Choosing the right running shoe never has been easy. So many shoe companies make so many models, each touting high-tech features. How to make the smartest choice? Experts say shoe-buying is getting simpler. You don’t need a computer algorithm. You’ll probably fare best by trusting the feel. Forget minimalist styles“Minimalist shoes,” designed to mimic barefoot running, were all the rage a few years ago. The theory might have been good, but the results weren’t.“To borrow from Winston Churchill, never has so much damage been done to so many by such little shoes,” Washington podiatrist Stephen Pribut says.Many runners suffered forefoot pains and stress fractures because of the lack of cushioning. Others complained of calf strains and Achilles tendinitis.A backlash followed, but so did a new approach. Although shoe companies brought back thick cushioning, they also abandoned bulky devices. “As a sort of minimalist legacy, many manufacturers … [Read more...] about Go the distance when researching the best running shoe
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Imagine you just placed an online order for a pair of running shoes, a pair of shorts, a jacket, and a long-sleeve tech shirt. The total for that order: around $80. You may be thinking to get that bargain, you have either used one of the best discount codes in history or gone back to a time when $150 running shoes weren’t typical.Alternatively, you may have paid full price at Decathlon Sports. And here’s the kicker: Some of what you bought would function as well as gear costing two or three times as much.What Is Decathlon Sports?Decathlon might be the largest sporting goods manufacturer you haven’t heard of. The French-based company has more than 1,400 stores spread over 48 countries and offers apparel, shoes, and gear for more than 80 sports. Its 2017 revenue was approximately $12.5 billion; the equivalent 2017 figures for Nike and Adidas were $34.4 billion and $24 billion, respectively. Decathlon’s sales figures are notable in part because most of its products … [Read more...] about Are These $35 Running Shoes as Good as Yours That Cost $150?
For running gear geeks, Austin, Texas, is the place to be in the final days of November. Each year, the industry descends on the city for The Running Event—part retail workshop where stores can share best practices, and part gear expo where brands can show off the latest in shoe tech and stylish apparel. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below At this year’s show, the theme in general was shoe fit and comfort. While previous years have brought us a foam war—with each brand trying to deliver a bouncy, soft midsole—the companies really turned their focus to the shoes’ uppers and how they interact with your foot. We haven’t heard the last about foams, to be sure, but next year’s shoes promise to better wrap your foot with less risk for blisters and hot spots.Here are 17 of the most exciting shoes launching in 2019.New Balance Fuel Cell RebelPrice: $130Available: July 1, 2019 The Fuel Cell Rebel’s curved shape and lateral fin is a novel … [Read more...] about The Best New Shoes for 2019 Launched at The Running Event
Your feet are one of the most important contact points with your bike, and the right shoes can make a big difference in your performance—and enjoyment—when riding. Whether you’re upgrading your old favorites or searching for your first pair, you won’t regret taking the time to find a pair that fits well, and suites the type of riding you plan to do. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below RELATED: The Most Comfortable Shoes to Slip on After a Hard WorkoutA good fit means snug, but not tight. Go too loose and you’ll sacrifice energy during every pedal stroke; too tight and you’ll risk cutting off circulation. If you’re shopping online, it helps to come armed with knowledge of both your European and American sizes, which you can often cross reference on the retailer’s sizing chart to pinpoint the size that will work best for you.Here’s how to take care of your new kicks when they get wet: Advertisement - Continue Reading Below When … [Read more...] about The 20 Best Cycling Shoes of the Year
Q: I just bought my third pair of gym shoes, and none of them seem to be comfortable. Could I be tying them wrong?A: Today's mass-produced shoes often don't accommodate the quirks of individual feet, which may be wide or narrow or have arches that are high or low. Retying your shoes can make adjustments for those differences, and in some cases, ease your pain.Foot pain might stem from any of a variety of issues, such as bunions, hammertoes, corns, calluses, ingrown nails, pinched nerves or neuromas, and heel pain from plantar fasciitis. Many of these problems can be aggravated by improperly or even properly fitted footwear. Women who opt for narrow shoes and high heels are more likely to develop foot pain.Depending on the source of the pain, taking a few minutes to adjust the laces of your gym shoes could be a good first step to help alleviate soreness. It is certainly worth a try to see if this would decrease any pain or discomfort during walking or any athletic activities. While … [Read more...] about The Medicine Cabinet: Ask the Harvard Experts: Creative shoe lacing helps ease foot pain