Founded in 2009 by French trail runners Nicolas Mermoud and Jean-Luc Diard, Hoka One One began just as the minimalist running shoe trend was reaching its peak. What Hoka offered was something completely different: a maximalist shoe that cradled and cushioned runners’ feet. Inspired by the smooth ride provided by mountain bikes and powder skis, Mermoud and Diard wanted to bring a similar floating feel to running. They started by making prototypes themselves and eventually worked with a chemist at a Chinese shoe company to develop an entirely new kind of EVA foam that was soft and surprisingly lightweight—characteristics that are now hallmarks of Hoka kicks. Early releases like the Mafate (now Evo Mafate and Mafate Speed), Bondi, and Stinson ATR proved that the Hoka design philosophy had merit. For runners, these shoes provided enough cushion to soften rough terrain and boost momentum, but weren’t so heavy that they felt weighed down. The shoes caught on, and Hoka has … [Read more...] about The 10 Best Hoka One One Running Shoes
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PUBLISHED: 12:52 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:46 02 March 2018 Dan splarn Special Footwear are experts in shoes for people with feet problems in London. Archant For people who suffer with feet problems, it is often difficult to find footwear that is both comfortable and stylish. There is a shop in the West End dedicated to changing that. Special Footwear create wooden lasts like these to replicate your feet exactly, before custom-made shoes are built on site. Special Footwear, found on New Cavendish Street, has been creating bespoke shoes for people with feet problems for 56 years. The store can offer elegant footwear in any style and custom-made shoes are made on the premises, often within three weeks of the first consultation. Master shoemaker Tony Andrews says that his shop is devoted to creating beautiful footwear for men, women and children, no matter how severe their feet issues are. “These are handmade shoes for people with problems with their feet, who … [Read more...] about Hand-crafted shoes from Special Footwear in London’s West End helps you put your best foot forward
While the rest of the country was left scratching their heads about an 11-seed making the Final Four, you were busy planning en epic watch party. Busted brackets won't stop you and your gang from setting up on your couch and watching the madness unfold. From a 75" smart TV to a mini kegerator, we've got all the gear you need to transform your living room into your local sports bar—spicy nuts, included. 1 The Smart TV With a screen this big and an image this crisp, you won't miss a single personal foul or shot-clock violation.Samsung 75” Smart TV 4K Ultra HD TV, $1,999Buy It Here Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 2 The Speaker Ditch the bulky speakers for the sleek design of this interconnected model from Sonos.Sonos Playbase, $699Buy It Here Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 3 The Kicks Channel the spirit of March Madness with these basketball sneakers. They may even … [Read more...] about The Best List: Everything You Need to Throw a Final Four Watch Party That Doesn’t Suck
Many people experience foot or ankle pain at some point. By keeping the feet strong, a person can alleviate soreness, and improve overall health and flexibility. Regularly exercising and stretching the feet and ankles can help to ensure that muscles are providing the best support. These exercises may also increase the range of motion in the feet, keeping a person active for as long as possible. Most foot exercises are simple and require no complicated equipment. They can be done at home or in the gym as part of a regular exercise routine. The following exercises have been developed to improve flexibility and mobility in the feet. 1. Toe raise, point, and curl This exercise has three stages and will help to strengthen all parts of the feet and toes. To do this exercise: Sit up straight in a chair, with the feet flat on the floor. Keeping the toes on the floor, raise the heels. Stop when only the balls of the feet remain on the ground. Hold this position for 5 seconds before lowering … [Read more...] about What are the best foot exercises for healthy feet?
Specialized’s flagship shoe underwent a similar redesign to the brand's helmet for 2018, focusing on a middle ground between performance and comfort. Andy Pruitt, founder of the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine and creator of Specialized’s Body Geometry program, said that the central focus for cycling shoes for years has been trying to stabilize the foot and attach it to the pedal in a way that minimizes side-to-side knee tracking, while generating maximum power.RELATED: The Most Common Causes of Knee Pain While Cycling“The challenge is taking the foot, which is a dynamic structure with arch flex and energy return, and turning that into a rigid lever,” he said. “That’s a pretty hard thing to do.”With the S-Works 6, Specialized got as close to that as it’s ever gotten but, as Pruitt acknowledged, it came at some cost of rider comfort. Specialized used Dyneema—a high-strength, non-stretch polyethylene fiber used in products ranging … [Read more...] about Specialized’s New S-Works 7 Shoes Are as Comfortable as They Are Fast