Payless Shoesource Closing 2,300 Stores

Payless ShoeSource has plans to close all stores.

Payless ShoeSource to close all 2,300 stores

Payless ShoeSource plans to close all of its roughly 2,300 stores when it files for bankruptcy later this month, according to media reports.

Sources close to the matter told Reuters that Payless has been unsuccessful in finding a buyer and is preparing to run going-out-of business sales next week.


This would be Payless’s second bankruptcy filing, after emerging from an April 2017 filing about 18 months ago.

A string of bankruptcies have already claimed thousands of U.S. stores this year, including some GAP, Gymboree, Things Remembered and Crazy 8 stores. Last year some high-profile businesses like Toys “R” Us, Sears and Bon-Ton —parent of Elder-Beerman — closed thousands of stores after filing for bankruptcy.

There are Payless locations in the Dayton Mall, Mall at Fairfield Commons, Sugar Creek Plaza, Midpointe Center in Middletown, on Salem Avenue in Dayton, at Bechtle Crossing in Springfield, on Voice of America Drive in West Chester, Bridgewater Falls in Hamilton and others in the Cincinnati area.

There is also a distribution center that employs 550 people in Brookville.

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The Best Basketball Shoes for Guys

Control the court with these high-flying kicks.

Basketball player tying up his shoelaces


Basketball players depend on their feet to jump, cut, and sprint, so it’s essential that they have the right pair of shoes. The perfect kicks should be a blend of lightweight court grip and lockdown support, so that every movement, from stops and starts to explosive leaps and bounds, feels comfortable.

Performance is important, but so are looks. Since pro basketball takes place indoors under the bright lights of NBA arenas, the court becomes a de facto fashion show, with the most visible players getting the flashiest, best performing shoes under their own lines. As one of Nike’s early ad campaigns for Michael Jordan taught us, at least part of his otherworldly game has gotta be the shoes.

For the rest of us, a hot look paired with a good fit is what counts when we hit the rec court. Men’s Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. and associate fitness editor Brett Williams compiled this list of the best high-flying kicks in the game right now, with the buzziest signature shoes and some low-key top performers for anyone just looking for a pair to lace up and ball.

Nike LeBron 16


The newest LeBron sneakers build on the eye-catching battle knit design of 2017’s LeBron 15s, once again delivering a combination of bounce and support, especially if you’re a post player. The best part: an improved traction pattern on the bottom that’ll have you feeling in control on hardwood and blacktop alike—and almost completely eliminate slipping. – Eb

PUMA Uproar Charlotte

Puma is back in the game after a long hiatus, but the brand has come out of the gate strong with high-profile endorsements and flashy social media campaign. All that noise would mean nothing if the shoes themselves couldn’t perform—but the second pair of kicks in the Puma Hoops line, the Uproar, live up to the hype. We got a sneak-peek before they hit the market in time for the 2019 All-Star weekend in Charlotte, and found that the super-light sneakers provide a lockdown fit, with just enough cushion to keep the feet comfortable on the hardwood. -Brett

Air Jordan XXXIII


The 33rd edition of His Airness’ kicks do away with the most basic thing on your kicks: Laces. Their replacement: A FastFit cable solution that has you simply pulling hard to secure. And yes, it works, solidly locking down your entire foot, and even securing your heel. The result: A durable, light shoe that’ll have you comfortably changing direction on the court. -Eb

Harden Vol. 3 Shoes


Low-top lovers will find their on-court match with the third iteration of reigning NBA MVP James Harden’s signature adidas line. The kicks feature the same Boost foam that runners depend on for major energy return, so prep for big bounce, while the lockdown strap over the forefoot keeps you dialed in. -Brett

Basketball Shoe PG 3


Paul George’s signature shoe is all about freedom. The PG3s feel light and unrestrictive, letting you elevate with ease, but still offering cushioning on landings and enough ankle support to make you feel comfortable changing direction. A grippy sole completes an underrated package that won’t shatter your wallet, either. -Eb

Marquee Boost Low


Top-notch performance is implied in the Marquee Boost’s name—and a midsole filled with adidas’ most popular cushioning material makes it clear this shoe is no slouch. Added ankle support gives those wary of a low-cut basketball shoe some extra comfort, too. -Brett

UA Anatomix Spawn Low



UnderArmour updates one of its best shoe designs with the new Spawns, super-breathable kicks that offer a tight fit and surprising flexibility in the forefoot—the kind of flexibility that players who cut and change direction often will love. -Eb

Air Max Infuriate 2 Mid


If you’re not looking to drop triple digits on a pair of shoes for your weekend rec league, these mids from Nike fit the bill. You’ll still get a flashy Max Air unit in the sole and a dynamic lacing system without the extra bling from the association with a big-name endorser. -Brett

UA Anomaly



This pair of mids from Under Armour offers performance in a no-frills package for a low cost. Extra padding around the tongue and ankle collar makes the fit more comfortable, and built-in ankle support can help to keep even the clumsiest post players from rolling their ankles. -Brett

Jordan Lift Off


These mids from Jordan might be one of the brand’s more low-key offerings, but that doesn’t mean the shoe won’t perform on the court. The Lift Off clearly takes design cues from the Jordan VI, a classic from the Jumpman’s Chicago Bulls days—you just won’t need to wait for a hyped retro release or pay top dollar to play like Mike in the shoes today. -Brett

Brett Williams is an Associate Fitness Editor at Men’s Health.
Ebenzer Samuel, C.S.C.S., is the fitness director of Men’s Health and a certified trainer with more than 10 years of training experience.

Kourtney Kardashian And Making Cosmetics Safe

Kourtney Kardashian talks advocating for safe cosmetics

If you want to keep up with Kourtney Kardashian, you’re going to have to head to Washington, D.C. The mom and reality TV star joins TODAY to talk about how her push for new regulations on personal care products took her to Capitol Hill.

Grammy Red Carpet Bold Looks 2019

Grammys red carpet roundup: See the boldest looks of the night

By Emily Sher

When it comes to having fun at an awards show, the Grammys win every time. Besides the music performances, the wild, wacky looks on the red carpet make the night a fashion extravaganza.

Whether they were playing with volume, using every color of the rainbow or making a political statement, these are the most-talked-about looks from the Grammys red carpet.


Image: Cardi B. at the Grammys 2019
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Talk about a showstopper! Covered in pearls and peeking out of a shell-shaped dress, Cardi B set the internet ablaze with this look — which people have compared to everything from an oyster to Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” to “The Birth of Venus” painting.


Image: Tierra Whack at the Grammys 2019
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The Grammy-nominated artist went for a psychedelic look in an illustrated dress and floor-length, rainbow-colored fur coat. Now that’s one way to make an entrance.


Image: Tayla Parx at the Grammys 2019
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The singer-songwriter, who is credited as a co-writer on hits like Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” wasn’t afraid to pair a textured pink dress and coat with colorful sneakers. That seems like a smart (and comfortable!) move.


Image: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez at Grammys 2019
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J.Lo and A-Rod are always dressed to impressed, and the superstar couple were clearly into the fun-loving theme of the night. Lopez topped off her jewel-encrusted column dress with a dramatic, wide-brimmed hat, while Rodriguez chose a blazer with a particularly eye-catching pattern.


Joy Villa, Gram
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The singer-songwriter has used fashion to express her political views in the past — and this year’s Grammys were no different. She even wore barbed wire across her shoulders.


Image: Ricky Rebel at Grammys 2019
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Villa wasn’t the only expressive Trump fan at the awards show. Singer-songwriter Ricky Rebel wore his support around his shoulders with a “Make America Great Again” jacket.


Image: Andrea Echeverri at the Grammys 2019
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They say dress for the job you want … but does that include dressing for the award you want? Colombian rock star Andrea Echeverri seems to think so.


Image: Katy Perry at Grammys 2019
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The pop star’s structured gown got plenty of comparisons on social media — from Barbie cakes to jellyfish — but we couldn’t help but think of cotton candy.

Luckily, Perry has a great sense of humor:


Image: Shawn Everett at Grammys 2019
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One especially nice part of awards shows is letting the people behind the scenes have their moment in the spotlight. Shawn Everett, a music engineer and producer for bands like The War on Drugs and Alabama Shakes, went with a look that looks like a football player in “The Matrix.”


Image: Kylie Jenner at Grammys 2019
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Decked out in a light-pink shade sometimes referred to as “millennial pink,” Kylie Jenner went with a funky look while supporting Travis Scott (father to her 1-year-old daughter, Stormi Webster).


Image: Saint Heart at Grammys 2019
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Pop star Saint Heart went with a butterfly theme that certainly caught our attention. The fun pop of color was an automatic red-carpet winner.


Image: Leon Bridges at Grammys 2019
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The singer-songwriter, who’s best known for his hit “Coming Home,” had a personalized look with patches including his own name, the Ford logo, the state of Texas and a tiger.


Image: Hennessy Carolina at Grammys 2019
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It should come as no surprise that Cardi B’s younger sister shares the fashionable gene. This barely there minidress has voluminous sleeves other dresses can only dream of.


Image: Post Malone at Grammys 2019
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Is anyone else sensing a pink theme? The rapper and producer took this Western-inspired outfit to the next level with a pale-pink color and silver studs.


Image: Fantasia at Grammys 2019
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“American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino went with a yin-yang theme in this half-gloved, black-and-white look.

Valentine Day Dresses 2019

28 Flirty and Feminine Valentine’s Day Dresses

Whether you’re hitting the town, going to a romantic meal, or cooking dinner at home, here are the dresses you (and your partner) will love.



Whether you’re set for a romantic date night, dinner with your pals, or a cozy evening in, the most romantic day of the year calls for something special in the outfit department. From sleek silhouettes to sultry pink minis, these Valentine’s Day-approved dresses have won our hearts.

Floral Print Sheath Dress



For those who crave a less femme take on floral.

Lace Midi Dress


This lacy red dress is sexy without looking to skimpy.

Corey Chiffon Fit & Flare Dress

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For a casual Valentine’s date, try this plunge-neck, cap-sleeve red dress.

Daisy Ottoman Dress


Bring some Jackie O vibes to your Valentine’s Day with this pretty pink number.

Lace Midi Dress



Not one for classics reds and pinks? This lacy navy dress is just as romantic.

Asymmetric Draped Midi Dress



Embrace your inner Aphrodite with this goddess-like draped red jersey dress.

Embellished Neck Sheath Dress



The ruched pearl neckline of this pink sheath dress mean no accessories are required.

Spaghetti Strap Foldover Dress


There’s no better holiday than Valentine’s Day for pulling off a hot pink dress.

Bella Off the Shoulder Velvet Dress


This ruby red off the shoulder velvet dress has a beautiful ’50s flair in the sweetheart neckline.

Lace Dress



This pink, lace body-con dress is the perfect blend of sultry and ladylike.

Strapless Sheath Dress


What better way to say “you have my heart” than a red sheath dress with a heart-shaped neckline.

Button Sleeve Sheath



The button details on the sleeves of this peach sheath dress elevate the understate elegance of the style.

Colorblock Pleated Midi Dress

Halogen x


Navy accents give this fluttery pleated dress a graphic touch which can take from the office straight to your Valentine’s date.

Amalia Pieced Sheath Dress

Sachin &


The mix of plunging red velvet and pink and red floral is the ultimate Valentine’s look.

Floral-print Maxi Dress



Give your Valentine’s Day a flowy, beachy feel with this pink floral maxi.

One-Shoulder Body-Con Dress

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This simple and sleek one-shouldered red sheath dress is full of Valentine’s elegance.

Dani Lace Sheath Dress


This lace floral dress splits the difference between sweet and sultry.

Patton Plunge Plissé Dress


This pretty red v-neck dress puts a  slightly mod spin on the classic long-sleeved red dress.

Plunging V-Neck Chiffon Gown


For a more formal evening of romance, try this flowing pale pink chiffon gown.

Bow Crepe A-Line Dress



You’ll be the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift with this bow-collared dress.

Sequin Bateau Neck Cocktail Sheath



Match your dress to your glass of bubbly with this shimmering pink-champagne sequined  dress.

Elsa Sleeveless Lace Fit & Flare Dress

Bronx and


There’s no such thing as too much lace on Valentine’s Day.

Velvet Slipdress

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This slinky pink velvet dress has an irresistibly romantic feel.

Tie-Neck Graphic Print Shift Dress



For maximum Valentine’s fun you need a maximum Valentine’s color palette, like this red and pink patterned dress.

Kadisha Knit Dress



Make a bold date night statement with this electric pink A-line dress.

Lace Dip Dress

Chi Chi


You’ll feel like the belle of the ball in this high-low lace halter dress.

Off the Shoulder Sheath Dress



A touch of sparkle adds pizzaz to this wine hued off-the-shoulder dress.

Bell Sleeve Dress



Flirty bell sleeves and dainty cut outs make this pale pink dress feel extra special.