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I've Been Waiting All My Life for Nike's GO FlyEase — and I'm Scared

The GO FlyEase make your sneakers look like antiques.

I never thought I would be writing an article like this.

Because I am not asneakerhead. Far from it. But Nike has just announced their GO FlyEase, hands-free sneakers. And as soon as I saw them, I knew that I had to have them.

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This Haunts Me: Were Those Urban Outfitters Mary Janes Cultural Appropriation?

I'm coming to terms with a pair of shoes that I used to wear loyally, despite irreparable foot pain.

Urban Outfitters Cotton T-Strap Mary Janes

I didn't walk much in high school.

Between 2010 and 2014, the longest distance I had to commute on foot was from the parking lot of my high school campus to the band hall. I spent eight hours a day sitting in classes, stagnant, until the bell signaled it was time to make yet another short trek to my next sitting location. All of this is to say: I didn't often consider the comfort level of my shoes.

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Rihanna will launch her own make-up line called Fenty Beauty, WWD revealed, in a deal for an estimated $10 million.

Is Rihanna worth it?

Let's start with the news that Rihanna's "Work' has now surpassed the Beatles in most weeks at No.1 in the 56-year history of Billboard's Hot 100 chart. The single is Rihanna's fourteenth number one song in the United States, giving her the number three spot in hit singles after the Beatles and Mariah Carey.

Her collaborations with MAC cosmetics were hugely successful, selling out in record time. And her line for Puma was even more of a blockbuster, with the first release of sneakers selling out in just three hours.

Rihanna is pure gold, acknowledges David Suliteanu, chief executive officer of Kendo, the division of LVMH that made the deal:

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is a beauty rocket ship that will appeal to a huge and diverse global audience. We are aiming for the stars.

The make-up range will be released in the fall of 2017. According to WWD, Kendo has given Rihanna the opportunity 'to play a key role in the development of her brand and the longevity of a long-term relationship'.

Meanwhile, Rihanna's fragrance business is booming in Europe and the UK, in contrast to the wane of most other celebrity fragrances which have taken a big hit in recent years.

Her collaboration with Manolo Blahnik, a capsule collection of six shoe styles, will be out in May.

How much more can the 28 year old accomplish?

With her own styling agency and even a documentary in the works, it's hard to imagine anyone busier or more influential as a fashion and entertainment icon.

If you missed out on Rihanna's sublime RiRi Woo for MAC, or those pink suede creepers for Puma, start saving up for Fenty Beauty and stay tuned to Popdust for the latest news of Riri's world domination.

Meanwhile, enjoy Riri's thigh-high stiletto boot from the Blahnik collection, complete with a sparkly garter attachment.

The search for Rihanna's Puma creepers in powder pink is a fruitless journey, breaking hearts all over the Internet. The pink sneakers have become the Yeezy Boost of the female marketplace, creating buzz and thwarted desire across blogs and social media as fashionistas mourn the shoe's instant sell-out.

Is it just the association with Rihanna that has women going nuts over the clunky-looking shoe?

Or is it the shoe itself, a hybrid of classic punk creepers and athletic footwear, merging hipster style with comfort?


Just give me the fucking shoe in size 10!

When Rihanna announced the first release of the shoe two months ago, the black and white model sold out in only three hours. Even Rihanna was stunned by the enormous response, exclaiming to her fans on Instagram:

but how??? Thank you for your tremendous support!! There's hardly a greater feeling than yall fuckin wit my shit!!!

So when she revealed the release of the shoe in three new colors, the race was on to snag the $120 creeper, especially in pink.

Even Riri's 'Close Friend' Travis Scott looks good in those pink Pumas!

Now it has been announced that Rihanna will show her new line for Puma at New York Fashion Week, a huge score for the singer/fashion icon.

Meanwhile, it's all about those pink creepers. Rihanna loves pink, and the world loves Rihanna.

Enough said (except for PLEASE GOD, GIVE ME THAT SHOE!)

Beyonce is launching a clothing line to be released in 2016, with Sir Philip Green, owner of Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge.

Bey has been working on the new streetwear brand that will include footwear and accessories across dance, fitness and sports categories, sold across Topshop stores and First announced in 2014, the range will be sold in 20 countries worldwide.

As we all know, streetwear is a rapidly expanding market, if not the dominant trend in fashion today. Even Levi's is expanding its denim designs to include stretchy jeans that can be worn like yoga pants.

While Rihanna has a deal with Puma and Rita Ora has a deal with Adidas, Topshop doesn't have a strong tradition of athletic wear, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with.

Meanwhile, fame is no guarantee of sales. Kanye's outrageously expensive street-wear is still sitting on shelves at upscale fashion sites all over the world. His shoes are highly coveted but his billion dollar sweatshirts and parkas aren't going anywhere.

Remember Beyonce's House of Dereon debacle? Don't get mad, it has to be mentioned whenever we talk about Bey and fashion.

Launched in 2006, the brand was widely panned by reviewers. 'House of Dereon didn’t deserve a spot at fashion week.' 'Ugliest, cheapest-looking clothes I’ve ever seen.' 'House of Dead Wrong.' The brand stumbled on for several dismal years until 2011.

As Popdust has already noted, Beyonce has had little success as a fashion icon despite the adulation she receives by some of the world's most ardent fans. Her style is indistinct and lacks coherence. No one wants to imitate it because there's nothing to latch on to. There's no Beyonce 'look' to shoot for, outside of big blond hair and figure hugging skirts or jeans. When the New York Times dared to point out Bey's failure in the fashion arena, the Beehive went nuts.

But if the emperor is wearing no clothes, or in this case, the Queen is wearing crap, someone has to call it out.

Maybe this time around, Beyonce will finally nail it.

After Chris Brown proudly posted a picture of his pathological shoe collection, Nick Cannon took to Instagram to show off his own prowess at shoe hoarding.

Brown recently turned a room in his new mansion into a walk-in shoe closet, although 'closet' seems like a misnomer for the huge space. Take a look below.

Cannon must have been dying to challenge Brown but waited a manly few weeks to post pictures of his own shoe collection, which is divided between his two residences on the East and West Coasts.

Trying to sound jocular, Cannon wrote:

@chrisbrownofficial I got stairs and ladders too! LOL! #LACloset BTW my people I'm NOT showing off or bragging by any means, but I have to show young @chrisbrownofficial a lil Sumpn' real quick

No sir, no bragging here. Just a friendly rivalry for the title of Most Fucked Up About Shoes, an illness that turns men into shameless fops. Check it out.

Oh snap, Chris. Face it: You didn't marry Mariah Carey, and you'll probably never catch up to Nick.

Just between us, can anyone explain why men have turned to shoes to establish their status? Can't they just stick with cars?

Personally, if a man doesn't wear my shoe size, this kind of fetish would be a real deal-breaker.