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Actress Emma Watson raised eyebrows with her admission that she owns only eight pairs of shoes. The Independent's Assistant Fashion Editor thinks she's got it just right

Shoppers clamour for high street chain's designer shoes

Hundreds of people braved the rain to queue outside H&M's central London stores from the early hours in the hope they would be allowed in to the Jimmy Choo shoe section.

Designer tie-ups: A high street love affair

A-list celebrities and fashion chains have forged enduring partnerships. But do they actually work? Susie Mesure reports

From 'hood to boardroom: Would you take career advice from George Bush and 50 Cent?

Get Motivated!" is plastered in large yellow letters at the top of a garishly-designed website. Below this powerful call to arms are various toothy mug shots of motivational speakers. They are all due to appear at a forthcoming seminar for businessmen in Fort Worth, Texas. A sports star here, a bestselling author there, and...hang on – didn't that guy used to be President?

In the genes: Retail blue blood opens discount club

Elizabeth Sieff, a descendant of the Marks & Spencer founding family, has given up her high-flying City banking career to launch a new club called Little Emperors.

Howard Jacobson: The eroticism of high heels disappears once they reach seven inches

I spent my first term’s student grant on stilettos for the girl I loved

Jimmy Choo budget range set for high street

Fashion-lovers will be able to buy designer Jimmy Choo shoes for a fraction of their usual price tag when a new range goes on sale at H&M.

Sophie Gittins: She's hot on the heels

Sophie Gittins is an Essex girl with an eye for a nice shoe. But no jokes, please. Because the young designer is already hobnobbing with Jimmy and Manolo

Choose shoes as good as Choo's, says China's 'Choo'

Designer wants Chinese factories to stamp out copies and make original footwear

Rebecca Adlington: 'I really missed it, the whole atmosphere. Getting back to normal life was really hard'

In the last of a series of interviews with the men and women who helped make Beijing 2008 Britain's best Olympics, Ian Herbert talks to the golden girl who captured the country's heart

Adlington family set off to watch their daughter aim for second gold

Steve and Kay Adlington will embark tomorrow on a long-planned journey from Mansfield to China to watch their daughter Rebecca compete in her first Olympics in her best swimming event, the 800m freestyle, which starts on Thursday.

Can Bremont's venture really go like clockwork?

They've launched a luxury goods business into the teeth of a downturn but the founders of Bremont tell James Moore their time has come

Hotel Of The Week: W Istanbul, Istanbul

This isn't just a place to stay for the night, it's Istanbul's vision of the future

Cecelia Ahern: Nepotism, escapism and Catholic guilt

The daughter of the outgoing Irish prime minister has made her own name with a series of wildly successful romcoms.
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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The Interview movie review

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Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas