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McAllen, Texas, June 6 (Reuters) Standing on the bluffs of Roma, Texas on a May afternoon two border patrol agents look out over the meandering Rio Grande River that separates Mexico from the United States and recall a time when the scene was far less tranquil. Now, the agents look out on an empty landscape. Foot paths up from the water have started to disappear under growing brush, with only the stray baby shoe or toothbrush serving as reminders of that migrant flood.

The reason for the change, the agents say, is a perception in Mexico and Central America that President Donald Trump has ended the practice known as “catch and release,” in which immigrants caught in the United States without proper documents were released to live free, often for years, as their cases ran through the court system.

Now, would be border violators know “they’ll be detained and then turned right back around,” said one of the two agents, Marlene Castro. “It’s not worth it anymore,” she said.

Castro was simply echoing her boss, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who said on a visit to El Paso, Texas in April, We have ended dangerous catch and release enforcement policies. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which falls under Kelly, suggest that despite the DHS chief’s statement, there has been no clear change to the catch and release policy.

That’s in large part because there are legal constraints on who can be detained and for how long, due to a shortage of beds and a court ruling limiting the stay of women and children in custody to 21 days.

A separate court ruling limits detention time for immigrants whose countries refuse to repatriate them. And Kelly noted in a February memorandum that asylum seekers that have proven they have a credible fear of returning home could be candidates for release if they present neither a security risk nor a risk of absconding.

Daniel Bible, ICE field office director for Southern Texas, told Reuters he and his colleagues have not been issued new directions, and so continue to release illegal immigrants deemed to be low security risks, usually with notices to appear in court.

We look at each case the same way we always have,” Bible said.

DHS spokeswoman Jenny Burke confirmed to Reuters that the agency has not issued new guidance for releasing migrants caught at the border.

Asked to explain why there had been no new guidance, given Kelly’s statement in April, Burke said, ICE officers make custody determinations on a case by case basis, prioritizing detention resources.

In a memo made public in February, Kelly defined catch and release as any policy that allows immigrants to be released from detention while they await their court hearings, making it easy to abscond. Ending catch and release was one of Trump’s central promises during the 2016 presidential campaign. Some advocates who work with migrants say they have seen little change since Trump came into office.

Sure, people are still being released,” said Kevin Appleby, senior director of international migration policy at the Center for Migration Studies. “Not because they believe in releasing them, but because there are not enough beds at the moment.”

NUMBERS GAME

ICE declined to provide data on the number of migrants being released into the United States. But other ICE data not previously published and reviewed by Reuters shows the pool of people not in custody and awaiting court appearances is growing.

Since Trump took office in late January, the number of immigrants awaiting court proceedings while living freely in the United States has grown by nearly 30,000, rising by an average of about 7,500 per month, according to the ICE data.

During the last seven months of President Barack Obamas presidency, the rolls of those awaiting legal proceedings outside of custody grew more rapidly, at an average of about 20,600 people per month.

Part of the slower rate under Trump can be traced to a 58 percent drop in apprehensions of people crossing the border.

Still, the numbers suggest the Trump administration is a long way from ending catch and release. In part that is because his administration has come up against the reality that there simply is not enough space in detention centers.

Congress has funded about 34,000 beds to detain immigration violators, and the average daily population of detainees has been near or above capacity since before Trump took office.

One way the administration hopes to free up detention space is to decrease the time it takes to resolve cases.

The Justice Department has requested funding to hire an additional 125 immigration judges over the next two years, an increase of 50 percent.
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Ted needs a date.

I work with a man who recently moved to the Kamloops. He’s in his mid 30s, and in the last month or so, became single.

Now, Ted (I’ve changed his name because his real one is terrible) needs to find a girlfriend. He says he’s after a nice girl. When asked to define ‘nice,’ he says she “won’t cheat and isn’t crazy.”

Low expectations? Perhaps, but he’s being realistic, because the older one gets the more one realizes that loyalty and sanity outrank movie star sex appeal.

Certainly, he’d like someone who isn’t a dummy, and he’d prefer she not be ugly, if at all possible.

Yes, Ted needs a date, and it’s getting desperate. This past weekend he brought his brother to the company Christmas party. Next week he’s going speed dating. He’s tried online dating, but in his words, “it’s bogus.”

And while I feel for Ted and his troubles, his search has left me with a sense of peace and feeling of contentment. In truth, just thinking about the effort that he’s putting in to finding ‘the one’ exhausts me, and this isn’t the first time I’ve sat down and thought, “thank God I’m married.”

Going to the bar used to be fun so much fun, in fact, that I went all the time. Though I was mostly broke, each weekend I found enough cash to buy a new shirt, or a new pair of shoes. My girlfriends would come over and we’d all get ready together, have a few drinks and pile into a cab. We’d wake sometime before noon, and then head out to McDonalds for greasy cheeseburgers. I’d eat them in the car on the way home and my 20 something body would have metabolized the transfats by the time I reached the front door.

We’d spend the rest of the day lying on the couch and moaning about how we were never going to drink again. or until the next weekend at the earliest.

Yes,
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those were the days, and they were a long time ago. I can’t remember the last time I went to the bar.

Somewhere en route to my 30s and motherhood the notion of a fun night out clubbing became laughable. I no longer rapidly metabolize cheeseburgers. Hangovers that used to last three hours now last six days, and where one drink used to get me dancing, now it just leaves me snoring on the sofa in my sweats.

My life is not glamorous. It’s doubtful that anyone looks over at my lot and wishes they could trade places. When people ask me how my weekend was, I reply “fine,” and I’m telling the truth. I can remember every second of every weekend. I don’t have to call up my friends to find out what I did, I didn’t dance until I got blisters or do anything I regret.

That’s my life. It’s comfortable and warm. Simple and happy. In other words, it’s fine.

But that still leaves Ted needing a date. He’s circulated the office, asking whether anyone has any “hot, single friends,” who might be interested. We all shake our heads, with a “sorry, all my single friends are ugly.” Truth is, we don’t have single friends, and if we did, we’d be reluctant to set them up with anyone.

Because while we’d like to help a poor guy out and toss him a friend or two, by this stage in life, the only friends we keep around are the really good ones. As such, the classic set up becomes a bit tricky, because if things go sour, as they often do, there you sit, in a bit of a predicament, having contributed to the hurt feelings of one of your very best friends.
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SHOES have long been sensible. Now some are getting smart.

Smart enough, that is, to sense their environment electronically, calculate how best to perform in it, and then instantly alter their physical properties to adapt to that environment. In short, the designers say, shoes that can do whatever is needed to deliver improved athletic performance or just a better experience in the ancient poetry of feet striking the earth.

”The whole concept of an intelligent shoe would be great,” said Christian DiBenedetto, a scientist here at the North American headquarters of Adidas. ”Something that would change to your different needs during a marathon, or whatever you were doing, was always the fantasy.”

Adidas, the 83 year old German sporting goods maker, is about to turn that fantasy into biomechanical reality in the form of a running shoe for men and women. Sleek and lightweight despite its battery powered sensor, microprocessor and electric motor, the shoe, named 1, is expected to be in stores by December and will cost $250.

Adidas executives say the shoe is no gadget dependent gimmick. Instead, its designers say it represents a leap forward in wearable technology. Each second, a sensor in the heel can take up to 20,000 readings and the embedded electronic brain can make 10,000 calculations, directing a tiny electric motor to change the shoe. The goal is to make the shoe adjust to changing conditions and the runner’s particular style while in use.

The shoes will have push button controls, light emitting diodes to display settings and an instruction manual on a CD ROM that will advise wearers on, among other things, how to change the battery after every 100 hours of use.

Of all items of clothing, said Rob Enderle, a principal analyst for the Enderle Group in San Jose, Calif., the shoe is a logical one to be a focus of wearable technology. Unlike articles of clothing that must be washed or cleaned, shoes present a more stable place to add useful electronics, he said.

High performance shoes, particularly those intended for athletic use, he said, have been augmented with an array of biomechanical enhancements, most of them involving compressed gases, shock absorbers and springs. But until now, he said, ”I don’t recall electronics being applied in shoes other than for lights.”

From the start of development in early 2001, the shoe was viewed as an opportunity for Adidas to innovate, said Steve Vincent, who leads the company’s worldwide innovation team of about 50 people. Mr. DiBenedetto’s group is one of seven in Germany, Italy and the United States that work in such secrecy that the units’ names are not mentioned to outsiders. To do otherwise, Mr. Vincent said from his corner office overlooking the Willamette River, ”would just give away the farm.”

In the hypercompetitive sporting goods industry, of which the $15 billion sneaker market is only a part, innovation is seen more and more as a great differentiator. And while other companies, like Nike in nearby Beaverton, Ore., have made a name for themselves with new products, Mr. Vincent acknowledged that Adidas had not established a firm reputation as an innovator in the American market.

”We look at innovation as the fuel for our company,” he said. ”We are committed to deliver at least one new impactful technology or innovation every year.”

Among the first of those products was ClimaCool, a line of athletic shoes and garments introduced in 2002 that use sophisticated materials and strategically placed venting to relieve the wearer’s heat and perspiration. Others include a soccer ball that is bonded rather than hand sewn for better durability and truer flight, and a shoe engineered to kick it faster and farther, as well as a swimsuit that uses computer assisted design and wind tunnel testing to take advantage of fluid dynamics.

”We used to keep them taped up,” said Mark A. Oleson, a 29 year old electromechanical engineer, who with Mr. DiBenedetto, 38, formed the core of the group.

And because Mr. Oleson has a size 9 foot, the size of most shoe prototypes, he also became its chief tester, running the hallways of the innovation team’s bright, airy building and the lush green neighborhoods that surround it.

But the challenge was melding a shoe with technology in a new way.

The first thing Mr. DiBenedetto and his group had to learn was whether there was an ideal range of cushioning for runners. Cushioning is the shoe’s means of smoothly decelerating the runner’s foot when the heel strikes the ground. If the compression is too hard, the foot slows too quickly and the shock is felt in the runner’s knees, said Mr. DiBenedetto, whose background is in mechanical and aeronautical engineering. If the cushioning is too soft, the foot ”bottoms out,” he said, striking the ground too hard, also stressing the knees.

Mr. DiBenedetto said he was surprised to learn that no one had ever precisely measured cushioning compression while a shoe was in use. To do that, he and Mr. Oleson inserted a sensor about the size of a sparrow’s eye into the top of the heel of a standard Adidas running shoe, and a magnet smaller than a dime in the bottom of the heel, creating a magnetic field that the sensor could measure. As the heel was compressed, the sensor, known as a Hall sensor, measured the corresponding changes in the magnetic field strength to a tenth of a millimeter, 1,000 times a second.

To retrieve the data, the group also had to design and build a data logger to gather and store the information and then transfer it to a computer for analysis. After much trial and error, the group had a sensor and data logger small and powerful enough to be snapped onto the tongue of a sneaker.

During their first months of research, Mr. DiBenedetto and Mr. Oleson said they taught themselves to make their own circuit boards and solder components onto them. Mr. DiBenedetto, a former toy maker and designer of air intake and exhaust systems on highly classified aircraft projects for Lockheed, said the group began buying and dissecting motorized toys.

The Hasbro electronic toy creature known as Furby helped them better understand the kinds of tiny electric motors and switches they might need for the shoe. A skinned Furby sat on the edge of a table in Mr. DiBenedetto’s work space.

Once the group had a reliable ”sensor shoe,” it set a number of them at various cushioning levels and invited testers to select the pair of shoes they found most comfortable. Then they ran in them.

”They’d come back and we’d download the data, and what we started to see was that everyone was picking a shoe that got them to the same range of compression,” Mr. DiBenedetto recalled.

That led his group to write mathematical language that enabled the shoe’s embedded 20 megahertz computer continually to ensure that the cushioning was ideal for the runner and the situation.

Next the group faced the issue of how to make a shoe adapt while it is being worn. The solution was a hollow engineered plastic cushion with metal support brackets. When the shoe’s motor adjusted the tension on a stainless steel cord that ran through the flexible heel, the heel responded just the way Mr. DiBenedetto and Mr. Oleson wanted.

Mr. Enderle, the analyst, predicted that even at $250 a pair, shoes that use digital technology effectively are likely to find a market. Fortunately for Adidas, he said, ”a lot of people who run business executives and the rest do have the money and love having the latest cutting edge shoe that apply technology to make the running experience better.”
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Mudrooms have been a staple of large houses, especially in climates with plenty of rain and snow. But increasingly, a mudroom has become a design essential even for apartment dwellers and those with small homes.

about how your family uses the space, says Yip, and be honest about how much clutter you likely to create. People often want to see themselves as neater than they are, which leads them to create a mudroom entrance that is soon chaotic.

Will everyone take their shoes off there each day, for instance, or only when they wet or muddy?

run an Asian household, Yip says. off your shoes when you come in the door.

Lots of sports equipment means more large storage. And those who want to charge the whole family digital devices for easy grabbing when everyone leaves the house in the morning should put in counter space or shelves with plenty of power strips or electrical outlets nearby.

In your design, Yip advises, include about 10 percent to 15 percent more storage than you expect to need.

YOUR BEST DROP ZONE

The mudroom is your daily zone, says designer Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design for The Home Depot. So choose the mix of closed storage, hooks, shelves and countertops that serves your needs.

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built in storage is popular in mudrooms, but there are also many units available in a range of styles and prices.

Leifer points out that built ins can work well in small or awkward spaces. He seen Manhattan apartment dwellers build around a garbage chute or wall soffit in the service entrance to turn that space into a mudroom. Built ins also offer stability: Unlike freestanding furniture, they can be knocked over by kids rushing by with backpacks.

Open lockers and cubbies are popular, mimicking the style of an athletic locker room, but Yip reminds clients that closed storage and hooks tucked away behind doors will help keep your mudroom from looking cluttered. This may be the first place a skinned knee gets attention, or the last place searched at night for a missing textbook.

And because you might come home on dark fall and winter nights, the mudroom a great place to put at least one light on a timer.

Include lightbulbs such as LEDs that illuminate with no delay to create bright place to walk into that you feel safe, says Fishburne.

Lighting also can beautify this otherwise very practical space: Yip points out that a ceiling fixture can be stylish, really delicate and really fragile, but remain protected from damage because it hung out of reach.

INFUSING YOUR STYLE

Other items that can soften the space and express your style include artwork (safely framed) and window treatments that don extend to the floor, Yip says.

Leifer adds flooring to that list: Mudrooms need durable, water friendly flooring, but are great places to try bold colors or favorite patterns. He suggests FLOR carpet squares, which come in a range of designs and are easily washable or replaceable, or woven vinyl floor covering from the Swedish company Bolon.
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The lovely Mariastella, a waitress in Milan, inspired the name of a black suede ankle strap stiletto for fall by ; she works in his favorite restaurant there.

, a French shoe designer who works for , looked to the sky for shoe names for fall: Comet, Venus, Orbit.

All shoes have names; some make perfect sense, like the , a ’40s style platform sandal by Joan David a few seasons back. Others defy logic, like a feminine slingback with a delicate heel and a little bow, called Ned.

“OK, sometimes the names make no sense,” says , president of Via Spiga.

But it can get a little tricky. At many companies, the last, or form of a shoe, is given a name, and individual styles take their names from the first letter of the last. So, the Orbit last at YSL becomes the basis for two styles, the Ocean (a dressy pump) and the Osaka (an ankle boot with a covered heel).

If a certain shoe doesn’t do well, says Baum, “that name becomes tainted; and we won’t use it again for a long while, if ever.”

From Joan David this fall, meet Quite Contrary (a ); Airborne (a sporty urban boot) and the Sabot (a sleek, shiny wedge). “Joan used to name all the shoes herself;
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she found it therapeutic,” says a company spokeswoman.

The Airborne struck her as something a chic paratrooper might wear when jumping out of a plane, says the spokeswoman. The Sabot, on the other hand, was a bit of a mistake. Sabot is the French word for mule, an open backed shoe, which this shoe is not. “Well, it is a chic, simple shoe with no ornamentation,” she says.

“We have named elegant city pumps after places in Paris; a beachy type sandal might be called the St. Tropez. There is some correlation between the name of the shoe and how and where you wear it.”

Birkenstock names many of its shoes after rivers and cities. Colorful lug toed sandals and clogs, marketed for a younger crowd, have a musical theme: Reggae, or House (as in house band).

Other designers take a more whimsical, personal approach, like Blahnik, who creates fantasy footwear that only a few can afford.

In the past, Blahnik has named his creations after Italian saints, friends, celebrities and fellow fashion personalities like Tina (as in Chow), or Carolyne (as in Roehm).

“Each season the names change depending on my mood,” Blahnik writes, via fax from Italy. “This season is about sleek, sexy yet romantic shoes with names such as Gelso (short for geloso jealous in Italian); Riga (Italian for line) and Lula Mae, one of my favorite Southern names (reminds me of a little girl from Savannah).”

Hmm. The Lula Mae is a wild, midcalf patchwork boot made out of pony hair, done up in squares of brown, black and zebra. What a surreal thought to visualize a group of Savannah girls prancing around in those,
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Mrs Simpson, the American who married King Edward VIII after his abdication, bought the vintage Andrew Geller high heels at Harvey Nichols in London’s Knightsbridge in the 1950s.

The Duke of Windsor later gave the size 5 shoes, with intricate floral embroidery and gold cross straps, to his valet David Campbell for a young niece ”to play dressing up with”.

They are expected to spark worldwide interest under the hammer at auctioneers Gardiner Houlgate’s saleroom in Corsham, Wiltshire, with an estimate of 150 to 250.

The sale also includes four items which fetched more than 112,000 when Mrs Simpson’s glittering jewellery collection was auctioned by Sotheby’s in a landmark sale which raised more than 31 million for charity in Geneva in 1987.

A unique onyx Cartier pocket watch with the Royal cipher, given to King Edward VIII by Mrs Simpson as an Easter gift three months after he ascended the throne in January 1936, sold for 54,321 in 1987.

It was the only Easter he spent as King before his abdication in December 1936 six months before he married the American divorcee in June 1937.

The Cartier Art Deco watch is estimated to sell for between 40,000 to 60,000 in Corsham.

Two of Mrs Simpson’s glittering evening bags decorated with faux pearls, faux rubies and mesh enamel, also given to the Scottish valet’s niece, are expected to fetch 100 to 150 each.

Jamie South, an auctioneer at Gardiner Houlgate, said: ”We are very excited and privileged to be selling the Duke and Duchess of Windsor items. What is especially interesting is that whenever any of the Duchess of Windsor items have come back on the market, they have invariably made more money than they did in the 1987 sale.”

A George IV circular silver gilt seal box from 1822 bearing the Royal coat of arm on the lid and containing a cut glass ink bottle sold for 36,214 in 1987.

It is estimated to fetch between 30,000 and 50,000 in tomorrow’s sale.

An 18 carat gold pencil holder from 1824 engraved with the Royal crest sold for 13,580 in Geneva in 1987, and is expected to sell for between 8,000 and 12,000.

A 14 carat gold rectangular pocket magnifying glass owned by the Duke of Windsor and engraved with the letter “E” is estimated to sell for between 5,000 and 8,000, after it fetched 8,148 in the 1987 sale.

David Hare, Gardiner Houlgate director, said: ”All the Duke and Duchess of Windsor lots are wonderful, historic items with established provenance from the original sale.

”They are unique items and we are expecting a lot of interest not only from this country, but also from America.

”The Duchess of Windsor’s shoes and evening bags are beautiful items which were given to the late David Campbell, who was the Duke of Windsor’s valet in the 1950’s, and who passed them on to his young niece to ‘play dressing up with.’
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THE INTERVIEW had barely begun, but already Oliver Sweeney was at it. Before I realised quite what was going on, he was squeezing the arch of the shoe on my left foot, asking, in the manner of a solicitous doctor, how they felt. ‘They’re OK, are they? You’re putting some black polish on them?’

Sweeney had reason to be interested in my shoes. The pair I was wearing were designed by him. I bought them in Harrods a year ago, for the giant sum of pounds 195 (it took months to summon up the courage to spend that sort of money). I do not regret the purchase. Twelve months on, people still ask me if they are new: they are pounds 195 worth of solid, enduring craftsmanship from a man reckoned by many in the business to be the finest designer in the world of classic with a twist men’s shoes.

The problem is that few of us are prepared to pay that sort of sum regularly: I had my next purchase of a pair of Oliver Sweeney’s marked down for sometime in the late Nineties. Which is why the best fashion news for men this spring is that Sweeney is launching a lower priced range, called Sweeney’s, making his shoes accessible to many more customers.

The shoes are going into the shops next week and bring his prices down to a more realistic level: hand

antiqued oak coloured calf semi brogues for pounds 95; tobacco suede monk straps and sand suede Chelsea boots, both pounds 110.

Sweeney, now 37, learnt his trade at McAfee, the bespoke and stock shoemakers, where his enthusiasm became an obsession. ‘I loved handmade shoes. At McAfee, I never wanted the shoes to go out to the customers. I could handle them, look at them, for hours.’

When Sweeney set up his own company in 1989, he began developing his techniques with the aim of creating a kind of ‘demi bespoke’ product: shoes that were factory made but of a quality reminiscent of the bespoke pairs worn by the likes of Cary Grant and James Stewart. So Sweeney’s shoes are sold ‘off the shelf’ but each customer should feel he is buying and wearing a bespoke product.

The key, perhaps, is the hand finishing the polishing, brushing and staining which gives exceptional character to the leather, turning a plain brown into a deep rich polished wood brown, quite unlike any shoe available in the high street stores. Sweeney encourages his customers to rub black polish into their brown shoes. ‘I hate bland colours,’ he says.

He has also developed his own last which, he claims, fits eight out of 10 men. His shoes are elegant and nostalgically narrow in appearance, but with sufficient width to fit the wider feet of today. He believes a shoe should support the arch of the foot properly, so he adds a deliberate hint of pressure at this point of the shoe to hold the arch in position. ‘People complain of tired feet when their arches drop,’ he says. ‘Proper support can actually strengthen the arches.’

Sweeney needs little encouragement to launch into a masterclass of shoe design. The heels, for example, are made from leather with dovetail quarter rubber tips, and a line of brass pins so that the foot does not slip. His ‘Storm’ Derby, a plain shoe with a rubber sole, is more hard wearing, but even here the inner layer (the insole) is made of leather, allowing the foot to breathe and also enabling it to sink into the base, forming an outline of the underside of the foot.

Sweeney is a romantic as well as a technician. He calls his shoe styles after the cinema greats. Bogarde is the name for his semi brogue. Then there is Connery, the plain Oxford; McQueen, the Storm Derby; Pacino, the full brogue; Poitier, the brogue Cambridge; and Redford, the chukka boot.

He lives a romantic, semi nomadic existence: partly in London, where he sells his shoes to retailers from all over the world; partly abroad, where he hunts down factories that will make the shoes at a competitive price; and partly on the edge of Dartmoor, where he retreats to ponder over a new collection and look out on a garden full of old shoes with plants growing out of them.

The interview was over, but Sweeney had not done yet. He was looking downwards again at my (his) shoes. ‘They’re all right, are they? You sure you’re using the black polish?’

He looked quite anxious, genuinely concerned. So the first thing I did when I got home was pull out the black polish and work it into those shoes.

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About Sharif. It’s not the same old bag! Sharif designs are created with you in mind: the woman who likes to stand out in a crowd, appear just a tad unusual and surprise her friends with the unexpected. Incorporating silk blends with stretch fabrics, her fashions give you the look of glamour with comfort and ease. Susan’s styles are often accented with removable ornamentation, so they transition easily from day into eveningwear. You’re the star wearing Hot in Hollywood fashions! Inspired by the style of today’s hottest celebrities as glimpsed at big screen premieres and exclusive private parties, Hot in Hollywood products feature the latest in fashion conscious designs and glamorous accessories. A top celebrity fashion stylist for the past 20 years, Wayne Scot Lukas is renowned for his knowledge of fit, color, balance and design. His personal knowledge of “real women’s fashion needs” makes him invaluable to the customers at HSN. His HSN exclusive techno fabric fashion basics line features everything from dresses and jackets to cropped trousers and stylish hoodies. Wayne’s expertise in trend spotting and body shape issues put him in great demand. Easy care, full grain leather uppers and other natural fabrications help provide an earthy, all natural look and feel. Shoes feature handsewn opanka construction, an old European technique that handstitches the upper leather sock lining and the sole simultaneously for exceptional flexibility. Perforated leather sock linings keep your feet dryer and cooler. And the Trampoline Bounce Back Cushioning System makes you feel like you’re walking on air! soon to our FlippNout store!
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