Friday, January 31, 2014

Finding the Best Asics Running Shoes for You

Outdoor running is one of the most fun and most effective ways to get in shape and stay fit all year long. Unfortunately, the winter months cause people to break the habit. Though we’ve all been battling bouts of cold weather, it’s never too early to start thinking about outdoor running. One of our favorite brands at is Asics running shoes. Making sure you pick the right shoe for your foot is incredibly important. Here are a few guidelines to follow when choosing new running shoes:

  • Lace them up and try them on. They should feel snug but not too tight. If they feel too loose, try a different size – loose running shoes can cause pretty bad blisters.
  • Make sure there is enough width in the shoe. A good indicator of narrow shoes is if your little toe is touching the edge of the shoe.
  • You should be able to wiggle your toes. As you run, your feet can lengthen and swell, so you need to make sure you have enough room in the front of your shoes.
  • Tie them up and go for a run! No, we don’t mean run out of the store. If your store has a treadmill, give your shoes a test drive. If they don’t have a treadmill, a short jog down an aisle will do the trick.

There are other factors to consider when you’re buying a new pair of Asics running shoes, but these are some of the major things to look into. Take a look at the running shoes we have to offer today at!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Chuck Taylor All Star Shoes: A Classic American Icon

One of the most iconic shoes in the world is the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star. Chuck Taylor All Star shoes have been worn by everyone from professional basketball players, rock stars, war heroes, and everyone in between. These shoes are embedded so deeply into our culture that it is hard to imagine a time when All Stars didn’t exist. These shoes, however, didn’t just appear out of thin air.

Chuck Taylor All Stars were first produced in 1917 as the “All Star.” Converse had been in business since 1908, but had yet to produce a basketball sneaker until the arrival of the All Star. When Charles “Chuck” Taylor, a young basketball player who had worn the sneakers in high school, entered the Converse sales office in Chicago for a position, he was hired by Bob Pletz, a sportsman in his own right. Taylor began offering suggestions on ways to improve the shoe, and within a year, these suggestions were implemented, and by 1923, the shoe was renamed officially to the Chuck Taylor All Star.

Nowadays, Chuck Taylor All Star shoes are everywhere. Their simple canvas-and-rubber design and instantly recognizable white toe cap are the details that make this shoe stand out and keep it in the spotlight after nearly 100 years. Take a look at our offering of Chuck Taylor All Star shoes today at!