Clothing that tries to conceal an added practical function can often be hit or miss. I own a tech shirt, for example, with a built-in CamelBak bladder that fits well but only serves to arouse alarm in the less-hydrated masses. (“Did you just…take a drink from your shirt?”)But unlike my leak-prone Camel-top or other apparel items designed to cover multiple functions simultaneously, SPD-compatible casual shoes are as useful and practical as they are stylish.These shoes are designed to help you make a seamless transition from the bike to the office, coffee shop, or wherever else you’d like to maintain your secret identity as a Strava-minded cyclist. And for the most part, no one would ever know these were stealth SPDs, unless you kicked up your heel.SPD-recessed street shoes have been on the market for a few years now, but a host of new styles and brands are now available to class up your commute without sacrificing power transfer. At Interbike this week, we saw … [Read more...] about Best New Casual Cycling Shoes
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The shoes you wear can make you feel slim, sexy, and stylish—or they can leave you wincing in pain. Ever wonder how much damage you are doing when you walk to work in sky-high heels or scuff through errands in flip-flops? We wanted to find out for sure, so we took three 40-something women to a high-tech motion-analysis laboratory to test out four different types of shoes: flip-flops, high heels, dress flats, and toning sneakers. (Results were compared with our gold standard of comfort—a simple pair of running shoes.) At the lab, the women were outfitted with sensors to measure muscle and joint activity so we could see precisely what types of stress their bodies were subjected to. Read on to learn the findings and (since we know shoe choice is not always based purely on practicalities) get expert advice on how to make even those stilettos as foot-healthy and pain free as possible.How flip-flops wreck your bodyScrunch time. Only a thin strap and your bunched toes keep … [Read more...] about Are Your Shoes Making You Fat?
It’s no easy task to sport the latest footwear, meticulously curate the coolest feeds, and cultivate hundreds of thousands of followers in the process. But that’s exactly what these 11 menswear experts do, and why their Instagram accounts are among our favorites.So why should you care? Well, whether you’re a formal guy who loves his polished oxfords and monks, or you’ll never abandon the sneakerhead lifestyle, there’s an Instagramming dude who shares your sensibilities. Think of him like your own personal Ben Kenobi, but for shoes. Follow these guys and you’ll know all about the hippest shoe styles of the moment. And feel free to replicate their looks to your heart’s desire. You know you’re getting guidance from the best. Adam [email protected] style-savvy guys who can’t stay in one place too long, take a few pages from the travel journal of menswear blogger Adam Gallagher. Whether he’s scaling Chicago … [Read more...] about 11 Shoe Stars of Instagram
You wouldn’t go out in the rain without an umbrella or a jacket to cover your clothes. Extend the same courtesy to the part of your wardrobe that has it the worst: your shoes. Harsh weather can permanently scuff up even the priciest kicks, which is why Norwegian brand Swims will be your footwear’s best friend.Swims is known for their slip-on, waterproof rubber galoshes worn over shoes while braving the elements. The Men’s Classic II ($95, Saks Fifth Avenue stores) comes in three neutral shades (black, brown and blue) as well as burgundy and orange for those looking to add a pop of color to a dreary day. There are less expensive—and less durable versions available at your local cobbler if $95 is out of your budget. The Swims collection doesn’t end with shoe protectors. They also have a colorful range of casual loafers and sneakers. We like the Flat Front Loafer ($149, Neiman Marcus stores) for drier days spent lounging by the pool or at the beach. … [Read more...] about Rubbers for Your Shoes
There's no time like the present, it's often said. And if you're a gay man in the United States, the proverb may very well be your truth. But it took some time to get here.It might sound like far-fetched, dystopian fiction to Millennials, but gay Baby Boomers certainly remember that the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 prohibited homosexuals from freely entering or leaving America—a law that wasn't overturned until 1991. In 1972, the dawn of the disco era, the Supreme Court ruled that homosexuality was immoral and grounds for termination. That doesn't even count the thousands of brutal hate crimes committed against gay Americans, or the cutting words and casual, bigoted epithets, the flamboyant stereotypes in pop culture, and the commonly-played schoolyard games like "Smear the Queer."In the last decade, though, a sea change of progress has been made on the gay rights front, including the recent ruling by 19 states, plus Washington, D.C., that same-sex couples can marry. … [Read more...] about The Best Time to Be Gay in America: Right Now