Three Ethical Retailers For Your Next Sustainable Fashion Purchase

Think of your most recent clothing purchase: do you know where it was manufactured, whether the people who made it were treated fairly, whether any animals were harmed or the environmental impact of its production?

Though most people couldn’t answer these questions, there’s an increasing proportion of consumers that are becoming conscious of what they’re buying.

Ethical spending now accounts for £81.3 billion of the UK retail market, according to Ethical Consumer, and KPMG’s latest annual retail survey noted that almost 20% of shoppers were drawn to retailers that they know ethically source their goods.

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Think of your most recent clothing purchase: do you know where it was manufactured, whether the people who made it were treated fairly, whether any animals were harmed or the environmental impact of its production?

Though most people couldn’t answer these questions, there’s an increasing proportion of consumers that are becoming conscious of what they’re buying.

Ethical spending now accounts for £81.3 billion of the UK retail market, according to Ethical Consumer, and KPMG’s latest annual retail survey noted that almost 20% of shoppers were drawn to retailers that they know ethically source their goods.

Although high street brands such as H&M and Zara have launched conscious lines, shoppers who are clued up on sustainability are growing frustrated with fast fashion brands who only dip into the ethical retail world.

Instead, these are three retailers who provide conscious consumers with a huge selection of clothes, accessories and more, all of which is produced ethically and sustainably.

Gather & See

Every ethical shopper is different: one might care more about the workers behind the products; another might be concerned about buying only environmentally-friendly items.

s such as H&M and Zara have launched conscious lines, shoppers who are clued up on sustainability are growing frustrated with fast fashion brands who only dip into the ethical retail world.

Instead, these are three retailers who provide conscious consumers with a huge selection of clothes, accessories and more, all of which is produced ethically and sustainably.

Gather & See

Every ethical shopper is different: one might care more about the workers behind the products; another might be concerned about buying only environmentally-friendly items.

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Fashion for a cause

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Maija Onzule models at the Fashion for a Cure event in Queenstown on Thursday night.

The fourth annual Queenstown Fashion for a Cure event was held at The Grille.

Hundreds of people packed in to the venue see the fashions.

The event supports Breast Cancer Cure, a charity that fundraises for research to find a cure for breast cancer.

Fashion for a Cure started in Auckland and has spread around the country.

Breast Cancer Cure general manager Phillipa Green said last year’s show in Queenstown raised a record $90,000.

This year’s event, hosted by Shane Cortese, featured fashion from top designers Trelise Cooper, Storm, RUBY, Zambesi and Kathryn Wilson Footwear.

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A guide on global online shopping for Indian buyers

It may not be as simple to shop from a global e-commerce website as it is from familiar online retail firms like Flipkart or Amazon India. Photo: iStock

It may not be as simple to shop from a global e-commerce website as it is from familiar online retail firms like Flipkart or Amazon India. Photo: iStock

Are you bored of your gaming console, and want to switch to Nintendo Switch? Or have you been eyeing that premium Harrods bag, or the latest collection from Saint Laurent or beauty products from Glossier? One way is to buy these global brands, not available in India, on your next trip abroad, the other is to hand a list to your NRI relatives. If you can’t wait that long, there’s always the option of shopping online from global e-commerce websites that ship internationally.

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Of course, there’s a cost attached to it, which many Indian shoppers don’t seem to mind paying, given the quality and choice. According to a report published by logistics firm DHL, The 21st century spice trade: A guide to the cross-border e-commerce opportunity, which quotes the Google Consumer Barometer, what drives consumers in less mature e-commerce markets like India to shop cross-border is better quality, broader range and trustworthiness. According to the report, 42% of surveyed Indian respondents said they shop from websites abroad due to better quality of products, while 37% liked the available offers. Electronic items (55%) and fashion apparels (45%) are among top purchases by Indian consumers, followed by beauty products and cosmetics (26%) and toys (20%).

But it may not be as simple to shop from a global e-commerce site as it is from familiar online retail firms like Flipkart or Amazon India—there are charges to take care of and payment and shipping options to consider. We hand-hold you through the hiccups and tell you smart ways to reduce your costs.

THE CHARGES

Shipping charges: While we are used to one-day free delivery option from most domestic e-commerce sites, ordering products from an international website typically attracts shipping charges. There are various factors that determine how costly the shipping is going to be. “Shipping charges are calculated based on factors like weight, dimension of the product, origin-destination, duties and taxes, insurance as applicable, and the service type (express takes 2-3 days, economy takes 5-15 days and postal takes 15-30 days),” said R.S. Subramanian, country manager, DHL Express India. Most global e-commerce websites have preferential rate agreements with a particular courier company and the same is displayed upfront at checkout.

Customs duty: All products, if imported for personal purposes, attract basic customs duty of 10%. On top of that, you also have to pay goods and services tax (GST) depending on the slab rate fixed by the government. Check the import customs tariff of various commodities here. While some websites might levy local taxes to be paid in your country in advance, some collect the customs duty upon delivery.

“Basic customs duty is 10% on majority of the products. It’s levied on the CIF (cost, insurance and freight) value. If you are purchasing something online, the CIF value will be mostly put up by the courier company; their cost generally includes insurance, too,” said Bipin Sapra, tax partner, EY.

However, the customs officer takes into account the “assessable value” when calculating the duty. “Generally, the assessable value and CIF value are the same and the customs duty is imposed on such value. Assessable value is self-assessed by the importer and is accepted by the customs officer. In case, such value is rejected by the customs officer, then the officer may determine the value as per applicable rules,” said Suresh Nandlal Rohira, partner, Grant Thornton India LLP. The CIF value may sometimes get rejected by the customs officer if she has any reason to believe that the product has been undervalued by the sender.

“Online shoppers should take care that the products ordered online by them are imported through courier and used for personal purpose to avail the concessional rate of 10% basic custom duty,” added Rohira.

Currency conversion: Websites usually list products in their local currency (say US dollar or British pound). The rupee is not one of the strongest currencies globally and hence conversion rates might spike up the charges.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Most international websites only accept credit cards, payments via Paypal account or Amex cards. Domestic debit/credit cards that are not enabled for international transactions may also not work on international portals.

However, debit cards of some banks might work for international transactions. So check with your bank if your debit card can be used to shop internationally. If not, ensure you either have a Paypal account or a Visa or Mastercard credit card.

SMART WAYS TO REDUCE COSTS

Compare prices with package forwarding sites: If you are shopping for multiple items, package forwarding websites like Borderlinx, Shipito, and Shop and Ship may help you save some money.

Once you sign up, these sites will give you access to local warehouse addresses of different countries, for a fee. Just shop from any website and enter this local package forwarding address during checkout. After receiving the product from the e-commerce portal at their warehouse, they repackage and consolidate items into one package (in case of multiple items) and also help reduce the weight and size. They also work for those looking for brands that are shipped only domestically, say within the US.

While they may work for multiple items and in a situation where the main website doesn’t ship to India, they can turn out to be expensive otherwise because they have steep shipping costs. So make use of these services only if you really need the product and are willing to pay a premium on it. Compare costs before going for it.

Look for cheaper currency: You can also save at the time of currency conversion. You can get slight advantages by checking if the product is available on another country’s portal, say the US or Europe, where conversion rates might be slightly better. “Customers should do their research to not just see what the listed price is but also what the delivered price is going to be,” said Sapra.

However, “customs duty would remain the same for that product regardless of the country (you order the product from),” said Rohira.

Look for offers: One way to avoid the shipping charge is by shopping when the websites come up with offers of free international shipping during festive or sale seasons. Many sites also waive off the charges on a minimum order amount.

While Indian consumers are willing to pay extra if they can find quality products online, shipping charges and customs duty often make the products 40-50% more expensive than the listed price. So research well. Last but not the least, be careful of online fraud and only shop from reliable websites.

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We compared online shopping at Costco and Boxed, the ‘Costco for millennials,’ and one had a clear advantage over the other

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Costco’s website has a lot to offer, but it can be tricky to navigate.
  • Costco and Boxed are both bulk retailers that sell pretty much everything.
  • Boxed has been called the “Costco for millennials” because it’s an online-exclusive store with mobile ordering and speedy delivery. Costco also has an online store and mobile ordering, but its prices can be as much as 20% more there than in the physical warehouse stores.
  • Costco shoppers can shop online without a membership, but a 5% surcharge is applied at checkout.
  • The websites themselves have some obvious differences, and we found that one was much easier to use than the other.

Costco and Boxed – the so-called “Costco for millennials” – sell everything and anything in bulk.

Unlike Costco, Boxed is digitally native. It has mobile ordering and one-to-three-day delivery. It also offers free two-day shipping if you spend more than $49, and it doesn’t require a membership to make a purchase.

Costco has an online store in addition to its physical warehouses, but products across all categories tend to cost more online than in stores. Though the website allows shoppers to order from Costco without paying for a $60 annual membership, a 5% surcharge is applied at checkout. However, Costco has been taking some steps to reach more millennial shoppers, like offering two-day delivery through Costco Grocery and one-day delivery through a partnership with Instacart.

One of the most clear differences between Costco and Boxed is that Boxed members don’t need to pay an annual fee to access the savings. But the company did recently launch Boxed Up, a premium service that costs $49 a year and provides shoppers with perks like free shipping on orders over $20, 2% cashback rewards, and price matching with competitors.

Both websites offer major savings for bulk shoppers, but upon trying both, I found one was easier to use than the other. See what it’s like to shop at each:

Costco was the first site I went to. On the homepage were members-only savings deals, buyers’ picks, and a selection of different featured products in a variety of categories.

Costco was the first site I went to. On the homepage were members-only savings deals, buyers' picks, and a selection of different featured products in a variety of categories.

It was hugely different from the Boxed homepage, which was very simple and sleek. Scrolling down on the Boxed homepage, there were links leading to more information about bow Boxed gives back to different causes.

It was hugely different from the Boxed homepage, which was very simple and sleek. Scrolling down on the Boxed homepage, there were links leading to more information about bow Boxed gives back to different causes.

Costco had far more departments on its website, but it was cluttered and hard to navigate compared to Boxed.

Costco had far more departments on its website, but it was cluttered and hard to navigate compared to Boxed.

Boxed had a cleaner look. Though there weren’t quite as many categories, it was easy to find everything because the existing categories were pretty broad.

Boxed had a cleaner look. Though there weren't quite as many categories, it was easy to find everything because the existing categories were pretty broad.

The grocery page on Costco’s site, for example, is divided into 18 further categories such as pantry goods, packaged goods, snacks, and cookies. There were a ton of categories, but they were all very broad.

The grocery page on Costco's site, for example, is divided into 18 further categories such as pantry goods, packaged goods, snacks, and cookies. There were a ton of categories, but they were all very broad.

The Boxed grocery landing page is much more user-friendly. The homepage lists popular products, and on the lefthand side are categories like salty snacks, chocolate and candy, condiments and spices, and other more specific categories. Products can also be sorted by brand on both websites, and both offer two-day delivery.

The Boxed grocery landing page is much more user-friendly. The homepage lists popular products, and on the lefthand side are categories like salty snacks, chocolate and candy, condiments and spices, and other more specific categories. Products can also be sorted by brand on both websites, and both offer two-day delivery.

Comparing prices isn’t an exact science. For example, both sites sold Tide laundry detergent. Boxed sold a 150 oz. package for $19.99, and Costco sold a 200 oz. package for $28.99. The price was higher, but you were getting more for what you paid.

Comparing prices isn't an exact science. For example, both sites sold Tide laundry detergent. Boxed sold a 150 oz. package for $19.99, and Costco sold a 200 oz. package for $28.99. The price was higher, but you were getting more for what you paid.

Costco: 200 oz. for $28.99Boxed: 150 oz. for $19.99

As for the snacks, the prices seemed to be a little bit higher throughout Costco’s site.

As for the snacks, the prices seemed to be a little bit higher throughout Costco's site.

Costco’s private label, Kirkland Signature, was an exception to this. Boxed also has a private label, called Prince & Spring, but it was almost always more expensive than Kirkland Signature for identical products. A 27 oz. jar of almond butter from the brands’ respective private labels, for example, was $3 more expensive from Boxed than from Costco.

Costco's private label, Kirkland Signature, was an exception to this. Boxed also has a private label, called Prince & Spring, but it was almost always more expensive than Kirkland Signature for identical products. A 27 oz. jar of almond butter from the brands' respective private labels, for example, was $3 more expensive from Boxed than from Costco.

Costco: $8.79Boxed: $11.99

Both sites have a service for booking hotels, with prices typically starting around $100 a night. Costco had more luxury hotels that surpassed $700 a night, while the highest rates on Boxed were around $600. But Boxed was much easier to navigate than Costco — you couldn’t even see hotel prices on Costco without entering a membership number.

Both sites have a service for booking hotels, with prices typically starting around $100 a night. Costco had more luxury hotels that surpassed $700 a night, while the highest rates on Boxed were around $600. But Boxed was much easier to navigate than Costco — you couldn't even see hotel prices on Costco without entering a membership number.

In fact, nothing could be purchased from Costco’s website without a membership, unless you’re willing to pay a 5% surcharge on your purchase. A membership starts at $60 annually, with an executive membership costing $120 annually. The executive membership offers perks like 2% cash back on purchases.

In fact, nothing could be purchased from Costco's website without a membership, unless you're willing to pay a 5% surcharge on your purchase. A membership starts at $60 annually, with an executive membership costing $120 annually. The executive membership offers perks like 2% cash back on purchases.

The membership service at Boxed is optional. It’s structured similarly to Amazon Prime, offering free two-day shipping on orders over $20, price matching with competitors, and 2% cash back on purchases. It costs $49 annually.

The membership service at Boxed is optional. It's structured similarly to Amazon Prime, offering free two-day shipping on orders over $20, price matching with competitors, and 2% cash back on purchases. It costs $49 annually.

The shipping policies are also slightly different. Costco offers free two-day shipping for orders over $75 …

The shipping policies are also slightly different. Costco offers free two-day shipping for orders over $75 ...

… and Boxed offers free two-day shipping for orders over $49. With Boxed Up, shoppers only need to spend $20 for free two-day shipping. On Boxed, you don’t have to spend as much to get the perks.

... and Boxed offers free two-day shipping for orders over $49. With Boxed Up, shoppers only need to spend $20 for free two-day shipping. On Boxed, you don't have to spend as much to get the perks.

Overall, the Boxed website was much easier to use than the Costco website. Even though the Costco website offered the same treasure-hunt experience that its stores do, it was difficult to browse for products, and the deals weren’t as good as in stores. Boxed also makes it easier to get perks like free shipping and 2% cash back.

Overall, the Boxed website was much easier to use than the Costco website. Even though the Costco website offered the same treasure-hunt experience that its stores do, it was difficult to browse for products, and the deals weren't as good as in stores. Boxed also makes it easier to get perks like free shipping and 2% cash back.

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For shoes that fit your style

For shoes that fit your style

For shoes that fit your style

Glam up your look with trendy shoes that can add to your personality. From mules to stacked heels, experts suggest many options.

Shreyasi Pathak, Stylist at Vajor and Harkirat Singh, MD at Woodland list down some top trends. Lace-up Espadrilles: If you want to update your casual summer outfit, add espadrilles to the mix.

Available in different colours, patterns and styles they can work with any style and look. Laced up espadrilles are ideal to add extra chic vibe to your outfit, these espadrille wedges with back tie-ups and suede finish are sure to make lasting impressions. They are casual yet classy!

Mules: Mules are backless shoes, and can be worn with pretty much everything. It can be paired with slim leg pants that hits above the ankle. A popping hued pair of mules can be beautifully worn with a muted dress and a sling bag to get a perfect balanc

This style makes it a go-to choice for any evening event! This is an ideal style for summers because of its breezy, effortless feel and iconic presence in every known fashion figure’s shoe closet.

Stacked heels: The short stacked heel has been doing the rounds since last spring and is a great staple footwear. Frequently seen in a wooden heel, these shoes are comfortable yet give that extra height. Stacked heels are perfect for both day and night looks! You can wear it with wide leg linen pants or denim for the day look. While you can opt for the fun printed midi skirt for your night look.

Boho sandals: For a more elaborate bohemian look, such sandals are your go-to choice. Embellished and embroidered, these strappy sandals keep your feet stylish and comfortable at the same time.

High top sneakers: High-tops have been around since forever and serve numerous purposes. The trick to styling such statement sneakers is to play down your rest of the outfit a bit, just straight fit jeans and regular looking t-shirt will do. And also, they are ideal kicks for off duty looks.

Slip-ons: Slip-ons are favourable choice for summers. They are very easy to wear and they look extremely stylish with any casual outfit. Go ahead and experiment them with desirable colour combinations this season.

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Best slip-on shoes for men 2018: from Gucci to Vans

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If you’ve navigated your way to a round-up of the best slip-on shoes for men, chances are you’re a busy sort, which is lucky, because our list of the top laceless options in the shops right now not only saves you browsing time, but shoe-tying time too.

  • Whether you’re whipping a Rolls or a Renault, a gentleman’s shoe wardrobe is never complete without a pair of the very best driving shoes
  • If you know it’s a loafer you’re after, check out our list of the best loafers
  • Something for indoors, sir? These are our best slippers for men, for cosy toes and impeccable style

King of the slip-on shoes, and one that’s been making a huge resurgence lately, is the lordly loafer.

Not as dandyish or difficult to pull off as you might at first think, loafers can be amazingly comfortable but also smart enough to wear to work as well as out for dinner afterwards.

It’s with that in mind that we crown the Paul Smith Glynn Suede Penny Loafers our best men’s slip on shoes.

For their versatility and sumptuous luxury construction, they’re hard to beat, but for a more casual look, there are laid-back Vans slip-ons, retro Gucci loafers, and more.

The best men's slip on shoes

1. PAUL SMITH GLYNN SUEDE PENNY LOAFERS

A smart suede loafer that takes you from desk to drinks to… well, anywhere

SPECIFICATIONS
Best for: The office
Material: Suede
Size: 6-12
REASONS TO BUY
+Premium suede upper+Soft leather insole
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A slip-on shoe that’s smart enough to wear to the office? It’s the holy grail of footwear, surely, but it’s not as hard to find as you might think.

These Paul Smith loafers are our best slip on shoes for work thanks to their sleek almond shape and premium construction: buttery soft suede, supple leather insoles that are said to make breaking in as painless as possible, and an overall minimal design that really shows off the quality build.

TODS Gomma Rafia Suede Skate Shoes

2. TODS GOMMA RAFIA SUEDE SKATE SHOES

Part espadrille, part skate shoe, part loafer, all awesome

SPECIFICATIONS
Best for: Premium skate shoes
Material: Suede
Size: 6-10
REASONS TO BUY
+Suede for a luxurious twist+Espadrille-style detailing
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For a new twist on the espadrille, these TODS shoes hit the mark for casual weekend wear.

Their streamlined shape and premium suede upper leaves them looking a little closer to a loafer than you’d reckon for a skate shoe, but with just a hint of raffia for that classic espadrille style, a chunkier sole and a striped ribbon trim just off the vamp, they strike just the right balance: a throw-on-and-go shoe that still looks polished.

Vans Classic Black Slip-On Trainers

3. VANS CLASSIC BLACK SLIP-ON TRAINERS

Whether for grinding rails or Saturdays at the garden centre, these Vans shoes always look iconic

SPECIFICATIONS
Best for: Small feet
Material: Textile
Size: 3-8
REASONS TO BUY
+Ultra-comfortable rubber soles+Contrasting stitching for interest
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Former skaters, rejoice. While we’re big proponents of the idea that you can’t age out of the Vans slip-on, if it’s a more grown-up look you’re after, we suggest foregoing the checkerboard and trying these all-black slip-ons instead.

This unisex shoe’s style is still iconic, the chunky rubber sole is still as comfy as you remember, and it’s still a thrill to be repping that little label, but with the added bonus of having a match-all shoe for off-duty dressing.

Gucci Roos Horsebit Embroidered Leather And Checked Tweed Loafers

4. GUCCI ROOS HORSEBIT EMBROIDERED LEATHER AND CHECKED TWEED LOAFERS

They’re not just for Sloane Rangers anymore

SPECIFICATIONS
Best for: Designer
Material: Goat leather, tweed
Size: 5-13
REASONS TO BUY
+New twist on a classic shoe+Luxury leather upper
TODAY’S BEST DEALS

Now that fashion bloggers aren’t old enough to remember yuppies, we think it’s probably safe to channel ‘80s power dressing again, and a great place to start is with these Gucci Roos.

There’s a lot to be said for the classic one-colour horsebit loafer, of course, but it’s back for 2018 with a brand new twist courtesy of a flashy checked tweed upper, and it ticks a lot of boxes. Use to brighten up a monochrome ensemble, or pattern clash, if you’re feeling brave enough.

Polo Ralph Lauren Thompson 2 Pique Slip On

5. POLO RALPH LAUREN THOMPSON 2 PIQUE SLIP ON

No-rub and breathable, these are our best summer slip-ons

SPECIFICATIONS
Best for: Style and comfort
Material: Textile, leather
Size: 6-11
REASONS TO BUY
+Breathable pique upper+Cushioned collar
TODAY’S BEST DEALS

Vans not quite your speed? For those of a preppier disposition, there’s a great alternative in the form of these Polo Ralph Lauren slip on shoes.

They come in a refined navy and tan colourway, with leather branding at the heel that’s both flash and functional, forming part of the padded colour intended to keep the shoe from rubbing, and the upper is a breathable pique textured for interest.

The elasticated inserts make it easy to squeeze your foot in and keep it there – oh, and it’s got a ruddy great horse on it.

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Is it the shoes? For pro golfers, the choice is crucial

Image result for SPT-LPGA23p-7Each golf course is a six- or seven-mile walk, so professional golfers must be comfortable in their own shoes. And in the case of Lexi Thompson at the Marathon Classic last year, style is important as well.

Each golf course is a six- or seven-mile walk, so professional golfers must be comfortable in their own shoes. And in the case of Lexi Thompson at the Marathon Classic last year, style is important as well.

One of golf’s sacred rules is players can only use 14 clubs.

But for professionals, a 15th club on their feet can be as important as a putter or an extra wedge: golf shoes.

While weekend hackers nationwide simply drive to their local sporting goods store, try on the newest pair of Nikes, FootJoys, or New Balances and head to the cash register, professionals go through rigorous testing and research before they pick their footwear.

“Every aspect of design and development has changed,” said Chris Garrett, director of consumer marketing at FootJoy. “It’s really limitless.”

An 18-hole round on a championship golf course usually translates into a six- or seven-mile walk. That doesn’t include time spent on the driving range and putting green. In all, professional golfers spend about eight hours per day in their shoes. Comfort is king.

When FootJoy was founded in 1857, shoes were straightlined so you could wear them on either foot. The company manufactured boots for Union soldiers during the Civil War, ushering in right-foot and left-foot specific boots and shoes. The technological advances of the past 20 years dwarf what occurred the previous 130 years.

“Comfort is the first thing,” said Dottie Ardina, who splits her time between the LPGA and Symetra Tours. “My favorites are the FootJoy Emerges because there’s a cushion, as long they’re white. I like white golf shoes. And I like them with plastic spikes. The spikeless ones are slippery.”

Shoes can be tailored to a player’s swing and the elements that make them comfortable are cushioning in the heel and forefoot, as well as flexibility when bending the foot in a natural stride. Stability, mobility, and traction are the hallmarks.

“If it’s not comfortable, we don’t make it,” Garrett said.

Each week, tour reps from all the major footwear companies travel to stops on the LPGA, PGA, European, and Champions Tour events and cater to their clients. They communicate about discomfort, if the shoe is performing well, and if any adjustments need to be made. Then they pack up and go off to the next event.

“There are a lot of players who do consider footwear as equipment, so they take it very seriously and they’re very knowledgeable about it,” Garrett said. “There are players like Adam Scott who are very particular about their shoes. We’ll give him a new prototype pair of shoes, and he’ll walk us through all the features and benefits before we take him through them.”

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LPGA pro Brittany Lincicome designs her own shoes for FootJoy and goes through at least one pair per month. She prefers white shoes.

Brittany Lincicome designs her own shoes for FootJoy and goes through at least one pair per month. She used to wear BOAs, which do not tie and instead use an adjustable ball to twist the laces tight. During a tournament in South Korea, the ball on Lincocome’s shoes broke and she didn’t have an extra pair. A crisis was averted when a new pair of shoes was shipped to her.

“I can literally pull mine out of the box and wear them the next day, which is amazing,” Lincicome said. “I like the all-white ones because they go with every outfit. I used to color coordinate, but you’d have to travel with multiple pairs of shoes, and that’s too much work.”

The days of “shrink it and pink it,” when men’s shoes were made smaller and hues of pink were added to make them women’s shoes have long since passed. As the number of women’s golfers has surged in the past decade, so has the inventory and options for women’s golf shoes. Data indicates women buy more than double the amount of golf shoes than men, a statistic Ardina doesn’t disagree with.

“I feel like I have more golf shoes than sneakers,” she said.

If you’re watching a tour event and a pair of golf shoes catch your eye, 99 percent of the time you can find them at a national retailer. Golf clubs almost are universally fitted for professionals, but shoes come right off the shelf.

Amateurs enjoy the flashy looks and vibrant colors offered in today’s shoes. But even if they don’t realize it, their shoes are rarely the correct size. Consider it a nationwide epidemic.

“We do tens of thousands of fittings and no matter where we do it or how often we do it, 70 percent of people are wearing the wrong size shoe, which is pretty remarkable,” said Garrett, noting golfers usually pick a size too big.

Another disconnect between pros and amateurs is spikes. Take a poll of friends at your local track this weekend, and you’re likely to find that a majority are wearing spikeless shoes. Old-fashioned single metal spikes are dwindling, but there remains a sizeable contingent of players who still wear some form of a metal spike. It’s often a soft spike with a metal nail in the middle.

“You don’t want to slip,” said Leticia Ras-Anderica, who estimated she goes through seven pairs of shoes per season. “I’ve used FootJoy since I was little. They’re just so comfortable. It’s really important. You can slip, and it affects your swing and your shot.”

Lincicome is another player who bypasses spikeless shoes because of the slip factor. The spikeless shoe phenomenon began in 2010, when Fred Couples wore a pair of Ecco Golf Street shoes at the Masters. The man who personifies cool sent sales of the casual shoes soaring.

Mel Reid could be considered the Fred Couples of the LPGA Tour. She’s a low-stress personality who makes everything look hip. The United Kingdom native has a casual style that translates on and off the golf course.

“I’m not a massive fan of golf shoes, so I think it’s important that you can walk off the golf course and have dinner with friends,” said Reid, who wears Nike shoes. “Obviously, you need traction too. Golf is getting modernized a bit, and I feel like people need to walk off the golf course and not have to change their shoes.”

Reid cycles through a pair of shoes every month and makes sure to coordinate them with the proper outfit. She’s never experienced an issue with slipping in spikeless shoes, and actually used to practice in Vans because she found them more comfortable than golf shoes.

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Ditch Your Stripes For These 4 Fun Prints This Winter

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Ditch Your Stripes For These 4 Fun Prints This Winter

Don’t let your print game get boring this season

The chilly season is just weeks away and you’re still wearing tropical patterns and polka dots? No can do! Like the rest of your wardrobe, you better update your prints and give your usual choices a much-needed break. The best way to do that is by picking from these 4 prints to try this winter.

As the trees shed their leaves all around, show solidarity with the Ziory Leaf Print Scarf. The Georgette silk blend has a lightly hued leaf print in blue and red tones, which is extremely autumn appropriate. It is available for Rs 695 from Rs 999. Shop here.

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Scarf from Ziory

A chic choice for the season is definitely camouflage. The Imagica Camouflage Hot Shorts come in the rugged print and are sure to add a funky touch with a solid black t-shirt. It is available for Rs 600 from Rs 750. Shop here.

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Just Sonam Kapoor Shopping For A Snack Wearing A Stunning Saree. See Throwback Pic

Just Sonam Kapoor Shopping For A Snack Wearing A Stunning Saree. See Throwback Pic

Sonam Kapoor was last seen Sanju (Courtesy sonamkapoor)

Actress Sonam Kapoor took a trip down the memory lane and fished out a BTS photo of herself from the sets of PadMan. Sharing the throwback memory on Instagram, Soman captioned the photo: “Shoots make me hungry.” She accompanied the post with hashtags “#ThrowbackThursday” and “#BTSPadMan”. In the photo, Sonam, draped in a saree, can be seen scouting the shelves of a departmental store to grab a quick snack between the shots. “Sonam reaching out for some chips,” It’s making me hungry too,” and “Shopping time,” are some of the comments on the photo. Sonam Kapoor’s photo has been liked by over 224,794 fans in less than five hours

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Childish Gambino photographed at Auckland powhiri for Pharos festival

Donald Glover has arrived in New Zealand ahead of his Pharos festival this weekend, and has been photographed at the event’s venue.

The entertainer, who performs hip-hop under the Childish Gambino moniker, received a powhiri from iwi representatives at the Tapapakanga Regional Park on Friday

One of those involved in the official welcome was artist Janine Williams, who captured the moment on her Instagram account.

“Had the honour of being part of the powhiri as mana whenua for the Pharos event onto our whenua today at Tāpapakanga Regional Park,” she said in the caption.

“A show designed especially for this venue, it’s going to be an amazing weekend!”

In a video posted to Williams’ Instagram Story, Glover appears to be wearing a kahu huruhuru and pounamu – along with a massive grin.

In another video, Glover signs a painting of himself, which is credited as having been created by Paul Walsh.

Pharos is an annual event that was launched last year in Joshua Tree, California, before Glover chose to hold the second in Aotearoa.

He describes the festival as “a gathering of the five intuitives of the human experience: tribe, ritual, experience abstraction, architecture, language”.

“Be helpful. Do not be a detriment. No irony.”

The festival’s official website advises attendees to dress in their “frequency colour”, but notes that the dress code is not mandatory.

The Tapapakanga Regional Park location is on the outskirts of the Auckland region, where the Splore music festival also takes place.

Some tickets are still available to the R18, three-day event.

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