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Importance of Information

Brooks Pure Cadence

Trying to find the right pair of running shoes starts with an information exchange.

You’re at the running shoe store. You’re looking at the seemingly endless rows of shoes, all in different brands, colors, styles. Trying to decipher which one is best for you is like trying to figure out Quantum physics. Ok, maybe that’s extreme. But if you are just starting out and have no idea which shoe “fits”, it can be tough.

Take a deep breath. There are a few things that can help! First, there should be an associate there to help you, asking all the right questions to get you into the perfect pair. If they aren’t, ask for someone. Assuming there is, he or she will probably ask you a series of questions, and it’s very important that you know how to answer them.

Pay attention to how your shoes wear out; that info is helpful. More wear on the outside or inside of the sole of a shoe can shed light on what kind of stride you are prone to. (While this isn’t always the best way to determine stride, it is one place to start. And trust me, types of stride is a whole ‘nother topic to save for a different day.)

Also pay attention to what’s painful or comfortable about the shoes you wear. Do they pinch your toes? Feel too slim? Rub your Achilles? Leave blisters anywhere? Feel like heavenly memory foam? These are questions you will most likely get asked, so having some idea of answers ahead of time is helpful.

Set some goals. How far do you plan on running? Pavement or trail? Are you training for a race? Again, thinking about this only helps ensure you get a great pair of sneaks.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions either. Ask for brand reviews. Ask which hold up the best or which seem to have a wider toe box. Ask which can help you improve your stride. (Again, a topic for another day!) The more information exchanged, the better.

This is just the topping, the beginning. There’s a whole world filled with running shoes out there. Don’t be afraid to explore it!

Until next time, shoe lovers!

Brooks Pure Cadence

When I put on my running shoes, I feel like I could run for miles.

Can shoes alter one’s personality? I would very heavily argue yes. Ok, it’s not like you can put on a pair of knee-high gold-lined boots and suddenly become Wonder Woman or wear some black leather combats and suddenly you’re Batman.

What I’m saying is that certain pairs of shoes can feel empowering. For example, I bought a pair of motorcycle boots this weekend. (I donated six pairs to Goodwill last weekend, therefore I was granted permission to get a new pair for those of you wondering why my husband allowed that.) When I wear them, I feel pretty badass. I feel like I could drive a motorcycle, kick butt in a bar brawl and street dance with the best talent out there.

But anyone who knows me knows full well that I don’t have a motorcycle license, I have skinny little chicken arms that couldn’t knock out an elderly woman, and I certainly can’t dance, at least not well. I kind of wriggle around and pretend I can dance; usually I’ve had some liquid courage at that point.

This happens to me a lot. When I don my running shoes, I feel like a marathoner, even though recently I can hardly run 2.5 miles. When I put on my cowgirl boots, I want to swing dance and ride a horse. My point is that sometimes specialty shoes can encourage confidence and help uncover hidden passions. Not every shoe is capable of this (I’m thinking your worn-out work tennis shoes that you mow the lawn in…but you never know).

Seriously think about it the next time you slip on your favs; why are they your favorite, what do they inspire in you, how do you feel when you wear them? Who knows, maybe your boots will inspire you to fly the Invisible Airplane.

Until next time, shoe lovers.

Welcome again to Matt Duncan, Mizuno shoe guru. This week, Matt shares what’s so good about the new Wave Rider, a neutral shoe for the neutral runner.

The Wave Rider 16 is great for the neutral runner.

The Wave Rider 16 is great for the neutral runner.

Mizuno has produced the new Wave Rider 16! Weighing in at an astonishing 9.9 ounces, your first thought would be that this shoe is a light weight trainer. You would be wrong! Although it is one of the lightest shoes in its class as an everyday trainer, it does not sacrifice durability or comfort. With a foam midsole that is designed to last 600+ miles and Mizuno’s patented wave plate (yes, you can actually see the patent number on the bottom of the shoe), you can expect your runs to feel fast and the stress on your joints to be less noticeable.  

So, you may be asking yourself, how can a shoe like this last so long, be so light and still be so protective? The answer is that Mizuno has developed their own proprietary foam for longevity and they are using a beautiful light, extremely strong, recycled upper mesh to cover your pretty feet. The result is a shoe that is lighter, longer lasting and better for your body to run in. Give them  a try!

On a side note, I have a pair of Wave Riders. As someone who needs stability, I don’t run in them, but I will say this: they are very comfortable and well worth the buy.

Until next time, shoe lovers!

Companies are always coming up with something new; that’s how they show they are improving their product, and, let’s face it, it’s how they get you coming back for more. This week, a guest writer has put together an article about the Wave Inspire 9. Matt Duncan reveals what’s so special about this new release and why you should buy it (if you need a stability running shoe that is).

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The Inspire 9 is a great shoe for the pronator.

It’s the New Wave Inspire 9! You heard me right! Mizuno has done it again! By maintaining the legendary mid-sole that is all things light, supportive and long lasting (lasting around 600 miles) Mizuno has produced a new version of the Inspire that is nearly a full ounce lighter than last year’s model.  The shoe still retains all the awesome legendary qualities that make it an excellent choice for any runner who may need a shoe designed for moderate over pronation.  But how did they do it?

The new model received a complete tune up on the upper, receiving a new lighter weight recycled mesh and redefined toe box that will better accommodate both a foot that may have bunions or sore metatarsals. It also has retained the same mid-sole for long life on the roads, and the same carbon infused rubber on the out-sole that will make sure you get tons of amazing miles out of these shoes. The really cool part is that Mizuno has kept the price the same as last year and with the weight as low as it is, it will be a go to choice for any runner of any level!

Thanks, Matt, for the update. Until next time shoe lovers!

I was thinking back on my days of shoe selling this weekend and reminiscing on all of the knowledge that I used to impart on customers. It reminded me on how important it is to wear the right running shoe for your foot, so I thought a good review on how to properly fit a shoe might be in order.

You obviously won’t be fitting your own running shoes since you can’t get a good look at your feet without totally distorting every angle, but there are things to

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The Saucony ProGrid Guide has a gray color on the outer sole, a clear indication of a stability shoe.

keep in mind. First, how do you (or how does the person you’re fitting) stand? Do their ankles turn in towards each other? Are the arches flat or mostly flat? When squatting, do the knees knock together, not going straight down? This is a pronator, and pronators need stability. Stability shoes are traditionally marked with a stiff, gray-colored foam on the inside outer sole.

If the ankles do not roll in but instead stand in a straight line, this is a neutral stance. When squatting, the legs go in a straight vertical line down and up. The arch has a modest curve upwards. Neutral runners do not need correction. By far and large, they have the widest variety of shoes to pick from.

Lastly, there are the people with such high arches, you could drive a car under them. These are the supenators or under pronators. Their ankles face AWAY from each other. This type of stance requires a high- cushioning shoe, something that is built up around the outside part of the outer sole.

Of course there are many things to consider. Don’t do this if you don’t know what you’re doing; see a professional. And if your feet hurt when running? Definitely go get fitted.

I like Asics; I’ve made no secret of that over the lifespan of this blog. It’s my go-to brand for not only shoes, but phenomenal running clothing. But I think my 2170’s might have a competitor in the Mizuno Wave Inspire.

I’ve worn them for a couple runs; I’ve had them take me through short 10 minute speed runs to some 5-mile distances. And I’ve discovered that, even though these are considered a traditional running shoe, it feels like there’s nothing on my feet.

The Wave Inspires are so light I feel like I’m not wearing shoes, yet they offer the perfect amount of stability. I felt supported, comfortable and bouncy in these shoes. So

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I’m digging these Mizuno Wave Inspires.

farm their wear has been good, though 6 to 8 months down the line will be the ultimate determining factor.

I have Race for the Cure this coming Sunday, and I can honestly say I’m not sure which brand I’m going to sport. What do you, my readers, think?

I love shoes; I will change the pair I’m wearing up to three times a day just so I can get my fill of their amazing-ness. But sometimes, when I’m tired or feeling like I need to be free from the world, I just don’t want to wear any shoes.

Putting on work shoes every day just reminds me of the duties, obligations, and responsibilities I carry. Not that there’s anything wrong with making a little money.

Putting on heels to go out on weekends reminds me of how hard I feel like I have to work to look good and how tired my feet are afterward. Not that there’s anything wrong with my 5-inch stilettos.

Putting on running shoes reminds me that I have  along workout ahead of me and that I’m going to be way more tired after a run than I’ve been all day. Not that there’s anything wrong with being healthy.

Sometimes putting on all the shoes I have to wear to perform the duties my life requires is just too much; sometimes I just have to get back to the bare natural me, the me who makes me feel good and relaxed. Those are the “shoes” that I need and want to wear on a regular basis.

Practice what I preach

My Asics have seen better days!

Every day, customers come in to our store and ask me, “What’s the best running shoe I can get?” They want to know the best quality and how to make the most of the shoes.

I ask questions; I give advice; I match them with the proper shoe. One of the most common issues people have that I hear about is that their shoes they currently wear are starting to hurt. And my question is, “How long have you had them?”

The problem is, is shoes break down pretty quickly if you run a lot. Say you run three to five miles a week for five days a week. My advice is get a new pair of shoes after about six to eight months. No longer.

I tell all my customers that. The funny thing is I’ve had my running shoes for about a year and a half. I’ve run a marathon on them. I’ve done anywhere between 25 and 45 miles a week in them. They are so broken I laid awake all night last night because my shins hurt so bad.

So don’t do what I do. Practice what I preach. Your body will thank you.

What is your workout of choice? Running? Elliptical? Weights? Whatever it is, you might be surprised that your shoes can hold you back from getting the best out of your routine.

Cross training shoes can help you get the best lift in the gym.

There is a huge difference between cross training shoes and running shoes. Running shoes are built to give a “rock” effect, meaning their toe box rolls up to give optimal push off of the ball of the foot.

Running shoes are built to move with your foot; they hug the contours of your feet. Running shoes have so many different features: arch support, extra cushioning, flexible soles all depending on who you are and how you move.

Cross trainers are flatter. They take up the best space on the ground and keep your feet grounded so you have great balance and steadiness. They can have a little bit of cushion or hardly any.

When lifting weights, it’s better to wear cross trainers for balance, for steadiness. Rock too much (in a running shoe) and you could end up with a blown out shoe, or worse, a blown out knee.

Run in cross trainers, and you could end up with shin splints or heel problems.

Of course, this isn’t the end-all rule; most people do what they are comfortable in and what works for them. But ask yourself next time at the gym or on a run: am I getting the best performance possible?