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Post WOD Recovery


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.

Here are some of our favorite fitness shoes for working out and keeping in shape!

Arch Support


What is Arch Support?

When people talk about supporting the arch of your foot, they are talking about the medial longitudinal arch that spans between the ball of your foot and your heel bone. The support in these two areas must also support weight in the open space between them.

If your arches are not properly supported, you may experience pain down the length of the foot and too much stress or weight on your feet may lead to injury.

Do You Need It?


Some people have low arches but do not have any problems.  Others have problems that are often related to overpronation.  If you have mild symptoms, purchasing arch supports may be an easier and cheaper solution, but those with moderate to severe symptoms should consult a professional.

In most mild cases, proper footwear can help.

What To Look For:

There are many forms of arch support, including insoles and custom orthodics.

Many athletic shoes are designed to reduce overpronation, the excessive inward rolling of the foot that is often caused by flat feet. Look for stability technologies for mild to moderate pronation, and motion-control technologies for severe over-pronation.

Some suggest that the best way to support your arch is to build up foot muscles slowly and wear shoes that allow your feet to sit naturally.  Zero-drop shoes with wide toe-boxes are often recommended for this purpose.

There are a lot of factors that go into relieving foot pain. You should discuss these options with a podiatrist or other medical professional to see which is the best option for you.

Another common cause of foot pain is wearing the wrong shoe size. Stay tuned next week for more on choosing the right shoe size!

Taking Care of Your Athletic Shoes

How To Clean Your Athletic Shoes

They’re designed to keep up with you, so they know how to get down and dirty. That doesn’t mean they have to stay that way, though. Here’s how to clean up your athletic shoes!

Step 1: Get Prepped. Brush off any excess dirt, remove shoe laces and insoles. Allow the insoles to air out, using foot powder or baking soda as necessary to eliminate odor. Rinse the shoes with cool water to get rid of loose dirt that didn’t come off with brushing.

Step 2: Wash! With most styles, you should be able to machine wash with cool or warm water and regular detergent. We recommend washing them in the same load as your towels. Adding Pine Oil disinfectant to the beginning of a wash cycle (warm water only) can help disinfect your shoes and protect your feet from bacteria or fungus. Lysol brand disinfectant can also be used.

Always check with the manufacturer to be sure that shoes are machine washable.

If you have any doubts at all, hand wash shoes with a soft brush and liquid detergent diluted with water. Scrub the inside and outside of the shoe and be sure to rinse afterwards.

Step 3: Dry! *NEVER put shoes in the dryer. Do not put them near a radiator. Do not attempt to dry them with a hair dryer. High heat will damage shoes. DO put sneakers in a well ventilated area to dry. Stuff them with white paper towels or white cotton towels to absorb the moisture and help retain shape. Some use newspaper, but the ink may transfer to the shoes or to your socks.

Step 4: Finishing Touch. A “magic eraser” or wet wipes work wonders on getting scuffs out of rubber. If all else fails, you can use shoe polish to touch up scuffs.

Athletic Shoes

It’s October: It’s colder, the kids are back in school, and people are starting to spend less time outside. However, continuing to remain physically active is one of the best ways to keep away the upcoming winter blues!

As we mentioned last week, at TheShoeMart we enjoy helping you find shoes that suit your purpose. This week, we’re taking an extra-close look at athletic shoes so that you have the right tools to stay fit this season.

First up is the New Balance 990. The 990 first debuted in 1982, and has been loved since as a classic American stability shoe. This shoe is great for the mild-to-moderate overpronator since it is designed to reduce inward rolling of the foot while running.  Most runners with normal or medium arches will fall into this category.


Also from New Balance, we have the 890v4. A lightweight neutral cushioning shoe, it is a great choice for underpornators (supinators) and midfoot or forefoot strikers.

Moderate to Severe overpronators with low or flat arches should look at motion control shoes like the  1080, 1260, and 3040.

If you’d like to take your running off-road…

Consider Inov-8’s RocLite 295, a durable choice with deep cleats perfect for your next trail run or unpredictable adventure.

If you’re really not into running, you might consider weight lifting as a way to stay active.

Pendlay DoWin 2013 Weightlifting Shoes are a traditional weightlifting shoe created solely for Olympic weightlifting. You can read more about why you need specific shoes for weightlifting here.

The Inov-8 Fastlift, Reebok Lifter 2.0 and Reebok Lifter Plus 2.0 are all hybrid weightlifting shoes that are popular with CrossFit athletes and those that want a lifting shoe capable of handling a variety of other movements–in addition to the snatch and the clean and jerk.

The Reebok CrossFit Power Lite TR‘s gripping full rubber outsole, hi-top stability and cushioning make it great for powerlifting moves like the squat, deadlift, and bench press.

Now that we’ve provided you an athletic shoe arsenal, what are you waiting for?

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.