What Will the Shoes of the Future Look Like?

What Will the Shoes of the Future Look Like?

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Fashion is ever-evolving, and as modern technology picks up pace, so too do advances in the design and development of footwear. At this rate, shoes of the future will barely resemble those we wear on our feet today. Just look at some of the ways shoe designers today are already re-imagining and reinventing the footwear of tomorrow. Self-lacing The truth is, the future of shoes is already upon us, thanks to manufacturers like Nike, who used 3- D printing technology to introduce sneakers that lace themselves to audiences at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. Inspired by the film "Back to the Future II", the new Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 sneaker utilizes an internal cable system made from a pressure sensor and fishing line to lace the shoes onto your feet automatically.…
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Diamonds in the Rough – Top 10 Most Rare Shoes

Diamonds in the Rough – Top 10 Most Rare Shoes

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Shoes used to be such a simple possession. They were used to cushion our feet in rough terrain and protect our feet from inclement weather. Now, we see shoes as an important focal point of our personal fashion. They are a status symbol. They can be worth more than our vehicles. Many things can make a pair of shoes expensive. It could be the brand name, the materials, the previous owner, but the most common cause of expensive shoes is their rarity. Shoe companies will pour resources into a specific shoe to make it attractive and ultra fashionable, but then the same company will do a limited release of the shoe to drive up prices. Below, we will take a look at the top 10 most rare shoes and their…
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When to Replace Your Running Shoes – Brief Guide

When to Replace Your Running Shoes – Brief Guide

Running Shoes, Shoe Guides
If you’re a runner, you know the importance of having dependable shoes, as well as when to replace your shoes before they start hurting your feet. Since constant contact with pavement and gravel can deteriorate a shoe’s sole, in this article, we will be going over when it’s time to finally replace your running shoes before they cause you injury. Mileage Midsole cushioning is made out of ethylene vinyl acetate, or EVA for short. This part of your shoes comes into the most contact with the road or trail you’re running on and determines the lifespan of your shoes. However, on average, a midsole should be able to last about 500 miles. Your best bet is to log your miles, so when you hit the 500 mile mark, you know…
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Effects of Shoe Type on Squat Performance

Effects of Shoe Type on Squat Performance

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As with any exercise, people need to have the right footwear on when they perform squats. Not wearing the right shoes can lead to dangerous injuries from slipping or improper stances. Shoes do more than just provide clothing for the feet, after all. They need to supply support as well. Therefore, here is a closer look at the different effects shoe types have on squat performance. Understanding the Foot as a Foundation Feet certainly do perform the task of being a foundation for every move humans make. However, feet have about 25 bones in total, so it likes the freedom to move around. This movement simply cannot happen during exercise motions, and especially not during a squat. Any small amount of movement in the foundation can lead to a fall,…
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How Do You Know Which Walking Shoe Type to Buy?

How Do You Know Which Walking Shoe Type to Buy?

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Walking is one of the best ways to stay fit. It is exercise that does not put strain on your body and can help you lose weight as well as allow you to get a good amount of vitamin D from the sun. One of the most important things you need to do when starting an exercise regime that includes walking is to buy the right pair of shoes. A good pair will make the experience much easier and much more beneficial. But how do you choose the right shoes? We have some suggestions that can make it a simple process. Decide on Type of Walking People tend to think that walking is just walking, but this is not the case. There are lots of options, including hiking, power-walking, marathon…
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Heading to the Top: The Best Men’s Indoor Soccer Shoes

Heading to the Top: The Best Men’s Indoor Soccer Shoes

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Developed by the United States and Canada primarily so that players can participate in matches during the cold winter months, indoor soccer is very different from its outdoor counterpart. It has a smaller field – about the size of a hockey rink – with fewer players per team on the field. In this game, five field players and a goalkeeper are allowed, with substitution players for each team on the corresponding benches. Often, an outdoor team splits into two teams to play indoor soccer leagues. Indoor soccer, also called arena soccer, is a fast-paced game that is used to sharpen skills during the off-season. Players need to be able to stop on a dime and change direction quicker than the standard sport. Proper shoes are important for any sport, but…
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Best Women’s Waterproof Shoes – Top 5 Considerations

Best Women’s Waterproof Shoes – Top 5 Considerations

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According to a 2016 report from the Outdoor Foundation, nearly 31.6 million American adults count running as a hobby and go on an average 87.1 runs a year. Women ages 25 to 34 are leading the pack, and across all demographics, American women run more than men. Amidst this historic running boom, 5k races, triathlons, and terrain-based competitions are flourishing. But a quiet trot down a trail is just as popular. The latest innovations in waterproof footwear are tailored to women who run Tough Mudders, hike mountains, play disc golf, or just like to walk their dogs in a light drizzle without drenching their socks. Here are five shoes that blend water-immunity with comfort, longevity, and support. 1. Ahnu Women's Sugarpine Waterproof Hiking Shoe Ahnu, a San Francisco-based performance footwear…
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Top 5 Waterproof Men’s Shoes to Consider

Top 5 Waterproof Men’s Shoes to Consider

Shoe Guides, Shoe Reviews
If you're someone who likes to run or get outdoors, it's important that your shoes stay dry in all types of weather. You'll stay more comfortable throughout the day, and your shoes will last longer. You will also have fewer aches and pains with your feet if you're careful when you choose a shoe. We'll go over the top five waterproof shoes for men that are currently available for purchase. 1. Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe The Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe is made with a combination of leather and mesh with a durable rubber sole. The extended tongue on this shoe help to keep any excess water out. The mesh lining of this shoe is breathable, and this contributes to keeping your feet dry as you go about…
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Choosing the Right Shoes for Any Type of Exercise

Choosing the Right Shoes for Any Type of Exercise

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Exercise can put feet under a huge amount of stress. Foot-related injuries are common, and many of them result from using the wrong type of shoe. A good pair of shoes will offer cushioning that can prevent damage, support that keeps every joint aligned properly, and a variety of other benefits. Different activities call for different types of support, so smart athletes know to match the shoe to the exercise to boost their performance and ensure their safety. Running Shoes Running shoes serve three major purposes. They protect your feet from the road, they provide traction to prevent falls, and they cushion your feet from the shock of running when they hit the ground. The last of those features is what makes running shoes unique, and it is usually the…
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Top 5 Most Common Materials Used to Make Shoes

Top 5 Most Common Materials Used to Make Shoes

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According to "How Shoes Are Made" by The Sneaker Factory, the most crucial feature in shoe design is not the pattern used for the shape and look of the shoe but the fundamental material from which the shoe is made. The five materials most commonly used in shoe production are leather, textiles, synthetics, rubber and foam. 1. Leather Leather is flexible yet durable, as sturdy as it is supple. It's elastic, so it can be stretched yet it resists tearing and abrasion. It's a breathable material, and it insulates heat, helping to regulate temperature. This all makes leather shoes conform to the feet of the wearer like no other shoe material can. It's no surprise, then, that leather is one of the most common materials that shoemakers use, particularly in…
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