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If the idea of store windows full of the same black, studded ankle boots for the next two seasons makes you want to roll your eyes so hard they'll stick, here's some good news. Converse will be opening its first Manhattan retail flagship in Soho, and despite being just three months away, is said to be open in time for the holidays. The 7,000 square foot shop at 560 Broadway will take over space left by Ann Taylor, who is downsizing, and will carry a wider range of the brand's products than nearby shops like Shoe Mania. Looks like those plans to deck the halls with boughs of hightops will come true after all! [Crain's]