Pendlay Weightlifting Shoes

The “Pendlay” branded line started when Glenn Pendlay, who began coaching Olympic Weightlifting in the mid-90’s, joined up with MuscleDriver USA founder Brad Hess to bring a new level of product development to  Olympic Lifting Equipment. Their combined passion, knowledge, and commitment to the sport of Olympic lifting has transitioned to products that are designed with the Olympic lifter’s needs in mind.

The Pendlay weightlifting shoes are strictly weightlifting shoes, and not a hybrid cross-training shoe.  This means that the shoes focus on stability and fit over the lightweight flexibility needed in a running shoe. Pendlay’s famous Do-Win fit. At a lower price point than many other weightlifting shoes, it is a great weightlifting shoe for those that are new to the sport.

The 2013 version of the shoe that is stocked on our site has not only an updated look, but also an improved sole that offers more durability and flexibility. The heel is 3/4th of an inch high, which is the most popular heel height for Olympic Lifting. The real leather and heavy duty black nylon mesh are designed to withstand the tough lifts that you do. The 2013 Pendlay Weightlifting Shoes still have the same Do-Win fit as the originals. We suggest that you size down by a half size from your typical running shoe size.

Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 Giveaway Rules:

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1. US Residents Only.

2. You must like, share, and tag a friend in the comments of the original Facebook post. (Here)

3. We will accept entries until 10am on Tuesday, August 5th. The winner will then be randomly selected from the entries.

4. 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.

4. This contest is not affiliated with CrossFit, Inc. You agree to indemnify and hold CrossFit, Inc. harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party in connection with or arising out of your participation in this contest.

The Shoe Mart 

SUP Feet? Shoes for Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is becoming pretty popular among water sports in the US.

While many serious racers, free stylers, and paddle boarding yogis prefer to SUP barefoot, there are occasions in which you want to wear water shoes or booties.

Booties are recommended in extreme cold conditions to keep you from losing heat through your feet. Water shoes, however, are often recommended year-round because they protect your feet. This is especially important for beginners, who are more likely to fall off the paddle board and encounter rocks, debris, and even oyster beds.


What should you look for in SUP footwear?

1. The shoe should drain water, and be breathable in order to keep your foot cool and comfortable.

2. You want the shoes to fit snugly to reduce sores and pain from friction and rubbing.

3. The sole of the shoe should be flexible, so that you can make more contact and balance better on the board.

4. Shoes with antimicrobial features help to prevent odor and fungus, and are a good idea if you plan to hang out with your friends after paddle boarding.


Our picks for paddle boarding are the Vibram Five Fingers TrekSport, TrekSport Sandal, and KSO, as well as the New Balance WO70 and MO70.

VFF TrekSport

VFF TrekSport Sandal


The Vibram FiveFingers Watersport shoes offer excellent balance for paddle boarding thanks to their barefoot, five-toe design. They also include antimicrobial footbeds. The glove-like fit and secure closure systems of Vibram FiveFingers means that you won’t have to worry about unnecessary rubbing or discomfort and you will be free to enjoy the great views that are associated with SUPing.


New Balance MO70 / WO70

The New Balance WO70 and MO70 have an excellent midsole, outsole, and heel drainage system. The secure bungee closure system keeps them snug on your feet and allows for stability. The sole offers lightweight protection and traction to help you on the board, and off. This shoe also offers an antimicrobial footbed.

Magnanni Shoes

Like us here at The Shoe Mart, Magnanni is a third generation, family-owned company. Their products are handcrafted in Almansa, Spain using traditional techniques that require extensive knowledge and skill. Magnanni focuses on handcrafting innovative designs and hand finishes using carefully selected leathers. They are known for their updated finishes on classic designs and their Bologna construction.

The pursuit of perfection, with simple, classic designs and attention to detail, has been our family essence for three generations.”


So what exactly is Bologna construction? It is a method of constructing leather shoes that focus on comfort and style. The leather upper is first formed into a “tube” or “bag” shape before it is put on the last. While the top part of the upper is lined normally, the lower part is lined with a soft leather insole. Bologna construction eliminates the need for a mid-sole and not only allows the shoe to fit more like a glove for your feet, but also allows for exceptional flexibility.

Despite being Spanish-made, the Bologna construction helps to give Magnanni shoes a bit of an Italian flair. This includes an elongated toe when compared to English-styled shoes. Customers enjoy the comfort and buttery soft leather of Magnanni shoes. We recommend that you use a pair of shoe trees to keep your Magnannis in top shape.

If you have any questions about sizing or Magnanni shoes in general, as always, feel free to contact us! Customer service is available between 9:30 AM and 6:00 PM EST Monday-Saturday at 800-850-7463. You can also shoot us an email at !

Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0s

Introducing the newly-released Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0! We want to help you get to know this extremely versatile shoe, so we’ll let you know all about the features that make it a great shoe to WOD in as well as how it compares to previous Nanos.

The Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 is designed with the CrossFitter in mind. This means that the shoe is designed to withstand the sport’s variety of functional movements. From the Nano U-Form, to the 2.0, 3.0, and now 4.0, Reebok has put itself up to the challenge of creating a shoe that can withstand the unknowable.

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The Nano 4.0 features a protective DuraCage and breathable open-weave mesh upper that allows the flexibility your feet need for running, box jumps, and burpees. The RopePro protection wrap will protect your toes during double unders and olympic lifts. The 4mm drop, multi-surface outsole, and shock-absorbing forefoot and heel pods mean that you don’t have to change into different shoes for your Oly Lifts (unless you really want to).


Reebok Women's CrossFit Nano 4.0 Style #: M40528Reebok Men's CrossFit Nano 3.0 Style #: V53240

The Nano 4.0 multi-surface outsole remains pretty true to the outsole of the 3.0, as shown above. It still has RopePro technology to help with rope climbs.

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The RopePro Protection Toe Wrap and DuraCage however, are both looking a little different.

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While the Nano 2.0 has DuraGrip print along the toe cap, the Nano 3.0 introduced the DuraCage upper, which offered more stability and protection for your feet while maintaining  the shoe’s flexibility. The DuraCage of the 4.0 features a finer toe grid on the toe box and a sleeker diamond-weave on the uppers. The toe wrap is also similar to the one on the Nano 3.0, with a more updated look.

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The heel cup of the 4.0 has been re-designed. It is slightly longer and leather-lined. The new design allows the shoe to cup your heel more firmly, giving you a stronger base in your heel for heavy lifts.

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One of the major differences between the 4.0 and the 3.0 is that the 4.0 is more flexible. Many customers find the Nano 4.0 on par with the 2.0 when it comes to running.  Sizing runs true to Reebok Nano sizing (usually a 1/2 size smaller than your normal athletic shoe size). Feel free to contact our customer service department if you have any further questions about sizing by calling 800-850-7463 Monday through Saturday from 9:30-6:00 pm EST or emailing .

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You can order Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0’s at or visit our store in Norwalk, CT.