If the shoe fits.
What: The footwear brand (founded in Malden 102 years ago) comes home to roost with a funky, 6,000-square-foot retail hub chockful of Chucks, sportswear, and its new line of graphic tees, denim, and outerwear.
Why: An anything-goes customization center invites sneaker pimps to jazz up their high-tops (DailyCandy All Stars, anyone?).
When: Opens Fri. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 348 Newbury St., Back Bay (617-424-5400).
Boston Book Festival
What: Word up — the free citywide prose party comprises influential readings, panel discussions, writing workshops, and spoken word performances from the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane, Tom Perrotta, and A.M. Homes.
Why: The multimedia closing act with readings from locals Nick Flynn and Steve Almond and live sets from Rhodey’s own Kristin Hersh and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’s Nick Zinner (both recently published authors).
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Full schedule online at bostonbookfest.org. Closing event tix ($10) online.
Catwalk for a Cure
What: After sipping healthful Honest Tea cocktails and bidding on silent auction items, cheer the front-and-center bravery of breast cancer survivors as they model pink frocks from more than ten local designers.
Why: All proceeds go to the Massachusetts chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
When: Tonight, 7-10 p.m.
Where: The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St., Beacon Hill (617-224-4000). Tickets ($100) at the door.
Mario Russo at Fan Pier
What: The final piece of the waterfront trifecta — a loftlike outpost from the city’s tress luminary — offers the same precision cuts, luxe services (Kérastase conditioning treatments), and eponymous products as the Newbury Street branch.
Why: Window-shop while processing. The salon shares a glass wall with Louis (another faces the harbor).
When: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 60 Northern Ave. (857-350-3139).
Fort Point Arts Community Open Studios
What: Pore over the creative outputs of more than 150 painters, sculptors, photographers, and textile designers while keeping your eye out for public installations scattered throughout the area (hint: Look in the water).
Why: Check out newest neighbor Grand Circle Gallery and its display of throwback travel posters.
When: Fri., 4-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Pick up a map on Binford St., at A St. More info online at fortpointarts.org. Event and parking are free.
Photo: Courtesy of Converse
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