Shaquille O’Neal partners with Skechers on basketball shoes for children

Shaquille O’Neal has partnered with Skechers on a line of basketball shoes for children.The retired professional basketball icon is no stranger to the footwear business, having worked with sportswear giant Reebok since 1992 and developed the popular Sh…

Shaquille O’Neal has partnered with Skechers on a line of basketball shoes for children.

The retired professional basketball icon is no stranger to the footwear business, having worked with sportswear giant Reebok since 1992 and developed the popular Shaq Attaq sneaker.

Now, O’Neal has put his knowledge to work on the Shaq by Skechers collection – the first-ever range of kids’ athletic footwear designed especially for the basketball court under the Skechers Kids brand.

“I think kids are going to love the way the new styles look, and they’ll love playing in them even more,” the basketballer said in a statement. “These boys and girls might not be dunking yet, but I can’t wait to see them posting up in their new Shaq by Skechers footwear!”

The Shaq by Skechers collection’s core styles will be available in three colourways and utilise leather and knitted upper options plus lightweight midsoles and rubber outsoles for grip and durability. The mid-height sneakers have a lace-up closure, with one of the designs offering a wide single strap for an adjustable fit. All styles in the line feature the iconic dunking Shaq logo.

“This all-new children’s basketball collection is an important addition to our offering, so it’s only fitting that we’re launching with the help of one of the biggest and best players in NBA history,” added Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. “Fans everywhere continue to enjoy Shaq’s enthusiasm for the sport, so we know kids will be excited to wear his shoes while on the court or at play. We couldn’t ask for a better ambassador to help us bring athletic footwear to elementary and middle schoolers in a new and exciting way.”

The Shaq by Skechers basketball footwear collection is now available to buy at Skechers stores across the U.S. and on the brand’s website. The range will drop in Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Israel later this year.

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Victoria Beckham on her no-go wedding shoe

Victoria Beckham believes flat shoes are appropriate wedding attire – with one exception.The designer is the cover star of Vogue Australia’s latest issue (Nov18), and she has teamed up with the publication to front an online segment titled ‘What Would …

Victoria Beckham believes flat shoes are appropriate wedding attire – with one exception.

The designer is the cover star of Vogue Australia’s latest issue (Nov18), and she has teamed up with the publication to front an online segment titled ‘What Would Victoria Beckham Do?’ on its Instagram page. Fashion fans were given the chance to put their most pressing questions to her, and one wondered whether she felt it was appropriate to wear a flat shoe to a formal wedding ceremony.

“Absolutely,” the 44-year-old insisted. “Just make sure it’s not a flip flop.”

Though the fashion mogul was well known for her towering stiletto heels when she launched her eponymous label 10 years ago, she has adopted a more laid back approach to footwear as of late, most recently unveiling a relaxed yet tailored spring 2019 collection full of low-heeled boots. She even embraced the sneaker trend in April when she teamed up with Reebok and basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal to launch a ’90s-inspired sportswear collection, and has grown to love pairing the casual shoe with designer garments.

“It’s cool and it looks effortless. You can change your whole look if you throw on a trainer,” she told Footwear News when she debuted the collection.

Elsewhere in the Q&A video with Vogue Australia, Beckham suggested mixing vintage and high street pieces in order to look chic on a budget, and was adamant that you are never too old to wear backless clothing.

“I think you’ve just got to be fit and you’ve got to be confident,” she smiled.

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Victoria Beckham hates sportswear with heels

Victoria Beckham would never wear sporty clothes with a high heel.The designer recently created a new ’90s inspired Reebok collection in collaboration with basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal, and debuted her latest line at an event in Los Angeles last Th…

Victoria Beckham would never wear sporty clothes with a high heel.

The designer recently created a new ’90s inspired Reebok collection in collaboration with basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal, and debuted her latest line at an event in Los Angeles last Thursday (12Apr18). Though the former Spice Girl has become famous for her glamorous dresses and towering high heels, she believes pairing a stiletto with casual sportswear is a major fashion sin.

“That is one way that I don’t love sportswear, actually,” she explained in an interview with The Guardian. “I don’t love sportswear with a heel because it doesn’t look effortless and I think the whole point of bringing sportswear into the wardrobe is that it should look easy.”

Victoria’s new outlook marks a shift from her mindset back in 2007, where she donned a pair of white, wedge trainers when she was invited to throw the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game. However, the British fashion mogul is one of many designers to welcome the blending of sportswear and high fashion in recent years, and feels that this unfussy vibe is particularly appealing to modern buyers.

“I think people want to be comfortable,” the 44-year-old considered, adding that she likes to see her customers mix sporty pieces with classic tailoring where “it looks effortless as opposed to too contrived.”

Victoria also shared that her own love of exercise means she’s “wanted to create workout clothes for a long, long time.” And though she was the Posh Spice to Mel C’s Sporty in her girl band days, she insists she’d have liked to have been more active during the ’90s.

“I didn’t exercise as much as I do now when I was in the Spice Girls because there wasn’t the time to do it,” she said.

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