North Platte teen to open sneaker shop downtown

A young entrepreneur began buying and selling items online that led him to decide to open a brick-and-mortar location in downtown North Platte.

Tim Blakely, a 14-year-old eighth grader at North Platte Catholic Schools, has taken what he learned into the world of business, in particular sneakers. His shop, Shoe Shakk, will have its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 4.

Amira Dior Traynham-Artis designed her first sneaker two years ago, and later launched her own signature sneaker line, Lane 1.

It is located at 105 E. Fifth St., Suite 103, which is in the historic Mutual Building. The entry is to the west side of the Mutual’s main entrance downstairs.

The popularity of top-notch sneakers exploded years ago with basketball players like Michael Jordan wearing their brand while playing in the National Basketball Association, said Chris Blakely, Tim’s dad.

“The store was my idea,” Tim said. “It started with an eBay store online. But then we got some cash and bought some sneakers and I told my dad about it and we decided to start a store.”

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He said one reason for the retail business is that there aren’t any such sneakers stores between Lincoln and Denver. The Shakk only stocks sneakers.

“We have some Dunks, we have Jordan Highs and Jordan Lows; we have Jordan 4s, Jordan 5s and others,” Tim said. “We have a lot of types of shoes we can get.”

In general, Chris said, Air Jordan, Yeezy and Nike Dunks are collectibles and those three brands are the hot sellers. The shop carries only collectible and authentic sneakers.

Tim has done research and learned from YouTube videos how sneakers purchases and sales work.

“I learned a lot from that. I also looked up shoes

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Meet the cobbler who taught himself to make shoes

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Sukulwenkosi Dube-Matutu, Matabeleland South Bureau Chief

LAWRENCE Tshuma, a cobbler and shoemaker first attempted to repair a damaged shoe when he was a 10-year-old.

Coming from a poor background, Tshuma’s parents could not afford to buy him a new pair. He had no choice but to repair his worn out school shoes, though he did a shoddy job, to ensure that he always had shoes on his feet.

The 40-year-old, who is from the Mzimuni area in Gwanda, said his first attempt at mending his shoes was to patch a hole. He used a wire as a makeshift needle, used a piece of cloth as a patch and used a strand from a sack as a twine.

Tshuma gradually became better at repairing his shoes and his family noticed. Before he knew it members of his family started giving him their shoes to repair at home.

The Gwanda-based cobbler said he started his business of repairing shoes in 2004 while he was operating underneath a tree.

“I started shoe repairing as a business in 2004 but before that I started repairing my own shoes at a young age. My first attempt was in Grade Seven. I was raised by a single mother in the rural community of Mzimuni area in Gwanda. My mother couldn’t afford to buy me a new pair of shoes each time they got torn or worn out,” he said.

“This pushed me to learn how to repair my own shoes. I made a needle out of a wire and I used a strand from a sack. My first attempt was terrible but as I continued to repair my shoes the more I improved. When I moved to Gwanda Town I started off as a vendor and then I moved to shoe repairing. I started

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Famous family boutique shoe shop returns to Cheltenham’s Promenade

Just over 18 months since it closed its shop
on Cheltenham’s Promenade after 46 years of trading, up-market boutique Keith Scarrott
Shoes is back.

The family business, run for the last 18 years by the founder’s daughter, Sophie Scarrott, grew its online
business by 400 per cent through the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the closure of its Cheltenham shoe shop to become a digital-only business.

But with Cheltenham Festival fast-approaching and many fashionable racegoers turning their sights to what to wear to the famous event, Keith Scarrott Shoes has announced a return to its old home at 8 The Promenade for a three-week pop-up shop.

‘I have to admit, this was dad’s idea. He still has most of
the great ideas,’ joked Scarrott, whose business is known for its own design, Italian-made shoes and boots – and has now expanded into trainers to
cater for its blossoming online following, too. 

‘We always promised we would continue to do pop-up shops. I
think since we left The Prom we have done five of those now; three in John
Lewis in Cheltenham, which were great.

‘They have not been able to accommodate
us this time, but we luckily still have a really good relationship with our
former landlord, the premises happened to be empty, and the agent, KBW, has been brilliant in making it happen for

She added: ‘Operating online is a very different business,
but we still have our loyal customers and we know people still like to meet and chat to
us and to see what we have in stock, to hold those items in their hands and try them on before they buy
as well.

‘We have always traditionally had lots of ladies from Ireland
come over for the racing and come in to see us, so

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How Dow’s shoe recycling pledge veered off track

STORY: At a rundown market in Indonesia, Reuters correspondent Joe Brock is following the bleeping sound of a tracking device.

It takes him to a mound of second-hand shoes.

There they are – the blue Nike running shoes that he fitted with a tracker months before so that he could follow their journey.

This market is not where they’re supposed to end up.

They were supposed to be recycled into playgrounds and jogging tracks, as promised by the Singapore government and U.S. petrochemicals giant Dow.

Let’s rewind several months to unpack where this promise went wrong.

Joe Brock, Reuters Special Correspondent: “What we’re doing today is we’re finding out what happens to your recycling. Dow, a big petrochemicals company, U.S. firm, has teamed up with the Singapore government, in a scheme to recycle pairs of shoes. They say they’re going to take any shoe, which has a rubber sole, grind it down, and turn it into running tracks, and playgrounds. So we want to see if that’s what they’re really doing.”

“So what I’m going to do is that I’m going cut a cavity hole in the sole of each pair of shoes, one of the shoes of each pair, place the tracker in there. We’re going to then cover it up.”

“I’m going to take this tracker and I’m going to sync it up with my phone. There it goes. It’s coming up there. And I’m just going to call this ‘Shoe 1.’ And now once we put that in the shoe, we drop it off, and we’ll be able to see wherever it goes in the world.”

“So Dow and Sport Singapore have set up dozens of locations around the country where you can drop off your shoes. We’re going to go to ten different spots and drop

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Longtime Kanellos Shoe Repair shop in Edgebrook closes doors – Nadig Newspapers

Photo by Rob Mandik


The Kanellos Shoe Repair shop at 6325 N. Central Ave. in Edgebrook has closed after more than 50 years in business, as the owner reportedly is terminally ill.

 “This business has permanently closed,” a note posted on the window says. Customers were given multiple opportunities to pick up their shoes, and any remaining shoes have been discarded, the note said. “There are no more shoes.”

“Owner has terminal illness and is in final stages,” the note said.

A note was taped to the storefront glass door: “I am so sorry! You and your shop meant a lot to Edgebrook. Thank you.”

On the Nextdoor social media platform, many residents are paying tribute to owner Peter Kanellakis.

“I’ve been going there since I was a teen. Mr. K could fix anything. Belt boot, luggage — you name it. Such a loss for Edgebrook,” one resident said.

Another posted, “Growing up the daughter of a shoe repairman, I had an appreciation for Mr. Kanellos’ work and dedication. Not too many have the talent. It’s truly a lost art.”

The thread on the store’s closing includes many comments about what some described as inappropriate images posted in the shop, including of women in bikinis from various magazines. One resident said, “A business open to the public needs to be welcoming to all members of the public.” Others have said that the images were unavoidable “in case you’re popping in with kids. Quick service.”

Another responded, “I have been using his services for over 32 years, and his craftsmanship has far outweighed the pictures on the wall. Simple answer: if you’re offended, go elsewhere.”


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Hoka opens first concept store in the Philippines

Professional and recreational runners have a new destination they can run to for shoes and apparel that fit their lifestyle.

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Hoka offers highly-cushioned, lightweight, and breathable shoes that are also fashion-forward.

Hoka, the athletic shoe company that originated in Annecy, France, finally opened its first concert store in the Philippines. With established stores in the UK and US, the brand has been pursuing its plans of global expansion by setting up stores in Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia, and now in the country.

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Its first concept store in the Philippine offers a unique experience: it even has a treadmill where customers can test on their pair.

More than just a shoe shop, the brand prides itself as a hub for hardcore and leisure runners around the globe.

Located at Ayala Malls Manila Bay (2nd Floor, Bldg B), the store houses the fashion-forward shoes and apparel the brand is known for.

Celebrities Laureen Uy, Tim Yap and Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio grace the Hoka Concept Store opening.

Celebrities Laureen Uy, Tim Yap and Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio grace the Hoka Concept Store opening.

Besides offering their items that Bella Hadid, Adam Sandler, Britney Spears, Gwyneth Palthrow, Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon have been spotted wearing, Hoka provides the total experience fit for runners, joggers and even casual city walkers.

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Customers will be greeted by Hoka specialists who are ready to help them learn more about their feet movements and which Hoka model will

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Planning to shop on Nairobi streets? Here are the rules

You have to be ready to sprint away immediately you spot oncoming kanjo, otherwise you might just end up in one of those rickety vans.

When I completed college and got my first job as a dental assistant earning Sh3, 000 a month, I quickly realised that the money, (the most I’d ever touched or held at that point in my life) could not afford me new clothes or shoes.

Or anything new for that matter, so I became a monthly visitor in the back streets of Nairobi’s CBD, where secondhand clothes and other previously owned items are sold.

That period taught me many dos and don’ts regarding secondhand items, the first, and most important, being never buy in the evening. It is true what they say about things, (and people) looking more attractive than they really are in poor lighting.

And you all know how poorly lit our streets are. In the case of secondhand clothes, you will not really be able to tell the exact colour of, say, a jacket, at 7.35pm on Tom Mboya Street, as a result, in the morning you will realise that you are the proud owner of a grossly faded red jacket when what you thought you were buying was a pink one to go with that black skirt that you love so much.

Wear and tear

Another reason not to buy in the evening is the fact that you may not realise that what you’re buying may be coming off at the seams, or that the trendy patch sewn where your knees will occupy is hiding serious wear and tear.

Shopping off the streets is also akin to courting danger. Danger in the form of city council askaris, better known as kanjo. These people have a habit of

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6 Stylish Guys on Their Favorite Sneakers, From Nike Runners to Memphisto Tennis Shoes

Shoes, it’s said, make the man. That old adage is often thrown out in making a case for keeping your cap-toes polished but, these days, men of all stripes are increasingly sporting sneakers. Respectability is no longer reserved for oxfords and derbies; even the most distinguished guys are trading formal footwear for rubber-soled ease. The options abound—from collectible Air Jordans to minimalist Common Projects to luxe designs by the likes of Hermès and Loro Piana—which begs the question: What sneakers are you? With that in mind, we asked six stylish dudes about the pair that they reach for on the regular.

Michael Apa, D.D.S., Dentist, Apa Aesthetic

Brunello Cucinelli Calfskin Sneakers

Brunello Cucinelli Calfskin Sneakers

Brunello Cucinelli Calfskin Sneakers

“For me, when it comes to sneakers, the most important thing is that they look elegant, because I’m wearing them with nicer clothes, trying to not look like I’m wearing sneakers. I love Brunello’s calfskin sneakers—the leather’s super soft; you can see that it looks rich. They have these natural brown-rubber soles, and they’re low-cut to the ankle, so you can pair them with a suit. I also have huge feet—size 13—and these make my feet look a little smaller, whereas others can make me look like a clown.”

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James Gardner, Restaurateur and founder, Grupo Gitano

Nike Free Run Trainers

Nike Free Run Trainers

Nike Free Run

“Sneakers are definitely part of my daily uniform, and the most comfortable go-to that I just replenish and replenish and replenish is the Nike Flyknit running sneaker. It’s not in your face, it’s not a trend statement, but it’s still chic. I like things that feel comfortable and are elegant but not necessarily a statement. The Flyknits in black, they just sort of fade away. If I’m going to a meeting, I’ll change into a

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Babes Who Shop: Nollywood Actress Iyabo Ojo Confesses Weakness for Shoes

  • Nollywood actress/businesswoman, Iyabo Ojo, has taken to social media to make an open admission about herself
  • The movie star, who is big on luxury fashion and style, revealed in a post that she is addicted to shoes
  • In a related post, actor Jide Kene Achufusi opened up about his take on spending huge amounts of money on fashion

Almost every functioning human being has a soft spot for something in the vanity department. For the likes of Davido, it is undoubtedly expensive jewellery; for Laura Ikeji, her love for luxury hair is unmatched.

For Iyabo Ojo, it appears – or rather, has been confirmed – to be shoes.

Iyabo Ojo/pair of shoes
The actress says she’s addicted to shoes.
Credit: @iyaboojofespris
Source: Instagram

The Nollywood actress recently took to her Instagram page to admit to having an addiction to shoes.

In the post, she shared photos of different designer shoes – some, presumably hers – and went on to profess her love for shoes.

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Nollywood actor Jide Kene shares thoughts on buying expensive fashion items

When Living In Bondage: Breaking Free – the sequel to the 1992 classic, Living In Bondage – was released, there was a lot of buzz due to its success.

One star who shone brightly among the cast is lead actor Jide Kene Achufusi, who played the lead character, Nnamdi Okeke.

Aside from his stellar performance in the film, his looks and effortless sense of style have earned him the love of many movie lovers – especially the ladies.

However, despite the fame and the money that comes with it, Jide maintains

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Shoe Sensation hosting shoes and socks drive for kids in need

From July 10 to Aug. 10, Shoe Sensation in Bad Axe is hosting a shoes and socks drive for kids in need going back to school.

Jackie Shibley, the store’s manager, set up the drive because she thought that it would make kids more comfortable and confident if they had new socks and shoes to wear for school.

“To have new shoes, new clothes, new socks, gives them a better feeling to get a good start on the school year,” she said.

The drive is also being framed as a competition between the Bad Axe and Laker school districts. There are two boxes for donations in the store, each marked with one of the schools. Whichever box is the most full by the time the drive ends, that school will receive a $100 Shoe Sensation gift card provided by Shibley herself.

The idea came from within in the store itself. Shibley went to Laker Schools while her assistant manager went to Bad Axe. The friendly workplace rivalry sparked the idea to make the drive a contest.

“I’m trying to do something nice to give back to the community,” Shibley said.

However, as of July 25, very few items have been donated so far. The boxes aren’t yet a quarter of the way full, but Shibley still has hope that they’ll have a substantial amount to donate by the time the drive ends. June and July are usually their slow months, she said, and she’s confident that once the back to school season starts, the boxes will fill up quickly.

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