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Florida teen gives classmate a pair of Air Jordan shoes after noticing his boots were falling apart



BARTOW, Fla. — A Bartow High School student gave his classmate a pair of shoes after noticing his broken boots.

Carlos Perez, a sophomore, noticed Joseph Brown could use a different pair of shoes.

The two teens have a Criminal Justice class together at Bartow High School.

“I saw that his were falling apart. I felt bad for him so I decided to give him mine because I did not want him to get bullied or get made fun of,” said Carlos Perez.

Perez asked their teacher if he could speak to Brown in the hallway so other students would not see. Perez pulled out a pair of shoes from his backpack.

“I was respecting his feelings. I did not want to embarrass him in front of everybody. I asked the teacher if I could walk outside with him and talk to him,” said Perez.

Brown, who has autism, told ABC Action News he loves Christmas and this was very special.

“I was surprised when he gave me the shoes. It just made me so happy. Nobody has ever done that for me in my life,” said Brown.

“Thank you so much, you made my heart very happy,” he added.

Their teacher, Melinda Dorman, said Perez gave away the shoes when no one was looking. It was an act of kindness.

“It’s the holiday season and everyone has cheer in their heart, but this is something that needs to continue throughout the year,” said Dorman.

“This is a wonderful lesson in the act of kindness,” she added.

Brown’s mother, Danielle Purvis, said she is overwhelmed by the gesture.

“To randomly just see another student in need and provide that need and went ahead and did it without being recorded and without letting everyone know. He did it humbly,” said Purvis.

Purvis said she was waiting for payday before buying her son new shoes. She is grateful another student helped.

“It was overwhelming to know that there are other kids out there, other teenagers, that are looking out for my son and making sure he’s taken care of when I’m not around,” said Purvis.

Perez said he plans on giving Brown two more pairs of shoes.

“In elementary school and in the beginning of middle school, I use to have shoes that were broke and they had holes in them. I always got made fun of… I didn’t want him to get made fun,” said Perez.





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Manolo Blahnik of ‘Sex and the City’ fame closes only US store


Carrie Bradshaw’s Midtown house of worship has closed its doors for good.

Spanish shoe designer Manolo Blahnik suddenly shuttered his only free-standing boutique in the US, a small shop on West 54th St., where the “Sex and the City” protagonist claimed to have had “a religious experience” shopping for stilettos.

This past week, the luxury shop’s windows were covered with brown paper and a sign in the window noted that the boutique was “permanently” shuttered. Inside, store workers packed hundreds of boxes of shoes, which retail between $500 and $1,300 a pair.

“Thanks so much for being such great customers for the past 38 years,” the sign said.

Manolo Blahnik’s exquisitely crafted heels and flats, some embellished with crystals and pearls, shot to international fame after the premiere of HBO’s “Sex and the City” in 1998. Bradshaw, a freelance columnist played by Sarah Jessica Parker, once confessed to spending $40,000 on shoes and created a wedding registry at the store.

The West 54th St. boutique has been a regular fixture on “Sex and the City” bus tours of New York.

In the first “Sex and the City Movie,” Big proposed to Carrie with a pair of Manolos — the bright blue Hangisi pumps, embellished with a crystal buckle. Ten years later, in 2018, the designer launched a 12-piece collection based on that moment in the film.

“[Carrie Bradshaw] has had such a role in my career,” Blahnik told British Vogue in 2009.

Sign on the now-closed Manolo Blahnik store.
Sign on the now-closed Manolo Blahnik store.Helayne Seidman

It’s not immediately clear what prompted the abrupt closure, although Manolos, as they’re known, are still available at high-end stores such as Bergdoft Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

In April, Blahnik broke with his longtime financial partners George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, who jointly own the West 54th St. building through a limited liability company, public records show.

Malkemus has been president of Manolo Blahnik USA, the American arm of the British-based company, since 1982, and abruptly ended his partnership with the designer in April. He cited “unacceptable terms” offered by Blahnik’s niece and CEO, Kristina Hulsebus, according to an April press release.

A woman trying on shoes inside the Manolo Blahnik store in 2002.
A woman trying on shoes inside the Manolo Blahnik store in 2002.Helayne Seidman

“Ideas have not always been in sync and [the relationship] sort of came to a conclusion,” Malkemus told Women’s Wear Daily in April.

Their business agreement ends this December, according to WWD.

A man who answered Makelmus’s cell phone would not answer The Post’s questions Friday. Manolo Blahnik’s CMO Carla Filmer told The Post, “we are looking at new retail opportunities across North America and we look forward to announcing an exciting new standalone location soon.”

Manolos have long been a favorite of celebrities, including Rihanna, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, former First Lady Michelle Obama and women from the “Real Housewives” franchise. Jennifer Aniston wore a pair when she wed Brad Pitt.

“This saddens me,” said Sonja Morgan, a star of “Real Housewives of New York” and a fashion and shoe designer. “That store is a landmark for me and many New Yorkers as well as an international crowd who enjoy the small boutique feel and old-world service.”

Award-winning costume designer Patricia Field, who created the iconic looks on “Sex and the City,” told The Post she was shocked by the store’s closing.

“I’m going to miss it,” she said. “It was a great small store experience.”



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