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May the Force Be With Your Feet in These Star Wars-Themed Sperry Shoes

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In honor of the 40th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars, Sperry—the beloved purveyor of boat shoes that your dad probably wears—has teamed up with Disney to create the appropriately named Stars Wars x Sperry collection.

The creative set of five shoe styles features a range of iconic designs from a galaxy far, far away that are sure to make even the shoeless Jedi master Yoda jealous.

There’s a C-3PO and R2-D2 design, featuring the saga’s trusty droids stranded on the desert planet Tatooine, while another option shows Han Solo and his sidekick Chewbacca ready to take on the Empire (no Wookiee will want to pull your arms out of your sockets as long as you're wearing these).


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Then there’s the basic Rebel pilot design, inspired by the jumpsuits worn by X-Wing pilots and featuring the Rebel Alliance insignia along the side.


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There’s also a Death Star design sporting the Imperial symbol along the side, and perhaps the coolest (read: geekiest) detail of them all—a green stripe along the bottom that represents the Death Star laser beam.


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Those are all well and good, and anybody in their right mind wearing a pair would be strong with the Force, but the shoes we have our eye on feature the instantly timeless “Laser Duel” concept art by painter Ralph McQuarrie.


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They showcase the famed illustrator’s image of a lightsaber battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader—though, as any true fan knows, Vader’s foe would technically be Deak Starkiller, from the second draft of George Lucas’s screenplay that McQuarrie worked from. But no one will stop to argue with you about that since they’d mostly just want to admire your Light Side/Dark Side-inspired kicks.

The Star Wars x Sperry collection will be available at stores and online from August 10. Now Lando won’t be the best-dressed person in the galaxy.

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This Harry Potter Candle Melts to Reveal Your Hogwarts House—and Smells Amazing
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As it gets darker and colder outside, the thought of lighting a candle in your room and curling up with a good book becomes more appealing. A sorting hat candle from the Muggle Library Candles Etsy store makes the perfect companion to whatever Harry Potter book you happen to be re-reading for the hundredth time this season. According to the Cleveland news outlet WKYC, the candle slowly reveals your Hogwarts house as it burns.

From the outside, the item looks like a normal white candle. But when lit, the outer layer of plain wax melts away, allowing the colorful interior to poke through. The candles come in one of four concealed colors: red for Gryffindor, blue for Ravenclaw, yellow for Hufflepuff, and green for Slytherin. The only way to know which house you’re destined to match with is by purchasing a candle and putting it to use. According to the label, the scent evokes “excitement, fear, and nervousness.” The smell can also be described as lemon with sandalwood, vanilla, and patchouli.

Due to its viral popularity, the Fort Worth, Texas-based Etsy store has put all orders on hold while working to get its current batch of shipments out to customers. You can follow Muggle Library Candles on Instagram for updates on the sorting candle, as well as other Harry Potter-themed candles in their repertoire, like parseltongue and free elf.

[h/t WKYC]

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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

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"Le Roi a la Chasse"
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Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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