CES is the place where the tech industry comes together annually to update the rest of us low-tech plebeians on what new apps, software, platforms, and gadgets are that will change the way we live. And Under Armour just launched a brand new series of shoes that aims to change the way you run.Under Armour's newest tech development, HOVR, is making its debut in the third generation of the brand's smart shoe series. The tech is a fusion of shoe design and construction, paired with connective technology that takes the tracker off your wrist and puts it on your feet. As Jim Mollica, head of global consumer engagement and digital marketing at Under Armour asked on Tuesday at CES, “Why can’t that sensor ... be built into the stuff I already need and already use?”After more than two years of development, Under Armour has debuted the HOVR series—comprised of two new shoe designs: the HOVR Phantom and the HOVR Sonic. Both designs have flipped the script on smart shoes, … [Read more...] about CES 2018: Under Armour Debuts the Smartest Shoe You’ll Ever Wear
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Three generations of Nike Metcons have come down to this.Meet the Nike Metcon 4, the fourth in a line of top-quality training sneakers, and a shoe that’s guaranteed to have plenty of CrossFit plans. Just in time for the New Year, Nike launches its new pair of Metcons, bent on high-intensity interval training domination.And these Metcons are a good shoe, even if they aren’t exactly new or revolutionary. The Nike Metcon 4s have a lot in common with the Metcon 3s in terms of overall design and feel. But that doesn’t diminish just how good these Metcon 4s are for a workout, or just how well-rounded these Metcons are.The Metcon 4s continue to look like a marriage between a Nike running shoe and a Kobe 6. These are low tops that hug your foot and feature a slim profile. The outsole continues to wrap around the shoe just a tad, providing extra grip for such things as rope climbing.Related: The 7 Best Shoes for CrossFitThe changes from the Metcon 3s to the 4s are far more … [Read more...] about The Nike Metcon 4 Are the Sneakers You’ll Want for Your Next HIIT Workout
(Natural News) If you’re new to camping and hiking, there are a lot of things to take note of such as getting the proper gear and preparing yourself mentally and physically for the hike. You’re even going to need a pair of comfortable camping shoes to keep your feet in good shape. Before you buy your camp shoes, keep several things in mind. Sturdy camp shoes with a heel strap are recommended because you might have to walk around even while you’re at camp. Camp shoes can also be used for river crossings, but make sure they’re waterproof. Get ultralight camp shoes that weigh at least six to 12 oz., and b uy camp shoes without laces that you can put on with one hand. You won’t be wearing them while hiking, so why do you need camp shoes? Camp shoes are necessary because t hey let your feet breathe. After a long day of hiking, your … [Read more...] about Walk the extra mile: 7 best camp shoes to take care of your feet
The Audax is a shoe that hits right to the heart of how I ride: I don’t race, so I don’t need the absolute stiffest sole; I find that they’re so unforgiving, I get hot spots. But I do want a durable and efficient performance road shoe that’s comfortable on really long rides. The Audax, which Specialized created expressly for that kind of riding, is a good candidate. It’s also the rare shoe that requires almost zero break-in time. The synthetic leather upper was mostly comfortable on the first ride, with the lone issue the tall, un-notched heel cup. But after about five hours of ride time, it wore like a shoe I’d owned for a year. RELATED: 9 Tips for Happy Feet Like all Specialized shoes, the Audax is built on the Body Geometry platform, which for its shoes means a few things: 1.5 degrees of Varus angle (an upward tilt from the outside of the foot to the big toe) built into the shoe, three tuneable levels of arch support via … [Read more...] about Tested: Specialized Audax Shoes
The buzz is loud. Minimal shoes, while still making up a small portion of running shoes sold, have exploded in the marketplace, increasing in sales by 1,800 percent in the past two years.Some people wonder whether the minimalist movement should have a youth brigade. Is it something we should be experimenting with, avoiding or mandating? While I can't give definitive answers for each child, I can provide some details on physical development during childhood and how footwear might influence that development.Before we debate the merits of minimal shoes vs. protective shoes (with or without flashing lights and built-in squeak toys), we should discuss normal physical development. The alignment of your kids' limbs changes over the years. A lot. When they pop into the world, they've been crammed inside a space smaller than a basketball. Obviously they're weak and nowhere near capable of supporting themselves in standing against gravity. Soon, though, they begin to improve their strength and … [Read more...] about Shoes For Small Fry
Please Note: Running Times does not sell shoes, nor do we know the inventory of retailers across America. If you are looking for a particular shoe, we suggest you try your local retailer, or try one of the on-line retailers we list in our retailers links page.How We Review ShoesPronation FactorTrail ShoesFrequently Asked QuestionsAsk a QuestionHow We Review Shoes Our reviews are based on both empirical data and subjective wear-test results. Empirical data is collected in a number of ways. All shoes are weighed and the outersole thickness is measured. The base plate of each shoe is also scanned, with the resulting graphic used to calculate curve angle, widths at various locations, and flex-groove location/layout. Additional information may be gathered to support or refute wear-test results: volume (as determined by filling the shoe with beans and then weighing the beans), forefoot flexibility (the amount of force necessary to flex the shoe to a given toe-off angle), torsional rigidity … [Read more...] about About the Shoe Reviews
Don’t worry about pronation control, stability, or even cushioning when choosing shoes—wear what feels good and you’ll be more efficient and have fewer injuries. That’s the bottom line of a recent discussion paper published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that sparked a flurry of web stories, such as this New York Times piece.The BJSM paper reviews studies on footwear and injury over several decades, revealing that there is little scientific evidence connecting pronation and running injuries, nor evidence that cushioning prevents injuries—two factors often used to choose running shoes. It goes on to propose that instead of correcting your stride, shoes should support each runner’s “preferred movement path” and the best way to assess that correlation with your personal stride pattern is the subjective filter of “comfort.”Is it really as simple as “If it feels right, wear it?” Answering that requires … [Read more...] about Choosing Shoes: Should Comfort Be Your Only Guide?
For some of us, summer means sandal season. For those who have abused our feet to all hell in the gym or at the track, we’ll spare the world our calluses.Boat shoes are too boring. So, instead, consider these slip-on sneakers from Vans and J.Crew the best pick for men this summer. They’re just as easy as flip flops—but the crisp seersucker design make them actually appropriate for work (because every dude looks good in stripes). Just be sure to stick to pants with slender legs to keep the look balanced. We love them with a broken-in pair of rolled up chinos, like these ones.You can wear them sockless and beat the sweat stank by sprinkling Gold Bond in them whenever they feel (or smell) swampy. ($7, amazon.com). Or, throw on a pair of no-show socks.Even if you have a habit of schlepping coffee onto your sneakers, white shoes can work for you. You just have to know how to clean them right—and we can help with that part.The Vans slip-ons are only available on … [Read more...] about These Are the Only Shoes You Need This Summer
Hey Tenzing,There are two kinds of cargo pants: neat and relaxed. We’re fans of both, but there’s a big difference in how you can wear each.If yours are neat — which means they have a slimmer silhouette, streamlined pockets and heavier fabrics (like these from Club Monaco) you’ve got a lot of options. Here are a few of our favorite ways to wear them.Dressy: With a shirt, navy blazer, pocket square, and a wingtip or oxford shoe.Business casual: With a turtleneck and leather lace up dress shoe or boot.Sporty: With a crewneck sweater, down vest, and a chukka boot.Casual: With a sweatshirt or tee and sneakers.If yours are relaxed — which means they have a fuller shape, exterior pockets and lighter weight fabrics (like these from Levi’s), keep the shoe casual. Remember that these are weekend pants and don’t try to dress them up. Wear them with casual, weekend shoes like sneakers or desert boots.—The Men’s Health Style TeamFollow … [Read more...] about Q: What are the best shoes to wear with cargo pants?
by Jerick Sobie, Board Certified Pedorthist What people don’t realize is that your foot changes shape and length over time as an adult. Although a woman may be a size 8 in her twenties, it does not mean she’s still the same size in her thirties and beyond. This goes for men too. Wearing heels causes all the weight to be placed on the balls of the feet. That pressure and the fact that most high heels do not absorb the impact very well, cause the foot to flatten and spread out. Another culprit that wreaks havoc on your feet is flip-flops. The majority of flip-flops available offer no support or absorb the impact when the foot strikes the ground. That means your feet, knees, hip, and back take the brunt of the force. So if your feet have changed and you are wearing shoes that are too small for your feet, then you are inviting foot problems like: bunions, corns, metatarsalgia, morton’s neuroma, hammer toes, cross-over toes, … [Read more...] about How to Choose Comfortable Shoes that Sustain your Feet and Prevent Pain