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It's a sad day for comfortable footwear fanatics everywhere. David M. Helpern, one half of the husband and wife duo behind the brand Joan & David, which popularized comfy yet elegant shoes beginning with Oxfords in 1967, has died due to complications with Alzheimer's disease. Of the brand she created with her husband, Mrs. Helpern told the New York Times that “We decided to make shoes for women who run through airports." Thanks Mr. Helpern for your social service. Our arches and calves will forever appreciate your work. [NYTimes]