Inside the Store Where Famous Athletes Got Their Shoes

When you're 7 feet tall and have feet that are larger than a standard Brannock device, it can be hard to find shoes that fit. In a recent installment of its 30 for 30 documentary series, ESPN profiled an Atlanta store that specialized in helping athletes solve that problem.

Because of their wide selection of men's footwear in above average sizes, Friedman's Shoes became a mandatory stop for athletes like Mike Tyson, Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, and Michael Jordan in the 1980s and '90s.

"My dad knew that if he bought them, people would come," current owner Brett Teilhaber said in the documentary of his father Bruce. "And sure enough, they came."

Bruce decided to focus on selling large shoes after losing a sale to former Boston Celtics player and coach, Tom Heinsohn. The NBA legend took his business elsewhere when Friedman's Shoes didn't have the size that he wanted. Over the years, as athletes told other athletes about the store, the business took off and Friedman's became iconic.

"We couldn't buy too many shoes because people would come in and get eight to 10 pairs at a time," Bruce said. Some would buy even more. Shaq, who appears in the full documentary, said that he would get 20 pairs each time he walked into the store, joking that his "favorite kind was every kind."

Shaquille O'Neal picking shoes at Friedman's, Image via ESPN

Well-paid athletes and other customers who could afford to splurge began buying shoes made of exotic animal skins. Selling those status symbols helped Friedman's rack up an annual revenue of around $6 million during the peak years. The family enjoyed incredible success until the market and the shoe business changed in the late 1990s. The store now relies on its website to stay in business.

Watch the clip above, and head over to ESPN to see the full documentary.

[h/t Highsnobiety]

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
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David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

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T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

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T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

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T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.
"Lobster"

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T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy
"Cowboy"

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[h/t IndieWire]

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Meet the Feather Artisans Who Adorn Paris's Cabaret Dancers
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You can't have cabaret without the feathers. In Paris, one business has been making the plumed and bedazzled costumes for Moulin Rouge and other music halls since 1929. Maison Février has adorned the likes of Josephine Baker and French ballet dancer Zizi Jeanmaire, painstakingly attaching hundreds of feathers to headdresses, skirts, and other costume elements by hand. They use only feathers from birds specially bred—and not killed—for their colorful feathers. The results, as shown in the Great Big Story video below, are a delight to behold.

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