Stupid Things People Do For Sneakers: New Balance factory manager stole thousands of dollars worth of sneakers

IOur latest edition of Stupid Things People Do For Sneakers reveals that even those who work with footwear on a daily basis are not immune to being seduced by the dark side of the sneaker force. A New Balance manager has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of shoes from the company’s South Union Street factory. According to a police report 43-year-old Wilson Suarez was arrested and charged with larceny of property valued over $1,200 from a building.   BREAKING New Balance factory manager charged with sneaker thefts …

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Kawhi Leonard signs endorsement deal with New Balance

Earlier today, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported that Toronto Raptors small forward Kawhi Leonard reached an agreement with New Balance on a multiyear endorsement deal. Leonard turned down a 4-year, $22 million dollar extension with Jordan Brand earlier this year. That deal expired this year which made him a sneaker free agent. Kawhi will serve as the face of New Balance basketball, as like brands Converse and Puma, are looking to re-establish a presence in the performance basketball space. Terms of the deal with Leonard were not immediately released.    …

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Darius Bazley skips G League to take Internship with New Balance

2018 McDonald’s All-American Darius Bazley initially had a scholarship at Syracuse until I March he decided to forego that to play a season in the G-League ( can we go back to calling it the D-League?). That too is no longer happening. Bazley signed with agent Rich Paul and Klutch Sports in May and is going to also forego hooping in that league to serve as a New Balance. As reported by the New York Times’ Marc Stein: This week, Paul revealed he has arranged for Bazley to spend the heart of…

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Stupid Things People Do for Sneakers: Maryland Truck Driver Allegedly Stole $19K worth of sneakers

Our Stupid Things People Do for Sneakers returns after its multiweek hiatus. We hit the ground running with the ordeal of Cortney Slater.  A Maryland truck driver pled guilty to pilfering more than $19,000 worth of shoes.  According to reporting by WMAR in Baltimore, in July 2016 a New Penn Motor Express employee saw an entire pallet of New Balance sneakers were missing. Apparently, this was shortly after driver, Cortney Lynn Slater had been in the vicinity of the shoes. The worker then reported his finding to a shipping clerk,…

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Reebok has been offering shoes to those who burned or tossed their New Balances

Earlier this week we covered the, at the time, growing movement of people filming themselves burning or throwing out their New Balance shoes in lieu of perceived company support of President-elect Donald Trump. This ire was derived from comments made by one of their execs. .@newbalance for publicly endorsing a racist, sexist, hate mongering President elect pic.twitter.com/BpXleYQPAS — J. Su (@jonnnysan) November 10, 2016 As a result of this recorded sneaker destruction, there were now a myriad of people that now were down at least one shoe in their rotation.…

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New Balance attempts to distance itself from the support of white supremacist organization

Ever since one of its executives made statements in support of President-elect Donald Trump, New Balance has been under fire ( literally in some cases). The right wing website The Daily Stormer proclaimed New Balance the “Official Shoes of White People”, following New Balance’s VP of public affairs Matt LeBretton’s comments to the Wall Street Journal that Trump’s election was a move in the “right direction.” New Balance has this to say in a statement: As a 110-year-old company with five factories in the U.S. and thousands of employees worldwide…

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