Category Archives: Wellbeing

Get Outside! Merrell Giveaway


Merrell Shoes are all about getting outside and staying active.  As the weather starts to get colder, we’d like to see how you get outside–and to help you out there by giving you a free pair of Merrell shoes! Scroll down to see how you can win.





How To Enter :

  1. Take a photo showing how you get outside. Whether you run, hike, or bike, snap a photo of yourself somewhere outside where you’d wear Merrell shoes. (You don’t need to be wearing Merrell shoes in the photo to enter. )
  2. Upload your photo to Facebook and tag us in the picture, or in the caption with @The Shoe Mart.  Tell us a little about what you’re doing, which Merrell shoes you would choose if you win, or how you get outdoors when the weather isn’t perfectly sunny.
  3. Make sure you set the photo privacy settings to Public (otherwise, we won’t see it!) Your entry also must be a newly uploaded photo.  If you just tag us in an old photo, you won’t be entered.
  4.  Next Friday, we’ll choose a winner at random. The lucky winner will be able to select any Merrell shoe from our site as their prize. We know you want to pick out your favorite pair now, so feel free to check out our selection of Merrell Shoes here.
  5. Now, Get Outside!


*  This Giveaway is US only.



*** This giveaway is not sponsored, supported, organized, or connected in any way by Facebook.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to fully release Facebook from any liability.

New 2015 Pendlay WeightLifting Shoes

The Pendlay Weightlifting Shoe company was founded by Olympic weightlifter Glenn Pendlay when he joined up with MuscleDriver USA founder Brad Hess. Pendlay creates products exclusively for the sport of weightlifting, and the experience of real, professional weightlifters is put into every aspect of the Pendlay Do-Win shoes.

The Pendlay Do-Win WL shoe has a 3/4 inch heel height, which is the standard recommended height for Olympic Weightlifting shoes.  The iconic Do-Win fit is wider to allow for toe splay while lifting.  They are a great option for both beginners and for those with a wider foot. Pendlay also makes women’s traditional weightlifting shoes, while many other brands do not.

Let’s take a look at how their look has evolved over the years:


2010 Pendlay Weightlifting Shoes


2011 Pendlay Weightlifting Shoes


2013 Pendlay Weightlifting Shoes


2014 Pendlay Weightlifting Shoes



And now, the new 2015 Pendlay Weightlifting shoes :








Keep an eye on, as the 2015 Pendlay Weightlifting shoes will be available soon! What do you think of the new colorways? Would you pick up a pair?

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!

Reebok CrossFit Games 2015 – The Open

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Tonight, February 26th at 5pm PT, the first Open Workout will be announced in Canton, MA and pit four-time champion Rich Froning Jr. against 2014 silver medalist, Mat Fraser.

Beginning in 2007 as a new and exhaustive way to find the Fittest on Earth™ , the Reebok CrossFit Games test athletes’ ability to face the unknown and unknowable.  The Open is the first of three stages in the competition. Athletes from around the world compete by submitting their scores for each other the 5 workouts. They have from the Thursday announcement until the following Monday at 5pm PT to complete the workout and submit their scores.

Here is the standards video for 14.1, last year’s first Open Workout:

We at The Shoe Mart want to wish participating athletes the best of luck.  We’ve been involved with the Sport of Fitness and its community since 2008 and carry many products from Reebok CrossFit, the official Sponsor of The Games.  Give it everything you have, we’ll definitely be watching!

Remember, 5pm PT tonight!

3, 2, 1, Go!

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!