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  • Veja’s New Running Shoe Subtracts the Plastic

    The so-called “post-petroleum” shoe joins the growing ranks of eco-runners. PETROLEUM FUELS YOUR morning run as much as coffee and oatmeal. The footwear industry relies on the goopy lifeblood of plastic, and running shoes in particular are dependent on the stuff. For runners to do the...
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  • Sustainable Skate Shoes

    I haven’t worn any other skate shoes besides Vans in over a decade. They are the only shoe for scootering, skateboarding, biking, or walking my dog, so I was pleased to see Cariuma release a great-looking, low-profile, and sustainable option. The company sources natural rubber, cork, and mamona o...
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  • Puma Is Making Gamer Shoes Now

    The company’s new “Active Gaming Footwear” is, best I can tell, a big, thick sock. Thanks, Puma, For the Gamer Shoes, I’ll Definitely Wear These If there’s one activity that requires specialized footwear, it’s gaming, amirite? Puma sure seems to think so. As yo...
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  • TRAIL RUNNING

    Trail running is one of the most affordable outdoor sports, but you still need a pair of light, nimble shoes. I LOVE TRAIL running. I’ve been doing it for over 20 years, and I still log a couple miles (almost) every day. Dragging myself to the gym feels like an onerous chore, but trotting u...
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  • New Balance’s New Shoes Give You a Speedier, Bouncier Mile

    The New Balance 5280 shoe is designed to deliver top performance in a particular type of competitive event: a high-speed 1-mile road race. New Balance is wagering that competitive runners are shifting their eyes, at least somewhat, from marathons to one-mile races. And so it’s designed a ne...
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  • The Science Behind Nike’s New, Even Faster Marathon Shoe

    At London Marathon, Eliud Kipchoge  weared the ZoomX Vaporfly Next%, the latest installment in Nike’s performance-boosting Vaporfly line of shoes.   AT SUNDAY’S LONDON Marathon, Eliud Kipchoge, the greatest marathoner on earth, will toe the line in what could become the most cont...
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  • The Best Barefoot Shoes for Walking or Running

    Our favorite zero-drop, minimalist footwear will let you feel the ground beneath your feet. YOU WERE BORN barefoot, and a growing body of evidence suggests you should have stayed that way. The technology and padding of the modern shoe protect your feet, but protection isn’t always what you ...
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  • A First Look at Nike’s Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

    The apparel and shoes for Team USA were designed for peak performance—ecologically and athletically. All US medalists at the Tokyo Olympics this summer will wear a new version of Nike’s Vapormax shoe on the podium. The sneaker is made from 75 percent recycled manufacturing waste. EVER SINCE...
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  • New Balance’s New Shoes Give You a Speedier, Bouncier Mile

    The New Balance 5280 shoe is designed to deliver top performance in a particular type of competitive event: a high-speed 1-mile road race.   THIS PAST SEPTEMBER, Jenny Simpson headed out in the rain to the start of the 5th Avenue Mile road race with two pairs of running shoes in her bag. One...
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  • New Balance’s Latest Shoes Come With 3D-Printed Soles

    3D printing has other benefits besides personalization. It keeps manufacturing in the United States. New Balance’s new release of the 990 Sport running shoe has a 3D printed piece in the heel. The company partnered with printer-maker Formlabs to make the new technology.NEW BALANCE IF YOU C...
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  • The Best Shoes I’ve Ever Worn Are Hardly Shoes at All

    THE Z-TRAIL SANDALS from footwear maker Xero are true “barefoot” shoes. The sandals are so thin of sole, so minimal of strap, I routinely forget I’m wearing them. Which is the whole point: Instead of protecting your feet from the ground, so-called barefoot shoes bring the feel o...
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  • Robots Are Stringing Together These Adidas Running Shoes

    The brand’s new Strung technology uses a robot to place thousands of individual threads across a sneaker’s upper. FOR THE PAST three years, the world of running has been obsessed with one technology: carbon-fiber plates. The springy plates that help to push runners forward are now used by almost ...
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