Fans Wear Their Sport With Sports Ball Backpacks

Marshmallow Gun Inventor Expands Growing Jukz Shoes Business into the Apparel World
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Oct. 24, 2012 - PRLog -- (Dallas, TX) October 24, 2012 – True fans can never really get enough of their sport. That’s why Jukz, the engineer of radically comfortable footwear with sports ball inserts, is giving sports lovers an extra dose of fun with its new line of backpacks.

The backpacks, which are made in the U.S.A., come in three bright colors that prominently feature a soccer ball, basketball or volleyball as an eye catching front pocket. Perfect for sports gear or school supplies, the sturdy knapsacks are machine washable, durable and practical.

Most of all, they’re fun.

Jukz front man Johnny de la Valdene knows all about fun, a quality he has leveraged into several businesses over the course of his diverse career. Serial entrepreneur De la Valdene prefers to call himself a “fun-preneur.”

He’s created dozens of companies that produce a range of products including board games, cutting edge android apps, toy marshmallow-shooting arsenals and hip relaxation beverages. Trendsetters know that de la Valdene is a trend leader; if he picks a product, it will be big.  

“Jukz products are bringing a fresh, energetic, comfortable new look to the sports fashion market. Every sports fan of every age can find a great shoe that’s environmentally friendly, proudly made in the U.S.A., and just plain fun to wear. Our new backpacks are durable, comfortable and stylish in a way that nothing else on the market is. Because we know that sports can get messy, they’re also washable,” said de la Valdene.

Sandals and backpacks are made with actual sports balls. Slides and flip flops come in basketball, volleyball, baseball, football, beach ball and soccer ball. They’re designed for maximum comfort with superior support, cushioning heel tag, toe ridge and reflexology balls that massage every step.

Jukz products are sports friendly, but they’re also friendly to those who want to support green living and the American economy. Every Jukz products is as eco-friendly as possible. Slides and flips are made with recycled materials and can be shipped back to the family owned factory in Buford, Ga. for resoling to extend wear. Shoes are 100 percent recyclable, and backpacks are designed to withstand season after season of rugged use.

To help fans support their teams, Jukz is working with colleges and pro teams to create specially branded items. Currently several Texas colleges are represented, including Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech, North Texas, Texas State and Rice University. Notre Dame is geared up to play, and the brand is talking with major professional sports teams including the Dallas Cowboys.

Agreements with department stores including Dillard’s are in progress and de la Valdene hopes Disney won’t be far behind. Collegiate items are available for sale in school bookstores. This fall, sports lovers can enjoy free shipping with the online purchase of any three slides, flip flops or backpacks from

For Jukz, the possibilities for wearing your sport are endless. In sports every season is a fresh start, and Jukz fashion is the same. Soon, the company will release a swimwear line with neoprene soles.

“The great thing about sports is that anyone and everyone can be a fan. Sports bring people together whether they are athletes or spectators, kids or adults. Fans love wearing their sport on their feet, and now they can lug their gear in their sport, too,” said de la Valdene.

About Jukz Shoes

Jukz shoes, named for the sports term meaning dodge, are the newest trend to score big in footwear. Made from recycled sports materials including baseballs, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, tennis balls, volley balls and even swim wear, Jukz let any athlete or fan of any age literally wear their sport.

Created by serial fun-preneur Johnny de la Valdene, who also launched the Marshmallow Shooter toy sensation and international beverage hit Vacation in a Bottle (ViB), Jukz are the newest way for sports lovers to support their sport while walking in comfortable style.

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