Payless to Sell "Green'' Shoe Line

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Payless ShoeSource is going green as it plans to sell a line of ecologically friendly shoes and handbags.

The Topeka-based chain is unveiling the new line today, with the first eight to 12 styles of women's shoes being introduced in between 500 to 1,000 of its 4,500 stores. The shoes will sell for an average of less than $30 a pair and be joined soon by styles for men and children.

The new brand will be made from materials with less impact on the environment, such as organic cotton and linen, hemp and recycled rubber outsoles. The shoes will be produced on special machines that use biodegradable glues and be shipped in boxes made of recycled materials.

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