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The Merrell Moab Difference

Merrell Moab Hiking Shoes at TheShoeMart.com

Which Merrell Moab is right for me? 

In our last blog, we talked about the technologies in the Merrell Moab series that make them a great hiking shoe. We have a few different styles of Moab’s, so we’ll break down the differences to make your decision easier!

Moab Mid Waterproof

Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof

This is our most popular Moab style. The Mid Cut height offers ankle support and protection from debris.  Waterproof Leather uppers and Merrell M Select™ DRY Waterproof, mositure-wicking technology keep you dry and comfy.

 

Moab Waterproof

Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof

The Waterproof Moab has the advantages mentioned above, but instead of the added ankle support, the low cut makes this style great for travel or quick day trips. It is lightweight and fits great in your suitcase!

Moab Ventilator

Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator

The Moab Ventilator is best for warm and dry climates, with tons of breathability but enough protection against dirt and debris.

 

Moab GTX

Merrell Men's Moab GTX

GORE-TEX® is a well-known waterproof membrane that protects against water while still allowing your feet to breathe.

Nano Nation: Not All Shoes Are Created Equal

Reebok CrossFit shoes at TheShoeMart.com

Join the #NanoNation with the newest Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 Colors for Men and for Women!

It’s all about the patriotic details with these colorways.  Asymmetrical stars and stripes resemble the American flag and stream along the soles as you squat, jump, and run in these Kevlar-tough Reebok Crossfit Nano 5.0’s.  “Home Of The Brave” is printed over the stripes in Navy and over the stars in Red.  Printed on the toe box, “MDCCLXXVI” is the roman numeral 1776, the year America was born.

Navy / Red / White / Pewter

Men's Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 at TheShoeMart.com

Navy with red and navy laces.

Men’s Style #AR2578   |   Women’s Style #AR2580

Polar Blue / Red / Navy / Pewter

Women's Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 at TheShoeMart.com

White with red and navy Laces.

Men’s Style #AR2579   |   Women’s Style #AR2582

Reebok CrossFit shoes at TheShoeMart.com

Reebok CrossFit shoes at TheShoeMart.com

#NanoNation – Not All Shoes Are Created Equal

New Brand: Samuel Hubbard Shoes

Samuel Hubbard shoes

 

We’d like to introduce to you our new Samuel Hubbard shoes!  We can sum up this new brand in two words: comfort and style.  We think these are two of the most important words in the footwear industry, which is part of why we’ve welcomed this new brand into our family.  We also understand that you may need more than two words to be convinced, so keep scrolling down to learn more about Samuel Hubbard shoes!

Comfort Technology:

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  • Leather Uppers: Durable, fashionable, and soft leather in smooth or nubuck finishes.
  • Full Leather Linings: Full glove leather-linings,  ‘hung’ inside the shoe rather than glued, for superior breathability.
  • The Tongue: Softly-padded, leather-lined tongue evenly distributes lace tension across the instep.
  • The Padded Collar: A hidden padded collar minimizes discomfort.
  • Strong Stitching: Durable and stable stitch-down construction.
  • Samuel Hubbard Shoe Insoles: Removable, triple-density Hubbard insoles cushion your forefoot with memory foam.  A vegetable-tanned leather top layer wicks perspiration away and feels “silky” underfoot.
  • Heel Support: Lateral heel support comes from a fiber-reinforced heel counter and cupped heel insole.
  • Rocker Profile: Sole design “rolls” your foot forward so your feet flex the shoe less often. Since your foot works less often, Samuel Hubbard shoes are less tiring to wear than traditional shoes.
  • Pure Kevlar: A lightweight Kevlar shank provides arch support.
  • Resole-ability: Construction designed for ease of resoling with new Vibram® soles.
  • Custom Soles: Vibram® custom-made Morflex® sole  provides terrific shock absorption, although  Samuel Hubbard shoes are 30% lighter weight than many other resole-able shoes.

 

Style:

One of our favorite things about Samuel Hubbard shoes is their versatility.  These comfortable styles have a pleasing aesthetic that pairs well with jeans, slacks, khakis and chinos. They’re the perfect footwear to take straight from the workweek into the weekend.

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If you’d like to read more about the history of Samuel Hubbard shoes, you can do so on our Samuel Hubbard brand page.

4 Common Mistakes When Choosing Workout Shoes

4 Mistakes

Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle. However, wearing the wrong shoes can turn something positive into something negative. Shoes that are the wrong size or do not offer enough support can lead to pain and injury.

1. Choosing whatever is in the back of your closet.

When working out, it is important to choose shoes that are designed particularly for the activity at hand in order to avoid injury. Traditional running shoes support forward motion, but many fitness activities also require an amount of lateral stability that you won’t find in most running shoes.  Cross-trainers offer sufficient lateral stability and support for most fitness activities. Those who practice a specific sport 2 times or more per week should look for a sport-specific shoe. 

2. Wearing shoes past their prime.

Many people make the mistake of waiting until their athletic shoes look worn to replace them.  In reality, your shoes may wear out and lose support before they look visually beat up, causing annoying post-workout aches and pains.  Athletic shoes should be replaced once a year under normal use. Heavy users may find that they need to replace their shoes every 6 months. Running shoes should be replaced every 300 to 500 miles.

3. Wearing casual shoes as workout shoes, and vice versa.

Casual shoes are not designed with the support needed in an athletic shoe and wearing them to work out may lead to injury. While some athletic shoes have become very popular as street style, the shoes you work out in should not be worn outside the gym. Wearing athletic shoes to do errands will cause them to break down faster, forcing you to replace them earlier in order to ensure you still have the proper support for exercising.

4. Choosing the wrong size or width shoe.

A shoe that doesn’t fit properly is worse than an old shoe without support. Poorly fitting shoes may lead to both aches and injuries.   Many people make the mistake of assuming that because they are a size 9 in one shoe, they are the same size in every shoe. Shoe sizes will vary from brand to brand, and even within one brand.  A Nike size 9 may not fit like a New Balance size 9. Companies that use different lasts for different models will also have sizing variation within one brand. Shoes should be the right width as well as the right length. A shoe that is too narrow or too wide can help cause foot problems ranging from numbness and pain to fungal infections. An expert should be able to tell you which shoe in which size will best fit your foot and your needs.

What should you look for?

Your best bet is always to consult with an expert. Our Norwalk, CT Store has a full-service staff to help you figure out the best shoes for your lifestyle or fitness plan. A specialist will work with you from the moment you walk in, determining both the right shoe and the right fit for you.

Our team has expert knowledge about the fit and function of our shoes.  If you are shopping online, check out our blog on how to find the right size and give our customer service team a call at (800) 850 – 7463 with any questions. They are around Monday thru Saturday from 9:30 AM to 6 PM EST, and you can always shoot them an e-mail at Shoemart@theshoemart.com!

Shoe Craft: Alden Lasts

The Alden Shoe Company was established in 1884 by Charles H. Alden. A major fixture in the once-thriving New England shoe and bootmaker industry, Alden is the only shoe manufacturer from that region still making all of their footwear in the USA. While other shoe companies have turned towards low cost labor available overseas in order to meet trendy consumer demands, Alden has thrived because of their commitment to quality, craftsmanship and tradition.

Today Alden shoes are known throughout the world for their superior quality and fit. One of the biggest factors in determining how a shoe fits is the form on which the shoe is made known as the last. Alden has been making all of their shoes on the same lasts for decades, and with good reason. For one, a last provides consistent fitting properties. Though a variety of patterns and styles can be constructed on the same last, they will all fit the same because they are crafted using the same form. This means that once you know your size in an Alden last you can expect the same fit every time. This consistency ultimately benefits the consumer when considered in comparison with other companies whose manufacturing standards can fluctuate and change, resulting in shoes with an inconsistent fit.

Each last also provides its own distinctive silhouette. The different toe and heel expressions that result from the unique contours of the individual lasts create recognizable stylistic accents. For instance, the Aberdeen last has an elegant slightly tapered toe shape that lends itself to a wide variety of designs including Alden’s Cap Toe Dress Shoes as well as their Tassel Moccasins and Full Strap Slip-Ons. The Van last on the other hand, is used for just about all of Alden’s Slip-On Leisure Mocassins because it’s fitting properties allow for a high wall around the shoe which can accommodate a full foot as well as a high vamp which helps a Slip-On to fit snugly and securely. All of the other classic lasts used by Alden including the Tremont, Barrie, Hampton, Plaza, and Copley have singular fitting properties as well.

When purchasing Alden shoes, the last is an important consideration for determining your size. If you’ve worn Alden shoes before, you can be assured that you will be the same size in all shoes built on a particular last. If you are a new Alden customer, we would encourage you to contact us and we can assist you in finding the right fit.

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