Nano 5.0 Weigh-In

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We’re very excited about the new Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0!  It seems to us like Reebok really listened to athletes about what they need in a cross trainer for the sport of fitness.  With an all-new DuPont™ Kevlar® upper, the DuraCage is gone and the toe-box looks much more like that of the popular second generation of the shoe.  And despite all the technology that’s gone into this shoe for improved support and durability, it looks much sleeker than previous generations.

Last year we compared the weights of all of the prior generations of Nanos in this blog.  A size 8.5 of the Nano & Nano 2.0 weighed in around 8.8 oz, and the 3.0 and 4.0 were a bit heavier at 9.6 oz.

How did the 5.0 compare?

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We weighed a Men’s size 8.5 Nano 5.0 in at 0.6 lbs, or 9.6 ounces. This means that the Nano 5.0 weighs the same as the third and fourth generations of the shoe, which both relied on DuraCage technology for their durability.  Some advantages the Kevlar® infused mesh upper has over the DuraCage are better breathability, and improved flexibility.  These features all might make the Nano 5.0 feel lighter in comparison to the 3.0 or 4.0.

We doubt that you’ll notice the weight difference between the old Nano 2.0’s and the 5.0’s–and even if you do, we think the comfort and support of the re-engineered midsole in the Nano 5 more than makes up for it.

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Up Close & Personal with the Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0

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Introducing the new Nano 5.0 from Reebok CrossFit! The toughest Nano yet comes with plenty of innovative new technologies, including the new Kevlar® Upper.  Let’s take a closer look.

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Uppers

For the CrossFit Nano 5.0, Reebok has ditched the polyurethane DuraCage found on other Nanos in favor of DuPont™ Kevlar® infused mesh.  This material is best known for its use in ballistic-resistant body armor and offers both exceptional durability and lightweight breathability.   The Kevlar® uppers are made to withstand the rigorous activity that serious fitness athletes encounter every day.  In addition to function, the switch from the DuraCage to Kevlar® also allows the shoe to take on a new aesthetic. Scroll through the pictures below to see more of the intricate details below.

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Lace & Tongue:

The Nano 5.0 offers a secure fit without compromising your comfort.  Important features include a padded tongue and NanoShell midsole.  The padded, breathable tongue has two straps that extend down to the sole of the shoe, locking your foot in place for optimum stability during lifts.  The TPU NanoShell midsole offers additional support during medial and lateral movements, as well as during heavy lifts.

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Soles:

The sole on the Nano 5 features Reebok’s Metasplit technology, raised lug soles and RopePro + Wrap.  Metasplit grooves allow for flexibility in multiple directions as well as metatarsal splaying (read: spreading out your toes) for ultimate performance. The extra flexibility in the forefoot can be a major benefit for movements that involve jumping like burpees, DU’s, and box-jumps. The raised lug soles are designed for better grip, and the RopePro + Wrap technology has been re-engineered with even stronger composite materials to protect you during rope climbs.

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Heel Cup

One of our favorite features on the new Nano 5.0 is the heel cup…. However, between the security of the Heel Cup and the Nano Shell, getting your foot in and out of the shoe may take some extra effort.

We recommend using a Shoe Horn when putting on your Nano 5.0’s on to make the process easier and to help maintain the original condition of your heel counters.

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Overall Impressions

Overall, we think the Nano 5 is a great shoe for the sport of Fitness. Reebok has gone above and beyond in listening to athletes and finding technologies that let them worry less about their shoes and more about the WOD.

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2015 – The Pinch Promo is Back!

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Cole Haan is well-known for their innovative twists on traditional styles and their use of Nike Air comfort technology.   They believe that a sense of humor is the perfect complement to a sense of style.

Here at TheShoeMart, we’re happy to be offering select classic Cole Haan Styles at up to 40% off retail price as part of our Summer Pinch Promo sale.

All of the styles in the Pinch Promo will be offered for only $109.99!

         

Last year, we featured the Pinch buckle, tassel, and penny, but what about the other shoes featured in the sale?

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Beach Fitness

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May is here, flowers are in bloom, and the weather is warming up!  From beach volleyball to yoga, there are many activities you can do on the beach to stay active and work on that beach bod. Today we take a look at running on the beach!

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Running along the waves seems really romantic and fun, but where do you start? What do you wear? Here’s a quick list:

1. Sunscreen! Spending more time outdoors, especially on the beach, will expose you to UV rays.  Stay healthy and protected with a sunscreen designed for outdoor activities be sure that it’s water-and sweat-proof! Protect your eyes as well with a good pair of sport sunglasses.

2. Shoes! As wonderful as running barefoot on a beach sounds, that really should be left to trained barefoot runners–on man-made beaches that are free from sharp shells, rocks and other dangers.  Wear an old and reliable pair of running shoes–you’ll want supportive shoes that can take a beating from salt, sun, and sand.

3. Socks! It may seems strange to wear socks to the beach, but higher socks will keep sand from rubbing between your feet and your sneakers, making it less likely that you’ll end up with some not-so-fun blisters.

Another tip? Keep an eye on the tides. Low tides offer the hardest-packed sand, meaning that there will be less of an uneven surface and less strain on your knees and hips. There’s an app for that.

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Water Sport Wear: 4 Things to Ask

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As the weather gets warmer, a great place to cool off or get in some exercise is the closest body of water. Water Sports like surfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, SUPing and sailing are great exercise–and a lot of fun! Does what you’re wearing make the cut? Go through this checklist:

1.Will it keep you cool or warm?

Temperatures on the water can change quickly. It is best to dress in light layers of synthetic materials like nylon and neoprene.  Bathing suits are great for hot weather, but if the water is cooler than 70 degrees Fahrenheit and you run the risk of falling in, you may want to consider a wetsuit or drysuit. A windbreaker or rain jacket are great to have in case the weather changes. In Spring and Fall, you may want to consider other forms of a wetsuit:Spring Suit: Short sleeves, comes just above the knee.

Long John: Sleeveless wetsuit

Short John: Sleeveless with shorts

Rash Guard: Neoprene tops

2. Will it stay on?

Very active sports require secure clothing. Look for board shorts with secure-fitting drawstrings–bonus points for surfing if the drawstring is on the side and you don’t have to lay on it while paddling out. Women should also look for cross-back or t-strap bathing suits that work like a sports bra and stay on securely. Tankinis and One-piece swim suits are more secure than traditional bikini tops. Women’s bottoms may also have rubber lining to keep them in place. Don’t do Water Sports with a pair of sunglasses you’re not okay with losing, and keep them on a lanyard for extra security.

3. Is it functional?

Water Sport wear should be fitted enough to stay secure while still allowing you a wide range of motion. Rash guards, wetsuits and dry suits will protect you from winds and friction. Waterproof, water resistant, and quick-dry materials are a plus. Women should bring hair elastics, as it can get very windy on the water!

4. Are you protected?

Some rash guards and bathing suits have UV-blocking UPF qualities to protect you from the sun’s rays. Be sure to use SPF on your skin, wear a hat and protect your eyes with sunglasses. Polarized, orange-tinted glasses are best for countering the glare off of the water. Protect your hands from paddles, sailing lines, and more with gloves–either find some specially used for sailing, or get more use out of your weightlifting/bicycling gloves.

Don’t forget your life-vest! A PFD(personal flotation device) is required for each person for both sailing and SUPing. Waterskiiers and wakeboarders should also wear life-jackets.

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Your footwear counts, too! Many watersports are done barefoot but you may want to consider protective footwear in cold, rocky or unknown waters, as well as during more active sports. If you’ll be on a boat or Stand-Up Paddleboard, make sure that the soles of your shoes are slip-resistant, strong-gripping and non-marking. Shoes that have drainage are also ideal. Some of our favorites are Chaco sandals, Vibram FiveFingers, Sperry Top-Siders, and Sebago Shoes.  For more about shoes you can set sail in, see last week’s blog.

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Sperry Top-Sider Giveaway!

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We’re giving away a pair of Sperry Top-Sider Bluefish 2-Eye boat shoes on Instagram!

This popular women’s boat shoe features genuine handsewn construction, nonmarking rubber outsole with wave-siping for great traction on wet or dry surfaces, and water-resistant leather. Great for a day by or on the water!

How To Enter:

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Head on over to TheShoeMart.com and check out the different colorways for the Sperry Top-Sider Bluefish. Let us know which colorway you like best!
We will gather up all the entries and randomly select a winner!

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2. Repost the official Giveaway photo (you can find it here!) on Instagram. Be sure to use @theshoemart and #TSMSperryGiveaway in the description! This will get you one entry into the contest.

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3. Better your chances of winning by posting your own picture of you wearing your Sperrys and tagging @theshoemart and #TSMSperryGiveaway. This will earn you an additional entry into the contest!

Rules:

1. One winner will receive a pair of Women’s Sperry Top-Sider Bluefish shoes in the size and color of their choice. When contest is complete, the winner will receive a single-use coupon for their prize, which must be ordered through our website. Availability of sizes and colorways is limited to items in stock at the time that the winner completes the order.

2. Contest Limited to US Residents only. 3. By entering your own photo into the giveaway, you agree to allow The Shoe Mart to use the photo for marketing and promotional materials.

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Shoes to Set Sail in!

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What makes a great sailing shoe? Ideally, you’ll want something comfortable, protective, and slip-resistant to keep you in place on deck. While some prefer to relax barefoot or in sandals, more involved sailors will want something that protects their toes from the many dangers on and off-ship.

You will want some water-resistance. Some boat shoes are designed with drainage systems. At the very least you will want a shoe that dries out quickly!

You’ll need something that stays securely on your foot. Keep in mind that Velcro closure systems become less effective when wet. You also may want to avoid shoes that leave long and dangling laces.

You will want to make sure that your shoes don’t leave scuff marks on a white boat deck. Many boat shoes come with white soles, and others are advertised to be non-marking.

We suggest the tried and true first. If aesthetics are your primary focus, check out the fashion-forward shoes. If you want something new, scroll to the bottom. Consider which of these factors are most important to you (it may be all of them!) and then check out our favorite sailing shoes below:

The Classics:

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Sperry Top-Sider Sea Racer

Offers the ultimate in grip with Sperry Top-Deck 360™ grip,   Adaptive Wave Siping™ and Hydro-Grip™ rubber outsole.

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Sperry Top-Sider A/O

The Authentic Original boat shoe from Sperry Top-Sider is a reliable classic that comes in many modern designs.

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Sebago Docksides

This Handsewn Boat Shoe comes with non-corrosive brass eyelets and functional rawhide laces. Available in a variety of upper materials including Full Grain, Nubuck, and Waxy Pull-Up leather. Genuine moccasin construction creates a snug fit that feels custom to your foot.

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Sebago Spinnaker

Classic style with the comfort of Genuine moccasin construction and Non-Marking, Slip-Resistant boat sole.

Fashion Forward:

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Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish

Popular for its sleek shape and variety of prints and patterns, Angelfish offers a glitzy twist on a classic.

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Minnetonka Boat Moc

Comfort and style of a moccasin in the form of a boat shoe. Comes in a range of colors from Aqua and Fuchsia to Off White and Chocolate.

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Timberland Boat Shoes

Environmentally-friendly and aesthetically pleasing with Timberland durability.

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Mephisto Boating

Mephisto is famous world-wide for shoes that minimize shock for all day comfort. Superior craftsmanship means that you won’t have to worry about tired feet.

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Sebago Men’s Schooner

Classic, polished look and plenty of comfort. Advanced non-marking rubber slip-resistant soles.

You May Not Have Thought Of:

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Chacos

The Chaco Unaweep sole offers great traction and comes with a variety of strap designs so you’re bound to find something comfortable. These are great for those that like to sail barefoot but need a little extra grip or something to protect the bottoms of their feet. Also suitable for hiking.

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Vibram FiveFingers Flow

The flow is great for moving from the boat straight into the water or for water sports.  The TC-1 rubber sole is razor-siped for great slip resistance on deck.

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Keen Newport

The Newport offers all the comfort of a sandal with the protection of a sneaker. Non-marking, gripping soles and cord-closure system make this an easy winner.

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New Balance Minimus Water Shoes

Also great for water sports, this shoe offers bungee closure system, non-marking outsoles, lightweight protection, and a drainage system.

What do you sail in?

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Lucchese Guide

Lucchese Boots are famous for their amazing, original fit. However, original doesn’t mean boring! Lucchese Cowboy Boots are available with many different toe and heel styles–so many that it can get confusing! We’ll break it down for you. * Pictures are above their descriptions!

Toe Styles:

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0 Toe – The extra-narrow version of the Classic Cowboy Toe.

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1 Toe – Also called the S Toe, or French Cut Toe.

 

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2 Toe – Also referred to as the J Toe, the classic cowboy boot design. This is the most popular boot, ready to be slipped right into stirrups.

 

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5 Toe – Snip Toe.

 

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5S / S5 Toe – Upturned Snip Toe.

 

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6 Toe – Also referred to as the Roper Toe or R Toe. A very popular style. Semi-round Cowboy toe.

 

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7 Toe – Square Toe with a slight undercut.

 

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C Toe – Semi-round toe. A functional cowboy boot style for formal occasions.

 

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H Toe – Also 10 Toe. Full Rounded Toe.

 

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K Toe – Also 12 Toe. Square toe with slightly rounded edges.

 

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W Toe – Rounded Square toe.

 

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X1 Toe

 

Heel Styles:

 

 

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2 Heel – 1″ Straight.

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3 Heel – Pitched Walking Heel, 1 & 3/8″

 

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4 Heel – 1 & 1/2″ Cowboy Pitched Heel.

 

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8 Heel – Fowler Pitched Heel, 1 & 1/8 ” .

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F Heel – 1 & 1/8″ Fowler Heel, Straight.

 

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R Heel – 1″ Straight Roper Heel.

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9 Heel – 1″ Roper Heel, Slightly Pitched.

Lucchese Boots are available at TheShoeMart.com. If you need help with fit, feel free to contact our customer service department!

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Post WOD Recovery

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You work hard, and your feet work hard too. After intense exercice, you have to allow time for your body to recover. The sport of fitness involves repetitive impact and ground contact for your feet. Taking care of your feet and allowing them to recover after a WOD feels great–and can help to avoid injury. Here’s 3 ways to treat your feet:

1. Keep Them Clean and Dry – Your feet will certainly work up a sweat during your WOD, but warm, wet spaces are breeding grounds for harmful bacteria and fungus. Wash up as soon after your workout as possible, and slip your feet into a fresh, dry pair of socks. If your feet are very prone to sweating or overheating, you may find a foot deodorizer / antiperspirant helpful. Synthetic socks wick moisture away better than cotton, so select the right pair for both before and after exercising.

2. Stretch Them – Keep your feet strong and flexible by stretching them post-WOD. We have pinned some exercises for stronger feet on our Pinterest board, For The Minimalist. You should also be sure to put your feet up every once in a while to improve circulation.

Pamper Them – A pedicurist or proper at-home pedicure can keep the feet healthy. Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown nails or painful impact. Soaking feet in epsom salt or ice water may help to reduce swelling and soothe aching muscles.

Most importantly, if you feel like you have a foot injury coming on, be sure to take care of it as soon as possible. Untreated injuries can lead to debilitation of the foot, hindering or halting your fitness progress. You can read more about common athletic injuries on last week’s blog.

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Common Fitness-Related Foot Injuries

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Foot and ankle injuries are fairly common among athletes, and the sport of fitness is no exception. While these injuries may be common among sports in which the feet are points of contact, it is possible to minimize your risk by being knowledgeable and practicing proper form.  You should always consult a health professional about sports-related injuries and follow doctor’s orders, as insufficient treatment can lead to re-injury or debilitation.

The following includes only some of the many foot and ankle injuries familiar to athletes:

Ankle Sprains – these can occur in any sport that involves running or rapid movement in multiple directions. If you suspect a sprained ankle, you should see a doctor to ensure that it is only a sprain and not a break or fracture.

Neuroma – A nerve condition that results in numbness and pain in the foot.  Movements that involve repetitive impact or irritation around the ball of the foot may lead to neuroma. 

Achilles Injury – This includes tendinitis, a condition in which the tendon that connects the heel bone to the muscles in the upper calf becomes inflamed. Repetitive activity can irritate the Achilles tendon to the point of inflammation and even tearing.

Stress Fractures – These tiny breaks in athletes bones are sometimes associated with beginning a new sport or exercise. They can also occur when the intensity of an exercise routine is increased or with repetitive running or jumping.

Toe Injuries – Hammertoe, Ingrown toenails, and “Turf Toe” can be brought on by explosive movements.

 

Stay tuned to #TSMTips on Twitter over the next week to learn some proactive ways to avoid foot and ankle injuries when working out.  Keep an eye out for our next blog as well to learn more about post-workout foot care!

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