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Macy’s to Offer More Exclusives, Doubles Down on Digital Push With New President

As part of a larger effort to turn its business around and place a stronger focus on digital, Macy’s Inc. announced today that it has tapped former SVP of eBay North America Hal Lawton to serve as its new president. The department store chain will also use more consumer insights and data analytics and restructure its merchandise operations — which will soon include a lot more exclusive products.
Lawton, who will take his new post on Sept. 8, will be responsible for all aspects of the Macy’s brand, including merchandising, marketing, stores, operations, technology, and consumer insights and analytics. He will report to CEO Jeff Gennette.
“Hal Lawton has deep expertise at the intersection of retail and technology, a diverse set of business experiences that give him a unique perspective, and a track record of successfully driving a change agenda at scale. I’m thrilled that he has chosen to join Macy’s,” said Gennette. “This is a key step as we look to further transform the business and work through the volatility of today’s retail landscape. Macy’s already has one of the strongest omnichannel businesses in the industry, and with Hal on the team, we will accelerate the integration of digital both online and

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Kourtney Kardashian Wore Her Underwear as Outterwear In the Chicest Way

When coming up with the perfect outfit, Kourtney Kardashian considers every single part of it, including her intimates. She leads in putting the peek-a-boo bra trend on the map and isn’t afraid to put it all out there either, but in a classy way, of course.
The reality TV star was spotted exiting the studio on Friday after a day of filming her family’s show Keeping Up With the Kardashians confidently rocking a black lace bra as a top with an unbuttoned classic white shirt on top.
Kardashian then paired her inner-wear with ripped jeans that she cuffed at the bottom. It seems the styling choice was prompted to show the other trendy component of her look: Her Gianvito Rossi Plexi pumps. Her stylish heels follow the popular clear shoe trend, which her sister Kim has proven she’s a big fan of.
The 10th anniversary of her family series is set to air on Sept. 27, we wonder if this outfit will be a part of that special moment?

Gianvito Rossi clear PVC and black satin Plexi pumps, $795; barneys.com
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Kim Kardashian Sports the Clear-Shoe Trend Again — Plus, a Long Leather Coat

On the heels of the “Kardashian Decade” THR cover reveal this week, Kim Kardashian West took to Instagram this afternoon to share a candid shot of herself on the move.
Dressed in an ankle-skimming leather coat, black denim cut-off shorts and clear pointed pumps — the 36-year-old mom of two captioned the pic “Sunday Chill Vibes.” The transparent-shoe trend is a go-to favorite for the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star lately.

Kardashian West — who is set to co-host “Live With Kelly and Ryan” next Monday — shared with The Hollywood Reporter that she and Kanye are “definitely trying” for a third child.
“I hope so,” she told the publication when asked about the possibility of expanding her family. “There have been a lot of things said, and Kanye and I have not confirmed anything. We’re definitely trying. We are hoping so.”
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Kendall Jenner Rocks High-Top Adidas Sneakers and Talks Being the ‘Private One’

Kendall Jenner takes her role as Adidas Originals ambassador seriously.
Stepping out in L.A. on Friday, the 21 year-old “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star sported Adidas track pants as well as Allround sneakers from the brand. The cover girl’s new ad campaign — which also features James Harden and rappers 21 Savage, Young Thug and Playboi Carti — launched last week.

In the edgy new campaign, which is set to a remix of the iconic Frank Sinatra track “My Way,” Kendall shows off her mile-long legs.
Meanwhile, in the pages of their “Kardashian Decade” THR spread, Kim revealed that Kendall was devastated over the backlash against her controversial Pepsi ad this year, in which she appears at a protest and hands a soda to a cop. “We’re not perfect, but you see these things in the media, like Kendall and her Pepsi ad, where I see her at home crying,” she said.
“But in the media she looks another way because she’s not addressing it,” she continued. Kendall added that she is “the most private one.”
Shop the supermodel’s style below.

Adidas Women’s Originals Allround Shoe, $95; adidas.com
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An Up-and-Coming Designer on the One Thing You Must Keep in Mind While Growing a Brand

For Footwear News Emerging Talent 2017, the fashion team selected 32 of the most promising and progressive names in shoes to know right now. The specifications we looked for were both formalized and guided by editorial instincts, drawing us to a diverse mixture personalities that fused originality, intuition, verve, business savvy, on-point branding, quality, point of view, personality, cool factor, unwavering style and passion.
Burak Uyan
LAUNCHED: 2010
BASE: “I love living in Paris for its beautiful architecture and cultural history. Parisians know how to enjoy life.”
MADE IN: Italy
YOUR SHOES IN THREE WORDS: “Desirable, luxurious, comfortable.”
Burak Uyan
SHOP TALK: Level Shoes, Amarese, Tsum, Maria Luisa, Restir, Beymen.
CREATIVE PROCESS: “My creative process always starts with everyday impressions of living in a city: the architectural influences, the many international art exhibitions, the colors, the people and their styles. By creating several mood boards, I filter these visual impressions. I put on my happy music and start sketching. I then try to focus on the strongest themes and start developing them — defining the materials and the colors of each design.”
WISE WORDS: “Always stay true to yourself in every aspect of growing your brand.”
MENTORS: “My five years as the head designer of Giambattista Valli have been extremely valuable. I learned a

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The 10 Best Sales to Shop for Back-to-School Sneakers Right Now

It’s almost that time of the year again.
Students across the country are gearing up for another school year, which of course means many are also shopping for school supplies and clothing. With so many expenses at once, it can be hard to stay within a tight budget, but one area that shouldn’t be a problem is shoes and sneakers.
With a little patience, you can pick up versatile footwear that will serve you well all year long, and you’ll still have some cash left over. Take a moment to search through our picks below — there’s something for everyone, whether you’re shopping for kindergarteners or college students.
Champs Sports; champssports.com
Converse; converse.com
Dick’s Sporting Goods; dickssportinggoods.com
Famous Footwear; famousfootwear.com
Finish Line; finishline.com
Jimmy Jazz; jimmyjazz.com
Kids Foot Locker; kidsfootlocker.com
Nordstrom Rack; nordstromrack.com
Saks Off 5th; saksoff5th.com
Zappos; zappos.com
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The 5 Best Sneaker Launches of the Week to Shop Now

This week’s top sneaker releases give shoppers plenty to choose from, with styles ranging from classic retros, limited-edition collaborations, fall-ready footwear and more.
Below, you’ll find links to buy the week’s standout releases from brands including Adidas, Air Jordan, Nike and New Balance.
The multicolor Nike Air Max Woven Boot is arguably the most interesting sneaker release of the week. The eye-catching style features a kaleidoscopic pixelated woven upper and full-length visible Air Max cushioning.
Nike Air Max Woven Boot “Multicolor,” €179.95 (around $211); overkillshop.com
If you’re looking for a way to get the Yeezy look for less, this new Adidas NMD isn’t a bad consolation prize. Its patterned knit upper is reminiscent of Kanye West’s Yeezy Boost designs, except you can get this look for a fraction of the price.
Adidas NMD R1 PK, $179; sneakersnstuff.com
Sneakerhead favorite sock brand Stance continues its collaboration with New Balance by dropping new styles including this black and purple 247.
Stance x New Balance 247; $149.99; newbalance.com
Nike’s mid top Special Field Air Force 1 releases continue with this fall-ready “Sequoia” look complete with rugged ballistic nylon and tumbled leather.
Nike SF AF-1 Mid “Sequoia,” $160; nike.com
For the first time since 2004, the “Bred” Air Jordan 13 Retro is back in its

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Jay Z Steps Out in London Sporting a Canadian Tux and White Sneakers, Talks Kanye West Beef

On the heels of opening up about his broken relationship with Kanye West, Jay-Z stepped out in London yesterday for a night on the town.
The legendary rapper was spotted at the trendy Chiltern Firehouse wearing a Canadian tux and crisp white sneakers. With his entourage in tow, Jay seemed to be in good spirits.
Jay-Z spotted leaving London’s Chiltern Firehouse on Friday night.
The father of three — who is set to perform V Festival in Essex on Sunday night — recently got candid about what happened between him and the Yeezy designer. While discussing his song “Kill Jay Z” off his new album “4:44” with Rap Radar, Jay revealed that he was bothered by Kanye talking about him on stage.
Jay-Z wore a Canadian tuxedo and white sneakers in London on Friday.
“What really hurt me, you can’t bring my kid or my wife into it. … We’ve gotten past bigger issues, but you brought my family into it, now it’s a problem with me,” the rapper told hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller.
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Shop Affordable and Splurgeworthy Camouflage Sneakers for Fall

It feels like camouflage is ubiquitous at the moment. We’ve spotted the polarizing print on the runways (see Marc Jacobs spring ’17 and Saint Laurent fall ’16) and celebs like Rihanna, Ariana Grande and the whole Kardashian crew rock camo regularly. Kylie Jenner even dropped a collection highlighting the trend that inspired controversy in June.
Now FN is giving you the best camo-printed sneakers to shop this fall. Read on to find affordable and splurgeworthy offerings.
Valentino Garavani’s rockstud camo sneakers are not only super-versatile but also come in several different colorways.

Valentino Garavani Camouflage Sneakers, $795; farfetch.com
You can’t go wrong with these affordable classic Vans Old Skool sneakers featuring the omnipresent trend.

Vans x UO Camo Old Skool Sneaker, $60; urbanoutfitters.com
Slip into these simple cool lace-up sneakers from SeaVees.

SeaVees 6/64 Legend Sneaker Saltwash, $88; zappos.com
Also not going to break the bank are these Steve Madden asymmetrical neoprene sneakers. Shop the style from our August cover star.

Steve Madden Lancer Sneaker, $69.95; stevemadden.com
To shop more camo-printed kicks, check out the gallery ahead.
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13 Shoes Inspired by the 2017 Solar Eclipse

On Aug. 21, America will be in for a monumental solar eclipse. The phenomenon, in which the moon blocks part or all of the sun as it passes Earth, will mark the first time since 1979 that the contiguous U.S. experiences a total eclipse. And while anyone in America will be privy to at least a partial eclipse, the path of totality will pass through portions of just 14 states, beginning at 9:06 a.m. PT in Madras, Oregon and 1:13 ET in Columbia, South Carolina.
Whether viewing a partial eclipse or total, NASA advises to never look directly at the sun without the proper protection. But in addition to protective eyewear, why not shop Eclipse-inspired footwear to honor the milestone event? Outer space motifs, including galaxies, stars and moons, have long been referenced in fashion, and there’s plenty of such shoes available now to shop.
Katy Perry’s Mary pearlized sandals look like they came straight from outer space. Featuring an allover galaxy design, the slides are quite the cosmic creation.
Katy Perry’s galaxy sandals are solar eclipse-approved.
Katy Perry Mary Pearlized Slide Sandal, $59.97, nordstromrack.com
Malone Souliers offers up a pair of lurex sandals with black lace-up ties. The gold hue of the heels brings to mind the

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This High-End ’90s-Inspired Running Sneaker Is ‘Weird’

It’s not often you hear a brand releasing something that’s intentionally weird. But that’s exactly what Mercer Amsterdam is doing with its upcoming retro runner-inspired drop, slated to arrive this weekend.
The New York City street style-inspired inspired luxury label out of Amsterdam will release a new silhouette, named W-3RD (pronounced “weird”), on Saturday. The classic running look, which takes design cues from models from the ’90s, will retail for €250 ($321.95 at the current conversion rate).
The Mercer Amsterdam W-3RD “Hot.”
The new silhouette will be sold via merceramsterdam.com, as well as at international retailers including Shoebaloo, Paul Warmer, Seven, Credo and Shoetique.
The shoe’s name, according to Mercer Amsterdam, is derived from West Third Street in NYC, which crosses Mercer Street. The W-3RD is lightweight, street-inspired and boast technical elements, and is on-trend with today’s dominant retro running sneakers that debuted two decades ago.
The Mercer Amsterdam W-3RD “Cold.”
It will release in limited quantities in two colorways, “Hot” and “Cold,” and will be accompanied by matching socks in the box. The brand produced 100 pairs of each colorway.
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This California Brand Is Focusing Its Attention On Young Talent

The co-owner and president of Blowfish Malibu, Don Weiss, opens up about effective management partnerships and why he’s learned to stop talking and listen. See what he had to say.
Tips for success:
“Listen to other people’s opinions and bring on younger people. When we first launched Blowfish [in 2005], we were all old shoe dogs. So in the last five years, I’ve learned to bring in a young spirit.”
Keeping my staff motivated:
“We’ve stayed this cool California street brand that has its own nuance, and the way we keep that going is in these meetings that we do regularly where we ask our young staff, ‘What do you think we should be doing that we aren’t doing? Should we do backpacks, leather products?’ Most recently, we launched a sneaker division that is off the charts — it’s a third of our business in under a year. That came about from sitting at one of these luncheons or dinners or [retreats]. We listen to this younger spirit. We aren’t afraid to try things.”
How I ended up in the industry:
“After I graduated high school, I got a job delivering shoes in a van on Long Island, [N.Y.], and it was for a company called

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Foot Locker Earnings May be the First Big Sign Athletic Momentum Is Weaning

Investors are punishing Foot Locker Inc. shares today — as of 9:50 a.m. ET, the stock remained down nearly 25 percent, to $35.87 — after the athletic giant reported disappointing second-quarter results.
Foot Locker — which had previously evidenced some immunity to retail industry softness — said its sales fell 4.4 percent during the period, to $1.7 billion, missing Wall Street’s consensus for sales of $1.8 billion. Comparable sales also declined 6 percent.
Profits took an even great tumble — declining 60 percent year-over-year, to $51 million, or 39 cents per diluted share. On an adjusted basis profits were 62 cents per share — a significant miss against analysts’ forecasts for earnings per share of 90 cents.
For the past two-plus years Foot Locker has successfully reaped the benefits of strong athletic trends but chairman, CEO and president Dick Johnson suggested that sneaker momentum has been weaning in recent months.
“While we believe our position in the market for premium sneakers remains very strong and our customers continue to look to us for compelling new athletic footwear and apparel styles, sales of some recent top styles fell well short of our expectations and impacted this quarter’s results,” Johnson said. “At the same time, we

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The 7 Best Men’s Shoes on Sale Right Now

Shopping stylish men’s shoes can be a lot cheaper than you might think — if you know where to look.
Brands such as Clarks, Cole Haan, Frye, Lanvin and Prada have versatile looks available now at slashed prices.
Been dreaming of designer? Now’s the perfect time to pick up a pair. Shop FN’s picks below, but don’t wait too long, as many of these styles are sure to sell out soon.
Cole Haan 2 Zerogrand Packable Saddle Knit Oxford
Cole Haan 2 Zerogrand Packable Saddle Knit Oxford, $250 on sale for $165.95; colehaan.com
Clarks Burcott Field Moc Toe Derby
Clarks Burcott Field Moc Toe Derby, $180 on sale for $109.90; nordstrom.com
Frye Sam Cap Toe Oxford
Frye Sam Cap Toe Oxford, $248 on sale for $152.99; nordstrom.com
Saks Fifth Avenue Croc Print Slip-On
Saks Fifth Avenue Croc Print Slip-On, $240 on sale for $74.40; saksfifthavenue.com
Prada Leather Sneakers
Prada Leather Sneakers, $595 on sale for $223.12; saksfifthavenue.com
Lanvin Woven Cotton Sneakers
Lanvin Woven Cotton Sneakers, $675 on sale for $253.12; saksfifthavenue.com
Stella McCartney Low Top
Stella McCartney Low Top, $595 on sale for $223.12; saksfifthavenue.com
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Chloe Gosselin’s Spring ’18 Collection Was Inspired by This Famous Hindu Festival

Designer Chloe Gosselin, who last month became a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, has expanded her color palette for spring ’18.
A spring ’18 design sketch from Chloe Gosselin.
Moved by Holi, a traditional Hindu festival held in India and across the world, Gosselin told Footwear News this is one of her most ambitious collections yet — featuring more fabrics, prints and a bevy of bright hues.
“The colors I used [were inspired] by the people on the street throwing bright paint in the air and dancing, but also the meaning behind [Holi], which is a celebration of the victory of good over evil,” she said. “It’s been a hard time for everybody to be creative and rise above what’s going on in the world right now. I love the meaning of that ceremony and the hope behind it.”
The Hindu festival of Holi.
In addition, Gosselin’s crystal flower adornment seen in the fall ’17 line will return for spring. “It’s going to come back in different colors,” she said. “I was inspired by [colorful] crystals such as tourmaline.”
A spring ’18 design sketch from Chloe Gosselin.
Gosselin, who has been dishing out primarily evening styles, will also add more casual looks for

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Demi Lovato’s Extremely Low Plunging Neckline & Golden Spike Heels Will Shock You

The body-positive Demi Lovato is never afraid to show off a little skin. When it came down to her latest appearance today in New York City, the star more than delivered with a sexy plunging ensemble that made her look more confident than ever.
She was spotted leaving the studio of “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” where she revealed details of her upcoming album. Lovato donned a dark turquoise silk pajama suit featuring a low neckline that basically went halfway down her torso.
Demi Lovato exits “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.”
To balance out the cleavage-baring, plunging silhouette, the singer paired her top with matching loose pants, but she gave her outfit extra sparkle by opting for standout Paul Andrew sandals.
The eye-catching heels glistened with golden buckles and a shiny black leather sole on a 4-inch stiletto heel. Though the shoes had significant height, she still managed to walk gracefully through the city’s streets.
Demi Lovato exits “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.”
Demi Lovato shows off her foot tattoo in Paul Andrew sandals.
It’s certainly one of her most subtly daring looks, which only makes us that much more excited to see what she’ll wear next.
As she continues to work on her album,

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How to Manage Millennials: Tips From the CEOs of Adidas, Journeys & Other Footwear Firms

Every day Jim Estepa receives personal telephone calls from the Journeys store and district managers who want to talk about their days at one of the retailer’s roughly 1,200 locations across the country.
Thanks to Journeys’ corporate emphasis on communication with all workers, its store and district managers (90 percent of whom are in the millennial generation), feel empowered to openly discuss their personal career growth or their store’s specific product needs.
“Sometimes they just want to make sure I see how well they’re doing,” said Estepa, president and CEO of the Journeys Group, a division of Nashville, Tenn.-based Genesco Inc.
It might seem like a simple strategy, but this type of feedback is a must-have for millennial workers — people between 17 and 37 who, according to a 2011 PwC survey, in just three years will make up roughly half of the workforce across the globe.
For companies, the stakes have never been higher to accommodate — and grow with — this generation of workers. That is particularly true for brands and retailers, which rely on millennial sales associates to serve as the faces of their retail businesses as they interact with shoppers.
According to Gallup Inc., 73 million millennials were born between 1980

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The 6 Best Alternatives to the Vans Old Skool Out Now

No matter where you go, it’s hard to escape the Vans Old Skool.
The sneaker, which originally debuted as a skateboarding shoe in 1977, has become synonymous with street style. Celebrities, social media influencers and everyday people can’t get enough of the simplistic canvas kicks. But what if you want to stand out from the pack with a similar but different look?
There are a number of sneakers that can compare to the Old Skool’s affordability, simplicity, and easy to wear looks. Whether it’s a similar style from Vans or the on-trend Adidas Gazelle and Converse One Star, the options are aplenty.
Shop FN’s picks for the best Old Skool alternatives out now below.
Adidas Gazelle
Adidas Gazelle, $80; zappos.com
Vans UltraRange Pro
Vans UltraRange Pro, $90; zappos.com
Vans Era
Vans Era, $50; zappos.com
Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski
Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski, $85; nike.com
Etnies Marana Michelin
Etnies Marana Michelin, $74.99; etnies.com
Converse Cons One Star Pro Low
Converse Cons One Star Pro Low, $85; nike.com
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Ugg’s New President Gets Candid on What It Will Take to Revive the Brand

A little more than a year since stepping into her role as president of fashion lifestyle at Deckers Brands — a position in which she’s leading the Ugg turnaround — Andrea O’Donnell is striking off items on a carefully crafted to-do list.
“It’s well-understood in the industry that today’s consumers are more discerning than ever — they are spending more on experiences and less in retail,” O’Donnell said.
“This means that if you want to connect with them and build a meaningful business, you need a brand that is engaging and product that is beautiful. [That’s why], in the short term, I am very much focused on the brand, what it stands for and how we communicate it.”
After gaining a cultlike following in the early 2000s, Ugg’s softening demand and uneven sales have caused some experts and stakeholders to question its sticking power.
“You have a [label] that grew to prominence as an accessible luxury brand, and the problem is that it is becoming less luxurious and more accessible,” said Susquehanna Financial Group LLLP analyst Sam Poser.
“They recently opened up distribution to Macy’s — a retailer that is in a different [tier] than its [longtime] sellers such as Nordstrom and Dillard’s — and

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Kylie Jenner Just Wore $700 Fendi Slides With Sweats

On the heels of the release of The Hollywood Reporter’s revealing new cover featuring the Kardashian and Jenner sisters (as well as manager-mom Kris Jenner), Kylie Jenner stepped out in Los Angeles yesterday and proved you can never go wrong with an all-black ensemble.
The “Life of Kylie” star was dressed down in a simple black zip-up hoodie and leggings, but that didn’t stop her from rocking a luxe pair of $700 velvet Fendi slides. To accessorize, the 20-year-old, who celebrated her birthday last week, carried a Balenciaga crossbody mini tote bag. Later, she was spotted leaving the city’s Pace restaurant with sister Kendall and best friend Jordyn Woods.

Today, Jenner took to Instagram to share a family shot from The Hollywood Reporter spread, simply tagging the publication.

To shop the makeup mogul’s chic sandal look, check out the link below.

Fendi FF velvet slide sandal, $700; neimanmarcus.com
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How to Nail the Perfect Pedicure

Parisian department store Printemps recently opened a three-story beauty emporium complete with a chic nail bar from Gloss’Up.
The salon’s founder, Olivia Keusters, has her flagship store in Paris’ Marais district and regularly works with brands such as Dior.
Here are her top tips for a failsafe at-home pedi — plus, how to nail your color like a true Parisian.

Buff up and push down your cuticles.
Hydrate your nails with oil.
Remove leftover oil with acetone or the polish won’t stay put.
Always use a base and a topcoat in addition to your color. Try CND’s Vinylux.
Ensure you cover the nail rim with all the coats. That’s the secret to the professional salon effect.
The most popular shades for haute Parisians are nude and “le vrai rouge” (a true red).
Don’t match your mani to your pedi; it looks old-fashioned and can be really aging. Clash or color-block instead — just as you would your clothes.

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