Today, Nike announces the release of a new proprietary foam midsole technology called Nike React. The very first shoe to feature React will be the Epic React Flyknit running shoe. It’s a sleek little number (available February 22), with a simple, knit upper that sits atop a single layer of extra thick React foam. In a trend that’s been sweeping the running shoe industry, Nike is centering all its attention and fanfare on the properties of the foam itself, rather than highlighting other individual parts of the shoe.“React is our most complete foam ever,” says Ernest Kim, footwear innovation director at Nike. Kim geeks out, praising the ride this new foam delivers. “You not only get great energy return—13 percent greater than Lunarlon—but [you also get] a much softer experience as well,” he says. For a runner who wants a shoe that feels springy and light, but that can still hold up through plenty of miles, Kim feels that Nike nailed it with … [Read more...] about Nike’s New React Foam Confirms Cushy Shoes Are Here to Stay. Here’s What You Need to Know
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Supination and pronation are parts of a stride. Supination occurs when weight is placed on the outside of the foot while walking or running. When the opposite happens, and a person shifts their weight from the heel to the forefoot, it is termed pronation. Excessive supination (underpronation) and excessive pronation (overpronation) can cause problems with the body's alignment and lead to pain in the feet, knees, hips, and back. Read on to discover treatments and preventive techniques for people who supinate excessively. People who pronate excessively roll their foot inward, causing the outer part of the heel to make contact with the ground and the feet to flatten too much. Those who supinate do not roll their foot inward enough. This puts a strain on the ankle and can cause the ankle to roll outward, which leads to injury. Excessive supination is less common than excessive pronation. The structural problems of the feet causing supination are usually inherited. However, external factors … [Read more...] about What to know about supination of the foot
The Shoes & Gear Blog gets a ton of great questions from gearhead nation, so it's time to add some A to this Q&A. Here we go: Hey Shannon, I bought a new pair of Kayano 15s last week and have run in them three times (about 40 miles total), all in the rain. After letting them dry out for 24 hours, I notice that in the clear part on the bottom of just one shoe I can see a little water sloshing around in there and there's no way I can figure out to get it out. Do you think this is a manufacturing defect (and I should try to exchange them at my retailer) or is it normal and nothing to worry about? - Marky Dear Murky Midsole, My Chong side says “Duuuude. Much bigger things to worry about. I don’t know what they are, but seriously, I wouldn’t sweat this.” I don’t think that tiny bit of water will do much damage before it dries out. But my Clint Eastwood side perks up right away, reaches for his double-barrel, and says, … [Read more...] about Shoes & Gear: Reader Mail Bag
To run your best this spring, you'll need to wear the right running shoes for training and for racing. And when you race, no matter what the distance, you'll run your best only if you wear track spikes. Track spikes provide much better traction on the track than training or road-racing flats, but they offer other advantages, too. Track spikes are so light that it's almost like running barefoot. At the same time, they have great toe spring and flexibility. This allows you to get up on your toes and push off powerfully into your next stride. So track spikes can actually help you run faster. Finding the right pair of spikes isn't quite as simple as buying training shoes.The Best Spikes for You Here are some of the best spikes for group 1, the sprinters: Adidas adiStar Powersprint ($90), Asics Hypersprint ($45), Mizuno Geo Spark ($110), Nike Zoom Super Fly ($100). Here are some of the best spikes for group 2, the 400- to 800-meter runners: Adidas adiStar 3 MD ($90), Mizuno Geo Sniper … [Read more...] about These Shoes are Built for Speed
Minimalist. Zero drop. Pronation, cushion, and motion control. The technology changes, but the question remains: what shoes are best for me? We answer eight eternal questions about choosing the right pair. And if you're currently in the market, we’ve also included a few of the 22 models reviewed in the Fall 2013 Running Shoe Guide.From the Runner’s World Gear Guide, one of more than a dozen free training guides available from Runner’s World.1. When is it time to retire my running shoes?Fall 2013 Shoe Guide:Mizuno Wave Enigma 3 ($140)A high-mileage trainer for runners with medium arches. Between 300 and 500 miles.Why the range? Because how quickly a shoe wears depends on you. If you land hard on your heels with each stride, for example, you’re going to wear through shoes more quickly than more efficient runners do. Keep track of the mileage on your shoes in your training log. And go by feel. If after a normal run your legs feel as if the shoes … [Read more...] about Common Shoe Questions
"You shouldn’t be scared about running in the rain—you just need to be prepared to embrace it," says pro runner Scott Jurek, record holder in the 135-mile long Badwater Ultramarathon, who spent 11 years training in rainy Seattle weather. Jurek says that lacing up in and trekking through the rain makes you a stronger athlete.If you're up for a wet and wild workout, here’s what you need to enjoy yourself and, most importantly, stay safe:Break Out the Neon GearMORE: Weatherproof Your WorkoutsWear Smart LayersIf it's 50 degrees or below, bring along a wind shell made of a waterproof material like nylon. This top layer is essential when it’s chilly outside since the rain can make you even colder, says Jurek. Although it won't keep you completely dry, the shell does an excellent job of keeping your core temperature up, holding in body heat, and therefore decreasing your risk of hypothermia, says Jurek. And think about wearing a visor or baseball hat, too, to stop the … [Read more...] about 6 Tips for Running in the Rain
Hi Mike,Thanks for writing.Unless it's a State Dinner or a royal wedding, you always have an "out" for wearing a tux to a black tie event. Some guys jump at the chance to get into a penguin suit, but a lot of us either don't own a tux or would rather not wear one. Hey, if the host says it's "optional," we're taking him up on that. Check out The Only 5 Suits You Need.Related Video: The most important thing to know: under no circumstances should you rent. If you own a solid dark suit and a white dress shirt, you have choices that don't involve wearing a cheap tux some meathead wore to his high school prom. Here are three style solutions for what to wear instead.TraditionalFeeling Bluenavy suit. Remember, shinier fabrics are dressier, matte fabrics are more casual. Wear it with a white dress shirt and black tie or bow tie and the same black shoes as above and sit back and accept your compliments. Want something a bit more slick? Wear a navy shirt and tie … [Read more...] about Q: How do I dress for a “black tie optional” wedding?
If you’re one of the lucky few who managed to score a pair of the pure-flames Project Rock Delta training shoes from Under Armour, you now have your hands on a collector’s item. (Check out the collection here.) Under Armour is claiming the shoe as their fastest-selling in 2017. The initial stock sold out within hours, and the rapid re-stock from UA also sold out, taking the entire slate of Rock Deltas off the shelves in less than 24 hours. The Rock himself took to Instagram to celebrate the occasion and tease a new colorway and more “innovation” of the shoe coming in the fall of this year.His caption read, in its entirety: "#RockDelta Sold out in 24hrs. Appreciate y'all so much for making our first #ProjectRock @underarmour launch into "the shoe business" historic & impactful. We're working hard on new color ways and innovation for our next #RockDelta drop this fall. I want to make one of, if not the greatest training shoe you've ever worked out in. Much … [Read more...] about The Rock’s Under Armour Training Shoes Are Officially One of 2017’s Best Pairs
Q: What's the best way to coordinate a sport shoe with chinos or blue jeans? —Joonyoung Kim via FacebookHi Joonyoung,Thanks for writing. The short answer is no. Those shoes are great—for running, biking, and hitting the gym, but they make you look amateurish anywhere else. Leave them in the locker room. That doesn’t mean you need to resort to wearing dress shoes all the time. Outside of the gym, you’re better off pairing your jeans and chinos with a sleek pair of sneakers.These navy ones from Tretorn are a fresh breakaway from the gray and white neutrals you’re used to. Not ready to ditch traditional gray? Then go for a chukka update with these Keds, featuring a gray suede that’ll fit with every color of pants. Or, try these from Clae. They combine leather and suede to add a sophisticated edge while still maintaining a casual sneaker vibe.Each of these options still has the athletic aesthetic and comfortable feel we all love, but a more … [Read more...] about Q: What’s the best way to coordinate a sport shoe with chinos or blue jeans?
The question: To lose weight, should I spend my gym time doing more cardio or more strength training?The expert: Personal trainer Mike Donavanik, C.S.C.S., C.P.T.The answer: It depends what you mean by "lose weight." If you are in an epic battle with your scale, cardio is the way to go. If you want to look steamy under those fall sweaters, though, it's time to cozy up to strength training.Minute per minute, cardio indisputably burns more calories than strength training, which could explain why compared to strength trainers, aerobic exercisers lose more weight in less time, according to a recent Duke University study.Still, cardio doesn't do much for your muscles. Case in point: In one Penn State study, dieters lost 21 pounds whether they performed cardio or strength training. But for the cardio group, six of those pounds came from muscle, while the lifters lost almost pure fat—and probably fit into their skinny jeans better because of it.Why? Strength training is the … [Read more...] about What’s Best for Weight Loss: Cardio or Strength Training?