Reebok CrossFit Open

With only 6 days left until the Open, CrossFitters all over the world are waiting anxiously for the announcement of the first Open Workout. On Thursday, February 27th at 5 pm PT, the first of five workouts will be announced by Director of the Games Dave Castro from CrossFit North Atlanta. Immediately following the announcement, there will be a head-to-head competition between two athletes who will set the score to beat. From there, thousands of athletes across the Globe will have until Monday, March 3rd at 5pm PT to submit their validated attempts.

The Open is the first of three stages in the Reebok CrossFit Games. There is no limit to the number of attempts that a competitor can submit, as long as it is submitted by the Monday night deadline each week. The workout can be judged in person at a local affiliate, or they can submit uncut, unedited video evidence of their performance to the entire community. Competitors that make the Top 48 Fittest Men or 48 Fittest Women, and the top 30 teams from each region will be invited to the Regional stage.

The Open Workouts are not announced until the week submissions begin because the CrossFit Games are designed as a true test of fitness. Participants are not allowed to prepare for the workouts the way that someone would train for a triathlon or for the Super Bowl. The Games are designed so that you must be all-around fit in order to stand a chance. Competitors do not train by focusing on a few abilities or areas, and instead they must be able to meet any challenge that is thrown at them.

Here is an example of the Open Workout from the first week of the 2013 Games:

MEN – includes Masters Men up to 54 years old
Proceed through the sequence below completing as many reps as possible in 17 minutes of:
40 Burpees
75 pound Snatch, 30 reps
30 Burpees
135 pound Snatch, 30 reps
20 Burpees
165 pound Snatch, 30 reps
10 burpees
210 pound Snatch, as many reps as possible

WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Proceed through the sequence below completing as many reps as possible in 17 minutes of:
40 Burpees
45 pound Snatch, 30 reps
30 Burpees
75 pound Snatch, 30 reps
20 Burpees
100 pound Snatch, 30 reps
10 burpees
120 pound Snatch, as many reps as possible

Workouts are modified for those 65+, and more information on them can be found here.

We at The Shoe Mart want to wish the best of luck to those participating. Over the next few weeks, we will be offering our support and suggesting CrossFit related products to help you on your journey. Keep an eye on our Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram pages for updates!

Work It Wednesday : Custom Dyed Wallabees

Clarks Wallabees have been worn for ages, but in the mid-to-late 90’s, two-toned and custom-dyed Clarks were popular in the Hip-Hop scene, made popular by the cover art for Ghostface Killah’s album, Ironman.

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Well, for those of you that want to know how to dye your Wallabees, or any kind of suede shoe, we’re going to tell you how you can DIY.

The most popular dye for suede is Fiebings, which can be bought online or in-store in a number of colors. You can also purchase dye from hardware stores or shoe repair stores, but they often only have shades of brown and black.

First, clean the shoes with a suede cleaner. Then prep the shoes by packing the insides with newspaper, and using masking tape to cover areas that you do not want dyed (such as the soles).

Pour a small amount of the dye onto a soft, clean cloth.  Gently rub the dye onto the shoes by moving the cloth in a circular motion. Use as little dye as possible, but be sure to thoroughly cover the suede.  It is always possible to add another coat of dye, but you do NOT want to saturate the shoes.

Be sure to allow the shoes to dry in a shady, well-ventilated area. Do not leave shoes outside in the sun, or anywhere that they can get wet or dirty. Once dry, you may apply more dye if you want a darker color.

For more on how to clean your Wallabee soles, check out our TechTuesday blog.

Clarks Wallabees are casual and comfortable shoes that are great for work, can be worn with jeans or khakis, and are comfortable to wear.  Some customers have stated that they run a bit large, so you may want to consider ordering a half-size up. If you have questions about sizing, feel free to contact our customer service department.

Work it!



Tech Tuesday : Learn more about the Clarks Wallabee

Clarks Originals are all about the Plantation crepe soles.  The shoe we are giving away this week, the Wallabee, is well-known due to its distinct look and comfort.  A large part of that image is due to the shoe’s plantation crepe soles.

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Plantation crepe is a durable but lightweight, natural rubber.  It is intended to provide a softer foot strike and be more comfortable than a traditional sole because each step you take will be cushioned. Shoes with plantation crepe soles can also be much quieter than other shoes. The rubber’s crinkly texture that creates traction so that you don’t slip.

Crepe soles seem to be a love-it or hate-it feature for shoes.  The most common complaint is that the soft rubber picks up residue and “black gunk”.  Some people find that their Wallabee shoes look even better once worn-in.

However, some people don’t like the gunk. It can be controlled, though, if you care for your shoes.  The easiest way to prevent a lot of build-up is to routinely clean your shoes. You can find out how to do this on eHow, but the interesting step is to (after cleaning) take a rubber eraser, such as an art gum eraser, and gently rub it across the bottom of the shoe. Make sure to let them air-dry in a shady place to avoid discoloration or cracked leather.   Clarks also pairs with mail-order company Resole America, who will rebuild your plantation crepe soles and return your shoes in about a week.

Whether you like them worn or pristine, thanks to the plantation crepe sole, you know that you’ll be comfortable in your Clarks Wallabees.



Clarks Wallabee Giveaway!

This week we are giving away a pair of Clarks Wallabee shoes.  A super-comfortable, handstiched moccasin made with premium leather or suede and plantation crepe outsoles. Advocates of the Wallabee span generations.  Your grandpa, your mom, your high school teacher, your favorite music artist, your best friend the odds are that one of them loves Clarks.

At TheShoeMart, we carry the classic men’s Wallabee, as well as the men’s Wallabee boot, in both leather and suede.

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We also carry the men’s Wallabee Run, which has a lower profile and zig-zagged tread.


We also carry the classic women’s Wallabee in leather and suede, and the women’s Wallabee Boot in Sand suede.

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Be sure to enter our Facebook Giveaway, best of luck!