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Pronation vs. Supination - Mizuno
Often, the runner who underpronates has a foot with a high arch (or no arch) which places more weight on the outer edge of the foot. Since the foot is often so rigid, it doesn’t absorb shock well. The runner tends to run on the outside edge of the foot (often on the midfoot or forefoot) and doesn’t roll inward enough (pronate) like a normal foot does to absorb shock. Injuries commonly associated with an underpronating foot are an exceptionally tight Achilles tendon, knee problems, ankle sprains, stress fractures and tight hip muscles.

True underpronation is much less common than overpronation (less than 10 percent of the running population). But getting the right shoe type is just as important. For a runner who underpronates, the shock absorption (i.e., cushioning) qualities of the shoe is critical since the foot doesn’t do a good enough job of absorbing that shock on its own.

The type of shoes that work best for this runner is often called a neutral, cushioned shoe. These shoes emphasize cushioning and flexibility without restricting the foot’s movement at all with external or internal devices. At Mizuno, our family of neutral shoes use the Parallel Wave which is an entirely different Wave shape than the support shoes. The Parallel Wave does add some inherent support, while encouraging natural foot movement......Contrary to popular belief, shoe wear is not a reliable indicator. The best way to determine your foot type/gait (and thus, the type of shoe you need) is to go to a specialty running store and have a shoe expert watch you run. Many stores offer a treadmill and will make a video of you while running. If you underpronate or overpronate or pronate normally, this will be immediately apparent (more so if a video is made) and the shoe expert will fit you in the proper type of shoe.

Maximum cushioning (for underpronators needing extra cushion) : Wave Enigma, Wave Creation and Wave Prophecy

Moderate cushioning (for underpronators) : Wave Rider and Wave Sayonara

Lightweight with cushioning (for underpronators looking for a lighter option) : Wave Hitogami
Mizuno  shoes  supination 
december 2019 by jerryking
The shoes you work out in are affecting your health and performance
May 13, 2109 | The Globe and Mail | PAUL LANDINI.

* KICKING IT OLD SCHOOL - Classic skate shoes such as Vans, Airwalks, Chuck Taylors and Converse are perfect for lifting.
* KICKING IT SUPER OLD SCHOOL - lose the shoes all together, at least on lower-body exercises (you can keep your socks on if you’d like).
* TAKING IT TO THE NEW SCHOOL - Nike’s Metcon Trainers (supposedly a bit narrow for those with wide feet) and Reebok’s Crossfit NANO 8.0 bleu line (preferred training shoe for running,)are designed specifically for weight-room workouts.
* If seeking a second skin for your feet, the New Balance Minimus and the Xero Prio (my personal favourite).
* Metcon Flyknit if you run in addition to lifting, they're a bit more flexible
* a good place to start is by reaching for a low-support, low-heeled shoe, like the Reebok Nano, Nike Metcon, Under Armour TriBase Reign, or Altra HIIT XT, to get that close-to-ground feel. “The less of a heel, the better,”

If, however, you care about things such as lifting in a pain-free manner and increasing your quality of movement in general, you need to pay more attention to your choices in weight-room footwear.

Whether you’re squatting a barbell, throwing a punch or swinging a baseball bat, the force behind these movements comes from the ground up, channelled through the body via the feet. This is why I shudder every time I see someone bench-press with their legs casually extended, or worse, with their feet elevated off the floor. Even though it’s ostensibly an upper-body exercise, your legs play an important role in bench-pressing. If all you’re relying on is your arms and chest to move that weight, you’re limiting your potential progress and putting yourself at risk of an injury.........soft, wedge-heeled support is the exact opposite of what you want in a lifting shoe. In fact, everything that makes running shoes suitable for the road is what makes them awful for lifting. Let’s say you’re about to deadlift. How are you supposed to push through the floor with maximum force if you’re standing on two inches of cushy foam? You’ll never get the barbell off the floor with enough speed to allow for a max-effort lift.

The same principle applies to squats; however, here, the consequences are more dire. Most non-lifting shoes have thick heels that slope down to the floor. This shifts your weight forward, to the toes. The deeper you sink into that squat, the more your weight shifts forward. Add a barbell to this mix and it won’t be long until you’re one of those poor misguided souls who says squatting is bad for your knees, when really it’s your beat-up Brooks that are to blame.

So what, then, should we wear on our feet when lifting weights? This is one of the few easy answers in this business, and thankfully the solutions don’t have to cost a whole lot. Generally speaking, you want a shoe that offers a wide toe box and a flat, flexible sole that sticks to the floor. Some arch support is fine and may even be necessary, but the less structure to the shoe the better. Remember those hundred-plus moving parts in each of your feet? They need training, too! If they’re constantly being supported by artificial means, they’ll never get stronger.
deadlifts  fitness  footwear  movement-based  shoes  squats  strength_training 
may 2019 by jerryking
Indulge your gym lover with this last-minute gift guide - The Globe and Mail
One of the best memoirs I’ve read, Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder tells the story of Sam Fussell, bookish Oxford graduate turned steroid-abusing powerhouse. Whether recalling the halcyon days of the 1980s California lifting scene or analyzing the insecurities that fuelled his torturous workouts, Fussell’s impressive literary chops make this a must-read.

Part instructional guide, part historical encyclopedia, The Purposeful Primitive is a contemporary classic of weightlifting literature. Marty Gallagher, powerlifting coach extraordinaire, digs deep into the history of physical culture, delivering biographical portraits of iron giants such as Bill Pearl, Dorian Yates and Ed Coan while dissecting the training methods that made these men legends.

Regular readers of my column know that consistency is the key to achieving your fitness goals. In Atomic Habits, author and self-improvement guru James Clear outlines a practical framework for improving just about every aspect of your life through the power of habit. Needless to say, the strategies put forth in this instant bestseller have implications that reach far beyond the gym.
books  consistency  fitness  footwear  gift_ideas  gyms  habits  James_Clear  self-improvement  shoes  strength_training 
december 2018 by jerryking
Aldo seizes ‘put up or shut up’ moment for shoes - The Globe and Mail
TORONTO — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Feb. 27 2014,

Aldo announced the biggest investment in development that the company has made in its 41-year history. Over the next five years, it will spend $363-million and hire roughly 400 people in an effort to better market itself to customers who have more options than ever.

“We’re being confronted with more competition from so many different angles at this point. It’s basically a ‘put up or shut up’ moment,”....Fundamentally, Mr. Bensadoun sees this as a marketing problem.

Clothing retailers have the luxury of showing you a shoe in its proper context – in other words, as part of an outfit. One of the things Aldo is planning for its store of the future is more screens in-store (e.g. digital signage) that will help to do that, in the absence of any apparel stock.

The store could choose a top 10 looks of the week, Mr. Bensadoun suggests, which could be browsed on the screens (and on a mobile-friendly version of the same service for people on smartphones.) Those looks would specify which shoes to wear with them so that customers could pick footwear based on an overall style they identify with. It would also go the other way: for those who pick up a shoe they like, it will be possible to see how to wear it, and with what....Data are another key part of this transformation project.

Part of Aldo’s multimillion-dollar investment will be devoted to building a better data analytics team as well as hiring research and behaviour experts. This is a priority for all marketers, who face a buying public that has never been more inundated with messages – on television, on their mobile phones, tablets, and computers.

“The consumer insights and analytics department at Aldo was very much in its infancy, up until very recently,”
Aldo  shoes  retailers  e-commerce  marketing  analytics  data  Susan_Krashinsky  SHoeMint  ShoeDazzle  Zappos  customer_insights  consumer_research  contextual  seminal_moments  consumer_behavior  in-store  footwear 
july 2014 by jerryking
Is it okay for a man to wear ankle boots with a suit? - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, May. 14 2014
shoes  mens'_clothing  stylish  Russell_Smith 
may 2014 by jerryking
The New World of Men's Shoes -
Dec. 13, 2013 | WSJ| By John Ortved.

which pairs does a guy now need to own? Mr. Jennings's list of essentials includes wingtip brogues, cap-toed lace-ups, slip-on loafers and any style in cordovan-hued leather, which coordinates well with blacks, blues and browns. A monk-strap shoe, he added, while not essential, can be a smart addition.....Some also consider a new popular category—the fashion sneaker—to be an essential. High-end fashion brands like Lanvin, Balmain and Saint Laurent are finding an ever-growing market for their versions, which start around $500 and go up to four figures. "It used to be 'Sex and the City,' women and the Manolo Blahnik. Now it's men spending $1,000 on sneakers," said Matthew Chevallard, the 27-year-old co-founder of Del Toro, a contemporary shoe brand he founded in 2005
shoes  mens'_clothing  stylish  sneakers  cleaning  maintenance 
december 2013 by jerryking
November 2013 | Report on Business Magazine |
shoes  artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  Paris  France  travel  bespoke  handmade  LVMH 
october 2013 by jerryking
Caring For Your Running Shoes
by Mike Wilensky, Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicag
tips  shoes 
january 2013 by jerryking
Looking for Stylish Men's Weekend Footwear -
JUNE 14, 2007 | WSJ | Teri Agins.

Looking for Stylish Men's Weekend Footwear
Fashion reporter Teri Agins answers readers' questions

stylish  mens'_clothing  shoes  Teri_Agins  footwear 
november 2011 by jerryking
Debunking the myth of specialized running shoes - The Globe and Mail
Alex Hutchinson
From Monday's Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
Alex_Hutchinson  running  injuries  shoes  myths  sneakers 
april 2011 by jerryking
September 4, 2010 | | Marina Strauss. Canadian shoppers are
familiar with Aldo shoes. But few realize that this Montreal-based
retailer has quietly built an empire that spans 1,500 stores in 55
countries. Marina Strauss explores one of this country's least-known
success stories
retailers  shoes  Marina_Strauss  McKinsey 
september 2010 by jerryking
NBA's Marbury Takes His Game to China -
JANUARY 28, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By LORETTA CHAO. An
NBA Problem Child Packs His Baggage for China. After Playing the
Garden, Why Is 'Starbury' In Taiyuan? It Must Be the Shoes
China  athletes_&_athletics  sports  basketball  branding  personal_branding  shoes 
august 2010 by jerryking
Designing Your Own Keds and Other Brands -
DECEMBER 10, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by CHRISTINA
BINKLEY. The program involves a "wholesale business-model change" for
Keds, says the company's president, Kristin Kohler Burrows: "Marketing
has evolved into a conversation with the consumer." The shoes don't
permit total customization; the fit is uniform. But the patterns,
embellishments, trim, color and other details can be chosen from a
palette or, in some cases, uploaded and incorporated into the factory
system....The key here is that social media allow regular folk to get
personally involved with brands.
design  DIY  sneakers  shoes  social_media  Nike  branding 
december 2009 by jerryking
Choose your adventure
Micah Toub. Report on Business Magazine. May 2007. pg. 74 Sandals
mens'_clothing  shoes 
november 2009 by jerryking
Traveling With Shoes -
JANUARY 25, 2007 | Wall Street Journal | by RAY A. SMITH
shoes  travel  tips  mens'_clothing  packing 
june 2009 by jerryking
The Future of Shopping: Custom Everything - Dual Perspectives -
March 16, 2009| | by Sara Clemence | reports: What happens when you can design your physical world as easily as you can reformat your blog?
customization  innovation  shoes  retailers  personalization  cyberphysical  shopping  design  bespoke  meat_space  analog  sneakers  physical_world 
march 2009 by jerryking
The Third Pair of Sneakers
December 19, 2007| FAST COMPANY | By Mark Albion
mens'_clothing  shoes  sneakers 
march 2009 by jerryking
Holey innovation! - Aug. 16, 2006
August 16 2006: 1:38 PM EDT| Business 2.0 Magazine | By Siri Schubert
mens'_clothing  shoes  branding 
march 2009 by jerryking
Crocs shoes may be ugly, but sales are soaring - November 1, 2006
February 16 2007 | Business 2.0 Magazine| By Diane Anderson

When Crocs Attack: With a battle plan based on 'thinking bigger than you
are,' the maker of the world's ugliest shoe takes the footwear business
by storm.
mens'_clothing  shoes  entrepreneurship  footwear 
march 2009 by jerryking
Champagne, Vivaldi and Cleaning Your Shoes -
MARCH 11, 2009 The Wall Street Journal by MAX COLCHESTER
mens'_clothing  shoes  cleaning 
march 2009 by jerryking
Sonja Bata: Spreading philanthropy, responsibility and great shoes
Nov. 10, 2008 Gordon Pitts article profile of, and interview with, Sonja Bata, Chair of the Bata Shoe Foundation.
philanthropy  Bata  Gordon_Pitts  shoes 
january 2009 by jerryking

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