Monthly Archives: September 2019

JJ Redick had a simple message for Zion Williamson about continuing his playoffs streak: ‘Don’t f— this up for me’

The Pelicans' success rests on Zion Williamson's shoulders.

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The Pelicans’ success rests on Zion Williamson’s shoulders.
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  • J.J. Redick has made the NBA playoffs in all 13 years of his career and will try to keep the streak going with the New Orleans Pelicans this season.
  • Redick said after one of his first meetings with Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson, he gave the No. 1 pick a stern message: “Don’t f— this up for me.”
  • Williamson confirmed Redick’s message, saying he then asked Redick why he was pinning his hopes on a rookie.
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NBA veteran sharpshooter J.J. Redick left the Philadelphia 76ers for the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason, joining one of the NBA’s youngest, but most intriguing teams.

Redick, 35, has made the NBA all 13 years of his career and will try to help an upstart Pelicans team built around No. 1 pick Zion Williamson make the leap right away.

Redick said from Pelicans media day on Monday that he gave Williamson a blunt message about this season after their first workout.

“My first real conversation with Zion was a couple weeks ago,” Redick said. We got to chat for 20 minutes or so after one of the workouts, and at the end of it, I said, ‘Look man, don’t f— this up for me.’

Redick added that Zion, “got it.”

Williamson confirmed the detail later to reporters, laughing about how serious Redick became.

“He had just given me some great advice, and the whole mood shifted,” Williamson said. “He was like, ‘I’m 13-for-13. Don’t mess this up for me.’

“I’m like, ‘J.J., why are you telling me? I’m a rookie.'”

Watch a clip of their answers below:

The Pelicans are likely long-shots to make the playoffs, but they boast one of the most interesting rosters in the league. After landing the No. 1 pick in the draft, they drafted Williamson, then traded Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for a package of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and several draft picks. They signed Redick and big man Derrick Favors in free agency, adding two reliable veterans to surround the young core and guard Jrue Holiday.

If everything clicks right and the young players develop as many expect, Redick may be able to sustain his streak.

Ulta’s fall sale is going on now — get up to 50% off beauty and skin-care products from L’Oréal, Sally Hansen, and more

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  • Now through October 5, 2019, Ulta Beauty is discounting tons of items from brands like L’Oréal, Sally Hansen, TRESemmé, ColourPop and more.
  • Beauty, skin-care, and more are up to 50% off both in-store and online, and there’s free shipping on purchases over $35.
  • It’s the second and final week of the entire sale, and there are a ton of products worth shopping.

Ulta is having a Fall Haul sale to mark the start of everyone’s favorite season with discounts of up to 50% off brands like L’Oréal, Sally Hansen, TRESemmé, ColourPop and more.

The two-week sale includes makeup, skin care, hair care, and more, with this being the final week. Some deals are in stores and online while others are online-only, but savings are everywhere.

There’s also free shipping on purchases $35 or more.

Here are 10 of our favorites on sale through October 5, 2019 or check out all the deals at Ulta:


Skin & Co Truffle Therapy Cream

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Online only: $40.80 (originally $68) [You save $27.20]


Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit

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$35.99 (originally $59.99) [You save $24]


ColourPop Lip Crayon

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$4.90 (originally $7) [You save $2.10]


Real Techniques Blend + Blur Foundation Brush

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$11.99 (originally $19.99) [You save $8]


Revolution x Rachel Leary Ultimate Goddess Face and Shadow Palette

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Revolution Beauty

$12.00 (originally $20) [You save $8]


Botanics Hydration Burst 3 In 1 Micellar Cleanser

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$6.29 (originally $8.99) [You save $2.70]


Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

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Derma E

$20.99 (originally $29.99) [You save $9]


L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara

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$7.69 (originally $10.99) [You save $3.30]


TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray

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$3.29 (originally $5.49) [You save $2.20]


Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

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$10.50 (originally $15.00) [You save $4.50]

How to create a new Google Calendar in 5 simple steps

You'll have to create a new Google Calendar in a web browser before you can access it in the mobile app.

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You’ll have to create a new Google Calendar in a web browser before you can access it in the mobile app.
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Google Calendar allows you to schedule meetings and set reminders for upcoming events, as well as share those meetings and reminders with others.

It’s one of the best services offered by Google, as it makes managing our busy lives simple, efficient, and collaborative.

You can even have multiple calendars, all of which can be managed through a single interface.

So how do you add a new Google Calendar? Here’s everything you need to know to do it.

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How to create a new Google Calendar

1. Ensure you’re signed into your Google Account before navigating to the Google Calendars page.

2. On the menu on the left-hand side of your screen, scroll down to “Other calendars” and click the + button.

3. Select “Create new calendar.”

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4. Enter the name you want to use for your new Google Calendar, an optional description, as well as the time zone you want your calendar’s events to appear in.

Name your calendar and fill in the necessary information.

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Name your calendar and fill in the necessary information.
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5. To configure the color label used on your calendar, hover your mouse over its name in the “My Calendars” list on the Google Calendars home page, then click the three horizontal dots that appear. From there, you can assign a different color to differentiate your calendar’s events from others.

It should be noted that while the Google Calendar app is available for iPhone and Android, you cannot currently add new calendars via the app – this needs to be done from an actual web browser.

Once you create a new Google Calendar on a web browser, it will appear in your mobile app.

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Trump pressed Australia’s prime minister to help AG Barr investigate the origins of the Russia probe

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  • President Donald Trump asked Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to work with US Attorney General William Barr in investigating the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation, The New York Times reported Monday.
  • Barr himself asked Trump to make the request of Morrison, The Times said, in a request that came just weeks after Trump made a similar request to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with Barr.
  • Trump also asked Zelensky to work with Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
  • The reported request to Morrison is emblematic of Trump’s long-held view that the Justice Department is a political tool he can wield against his perceived enemies.
  • The Times reported that the White House restricted access to the transcript of Trump’s conversation with Morrison to a small group of the president’s aides.
  • Australia played a unique role in the Russia investigation: The FBI launched the investigation after a top Australian diplomat reported to US officials that the Trump campaign’s foreign-policy aide George Papadopoulos boasted to him that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands” of emails.
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President Donald Trump pressed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to work with US Attorney General William Barr in an effort to discredit the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation, The New York Times reported on Monday.

A person with knowledge of Trump’s conversation with Morrison told The Times that Trump raised the issue at Barr’s request.

The conversation was said to have come just weeks after Trump made a similar request to Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, about working with Barr on the Russia inquiry. He also asked Zelensky to work with the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter ahead of the 2020 election.

Trump’s request to Zelensky about the Bidens was so alarming to a US intelligence official that the official filed an official whistleblower complaint accusing the president of using the power of his office to solicit foreign interference in a US election.

The reported request to Morrison is a little murkier, however, because it deals with an ongoing Justice Department inquiry and could therefore be viewed as falling more within the confines of Trump’s power as the chief executive.

Australia played a unique role in the Russia investigation. In late 2017, The Times reported that the FBI launched the Russia investigation after Alexander Downer, a top Australian diplomat, told US officials that the Trump campaign foreign-policy aide George Papadopoulos boasted to him that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the form of “thousands” of emails.

Papadopoulos told Downer he learned of the information from Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic who was last seen working as a professor in Rome before disappearing.

The FBI began investigating whether the Trump campaign was working with Russia soon after Downer reported his conversation with Papadopoulos.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI last year. But in the months since, he’s taken on an increasingly combative role and Trump’s allies have joined him in suggesting, without proof, that Mifsud was planted by Western intelligence operatives to entrap Papadopoulos and the Trump campaign.

The reported request to Morrison is emblematic of Trump’s long-held view that the Justice Department and the attorney general are political tools he can wield against his perceived enemies.

Indeed, in his phone call with Zelensky in July, Trump repeatedly referred to both Barr and Giuliani as being his personal envoys and pressured the Ukrainian president to work with both to undermine the Russia investigation and the Bidens.

The Times reported that as in Trump’s call with Zelensky, the White House restricted access to the transcript of Trump’s conversation with Morrison to a small group of the president’s aides.

Trump’s call with Zelensky was the catalyst that prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to announce a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump last week.

As part of that investigation, the House Intelligence Committee on Monday subpoenaed Giuliani for key documents connected to the call and his representation of Trump.

Giuliani was mentioned 31 times in the whistleblower’s complaint and was described as “central figure” in Trump’s effort. The document said Barr “appears to be involved as well.”

15 cities where earning $100,000 a year isn’t nearly enough to live well

San Francisco, California.

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  • In some US cities, a family will barely scrape by while earning $100,000 per year, according to GOBankingRates.
  • Of the cities that made the list, all but two – New York City and Arlington, Virginia- are on the west coast or in Hawaii.
  • The most expensive city isn’t San Francisco – it’s Sunnyvale, California, where GOBankingRates estimates a family will need over $200,000 to live comfortably.
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In most of America, earning $100,000 a year could be considered a sign of success. But in many cities on the west coast, someone making $100,000 a year will just be scraping by.

New data from GOBankingRates looks at what a family needs to make in America’s most expensive cites in order to live comfortably there. And, in these 15 cities, a household making $100,000 per year will be just barely scraping by.

All but two of the cities- New York City and Arlington, Virginia – are on the west coast and Hawaii. Most of the cities were in California, though Honolulu, Hawaii and Seattle, Washington also made the list.

GOBankingRates looked at costs of living from the 2018 second quarter Consumer Expenditure Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and adjusted the average annual expenditure by the cost of living index created by information database Sperling’s Best Places. GOBankingRates also sourced average rent costs per month from Zillow, and information on annual costs of groceries, healthcare, utilities, transportation and more from Sperling.

Here are the top 15 cities where $100,000 will hardly make ends meet, along with each city’s annual cost of living from GOBankingRates and average rent costs per month.


15. Hayward, California

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In this city on the east side of the San Francisco Bay and south of Oakland, $100,000 won’t go very far.

Annual cost of living: $112,933

Average rent price: $2,764


14. Arlington, Virginia

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This suburb of Washington DC isn’t exempt from the high costs of living there just because it’s outside of the city.

Annual cost of living: $116,947

Average rent price: $2,239


13. Los Angeles, California

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In Los Angeles, where rent prices near $2,700 per month, life is anything but cheap.

Annual cost of living: $118,650

Average rent price: $2,771


12. Honolulu, Hawaii

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Honolulu, Hawaii is an urban oasis on a tropical island, but it’s no vacation from high costs of living.

Annual cost of living: $122,298

Average rent price: $2,405


11. Oakland, California

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Oakland isn’t totally exempt from the insanely high costs across the San Francisco Bay. While it’s still considerably cheaper than San Francisco itself, rent costs nearing $3,000 per month won’t be very budget-friendly.

Annual cost of living: $122,359

Average rent price: $2,942


10. Seattle, Washington

Seattle is another west coast city where not only rent, but all the costs of living, aren’t very affordable on $100,000 or less.

Annual cost of living: $124,062

Average rent price: $2,238


9. Huntington Beach, California

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Huntington Beach ranks higher overall for living costs than its urban neighbor Los Angeles.

Annual cost of living: $125,461

Average rent price: $2,754


8. New York City, New York

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New York is the second east coast city to make the list, requiring a salary of over $125,000 to live comfortably.

Annual cost of living: $127,285

Average rent price: $2,329


7. Irvine, California

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Irvine residents have higher costs of living than the average Los Angeles resident.

Annual cost of living: $128,623

Average rent price: $2,903


6. Glendale, California

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Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of urban Los Angeles, Glendale, California residents see higher costs of living than most LA residents.

Annual cost of living: $134,583

Average rent price: $2,699


5. Bellevue, Washington

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Bellevue, Washington is just one bridge away from Seattle, but this city-like suburb is home to many tech companies and corporations, as well as residents with high salaries.

Annual cost of living: $140,908

Average rent price: $2,421


4. Fremont, California

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Outside of San Jose, this California city is now home to tech companies and automaker Tesla, which has increased the cost of living here.

Annual cost of living: $154,409

Average rent price: $3,027


3. San Jose, California

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Living isn’t cheap in San Jose, and the average person will need about $160,000 per year to live comfortably.

Annual cost of living: $158,119

Average rent price: $3,142


2. San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California.

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San Francisco only ranks second on the list, but the average person will still need about $185,000 to live comfortably in this expensive city.

Annual cost of living: $185,303

Average rent price: $4,272


1. Sunnyvale, California

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Sunnyvale, California beats out San Francisco to become the most expensive city, and the most inaccessible to workers making under $100,000 per year. Here, it will cost over $200,000 per year to live comfortably.

Annual cost of living: $238,333

Average rent price: $3,551

A top sniper slipped past about a dozen Marines — no one saw him even when he was less than 3 feet away

Hidden beneath twigs and weeds, three snipers' stomachs are flat on the ground with dirt and grime on their faces.

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Hidden beneath twigs and weeds, three snipers’ stomachs are flat on the ground with dirt and grime on their faces.
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  • Insider recently observed scout snipers going through stalking training at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.
  • Before the students entered the field, an instructor demonstrated proper technique.
  • Not only was everyone unable to find the sniper with various optics at the observation post roughly 1,000 feet from his position, but a dozen Marines, a couple of Army Rangers, and I were unable to find him when he was less than 3 feet away.
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Imagine an enemy you can’t see, an invisible hunter as lethal as any of nature’s fiercest predators. A concealed sniper is by far one of the deadliest forces on the battlefield.

Insider visited Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia recently to observe US military snipers as they practiced hiding in plain sight. Before the training began, an instructor showed everyone how it’s done.

Scout Sniper School instructor shows Marines and Army Rangers the tricks of the trade at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.

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Scout Sniper School instructor shows Marines and Army Rangers the tricks of the trade at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.
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A combat veteran who knows well the cost of a mistake, the instructor’s execution was exceptional down to the last detail. A dozen Marines, a couple Army Rangers, and I failed to spot this man, even when he was only 3 feet away.


The Marine sniper moved undetected into position within about 300 meters of the observation post. Every observer, searching without success with high-powered optics, was in firing range.

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At the observation post, troops used various monocular and binocular devices to scan the field in search of the sergeant, who had already painted his face and customized his ghillie suit with vegetation and was moving into firing position.

No one found him.

A second instructor, who already knew where the Marine sniper was hiding, then walked into the field and announced over the radio that he was standing next to the concealed sniper, who could see us despite everyone at the observation post being unable to see him.

The unconcealed instructor then placed his hand on the sergeant’s head. It didn’t help. That’s how good his cover was.


After being told where he was, we went into the field to observe the sniper in his firing position.

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This is where things got really interesting.


As we hiked into the field, everyone walked right past the sniper. He wasn’t even 3 feet away, and we still missed him completely.

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The sniper’s firing position is hard to spot, even at close range.
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The above photo was taken right after everyone was told exactly where the sniper was. While he is somewhat visible from this angle, he was all but invisible when viewed from other positions.


Everyone gathered around the sergeant to listen to him explain the tricks of the trade, lessons essential for not only making it through scout sniper stalking training but also surviving on the battlefield.

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Slowly emerging from his position, the instructor explained the need to use the terrain to your advantage, to find and build screens, to blend in with your environment, and to keep low and manage your movements.


Keep low and use the terrain to your advantage.

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Students listening to the sergeant explain his techniques. He still has his head down in this picture, making him almost invisible.
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“I’m going to use the terrain to my advantage,” the instructor told his students. “You can see there is a hill back there, I don’t want to go over the very top of the hill. I want to come around the side of the hill, follow the low dead space down, and then come up from behind into my position, always maintaining that low profile, low silhouette.”

“You want to stay as low as possible,” he added, telling them to be aware of their movements in the field.


Find and build screens that conceal your position.

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“The big thing you are looking for is trying to find some screens,” the sergeant said, telling the trainees that would soon enter the field that they want at least two screens between them and a potential observer, such as tall grasses or other vegetation, that obscure the sniper from the watchful gaze of the enemy.

Grassy areas can be easier to work in than some other environments, such as the desert, but these areas have their own challenges. For instance, muzzle blast will blow light vegetation outward, potentially giving away a sniper’s position, if he is too close to his screen.

A sniper may also need to build false screens to cover evidence of his presence, such as bent or broken grass. “It is really common, especially in grassy areas, to make false screens because of how easy it is to give away your position in grass,” the instructor said, reminding students that shaking the grasses or moving abruptly could alert an enemy to their presence.

The sergeant admitted that his screens, while effective, weren’t ideal, but he made up for that with his camouflage.


Blend into your environment with camouflage.

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As the sniper starts to stand up, his camouflage and concealment efforts, such as the mixing of vegetation into his ghillie suit, become visible.
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“You and your gun need to look like everything around you,” the instructor said, explaining that snipers want to blend into the negative space.

“Don’t be the bush,” he added. “Be the space between the bushes.”

Before the sergeant entered the field, he painted his face with browns on features that stick out and greens on flatter surfaces. In the field, he weaved grasses in natural patterns into his ghillie suit, and then, after he arrived at his firing position, he concealed his tripod and rifle in vegetation.


After finishing the sergeant’s short class, the students grabbed their gear and prepared to demonstrate what they learned.

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Some excelled. Some still need a bit more practice.

The best leather sneakers for women

  • Leather sneakers are casual, cool, and comfortable, a perfect trio that goes with just about every look.
  • There are so many great leather sneakers for women out there, so we’re helping you out by sharing our top picks across the board.
  • Our top pick overall is The Royale from Greats because it’s stylish, comfortable, and relatively affordable. You can find out more about this pair, and the rest of our picks, below.

When it comes to shoes, there’s nothing I love more than a leather sneaker. A good leather sneaker strikes the balance between sleek and sporty, trendy and classic, comfortable and stylish. That’s why I wear mine everywhere and with everything. Leather sneakers, jeans, and a plain white T-shirt are the ultimate effortless outfit trifecta. Swap out wedges for a pair of leather sneakers to edge up a sundress in the summer, or wear them in place of loafers to dress down a more formal look.

These days, dressing casually is cool – and a good pair of leather sneakers are a wardrobe staple. Simple silhouettes and supportive construction make leather sneakers a classic, reliable choice for any outfit, occasion, or mood. I could wax poetic on leather sneakers for days, but instead I’ll channel my fervor into helping you find the best pair.

The best part about the leather sneaker trend is the variety of options. But with so many brands and styles to choose from, it can be hard to pin down just what to buy. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly pair, a timeless pair in a fun pattern, or a luxury pair, we’ve researched offerings across brands and tested some of these ourselves, too. Once you find your perfect pair, just make sure you keep them clean – we have lots of products to help you with that too.

Here are the best leather sneakers for women you can buy:


The best women’s leather sneakers overall

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Greats The Royale sneakers look and feel like the more expensive pairs out there, but with a much more affordable price, making them our top choice.

Premium white sneakers are popping up everywhere. If you want that luxury look without the accompanying luxury price tag, Greats will become your go-to.

Greats was founded in 2014 as a middle ground between the fast-fashion throwaways and the pricey luxury pairs. Each pair is handmade in Italy with premium materials, but they carry a much more affordable price tag than you’d probably expect – all of the pairs go for less than $200.

The Royale, one of Great’s bestsellers, is a timeless wardrobe staple. The supple full-grain leather upper gives this pair a clean, premium look that lasts. The waxed cotton laces won’t wear out quickly, adding to the sneaker’s durability.

Ortholite insoles provide a little extra cushion, so you can wear these comfortably for hours. The Strategist also named them one of the best travel shoes for women. And sock haters, rejoice: The breathable, soft leather lining inside the shoe means you don’t even need to wear socks with these.

Over 300 reviewers over at Greats have given these sneakers an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars. They say that they’re supportive, and the quality leather just gets softer over time. At $179, The Royale sneakers aren’t cheap, but they’re much more affordable than most of the premium leather pairs you’ll find elsewhere.

Pros: High quality, reasonable price, classic style

Cons: Limited color options, midfoot seaming isn’t as simple as others


The best budget-friendly women’s leather sneakers

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The Adidas Stan Smith sneakers have been bestsellers for almost 60 years now, and they just so happen to be budget-friendly too.

If a shoe has been popular for over 50 years, it’s safe to say it’s not going out of style anytime soon. Such is the case for Adidas’ classic Stan Smiths, arguably one of the most iconic sneakers around.

The shoe was originally released as a tennis sneaker in the 1960s. Today, the Stan Smith isn’t a performance pair, but the style has stayed relatively the same and somehow still feels fresh after all these years. The low-cut silhouette is in line with the other style-focused leather sneakers on the market. A leather upper with Adidas’ perforated three stripes and green detailing on the tongue and heel tab make this pair a classic. The green and white colorway goes with everything, but if you want something more neutral, or more loud, there are plenty of designs to choose from.

The Stan Smiths are cushy and comfortable on your soles, though they lack the arch support of a performance sneaker. I find that my Adidas sneakers run true to size, but some shoppers comment that this pair runs large. So if you’re between two sizes, you should probably pick the smaller option. And an Adidas pro tip for small-footed ladies, you can get these shoes even cheaper by going for a kids’ size.

Pros: Affordable, comfortable

Cons: May run large


The best classic women’s leather sneakers

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The Nike Air Force 1 was launched in the 1980s as a performance basketball sneaker, but has since become a street-style icon that’s equal parts cool and comfortable.

The Nike Air Force 1 debuted in 1982 as a premier high-top basketball sneaker and quickly found itself on the feet of some of the NBA’s biggest names. Encapsulated air units in the soles added springy cushioning while box-toe perforations offered easy ventilation, making the Air Force 1 a simple and stylish choice for the pros. While originally made for men, the Nike Air Force 1 quickly became a street-style symbol, and in 2001, Nike introduced women’s sizing.

The Air Force 1 is one of the most enduring pairs from the innovative Nike Air franchise. The shoes seamlessly blend performance and style, making them a go-to on courts and streets alike. The leather upper, foam sole, and padding around the collar provide all-day comfort, and with the chunky, low profile, they have a casually cool style that looks good with everything. Nick Engvall, founder of Sneaker History, credits the Air Force 1 with starting the sneaker culture we know today.

Over the years, the Air Force 1 has seen many colorways and collaborations with designer brands. You can’t go wrong with the clean, crisp, white-on-white pair though. At $90, these are relatively affordable for a pair of quality leather sneakers – though the price can be higher for different colorways.

Pros: Timeless style, comfortable, affordable

Cons: Can get dirty easily


The best comfort women’s leather sneakers

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Cole Haan

The Cole Haan GrandPrø Tennis sneakers are lightweight, flexible, and ergonomically designed for superior comfort.

Cole Haan is known for its innovative sneaker technologies, which in turn makes for really comfortable shoes. The GrandPrø Tennis Sneaker is no exception.

As the name suggests, the sneaker looks like a traditional court shoe, but it’s slimmer and lighter. The supple leather is accented with a suede detail by the heel, as well as some minimalist stitching on the upper. This makes for a sleek design that works for everyday wear.

Every part of the shoe is thoughtfully designed for maximum comfort and wearability. In the heel and forefoot are rubber pods for traction as you move. The leather footbed is covered in a light textile so your feet never get too hot. The Grand.ØS outsole has layers of special cushioning for padding below your feet, making each step feel softer. The lightweight construction makes these really flexible, mimicking the natural motion of your feet.

Over 300 reviewers give this shoe a healthy rating. One reviewer at Cole Haan says she wore them on vacation for a day of walking over 10 miles, and they were still incredibly comfortable after hours. We like them so much we included the men’s version in our guide to the best stylish sneakers for men. If you need a sneaker that can take you from your commute, to vacations, to work events, and everywhere in between, the GrandPrø Tennis Sneaker is a great choice.

Pros: Lightweight, comfortable

Cons: May run large, pricey


The best lightweight women’s leather sneakers

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M. Gemi

The Sempre sneakers from M.Gemi are handmade in small batches in Italian factories, and the quality is apparent in these lightweight shoes.

If you haven’t heard of M.Gemi, you should know that the footwear startup works with small, family-owned factories in Italy to create their shoes in limited quantities – and new styles are released online every Monday.

What that really means is that with every pair of shoes you buy from M.Gemi you get quality craftsmanship. But small-batch also means some pairs can sell out quickly and rack up long wait-lists.

The Sempre is M.Gemi’s classic leather sneaker, handmade in Italy. It boasts a minimalist silhouette and design, which makes it a versatile option. A supple leather upper and rubber sole offer comfort and flexibility. In fact, they’re so flexible you can even fold them in half for easy packing. The unlined interior is also light on your feet. The comfortable design and simple style make these an easy go-to pair for just about every occasion.

I have tested The Sempre in Rose, and my feet are constantly happy when I slip them on. I’d heard a lot about M.Gemi, but I wasn’t sure what made this pair worth $198. After wearing them for a significant amount of time, it’s clear that you’re paying for high quality and attention to detail. The leather is so soft, and combined with the lightweight rubber sole, these are really flexible, making them comfortable for long hours of wear. I even wore these without socks on a summer day, and while I wouldn’t recommend doing the same, my feet were totally comfortable the whole day through, albeit a little sweaty.

Pros: Lightweight, flexible, comfortable

Cons: Pricey


The best splurge-worthy women’s leather sneakers

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The Koio Capri sneakers are pricey, but they’re really comfortable, high quality, and easy to clean, making them worth the price if you’re ready to splurge.

In a world flush with luxury sneakers, Koio is a standout. Feeling like the leather sneakers from old-school designer brands were treated more like precious objects than everyday footwear, Koio’s co-founders (and self-proclaimed sneakerheads) set out to make premium leather sneakers without the heavy markup. To achieve this, Koio sneakers are made in the same Italian factories as high-end brands like Chanel and Hermès.

The Capri is a simple, sleek pair that you’ll want to wear with everything. The buttery soft leather wears in quickly for a really comfortable feel that just gets better with time. The full-grain leather upper is smooth and really nice quality. You may be nervous to rough these up, but they’re actually super easy to clean. I just dab mine down with a damp washcloth when I notice dirt or spots.

The Capris come in a variety of attractive options, both leather and suede, with textural accents and cool colorways. I live in my Capri Biancos, Koio’s original white sneaker with a light grey suede accent. They’re definitely my most-worn shoe of the moment – they look good with anything I wear them with, and they’re comfortable.

While $248 is definitely a lot for a pair of sneakers, when you compare the Capri to even more expensive luxury options, these are more reasonable. If you’re willing to splurge, the Koio Capri will serve you, and your wardrobe, well.

Pros: Premium quality without the markup, easy to clean, comfortable

Cons: Pricey

All of the ‘Big Brother’ couples that are still together

Holly Allen and Jackson Michie were the showmance to beat during their season of the show.

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Holly Allen and Jackson Michie were the showmance to beat during their season of the show.
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  • The CBS reality show “Big Brother” is filled with competitions, alliances, and romance.
  • Many couples have gotten together on the show throughout the years and some are still dating, engaged, or married.
  • Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder have been married for years.
  • Bayleigh Dayton and Swaggy C are still a couple.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The CBS competition show “Big Brother” is filled with intense challenges, secret alliances, and, of course, plenty of romance.

After 21 seasons, a lot of relationships have formed and continued outside of the house, even when the cameras have stopped rolling.

Here are all of the couples from “Big Brother” that are still together.


Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder from seasons 11 and 13 are married with children.

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Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder met in 2009 while filming season 11 of “Big Brother.”

They were one of the first “Big Brother” couples to get together inside of the house and stay together once the cameras stopped rolling.

While paying a visit to the “Big Brother” houseguests during season 16, Schroeder proposed to Lloyd. The pair got married in 2016, and now have two children.

Read More: ‘Big Brother’ couple Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder have been together for nearly a decade – here’s a timeline of their relationship


Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas from seasons 12 and 13 are married.

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They got married in 2012.
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Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas, otherwise known as #Brenchel, formed an alliance during season 12 of “Big Brother.”

The power couple was eventually evicted from the game but their whirlwind romance proved strong enough to exist outside of the house.

Reilly and Villegas were actually the first “Big Brother” showmance to get married.

Villegas proposed on Valentine’s Day in 2012, and their ceremony took place on September 18, 2012, in Los Angeles, California.

The couple has a daughter named Adora.


Daniele Donato and Dominic Briones from season 13 are married.

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They met during season 13.
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“Big Brother” season-eight alum Daniele Donato met Dominic Briones on the set of season 13.

The finale of season 13 aired in September of 2011 and the couple got married in January of 2013.

This past August, they celebrated the birth of their daughter, Tennessee Autumn Briones.


Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo from season 18 are engaged.

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Victor Arroyo proposed to Nicole Franzel on “Big Brother.”
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Nicole Franzel won “Big Brother” season 18, breaking a five-year male competitor winning streak, and becoming the first woman to ever win “Big Brother” against a man in the final two.

Although during season 18, Franzel was in a showmance with Corey Brooks, she formed a connection outside of the house with a different houseguest from that season – Victor Arroyo.

Franzel and Arroyo started dating after wrapping up season 18. During season 20, Arroyo proposed to Franzel on a special episode of “Big Brother.”

The couple celebrated their engagement with the season’s final seven, as well as a few special guests including “BB” alums Josh Martinez, Derrick Levasseur, Britney Haynes, Paul Abrahamian, and Daniele Donato.

Earlier this year, the pair competed together on “The Amazing Race.”


Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson from season 19 are married and have a daughter.

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Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson’s showmance escalated quickly during season 19.

During their season, they struggled to stay in the house – Nickson didn’t get along with the majority of the house and it placed a target on both of their backs.

Still, the couple became inseparable from day one, and even though their fellow houseguests made sure Graf and Nickson wouldn’t be spending the summer cozied up in the jury house together, the couple reunited on finale night and have been together since.

Although they both lost “Big Brother,” they later won season 30 of “The Amazing Race” together.

Nickson and Graf tied the knot on October 14, 2018. The reception was catered by Texas Roadhouse and the ceremony was officiated by the casting director, who they say brought them together.

The couple’s daughter, Maverick, was born earlier this year.


Bayleigh Dayton and Swaggy C from season 20 got engaged on finale night.

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They got engaged on television.
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Bayleigh Dayton and Swaggy C were the first official showmance of season 20 – and they were only in the house together for 23 days.

Dayton was apparently heard on the live feed discussing a possible pregnancy, but nothing was confirmed during the show’s network airing. Later, the couple confirmed in a YouTube video that Dayton became pregnant during the show and had miscarried during her time in the jury house.

After his eviction and while Dayton was still competing in the “BB” house, Swaggy C took it upon himself to get better acquainted with Dayton’s family, who he says have accepted him with open arms.

In September 2018, Swaggy asked Dayton to marry him during “BB” finale night and she said yes.

They may have reportedly gotten quietly married earlier this year – in April, Soap Dirt published what appears to be the pair’s marriage certificate.


Haleigh Broucher and Faysal Shafaat from season 20 are making it work long-distance.

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The pair celebrated their anniversary in June.
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Faysal “Fessy” Shafatt was crushing on Haleigh Broucher from day one in the “Big Brother” house.

The two were flirty throughout the summer, but Broucher made it very clear that she came into this game to win $500,000, not get involved in a showmance.

Regardless, their showmance continued to blossom on-air. On finale night, Shafatt told host Julie Chen that the relationship was, in fact, “the real deal.”

In a 2018 interview with “Celebrity Big Brother” alumni Ross Mathews and Marissa Jaret Winokur, the couple said they are taking things slowly.

In June, the two celebrated their one-year anniversary.


Tyler Crispen and Angela Rummans from season 20 are living together.

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Tyler Crispen and Angela Rummans had a slow-forming showmance.
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Tyler Crispen may have come in second place for the grand prize on finale night, but he did win the title of America’s Favorite Player, and the heart of fellow houseguest and fitness model Angela Rummans.

Unlike the other two showmances in their season, Crispen and Rummans weren’t blatantly a couple until the end of the season when their feelings for each other quickly intensified, and they shared their first “I love you” on camera.

Crispen opened up about his showmance on finale night during his speech to the jury and, as of October 2018, he has moved into Rummans’ place in Los Angeles.

As of September, the pair still regularly post photos together on Instagram.


Season 21’s finalists Holly Allen and Jackson Michie are still together.

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Holly Allen and Jackson Michie were the final two of their season.
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Jackson Michie and Holly Allen were the showmance to beat throughout season 21 of the series and although they had a few small on-screen fights, the pair remained strong and won plenty of competitions.

The two ended up competing in the finale together and Michie ended up winning.

Based on their recent Instagram posts, Michie and Allen are still a couple.

Senate GOP leader says Trump’s tariffs have been ‘very tough’ on American farmers

Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell

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  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that a trade dispute between the Trump administration and China has hurt US farmers.
  • “It’s been very tough on American agriculture,” the Kentucky Republican told CNBC in an interview.
  • China has placed steep retaliatory tariffs on US agricultural products over the past year and a half, sending prices and exports of commodities sharply lower.
  • Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that a trade dispute between the Trump administration and China has hurt US farmers, adding that he hoped the two sides could defuse tensions.

“I’d sure like for it to reach some resolution soon,” the Kentucky Republican told CNBC in an interview. “It’s been very tough on American agriculture … I hope we can get a conclusion to this sometime soon because rural America really needs it.”

China has placed steep retaliatory tariffs on US agricultural products over the past year and a half, sending prices and exports sharply lower.

Still, McConnell said that he “admired” President Donald Trump for his efforts to address Chinese trade practices said to put the US at a disadvantage.

In another attempt to placate constituencies across the Farm Belt ahead of the 2020 elections, the Trump administration rolled out a $16 billion bailout program for farmers this year. The new package mirrored a $12 billion aid package announced last year, which provided direct and indirect payments to farmers.

Recent polls suggest an increasing number of Americans are worried about tariffs. But Trump has highlighted slower growth in China and dismissed recession concerns at home.

Now read: The Trump administration pushes back against reports it’s looking to limit investment in China

Read more: A hedge fund manager who turned $126,000 into $500 million explains his Warren Buffett-esque investment process – and why he’s not concerned with today’s stock market valuation

Stocks climb amid optimism around upcoming trade talks

Stocks rose on Monday as the Trump Administration pushed back against reports that it was exploring restrictions on US investment in China.

Bloomberg News reported on Friday that the White House was considering measures such as delisting Chinese firms from US exchanges, which sent stocks falling as investors worried the move could complicate trade negotiations.

“That story, which appeared in Bloomberg: I’ve read it far more carefully than it was written,” White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro told CNBC on Monday. “Over half of it was highly inaccurate or simply flat-out false.”

Treasury spokesperson Monica Crowley also said over the weekend the administration was not “contemplating blocking Chinese companies from listing shares on U.S. stock exchanges at this time.”

The rebuttal comes as investors are paying particularly close attention to US-China relations ahead of high-level trade negotiations scheduled for October 10.

Here’s a look at the major indexes as of the 4 p.m. close on Monday:

Shares of Alibaba, JD.com, and other US-listed Chinese companies rose after the Trump administration said it wasn’t exploring blocking Chinese firms from listing on US exchanges.

Read more: A hedge fund manager who turned $126,000 of firmwide assets into $500 million explains his Warren Buffett-esque investment process – and why he’s not concerned with today’s stock market valuation

Apple’s stock price rose as much as 2.6% after JPMorgan hiked its price target on the company to $265 from $243. The analyst cited robust iPhone demand as the reason for the price increase, which represents about a 20% premium from where the shares traded on Monday.

Within the S&P 500, these were the largest gainers:

And the largest decliners: