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
What shoes are good for running
For as long as I've been involved with walking—for over 15 years—there has been some controversy over whether running shoes are acceptable for walkers. Remember, running shoes came first. Before 1986, you couldn't even buy walking shoes. Stores carried "comfort shoes" or canvas shoes with rubber soles, what baby boomers know as sneakers (Go from walking to running in just 30 days!). Walking shoes have come a long way since then. They've gotten a lot better. At first, they looked like nurses' shoes or orthopedic shoes. Now they're engineered with just as much technical know-how as running shoes, and they have lots of product testing behind them. Running requires far more cushioning and stability than walking, but that doesn't mean you can't wear running shoes for walking. The fit is what counts. Running shoes tend to be flashier than walking shoes in design and color. And they're usually more plentiful than walking shoes, so you have more brands and styles to choose from. … [Read more...] about The Great Shoe Debate
Running seems easy enough. You just lace up your sneakers and take off—fast—right? Not exactly. There are other factors to consider before pounding the pavement, like where will you run? When? Should you lace up your trusted trainers or spring for a new neon pair? (Hint: go ahead and spring. Your feet will thank you.) Curious to know the answers ourselves, we sought out Runner's World special projects editor Jennifer Van Allen, author of The Big Book of Marathon & Half-Marathon Training. Coming on the heels of National Running Day, here's what walkers and runners alike need to know. Prevention: Is there unique advice you could offer on how to run safely in different climates? Are there ideal times and temperatures to run in? Jennifer Van Allen: One of the best things about walking or running is that you can do it anytime, anywhere, regardless of the time of day, weather conditions, season, or whatever else is going on in your family and … [Read more...] about Lace Up Your Running Shoes and Go!
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
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
In the quest to avoid injuries, runners leave no stone unturned. Consider sticks and foam rollers; massage and chiropractic (and many other therapies); stretching and strengthening; anti-inflammatories and various supplements; diet and hydration.But the most common and most-hoped-for injury savior is shoe selection. Surely, there must be a running shoe that exceeds all others in its injury-prevention qualities. Or so many runners would like to believe.Unfortunately, research reports indicate it’s not that easy. The single best injury-prevention shoe hasn’t been identified yet. A recent study reaches the same conclusion about one of the newer shoe types: cushioned, zero-drop shoes, which have the same heel and forefoot height with plenty of cushioning underneath. “We found that overall shoe drop was not associated with injury risk,” wrote a team from the Luxembourg Institute of Health.This doesn’t mean that zero-drop shoes cause running injuries. It … [Read more...] about Study: Zero-Drop Cushioned Shoes Show No Difference in Injury Rates
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?