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Here are some of the major players in the flip flops market:

  • Havaianas
  • Ipanema (Grendene)
  • REEF
  • Deckers Brands
  • Crocodile
  • Accessorize the monsoon
  • clark
  • fat face
  • Roxy/Quiksilver
  • Tory Burch
  • Kate Spade
  • Nike
  • Adidas
  • Skechers
  • Kappa
  • Rainbow sandals
  • Wolverine Worldwide (Chaco, Hush Puppies)
  • fitflop
  • Caleres (Vionic, Via Spiga and DR. SCHOLL SHOES)
  • Rocket Dog

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  • EVA flip flops
  • PVC flip flops
  • Rubber flip flops
  • EVA rubber flip flops
  • Other flip flops

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  • Women Flip Flops
  • Men Flip Flops
  • Girls Flip Flops
  • Boys flip flops

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  • Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia, Italy and Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India, Southeast Asia and Australia)
  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and rest of South America)
  • Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, South Africa and Rest of Middle East and Africa)

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Greek Gives Back: more than a dozen philanthropic events in October https://curry4footlocker.com/greek-gives-back-more-than-a-dozen-philanthropic-events-in-october/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 13:59:20 +0000 https://curry4footlocker.com/greek-gives-back-more-than-a-dozen-philanthropic-events-in-october/
Visitors are spooked by members of the Farmhouse fraternity as they enter the haunted house set up to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. (Photo courtesy of Farmhouse Fraternity)

Editor’s note: In the print version of this article, Maya Corley’s name was misspelled: “Corely”. This error has been corrected for the online version. We apologize to Corley for this error and any confusion it may have caused.

Alpha Gamma Delta: Alpha Gam gives back with Cheese and Mac

Alpha Gamma Delta raised money for their philanthropy, Fight Against Hunger, by hosting an event where attendees could build their own mac and cheese bowls and enjoy sweet tea, cookies and garden games from McAlister, Maya Corley, president of Alpha Gam philanthropy and a junior in agricultural communication, said.

“I would say it’s always great fun to have a lot of people from the community at our events,” Corley said.

All proceeds from the event were donated to Feeding America and Meals on Wheels.

Alpha Omega Epsilon: Football and Fetch

The women of Alpha Omega Epsilon hosted their fourth annual Football and Fetch event at Fairmont Dog Park, said AOE Philanthropy Chair and Senior Biologist Ally Molnar. The event challenged six teams to a flag football competition and raised approximately $130 for the Riley County Humane Society. All donations from the event helped purchase blankets and supplies for cats and dogs still waiting to be adopted or fostered.

“It’s a great way to get to know other people on campus, whether they’re into Greek life or not,” Molnar said.

Molnar said she encourages anyone in Manhattan to support Greek Life events when they can.

Delta Alpha Xi: Guac and Roll

Lauren Jarvis, a sophomore in business, said the women of Alpha Xi Delta sorority held their annual Guac and Roll event to raise money for their new philanthropy, The Kindly Hearts Initiative.

The Kindly Hearts initiative helps support children and teens in foster care or experiencing homelessness.

“It’s a place where we provide the necessities for families, like clothes, toiletries, shoes, socks and underwear,” Jarvis said.

Community members were able to support their philanthropy at the event, where the women created an all-you-can-eat nacho bar.

Members of Alpha Xi Delta serve nachos to visitors at their Guac and Roll event to benefit the Kindly Hearts initiative. (Photo courtesy of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority)

Chi Omega: wishful pitches

Chi Omega Sorority hosted Pitches for Wishes, a slow-pitch softball tournament for fraternity and sorority chapters at Kansas State University, said Cami Dalton, Chi O Philanthropy Chair and Senior in public health.

It was part of their week-long event, Week of Wishes, which the sorority organized to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“We raise funds to grant wishes for children with serious illnesses,” Dalton said.

The women of Chi O raised $4,842 during their Week of Wishes. Dalton said they will continue fundraising at their next spring philanthropy event called Wings for Wishes.

Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon: Grilled Cheese with Gphi and SAE

Members of Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon hosted a grilled cheese drive-thru with music and games to raise money for their house charities, said Clarissa Kiefer, president of philanthropy at Gphi and senior in marketing.

“You would buy a ticket, then you would come home and we would serve grilled cheese, cookies, drinks, and then everyone could hang out after,” Kiefer said.

Gphi raised $2,359 for Girls on the Run, an organization that encourages girls to be active, recognize their inner strengths, and bond as a team.

Kiefer said SAE donates its profits to the Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit that raises money for children’s hospitals.

Kappa Alpha Theta: WildKat Chase 5K

Jenna Thronton, chair of Kappa Alpha Theta Philanthropy, said the Theta sorority held its annual WildKat Chase 5K to raise money for the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation and the Ad Litem Special Advocate/Guardian Association (CASA/GAL ) appointed by the National Court.

“This is the oldest philanthropy in the state of Kansas,” Tronton said. “We’ve been doing it since the 90s.”

This year’s theme was to be a hero for children, community members and local CASAs dressing up and marching to support and raise money for philanthropy. Theta raised a total of $6,082 through this event.

Pi Beta Phi: take self-defense

Marika Davis, president of Pi Beta Phi Philanthropy and head of mass communications, said the Pi Phi sorority hosted its fifth annual Take Self Defense class at rec, available to all members of the community.

“Take Self Defense is a national organization created by a member of our Pi Phi chapter in the state of Kansas, who died 20 years ago from an assault,” Davis said.

Each year, the sorority celebrates the anniversary of their sister Ali Kemp’s passing to honor her life and educate community members about self-defense. They raised $2,314 with all proceeds going to the Ali Kemp Foundation.

Sigma Kappa: walk to beat Alzheimer’s disease

The Sigma Kappa sorority hosted its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event on Oct. 15 at City Park, said Shea Larson, Sigma Kappa Philanthropy president and chief operating officer. The women of this sorority raised $7,000 which will go to their philanthropic organization, the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We’re raising money to help fund research into Alzheimer’s disease and to find a cure,” Larson said.

During the event, Sigma Kappa organized a children’s table with face painting, pumpkin painting and games and encouraged participants as they walked.

Members of the Sigma Kappa sorority participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease at City Park
on November 15 to raise funds for research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. (Photo courtesy of Sigma Kappa sorority)

Acacia: Pawsitive Vibes

The men of the Acacia fraternity hosted a week-long philanthropic event called Pawsitive Vibes to raise money for the T Russell Reitz Manhattan Animal Shelter, said sophomore biology student Witt Williams. K-State sororities also participate in events to help raise funds. Events included Powderpuff Football, a Shoe Design Contest, Bingo Donation Boards, Photos with Pogo the Acacia Pet Dog and Pupalooza. As a member of Acacia, Williams said he encourages more people to participate in Greek life events.

“It’s a great way to meet people, make connections, and it’s great fun and goes towards a good cause,” Williams said.

Acacia raised over $2,300 through their event.

Acacia members pose with their house dog,
Pogo, at their PAWsitive Vibes event to raise money for the T Russell Reitz Manhattan Animal Shelter. (Photo courtesy of Acacia Fraternity)

Delta Sigma Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma: Delta Sig Diner with Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority baked pancakes and French toast to raise money for the Flint Hills Breadbasket, said Rece Buckmaster, president of Delta Sig Philanthropy and senior biology.

“We’ve helped provide meals for underprivileged families, especially as the holidays approached,” Buckmaster said.

The Flint Hills Breadbasket is a Manhattan-based organization that serves food-insecure Riley County community members.

Delta Sigma Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma raised over $500 for The Flint Hills Breadbasket. “Kappa were great partners in this event, and they helped bring in a lot of people,” Buckmaster said.

Delta Upsilon and Alpha Xi Delta: Pancake Party

Delta Upsilon and Alpha Xi Delta teamed up and hosted an all-you-can-eat pancake festival, where they served pancakes, bacon and sausage and let guests sing songs at their karaoke station, Lauren Jarvis said in second year of business. They received donations from the Milling Science Club and Hyvee to organize this event. They split the proceeds between each house’s philanthropy. DU is donating the money to their international philanthropy, The Global Service Initiative. Alpha Xi is donating the money to The Kindly Hearts Initiative.

“It was a fun opportunity for us to get together and bond over pancakes,” Jarvis said.

Farm: Night of Fear

The FarmHouse men turned their home into a haunted house to raise money for their philanthropy, said Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Tanner Koch, FarmHouse’s philanthropy chairman and architectural junior. They decorated their house with Halloween decorations and created a different theme for each room. Guests received homemade cookies and hot chocolate after walking through their house. “Every time we host a philanthropy, we try to make it as engaging as possible, and something that you know your money will go to for a good cause,” Koch said. FarmHouse raised $3,087. This money will be used to help fund research to find cures for leukemia and lymphoma

Theta Xi: Creepy Labyrinth

Theta Xi continued her tradition of a spooky Halloween maze at Britt’s Farm the last two weekends of October to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, said senior entrepreneur Brady Hart.

“It’s great because not only can we raise money for great charity, but it’s fun to connect with community businesses and small businesses in Manhattan like Britt’s Farm,” Hart said.

Theta Xi supports two charities, with the fall semester supporting multiple sclerosis and the spring semester supporting Habitat for Humanity.

Professional Athletic Footwear Market 2022: In-Depth Study by Top Key Players Skecher, Vibram, LI-NING https://curry4footlocker.com/professional-athletic-footwear-market-2022-in-depth-study-by-top-key-players-skecher-vibram-li-ning/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 13:04:18 +0000 https://curry4footlocker.com/professional-athletic-footwear-market-2022-in-depth-study-by-top-key-players-skecher-vibram-li-ning/

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Health and Wellness Expo Returns to LCCC https://curry4footlocker.com/health-and-wellness-expo-returns-to-lccc/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 15:01:06 +0000 https://curry4footlocker.com/health-and-wellness-expo-returns-to-lccc/

One of Lorain County Community College’s favorite events has returned after more than three years of silence due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The halls of the Spitzer Conference Center were filled to the brim on October 26 as more than 60 vendors gathered for the annual Health and Wellness Expo at Elyria.

Led by Lisa Augustine, Ph.D., professor and coordinator of the health, physical education and recreation program, the Health and Wellness Expo has long been part of the college’s history.

Lisa Augustine, Ph.D., on the left tricycle, poses with her students and staff Oct. 26 during the Health and Wellness Expo. The tricycles, which were purchased by the LCCC’s fitness program, are a fun way to promote health as well as a way to recapture the joys of childhood. (Lauren Hoffman – The Morning Paper)

“Before the pandemic, we held this fair every year for five consecutive years, welcoming vendors from across Lorain County to share in the health and wellness benefits,” Augustine said.

This year, the exhibition welcomed over 300 guests ranging from students to employers to members of the community.

“Health is not just physical, but also mental and financial, and it all shows here today,” Augustine said.

Lorain County Public Health kicked off the event by offering free flu shots to children at least six months old to keep this flu season safe.

Free public health screenings were also part of the fun, and Augustine invited resident doctors, surgeons, dentists, dietitians and chiropractors to speak to the community.

More than 60 health advocates attended the October 26 event, raising awareness of all forms of health and wellness, from the importance of healthy eating to the benefits of massage therapy.  (Lauren Hoffman - The Morning Paper)
More than 60 health advocates attended the October 26 event, raising awareness of all forms of health and wellness, from the importance of healthy eating to the benefits of massage therapy. (Lauren Hoffman – The Morning Paper)

On the mental health side, volunteers from the Elyria Friendship Animal Protective League have settled in with two puppies to promote the health benefits of owning a pet.

“We wanted a way to show people the importance of health for everyone, from college students to our Silver Sneakers programs, and everything in between,” Augustine said.

Members of local schools also attended the event, including Kim Haney, director of the Med Tech program at Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst.

“Our Expo is also really special because we have a live DJ and line dancing, which isn’t very common, but it’s a lot of fun,” Augustine said.

According to Dee Gross, LCCC Advisor, “We provide free music to any type of non-profit organization or event on campus because it all goes to good causes and also gives us the opportunity to train our future DJs.

A member of Title Boxing Westlake, shows a guest how to properly wrap his fists before a fight.  Title was one of more than 60 vendors who attended the October 26 event.  (Lauren Hoffman -- The Morning Journal)
A member of Title Boxing Westlake, shows a guest how to properly wrap his fists before a fight. Title Boxing Westlake was one of more than 60 vendors who attended the event on October 26. (Lauren Hoffman – The Morning Journal)

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) President Kateryna Karelina, in conjunction with the Lorain County Community Foundation Women’s Fund, set up a booth promoting the importance of free menstrual products.

“We wanted to raise awareness that period poverty exists and that feminine products should be available on college campuses,” Karelina said. “As part of our PTK college project, we are bringing free products to campus with the help of United Way of Greater Lorain County.”

Those in need of products can contact United Way at 440-277-6530 and can drop off donations at 642 Broadway in downtown Lorain.

To continue to support mental and physical health, Augustine and her students brought childhood fun in the form of oversized adult tricycles that students rode throughout the school to encourage people to attend. the Expo.

The UCSD Ski and Snowboard Team: The Anti-Brotherhood Social Club | Travel https://curry4footlocker.com/the-ucsd-ski-and-snowboard-team-the-anti-brotherhood-social-club-travel/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 21:30:00 +0000 https://curry4footlocker.com/the-ucsd-ski-and-snowboard-team-the-anti-brotherhood-social-club-travel/

Friday afternoon, mid-January in La Jolla, the sun was beating down as if the seasons had little importance. Students on longboards glided around the UCSD campus, making weekend plans for the beach. A salty breeze wafted through my window as I packed a bag of winter diapers, mittens, goggles and beanies, along with my snowboard and boots. I hauled my gear across campus to meet a few dozen dodgy like-minded friends. It was 2006, a massive winter. The storms were hitting the Sierra Nevada hard. Our plan was to follow the snow. All of us outliers, seeking winter in a land of eternal summer.

I grew up in Lake Tahoe and learned to ski soon after I was able to walk. In high school, I started snowboarding. Back then, I had only known winters that buried me in snow banks three times the size of me. So as soon as I graduated from high school, I got as far away from the snow as I could, while still going to state school.

At first, San Diego was a welcome respite from my small hometown in the mountains. But when the snow started flying in the Sierra, I felt adrift without the grounding power of cold days. I felt lonely without a team of friends to lead me into the mountains.

Then one day I walked past a small table with a sign-up sheet for the UC San Diego ski and snowboard team. They were kids like me, caught between two worlds: the sea and the snow.

We had no coaches. We weren’t wearing spandex. We joined the team because we just wanted to ride Mammoth, one of the best ski resorts on the planet. And after the ski lifts close, celebrate our days until late at night. It’s a skier’s dream. And we were willing to sacrifice our weekends and long, tedious drives in the Eastern Sierra for it.

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The author on one of his innumerable researches on “water and gravity”.

Skiing and snowboarding have never been affordable. But there are ways to skimp and make ski bumming work for a student’s budget. Every winter the team captains would sign a ski lease at Mammoth, tricking the owners, and we would cram three dozen students into a small A-frame. Spread over 50 trips, our rental and van costs were only a few hundred dollars for the whole year.

The ski resort also gave us discounts on lift tickets because we were part of a league of Southern California ski teams joined by Cal Poly, UCSB, UCLA, USC and San Diego State.

Every weekend a different school had a party – everyone wore neon 80s ski jackets. The ski team was an anti-fraternity, dustbag social club. We were called Kappa Tappa Keg. Our hazing ritual consisted of swallowing questionable alcohol from a bag. It was a club founded on a silly hobby that involved stuffing your feet in extremely uncomfortable boots, going out in weather conditions that would make most people question your sanity, and getting attached to one or two planks of wood. Everything for the thrill. This brief moment of weightlessness when you land at the top of the slope.

The rides to Mammoth were brutal. What should have been a six hour drive would easily stretch to nine in Friday traffic. By the time we pulled into the icy A-Frame driveway, I was exhausted and rushed to one of the two upstairs bedrooms. The sleeping bags were already lined up wall to wall, but I found some space to roll out mine near the door.

I remember that particular weekend well because the air inside the house was freezing and sure enough the team captain announced that the pipes had frozen. Frozen pipes meant no plumbing. Which meant we had to ration water bought in plastic jugs at the grocery store. Which meant we had to pee outside. Luckily the house was a block from the ski lodge, where we could use the public restroom for other things. Too tired to care, I fell asleep quickly.

Saturday morning came quickly. I had a breakfast of instant oatmeal, put on my diapers and headed to the resort. The chairlifts carried us to the top of Sierra Crest, where the view stretched out in all directions. I could see the jagged, tooth-like ridge of the Minarets, the ancient seabed of the Great Basin to the east, and to the west, the rolling slope of the Sierra down to the Pacific. Mammoth Mountain was founded in 1953 by Dave McCoy, a true visionary who saw future and potential on a mountain buried under an average of 30 feet of snow each winter. Today, more than two dozen lifts drop off skiers and snowboarders above 3,500 acres of choose-your-own terrain.

My time on the ski team was only the beginning of a decade and more devoted entirely to snowboarding and skiing. With the time and effort I invested in this strange pursuit of frozen water and gravity, I was blessed and privileged to ski around the world. Mammoth stands out for the way the wind blows each night, polishing the snow until it’s as smooth as a sheet of paper.

Come morning, you can draw any line you can imagine on its slopes. The same forces that dictate waves in the ocean deliver snow to the mountains. It’s a coastal snowpack that gives back whatever you give it. The rapidity. Stability. Deep cuts in steep falls. That’s why I come back to Mammoth for more, every year. It’s the love of a place and a time that started in college.

Sunday afternoon, mounds of snow outside the A-frame were dotted with yellow spots. We piled into the van, this time with wind-chapped cheeks and aching legs. We pulled out of the parking lot under the pines and drove south towards the ocean.

Paving the way for the next generation https://curry4footlocker.com/paving-the-way-for-the-next-generation/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 11:30:16 +0000 https://curry4footlocker.com/paving-the-way-for-the-next-generation/

With my best friend aboard a shotgun and my two dogs in the back seat of my Buick Encore, I made the road trip from Washington, DC. in Chicago last month for the ordination and consecration of Paula E. Clark, the first female bishop and first black bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. She’s also my mother.

I’m incredibly proud of her, but sometimes it amazes me that women’s premieres are still celebrated.

History has proven that diversity, equity and inclusion are necessary for businesses, organizations and systems to grow and thrive. Studies have shown that, among other benefits, having more women in the workplace improves employee retention and engagement, broadens outlook, and improves collaboration. Having women in leadership positions has also been shown to specifically increase profitability.

And yet, women are often absent from the top positions, or are just arriving. In the past few weeks alone, all of these entities have named their first female CEOs: Outward Bound, Massachusetts’ Blue Cross Blue Shield, Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority, HistoryMiami Museum and many more.

A 2021 Women in the Workplace study by McKinsey & Co. in partnership with LeanIn.org, found that women make up a smaller percentage than men in the overall US workforce. And women of color are falling behind everyone else — white men, white women, and men of color — at almost every step of the organizational food chain, from entry level to senior level. But the differences were greatest in leadership positions. Women make up about a quarter of senior executives, and of that, only 4% are women of color.

Before becoming the first black, South Asian, and female vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris learned a thing or two about “firsts.” She became San Francisco’s first black prosecutor and California’s first female attorney general. (And, as my sister in Greekdom, she’s part of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s “first and best” sorority.)

“My mom would look at me and say, ‘Kamala, you might be the first to do a lot of things, but make sure you’re not the last,'” Harris said during a speech at Spelman College. in 2018.

My mother’s election in December 2020 was also historic. And as I spent the weekend in Chicago supporting her proudly and tearfully, many people noticed the important perspectives she brings to her new role.

My mother suffered a brain injury in April 2021, just before her consecration was originally scheduled. In her recovery, she had to learn to walk and talk again.

Bishop Clark was consecrated on September 17 while wearing sparkling red Nike Air Jordans, a celebratory choice in place of heels as she is still working on her balance.

At the end of the service, I saw three black girls taking pictures at places where my mother was standing during the service, wearing “church clothes” with their Nikes – one girl even had red Jordans.

I now realize how lucky these girls are to have a role model like my mother. They had a church leader who had braids and brown skin, and who wore sneakers like them.

In order to foster the next generation of female bishops or business leaders or vice presidents of the United States, young girls and women must be more widely represented in positions of power.

As Vice President Harris’ mother reminded him, we need to look beyond firsts, to create opportunities for seconds, thirds, fourths and more, so that by the time these girls have the my mother’s age, having women in charge, especially black women, is no longer historic.

Micha Green is content editor for The Baltimore Sun. ©2022 The Baltimore Sun. Distributed by content agency Tribune.