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Here’s Why Every Sneaker Fanatic Should Attend Future NBA All-Star Weekends

This year’s NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles was incredible, even without watching any of the competitions or games in person. And if you’re a sneaker addict, the annual basketball showcase should be on your calendar every year.
I flew across the country from New York last week to check out the action, but had no plans on heading to the Staples Center to watch Friday’s Celebrity or Rising Stars games, the All-Star Saturday Night events or the All-Star Game on Sunday. Instead, I went to experience what athletic market leaders had planned for the fans throughout the city.
Despite 12 total hours of flying in a middle seat to and from N.Y., struggling to find a hotel within 30 minutes of downtown L.A. where everything was happening and spending a small fortune on Ubers to get around, the trip was totally worth it.
Each year, the weekend serves as a catalyst to release some of the year’s most coveted sneakers, and 2018 was no different. Arguably the most talked about release of the weekend were the different Undefeated x Nike Kobe 1 Protro colorways, but the three Bape x Adidas Dame 4 looks were also in high demand. And if you really wanted

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The 5 Best Sneakers to Buy If You Can’t Get Enough of the ‘Dad Shoe’ Trend

Last week, FN broke down the best sneakers to consider if you can’t stand the “dad shoe” trend, and now we’re switching gears to look at the other side of the coin.
The trend was as prominent as ever at New York Fashion Week, with brands such as Li-Ning trying their hand at the polarizing aesthetic.
For those who just can’t seem to get their “dad shoe” fill, these options will allow you to ride the wave in style. Top choices include the latest from Kanye West’s Adidas Yeezy line, a wallet-friendly look from Zara and more.
Don’t call them ugly — embrace the trend with these picks below.

1. Brandblack Aura

Brandblack may be best known for its basketball products, but lately, the company has been making strides in the lifestyle division, with one of its standout sneakers being the Aura.

Brandblack Aura.

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2. Adidas Yeezy 500 “Blush”

After introducing the Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runner in 2017, Kanye West follows it up with the Adidas Yeezy 500, which has a similar bulky profile and a nondescript colorway. The first drop of the shoes sold out at retail, but you can still get them from the link below.
Adidas Yeezy 500 “Blush.”

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The Best Men’s Boots Sales to Shop Now

President’s Day may not be known as a shopping holiday, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking advantage of some great deals on your day off.
With the spring season incoming, brands and retailers have begun to discount many men’s boots. And thanks to the holiday, you can also score deals on styles that wouldn’t normally be discounted — but act fast, because many of these promotions end soon.
Shop the best men’s boot sales going on now below.

L.L.Bean

With code GET25, you can take 25 percent off of your L.L.Bean order when shopping from items including the brand’s staple Bean Boots and much more.

L.L.Bean Boot

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Timberland

Timberland’s President’s Day sale includes 25 percent off a variety of items ranging from outdoor hikers to everyday lifestyle boots.

Timberland Waterproof Chukka Boot

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REI
REI is holding its winter clearance sale, which includes boots from outdoor specialists such as Salomon, The North Face and Merrell.

Salomon X Ultra Winter Climashield Waterproof Boot

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J. Crew

Today only, J. Crew is offering 40 percent off with code SOGOOD, and their selection boasts top boot brands including Chippewa and Red Wing.

J. Crew x Red Wing Roughneck Boot

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Barneys Warehouse

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The 5 Most Durable Men’s Shoes Out Now

When it comes to buying new shoes, there are few things more deflating than splurging on a pricey pair only to ultimately find out they aren’t built for the long haul.
If you want to make the most of your investment, FN is here to help. Whether you’re into classic sneaker staples or classy brogue boots, we’ve narrowed down a variety of men’s shoe options to bring you the most durable choices for all tastes.
Shop the best styles that are built to last below.

1. Allen Edmonds Dalton Water Resistant Wingtip

Not only is this classy Allen Edmonds boot water resistant, but it’s also equipped with a time-tested Goodyear welt.

Allen Edmonds Dalton Water Resistant Wingtip

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2. Timberland Pro Titan Alloy Toe Work Boot

Part of Timberland’s job-site-ready Pro line, these tanklike alloy toed boots can withstand just about anything that comes their way.

Timberland Pro Titan Alloy Toe Work Boot

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3. Nike SB Air Max Bruin Vapor

Skateboarders need tough shoes that are able to withstand the rigors of grip tape and pavement, and these suede-covered kicks from Nike SB fit the bill.

Nike SB Air Max Bruin Vapor

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Why Erdem Moralioglu Paired Gowns With Brogues and Polka Dot Socks

With his signature jacquard and velvet fabrications, designer Erdem Moralioglu is the king of ornate eveningwear. But how does he keep it contemporary? With his footwear, of course.
At London’s National Portrait Gallery today, he introduced brogues and styled them with ballgowns. This season’s muse was Adele Astaire, Fred Astaire’s showgirl sister who, according to the designer, was infinitely more talented.
Erdem fall 2018
The American dancer married the British son of the Duke of Devonshire. “She was a really strong woman, completely independent, but she married into a very formal aristocratic family when it wasn’t the done thing to be a career woman,” he said. “She disappeared into a castle in Ireland, but not before she delayed the marriage so she could perform in one final show.”
(And no, there were no deliberate parallels between Astaire and the duke with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry — we asked.)
A shoe on the catwalk at Erdem.
“I imagined her roaming the moors wearing brogues with her glitzy, spangled Vaudeville dresses; and it was that kind of contrast that I loved,” Moralioglu told FN.
He has never been one for a crippling stiletto, and since he launched shoes some two years ago, it’s been all about wearability, with key

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Why Erdem Moralioglu Paired Gowns With Brogues and Polka Dot Socks

With his signature jacquard and velvet fabrications, designer Erdem Moralioglu is the king of ornate eveningwear. But how does he keep it contemporary? With his footwear, of course.
At London’s National Portrait Gallery today, he introduced brogues and styled them with ballgowns. This season’s muse was Adele Astaire, Fred Astaire’s showgirl sister who, according to the designer, was infinitely more talented.
Erdem fall 2018
The American dancer married the British son of the Duke of Devonshire. “She was a really strong woman, completely independent, but she married into a very formal aristocratic family when it wasn’t the done thing to be a career woman,” he said. “She disappeared into a castle in Ireland, but not before she delayed the marriage so she could perform in one final show.”
(And no, there were no deliberate parallels between Astaire and the duke with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry — we asked.)
A shoe on the catwalk at Erdem.
“I imagined her roaming the moors wearing brogues with her glitzy, spangled Vaudeville dresses; and it was that kind of contrast that I loved,” Moralioglu told FN.
He has never been one for a crippling stiletto, and since he launched shoes some two years ago, it’s been all about wearability, with key

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Kate Middleton Rewears Her Cutout Prada Pumps to Co-Host a London Fashion Week Event

After receiving backlash for wearing a deep green gown to Sunday night’s BAFTAs instead of black (in support of the Time’s Up movement), Kate Middleton made another appearance for a London Fashion Week event held at Buckingham Palace on Monday night.
Appearing unfazed by the criticism over her Jenny Packham design, the expectant mom of two opted for a black and white lace floral-print midi dress, by Erdem.
For shoes, the duchess reached for Prada’s sold-out Wavy-Cut stiletto pumps, featuring a sharp-pointed toe and cutout detailing — the same style she wore last night and to the 2017 British Academy Film Awards.

Along with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Middleton — who is seven months pregnant — hosted the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange reception at the palace, where designers and artisans from all 52 countries of the Commonwealth showcased one-of-a-kind sustainable creations.
Also known as one of the more fashionable members of the royal family, the countess chose to wear a Burberry frock paired with shimmery blush velvet pumps for the special event.

Attendees at the palace Monday evening included Anna Wintour, Edward Enninful, British designer Stella McCartney, supermodel Naomi Campbell, designer Anya Hindmarch, model Adwoa Aboah and ethical fashion activist Livia Firth.

Moreover, notable designers such as Karen Walker of New Zealand and Stella

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Kate Middleton Rewears Her Cutout Prada Pumps to Co-Host a London Fashion Week Event

After receiving backlash for wearing a deep green gown to Sunday night’s BAFTAs instead of black (in support of the Time’s Up movement), Kate Middleton made another appearance for a London Fashion Week event held at Buckingham Palace on Monday night.
Appearing unfazed by the criticism over her Jenny Packham design, the expectant mom of two opted for a black and white lace floral-print midi dress, by Erdem.
For shoes, the duchess reached for Prada’s sold-out Wavy-Cut stiletto pumps, featuring a sharp-pointed toe and cutout detailing — the same style she wore last night and to the 2017 British Academy Film Awards.

Along with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Middleton — who is seven months pregnant — hosted the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange reception at the palace, where designers and artisans from all 52 countries of the Commonwealth showcased one-of-a-kind sustainable creations.
Also known as one of the more fashionable members of the royal family, the countess chose to wear a Burberry frock paired with shimmery blush velvet pumps for the special event.

Attendees at the palace Monday evening included Anna Wintour, Edward Enninful, British designer Stella McCartney, supermodel Naomi Campbell, designer Anya Hindmarch, model Adwoa Aboah and ethical fashion activist Livia Firth.

Moreover, notable designers such as Karen Walker of New Zealand and Stella

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Idris Elba and Fiancée Sabrina Dhowre Put Their Love on Display in the Front Row at LFW

As was to be expected, the front row at London Fashion Week (Feb. 16 to 20) has been teeming with famous faces, from young influencers to seasoned actors and more. The Burberry show on Saturday saw an influx of British celebs, including actor Idris Elba, who was accompanied by his new fiancée Sabrina Dhowre.
The award-winning actor, who popped the question to his girlfriend last week during a screening of his big screen directorial debut, “Yardie,” posed for shots in the front row with the 29-year-old, who was crowned Miss Vancouver in 2014.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre in the front row.
The happy couple looked ultrachic, with the 45-year-old father of two sporting an unbuttoned navy, green and red plaid double-breasted coat over a simple charcoal tee paired with light-wash jeans and dark gray suede boots.
Meanwhile, Dhowre wore T-strap Burberry sandals with skinny black trousers and a statement fire-engine-red patent leather trench coat.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre
Model and activist Adwoa Aboah joined them in the front row at Burberry, turning heads in a daring look, courtesy of the heritage British label, that featured a bright orange sweatsuit under a checked blazer and a scarf thrown over one shoulder. She finished her look with slip-ons bearing the brand’s

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Idris Elba and Fiancée Sabrina Dhowre Put Their Love on Display in the Front Row at LFW

As was to be expected, the front row at London Fashion Week (Feb. 16 to 20) has been teeming with famous faces, from young influencers to seasoned actors and more. The Burberry show on Saturday saw an influx of British celebs, including actor Idris Elba, who was accompanied by his new fiancée Sabrina Dhowre.
The award-winning actor, who popped the question to his girlfriend last week during a screening of his big screen directorial debut, “Yardie,” posed for shots in the front row with the 29-year-old, who was crowned Miss Vancouver in 2014.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre in the front row.
The happy couple looked ultrachic, with the 45-year-old father of two sporting an unbuttoned navy, green and red plaid double-breasted coat over a simple charcoal tee paired with light-wash jeans and dark gray suede boots.
Meanwhile, Dhowre wore T-strap Burberry sandals with skinny black trousers and a statement fire-engine-red patent leather trench coat.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre
Model and activist Adwoa Aboah joined them in the front row at Burberry, turning heads in a daring look, courtesy of the heritage British label, that featured a bright orange sweatsuit under a checked blazer and a scarf thrown over one shoulder. She finished her look with slip-ons bearing the brand’s

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Sophia Webster Designs Shoes You’ll Want to Dance In for Fall 2018

Sophia Webster always puts on a fun-filled show, and this season was no exception. Her presentation, which was held in London’s swish Hotel Café Royal venue on Monday, featured tango dancers showing off their moves on the balcony overlooking Regent Street.
Inside, paillette-covered models were on display, and one girl, who was wearing crystal-encrusted gladiator sandals, was even perched (slightly precariously) on a giant rotating disco ball.
Sophia Webster presentation
“I was really inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Strictly Ballroom,’” explained Webster. “It’s one of my favorite films of all time.” The designer said she used to enter disco competitions with her sister when she was younger: “We’d wear the sequined costumes and everything. You needed to choose your colors to stand out on the dance floor, so I definitely designed the shoes with that in mind.”
Sophia Webster fall ’18
The collection may have been titled, “I Don’t Need a Mango to Tango,” but the key seasonal shade, she said, was fluro melon, as seen in a vibrant pair of fringed sandals .
The hero style, though, was undoubtedly Webster’s new Iris bootie, a marabou-lined caged boot that came in both silver glitter and baby-pink vinyl.
Models wearing Sophia Webster fall ’18.
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Sophia Webster Designs Shoes You’ll Want to Dance In for Fall 2018

Sophia Webster always puts on a fun-filled show, and this season was no exception. Her presentation, which was held in London’s swish Hotel Café Royal venue on Monday, featured tango dancers showing off their moves on the balcony overlooking Regent Street.
Inside, paillette-covered models were on display, and one girl, who was wearing crystal-encrusted gladiator sandals, was even perched (slightly precariously) on a giant rotating disco ball.
Sophia Webster presentation
“I was really inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Strictly Ballroom,’” explained Webster. “It’s one of my favorite films of all time.” The designer said she used to enter disco competitions with her sister when she was younger: “We’d wear the sequined costumes and everything. You needed to choose your colors to stand out on the dance floor, so I definitely designed the shoes with that in mind.”
Sophia Webster fall ’18
The collection may have been titled, “I Don’t Need a Mango to Tango,” but the key seasonal shade, she said, was fluro melon, as seen in a vibrant pair of fringed sandals .
The hero style, though, was undoubtedly Webster’s new Iris bootie, a marabou-lined caged boot that came in both silver glitter and baby-pink vinyl.
Models wearing Sophia Webster fall ’18.
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Christopher Kane’s Fall 2018 Show Was All About Sex — & Orthopedic Shoes on Springs

Christopher Kane’s fall 2018 collection was inspired by “The Joy of Sex.” More accurately, it was based on illustrations from the seminal tome by Christopher Foss and Charles Raymond as opposed to the physical act of copulation. But sex, nonetheless.
And what better way to team his architectural leather and embossed lace ready-to-wear concoctions than with a kinky boot? Kane’s Perspex knee-length styles came printed with a delicate lace motif — a more refined take on the “naked shoe” trend.
Christopher Kane fall ’18.
The same silhouette was carried out in sleek all-black leather or trimmed in crystals. If the success of Kane’s spring ’18 chandelier ankle boots is anything to go by, we predict that this fall update will be one of the most coveted styles next season.
On the subject of sex, the designer said he’s always been fascinated it. “Every season, there is an element of sexual human behavior to my collections,” he said. “It’s reality.” Remember the spring ’18 collection? He found his muse in Cynthia Payne, the famous South London madam. He’s also a fan of figure drawing and closed the show with quirky nude sheath dresses featuring erotic line drawings by Foss.
Christopher Kane fall ’18.
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How to Get the First Balenciaga Triple S Sneaker for Its Original Retail Price

The premium price tag isn’t the only thing that makes Balenciaga’s trendy Triple S sneakers hard to obtain. Due to their ever-increasing popularity, the kicks are scarcely seen on retail shelves, and that’s doubly true for the model’s original blue-and-red-accented colorway. But thanks to English retailer End, there will be at least one more opportunity to pick up the original style at retail.
The chance to pick up the Balenciaga Triple S is offered via End’s Launches raffle site. At a retail price of $845, they’re still as expensive as ever, but it’s still better than paying twice as much on the secondary market and lining the pocket of a reseller, right?
Balenciaga Triple S
The Balenciaga Triple S features a retro-inspired design with its signature triple-stacked sole, which was the inspiration for the shoe’s name. Combining molds of basketball, running and track racer outsoles, the Triple S has been a major player in the prevalence of the “ugly” dad sneaker trend.
And the polarizing design isn’t the only reason the Triple S kicks have people talking. In January, reports surfaced that manufacturing of the on-trend sneakers had been moved from Italy to China, causing some disgruntled fans to air their grievances on social

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Russell Westbrook Credits Mother for His Risk-Taking Style: ‘She’s My Inspiration’

Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook has a penchant for being one of the flashiest players in the league — and that’s not even taking into account what he does on the court.
Westbrook has arguably become just as famous for his off-court fashion sense as his tenacity for breaking down defenders on the hardwood. And the baller, whose signature Jordan Why Not Zero.1 sneakers are in stores now for $125, credits his mother for inspiring his standout style.
“She’s always been the one who kept me up with what was going on in style and fashion, she made sure me and my brother and my dad dressed up to par,” Westbrook said in an interview with journalist Rembert Browne.
Russell Westbrook during NBA All-Star Weekend.
And the Oklahoma City Thunder player already has plans to pass the same attitude down to the next generation. “My son – he’s definitely gonna be swagged out,” Westbrook said of his son, Noah, who was born last May. “I embrace that ‘why not?’ mentality, not just in basketball, but throughout life. I think a lot of people lack self-confidence. And I want the mind-set behind that message to give kids the confidence that they can do whatever they put

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Gigi Hadid Goes Shopping, Tries on Fashion’s New Favorite ‘Ugly’ Sneaker

Gigi Hadid went for a head-turning all-red ensemble in SoHo yesterday.
Hitting the streets sans jacket, the 23-year-old supermodel paired a candy apple-red RtA Marvin hoodie with matching drawstring pants and chunky patent leather lace-up boots from New York-based cool-girl footwear brand iRi.
Accessorizing with a red leather shoulder bag courtesy of Off-White and black Vogue 5235s sunglasses, Hadid stopped by the Louis Vuitton pop-up shop to check out the brand’s buzzy Archlight sneakers.

Gigi Hadid wearing one sneaker and one boot from iRi.

The “ugly” style featuring a springy wave-shaped outsole with an oversized tongue is a favorite of Jaden Smith‘s. “I’ve been wearing these shoes for four or five months straight — these are Louis Vuitton’s women’s shoes,” he said of the sneakers just last week.
Hailey Baldwin has also been spotted in the futuristic style, which retails for $1,090.
The supermodel checks out the black version of the Archlight.
Walking around the store with her shades on and her hood up, the Reebok brand ambassador was photographed looking at the all-black colorway and trying on a white pair with black detailing. You can check out the Louis Vuitton pop-up shop and try on the LV Archlight sneaker for yourself from now until March 10 at 122

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These Celebrity-Favorite Nike Sneakers Are Coming Out Next Month

Nike Air Max enthusiasts who have been patiently awaiting the global release of Vote Forward winner Sean Wotherspoon’s corduroy-covered hybrid sneakers won’t have to hold out much longer.
Following two prereleases in November, Wotherspoon’s Air Max 1/97 VF sneakers are due for an official widespread launch on March 26 (Nike’s fifth annual Air Max Day). Ahead of the drop, stock images from Nike’s e-commerce site have surfaced, offering the most detailed look yet at the anticipated style.
The design takes inspiration from his love for vintage Nike products, a passion which can be seen at Round Two, the bicoastal streetwear boutique co-owned by Wotherspoon. Corduroy hats were a key reference point, and their influence is evident on the Air Max 1/97’s multicolor corduroy upper, which blends pastel shades of blue, pink and yellow with earthy tones of brown, gray and green.
Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 1/97 VF.
And if the vibrant color combination and unique materials weren’t enough to pique the interest of sneakerheads, Wotherspoon’s design is also packed with details. The shoes come packaged with four different shoelace options including a yellow pair with gold and silver aglets. A Velcro patch on the tongue allows wearers to swap between a wave

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Beyoncé Embraces the Clear Shoe Trend With Blue Ivy at the NBA All-Star Game

In one selfie, Beyoncé and Blue Ivy stole the show at the NBA All-Star Game.
Sitting courtside in L.A. on Sunday, the mother-daughter duo proved to be quite the distraction for those trying to watch Team LeBron James vs. Team Stephen Curry. Making a style statement, the mom of three paired a bright yellow asymmetrical Jacquemus ruffle skirt with a brown cropped hoodie and Gianvito Rossi Helmut Plexi booties.

The PVC and leather lace-up style was a bold addition, but it wasn’t the only statement-making accessory the award-winning artist chose for the occasion — Bey completed her look with a red and nude Celine Frame clutch and futuristic metallic micro frames.
Meanwhile, the “Formation” singer’s mini-me wore round sunglasses with distressed jeans and a black leather jacket over a black top. Additionally, the 6-year-old, who also sat front and center at the Grammys last month, carried a royal blue patent leather monogrammed Louis Vuitton bag that retails for $1,820 and finished her look with black ankle boots.

The pair were also joined by Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson, who sat next to her husband, Richard Lawson. Other stars who attended the game included DJ Khaled, Chance the Rapper, Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart and more.
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Why Shoe Executives Are Feeling Optimistic About Business in 2018

Footwear industry players attending FN Platform trade show in Las Vegas last week sounded off on the tax cut impact, the international game and the tricky year ahead.
Here is what they had to say:
MIKE SHEARWOOD
CEO, Clarks
Opportunities ahead: “We have a representation across the globe in over 100 countries. We’re moving forward with the attitude of one brand, one team, one voice — and creating a global organization. We want to be agile, but you can only do that if you have the right systems, the right communication and the right culture. So we’re in the process of modifying our culture.”
Retail strategy: “From a global perspective, we can’t decide where the consumer wants to shop, so we just need to make sure we’re available [wherever they are]. It’s about understanding which of our sub-brands are appropriate for the various channels. We don’t care whether we sell through our own stores, a digital platform, independents or department stores. It really doesn’t matter.”

Sari Ratsula
SARI RATSULA
President, Seychelles and BC Footwear
Business outlook: “I’m excited about the balance of 2018. Our spring shoes have started to sell well, which gives retailers extra confidence. And we had fantastic FFANY and Magic shows for both brands. We were pretty

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