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Famous Footwear's newest Long Island location hosts Shoe Crazy challenge

Newsday's Nina Ruggiero participates in Famous Footwear's Shoe

Newsday's Nina Ruggiero participates in Famous Footwear's Shoe Crazy charity challenge in Selden. (Oct. 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Handout

Imagine walking into a store and being told you can take home as many shoes as you can get your hands on . . . for free.

That's what happened to one lucky shopper when Famous Footwear opened its newest Long Island location, at 299 Middle Country Road in Selden, in July, and I got to try the Shoe Crazy challenge out for myself on Thursday, but this time, for charity.

There was a catch: I only had 30 seconds and had to grab one shoe box at a time. But at the end, Famous Footwear would donate the total dollar amount of what I gathered to the Salvation Army's Greater New York Division, an incentive that made the challenge well worth it.

First, I mentally mapped my route, and then I prepared to run. My opponent, a Manhattan-based fashion blogger, never made it, claiming transportation issues. (Probably afraid of his swift competition, if you ask me.)

When my time was up, I was able to grab five pairs of shoes for a grand total of $289.76. 

The affordable footwear chain also opened new stores in White Plains and the Bronx this summer, and has locations throughout Nassau and Suffolk County. For a list of store locations and to see their fall styles for men, women and kids, visit


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