1. A brief, scandalous history of high heels

    How a standard footwear for 16th-century Persian horsemen became “fashion’s most provocative accessory”



  3. Astronauts, marathoners, and smartphone users (read: everyone) say “Thanks, technology!”

    Listen to all of The Week’s mini-podcasts here.


  4. From The 4 worst job-hunting tips of all time:

    "Go to a discount shoe store and buy a good pair of loafers on sale.” Then put one shoe in a box “with a card that says ‘Now that I have one shoe in the door, let me introduce myself…’” Mail it to prospective employers and wait for the job offers to come pouring in.




  6. It’s insensitive to market a $300 shoe to kids and teenagers [when] people are going back to school and struggling to buy school supplies. This is not food, this is not rent, it’s a single pair of sneakers.” —Marc Morial, head of the National Urban League, a major civil-rights group.

    Nike is hoping that when it says jump, you’ll say how high. The company is preparing to debut the 10th edition of its LeBron James line of sneakers at a suggested retail price of $315, making them the costliest pair of shoes the company has ever produced.

    Keep reading…


  7. For those who have everything: The limited-edition Indulgence No. 5 Nike Dunks are dipped in 24-karat gold.

    Only five pairs are being made.


  8. Can’t be barefoot all the time? This might be the next best thing. You can get the feeling of walking barefoot in a grassy field wherever you go with Kusa flip-flops, Australian-made knockabouts lined with high-quality synthetic turf that has “the look and feel” of the real grass. Check ‘em out.