SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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THE STRIDE RITE CORPORATION
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Additional Materials Filed Pursuant to Rule 14a-6
This filing consists of a letter from The Stride Rite Corporation to its shareholders.
IMPORTANT MERGER VOTE
TIME IS SHORT PLEASE ACT TODAY!
July 26, 2007
Dear Fellow Shareholder:
According to our latest records, we have not received your voting instructions for the important special meeting of shareholders of The Stride Rite Corporation (Stride Rite), to be held on Thursday, August 16, 2007. Your vote is extremely important, regardless of the number of shares of Stride Rite common stock that you own. Please note that the proposal to approve the merger agreement requires the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the outstanding Stride Rite common stock. Accordingly, if you do not vote it has the same effect as a vote against the proposal.
Please mark, sign, date and return your proxy card as soon as possible in the postage paid return envelope provided.
If the merger agreement is approved and the merger is completed, each outstanding share of Stride Rite common stock will be entitled for the right to receive $20.50 in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes. For the reasons set forth in the proxy statement, dated July 12, 2007, your Board of Directors unanimously recommends that you vote FOR the merger agreement and FOR the proposal to adjourn the meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies. We respectfully request that you vote your shares at your earliest convenience.
If you have any questions or need assistance voting your shares, please call D.F. King & Co., Inc. toll free at (800) 269-6427.
On behalf of your Board of Directors, thank you for your cooperation and continued support.
David M. Chamberlain
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer