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Parts of running shoes

Mizuno wave from ZBSports

Mizuno Wave

I’ve always believed that to be able to use something more effectively or buy the right one for you, you should have a deeper understand of how something works first and of course, its parts. The Jogging Machine created a great post on the parts of a running shoe, namely the outsole, midsole and upper.

Outsole

As the bottom of the shoes, it contacts with ground closely and directly. Therefore, it should be waterproof, anti skid as well as anti abrasion.

The rubber and construction provides you a safety shoes.

Firstly, the rubber should be durable and somewhat stiff, if possible, a lighter weight and more flexible would make the outsole perfect.

Secondly, flex grooves and split heel make up a solid construction. The grooves on the forefoot of the outsole allow the foot to flex and roll naturally. As for the split and flared heels, it makes the heel-to-toe running motion more efficient.

Midsole

Placed between the outsole and the upper, a midsole is the most important parts of running shoes in that it ensures the stability of shoes and protects our feet.

Sometimes while running, the vibration from the ground can reach to our body 8 times stronger than normal walking. Without a midsole, the vibration coming along with running would injure us. In order to protect our feet, some famous sports shoes like Nike shoes, Adidas shoes were applied with advanced technology. And there are two types of cushioning are commonly used in running shoes: EVA and PU, which could reduce excessive inward rolling of the foot and increase shoe`s stability.

Upper

Mainly refers to the parts above sole. What matters are its ventilation, appearance and convenience.

This is the part that closely contacted with your feet; we can take it as a protection cover.

The materials and construction of the upper should provide stability, comfort and fit room for feet to flex. Furthermore, the appearance of the running shoes often plays a vital part, for people are hard to resist the temptation from beautiful things.

Don’t you feel more empowered now that you know?! 🙂

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Adidas adiStar Salvation Shoes

One factor that I want to require for my running shoe is comfort. I wouldn’t want to go on the race whincing in pain until the finish line. I guess Adidas has an answer for that.

Introducing the adiStar Salvation shoe line by Adidas. It cater to the different needs for women and men runners. For the girls, they will have “a closer fit – snug in the heel and roomier in the front; a smoother ride with softer cushioning and Torsion System; a soft pad in the bunion area.” Whereas men would have “improved fit with active ForMotion tech on the lateral side and a ForMotion heel unit specially placed for men.”

Just what is ForMotion? It is “a technology that adapts the shoe to your natural running motion. On the shoe’s upper it stretches and contours as you plant and push off again. And in the heel it adapts to your individual footstrike to ramp up comfort and fit for your best run.” For more info on the shoe line, click here.

National Athlete Gel: New Anti-Chafe Stick

The pains and pleasure of running is inevitable. The harder one is the pain part. Among these takes the form of chafe, soreness, and blistering. But the National’s Athelete Gel came into the picture, and I didn’t mind having these injuries at all.

Actually, the product is meant for surfer’ rash. In 2007, brothers Craig & Jay Scanlon innovated such product for the surfing market. Craig, who has been surfing in New England all of his life,thought other skin treatment were all too messy to apply or did not work at all. Their collaboration resulted into the “Surf Gel”, and the rest was history, of course. Read all about it in this site.

Forerunner® 310XT

It is a triathlete’s underwater hi-tech talisman, not just another ordinary watch. Wanna know why? It’s got GPS that’s water resistant for 50m. It also tracks bike and and run data then sends it wirelessly to your computer. With up 20 hours of battery life, this baby tracks distance, pace and heart rate, going from wrist to bike in seconds.

Want to know more about it? click here at Garmin and discovery how awesome this gizmo is all about

K-Swiss Konesic

I never knew that K-Swiss is into running these days. But the sport’s ‘renaissance’, the Virginia company known for making tennis shoes now joins the outdoor fray with the K-Swiss Konesic. it is isn’t your typical, over-the-edge revolutionary shoe; but it’s an indispensable, rather old-school tough gear.

As Slowtwitch says, “…this is not a light shoe, but it isn’t made for light runners. This is a shoe made for the heavier, over-pronating, runner. It does offer a lot of support due to two medial posts in the midsole, and the wide platform this midsole is based on. But despite all these stability features the shoe doesn’t run heavy, and for this K-Swiss deserves credit.”

I guess this caters to the not-so-light runners, offering more on the stability and comfort side of things. Think of Asics MC plus coupled with older Reebok supportive shoes. More details are on the site.

CW-X Conditioning Wear Ventillation Collection

With the summer’s sweltering heat nagging our hardworking bodies to stay fit, there are gears in the market that suits up our need to get ventillated during running. I chanced upon this cutting edge apparell from CW-X. It has webs, ventilation panels and other innovations tucked in strategic parts of the gear to make sure we are comfortably ventillated while running.

I wonder if this also suits up for scuba diving. But I doubt it since the salt water will seep in the clothing with those ‘webs’ and ventilation panels.

Check out the image above.