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Texas woman sentenced to life in stiletto-heel killing

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas jury sentenced a Houston woman on Friday to life in prison for stabbing her boyfriend to death with the 5-1/2-inch stiletto heel of her shoe during an argument after an alcohol-fueled night out last year. Ana Trujillo, 45, did not cry when the sentence was imposed. She was convicted on Tuesday of killing University of Houston professor Stefan Andersson, 59, who had been stabbed about two dozen times in the face and head during a drunken altercation at his upscale Houston condominium in June 2013.

Saskatchewan finance minister wearing tight shoes for tight budget

REGINA - Saskatchewan Finance Minister Ken Krawetz (KRAH'-vetz) is breaking with the tradition of getting new shoes for budget day and is instead wearing a pair of shoes that belonged to his late father. Krawetz says the shoes are a little tight — like the budget will be when it is tabled in the legislature Wednesday. The finance minister says revenue is down from last year, largely because the province is losing money due to the price gap between Canadian heavy oil and U.S. light oil. He says tough decisions had to be made to keep the budget balanced.

$500 Paul Smith designer 'chappals' amuse Pakistanis

A new sandal from designer Paul Smith based on a traditional Pakistani style has amused shopkeepers in its "hometown" Peshawar -- both for its $500 price tag and what they say is its outdated look. Pakistan's chattering classes took to social media on Monday to berate the fashion house for "stealing" the design of Peshawari chappals for its "Robert" sandal, priced at 300 pounds ($500).

Alberta finance minister buys 3 pairs of kid shoes prior to Thursday's budget

EDMONTON - Alberta's Doug Horner has unveiled a new twist on the tradition of finance ministers delivering the budget in new shoes. Horner says he's keeping his old shoes, but he showed off three pairs of tiny sneakers he is giving to his grandsons. He says the shoes represent how Thursday's budget will renew the government's pledge to build the province for future generations. Building that future has become a point contention between Premier Alison Redford's government and its critics.

As luxury market slows, accessories lead the way

With sales in the global luxury sector starting to slow, Italian shoes and handbags stand out as powerful growth engines as the middle classes in emerging economies indulge the urge to accessorise. Companies like Casadei and Furla, which showed off their latest collections at Milan Fashion Week alongside the catwalk shows, are reaping the benefits. "Our turnover grew by seven percent last year," family-owned Furla's chief executive Eraldo Poletto told AFP in an interview in his Milan showroom, showing off a line of pastel-coloured bags inspired by Japanese flower prints.

French revolution inspires rising Italian shoe brand

Italian luxury shoemaker Alberto Moretti unveiled his new collection in Milan on Saturday, with ruched collar designs, brassiere gold chains and macaroon patterns in a "rock" take on the style of France's last queen, Marie Antoinette. "She is a figure who can be interpreted in a thousand different ways," the dandyish 38-year-old designer, dressed in a red-checked jacket and leopard-skin loafers, told AFP in his showroom.

Eastman Footwear recalling thousands of children's shoes over risk of cutting yourself

WASHINGTON - Eastman Footwear is recalling 12,200 pairs of children's shoes because there's a risk of cutting yourself on them. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that the company is recalling Coleman Runestone shoes because the metal rivets where shoelaces are threaded can have sharp edges. Eastman has received one report of an adult who scratched or cut his finger. No medical attention was required.

'Sneakerheads' brave cold, lines for chance to own rare shoes

TORONTO - They line up outside in the cold, sometimes waiting the whole night in the hopes of adding a prize piece to their collection, knowing they may still leave empty-handed. But for sneakerheads, a growing group of shoe obsessives, it's a worthwhile sacrifice for a chance to own limited release footwear. Joseph Chan, 23, camped outside an east Toronto mall twice in December despite the arctic weather.

Aldo Group to invest $363 million to improve digital platform for online sales

MONTREAL - The Aldo Group plans to invest $363 million with the help of the Quebec government to create at least 400 jobs within five years by modernizing its headquarters and improving its online sales efforts. The province is contributing $52 million, including a $40-million loan, a $10-million grant and $2-million training subsidy. While most of Aldo's sales come from its retail stores, company founder Aldo Bensadoun said Friday that a growing number of consumers are buying online.

Switch to minimalist running shoes tied to injuries, pain

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Advocates of trendy "minimalist" running shoes promise a more natural experience, but runners in a new study reported higher rates of injury and pain with the less structured shoes. Three months after switching from traditional running shoes to the minimalist variety, study participants had two to three times as many injuries compared to runners who stuck with traditional shoes.
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