Individuals own the rest.

"Congress really enabled, and perhaps encouraged, a lot of the debt that is now burdening Puerto Rico so heavily through the tax incentives that allowed businesses to move there and then move away," Blumenthal said. For that reasons, he said, Congress "has a responsibility" to make sure Puerto Rico resolves its debt.

The two Democrats said they are working to gather more support for their legislation, which serves as a companion bill to one proposed by Puerto Rico’s non-voting House member, Rep. Pedro Pierluisi. Schumer said they have talked to a number of Republican colleagues, including Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.).

"Florida has a large [Puerto Rican] population, which might interest a few of the Republicans in the Senate right now," Schumer said.

So far, at least seven other Senate Democrats have signed on to the bill, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). But the bill sponsors are hoping they can get some Republicans, too, and sooner rather than later.

"Time is not on our side," said Blumenthal. "The longer uncertainty persists, the more unstable the result."

After the bill's release, a Treasury Department spokesman said the administration was "very pleased" about the proposal.

"Last week, a Federal appeals court reaffirmed that only Congress may provide bankruptcy protection for Puerto Rico's municipalities and public corporations," the Treasury spokesman said in an email. "Congress should quickly advance legislation that would provide such a process for Puerto Rico," he said.

This story has been updated with comment from the Treasury Department.

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