What is the one part of your body that has bothered you for years and almost always seems to hurt especially after a long day of standing at work?
Your feet, right?
Your dogs, your hooves, your tootsies.
In 8 months of steady blogging I have never done a product endorsement but today I am going to make an exception.
Why, because I found a product worth recommending to my Baby Boomer audience.
We walked a lot, we played a lot we worked a lot and we were on our feet for almost the entire day growing up.
Do you remember your first pair of tennis shoes?
In the 50’s they were probably something made out of canvas with hard rubber soles.
"Sneakers" became a symbol of rebellion for teenagers around the world.
The fashion was “officially” sanctioned when teen idol James Dean was photographed wearing denim jeans and white sneakers.
Maybe you had high-tops.
They were truly uncomfortable.
They really did hurt your feet.
But you wore them until they stunk and fell off your feet.
We had no idea what comfort was.
We had Adidas and New Balance and Converse and Nike and our feet were in heaven.
Little did we know.
Tennis shoes have now given way to “sports” shoes and “running shoes” and “athletic” shoes.
There are thousands of options and styles and colors you can choose from.
I think though that the Baby Boomer generation is still stuck in the 70’s when it comes to shoe comfort.
It seems like almost every guy (and some women) my age and older is wearing a pair of white New Balance shoes that look like they should have been retired 20 years ago.
You know the picture.
Balding head, shorts above the knees, black socks and white tennis shoes.
The younger Baby Boomers have lace ups but the older guys have Velcro straps.
But in my most recent years, my fashion sense has slowly been overridden by my maturing sense of “comfort first.”
I guess as you get deeper into the Baby Boomer years you begin to tell yourself that it is OK to wear anything you want as long as it is comfortable.
Who cares what others think, right?
We have earned the right to dress the way we want.
But in most cases, dressing the way we want is dressing the way we have always dressed so we look like a clothing ad out of the 70’s.
I’ve never been that bad even though I own a pair of New Balance 831’s that have been glued back together several times and run through the washer way too many times.
I have had a couple of pairs of Nike’s and Reebok’s and Asics over the past 20 years (I still have my NB 831’s on the closet shelf just in case) but I have to tell you folks that my idea of what to wear has radically changed with the purchase of my last pair of “tennies.”
Well, the NB 831’s were not cutting it on a regular basis.
As much as I hate to part with my hard earned cash to buy something I don’t think I need (or at least I didn’t think I needed) like a new pair of tennis shoes, I did just that under duress from my Darla and daughter Nykee and my poor blistering feet.
I joined the ranks of the current and the stylish and purchased a pair of Nike shoes.
They looked good and they felt good…………initially.
But after a few walks, I again had weary “dogs” and knew I needed something different.
So Darla, Nykee and I spent a day at the local outlet mall and I tried on tons of different tennis shoes.
The last store we stopped in was the Skechers store.
I don’t know why it was the last store, I guess because I never considered Skechers to have good tennis shoes.
Skechers was the place to buy stylish casual shoes.
What a pleasant surprise I was in for.
They were different.
They were light.
They were comfortable.
And after all was said and done they worked great.
That is why I am here today to offer you my first product endorsement.
Go buy a pair of Skechers GOrun shoes.
I’ll tell you why (actually I will steal information from the Skechers website to tell you why):
"Skechers GOrun 2 is the next generation of a serious minimal running shoe.
Designed for speed with innovative performance technologies to promote a midfoot strike, it works as a great transitional shoe to foster a barefoot running experience."
- Independent circular GOimpulse sensors offer flexibility and feedback for a more responsive running experience
- M-Strike Technology™ promotes a midfoot strike
- Radically lightweight - No extra material, no extra weight, nothing to slow you down
- Breathable 4-way stretch mesh toe panels engineered to allow toe splay
- Custom Fit insole is removable for an even more minimal feel
- Roomier Forefoot - Extra space to reduce friction and allow your toes to spread, grip and push off
- 4mm Heel Drop - substantially less heel drop than traditional running or training shoes to bring you closer to a natural barefoot experience
- Resalyte™ Midsole - Proprietary lightweight injection-molded compound with memory retention helps absorb impact
- Progressive Flex midsole transitions from stable platform to forefoot flexibility
- Construction - Nearly weightless synthetic and mesh fabric upper
- Nearly seamless flexible upper with lace up front
- Flatlock stitching detail for seamless feel and lighter weight
- Soft smooth fabric shoe lining for easy barefoot wear
- Weight: Radically lightweight 6.6 oz per shoe based on a men's size 9
Hey, these are by far the most comfortable tennis ( sorry, but I will always refer to these type of shoes as “tennis” shoes and not “running” shoes or “athletic” shoes because I just old OK?) shoes I have ever worn.
I have had them a couple of months now and I still feel that way.
Do you need more to check these shoes out.
The first is by J. D. Gohman who bought a pair on Amazon.com back on April 22, 2013.
“I have to be up front, I don't subscribe to the minimalist epidemic that is going around the running world right now. However there is something to be said for getting away from the more traditional running shoe. A normal running shoe is big and bulky and doesn't really encourage an efficient gait. However you can, like everything else in the world, have too much of a good thing, which is the case with these extreme minimalist shoes that are out on the market right now. These shoes have a low drop (difference in height between the back and the front of the shoe) to encourage a more efficient mid-foot strike and have 11mm of padding, which new independant research has shown is about perfect. So, enough of all that on to the shoe. Over the past nine months I have had 2 pairs (technically the original GoRuns) of these and am just starting on these (GoRun 2s) now. I run about 100mi a month and I get about 4 months out of them, which is about typical for any running shoe. I love the fit and feel of these as they are designed as a sockless running shoe. As a triathlete who doesn't wear socks during races up to the 70.3 distance (half-marathon run) these are perfect and I don't get any blisters at all. The original Go Runs had a more pronouced "bump" under the arch and if the truth be told I really liked that as while running it provided an excellent arhc support for your foot, the Go Run 2s have a less pronounced "bump" but seem to provide pretty good support for the foot. The soles of the shoes of the original GOruns is where I have my only complaint, to keep the shoes so lightweight there is hardly any "traditional" rubber in the sole but most of the sole is made of the foam padding called "resalyte" which seems to wear slightly faster than the harder rubber used for the "impulse sensors" that are made of more traditional rubber material. Overall, though these are an excellent shoe that has replaced my racing flats as well as my traditional running shoes.”
Skechers GOrun Review: First Impressions
In summary, the Skechers Go Run is not a shoe for hard-core minimalists. The toebox will feel too narrow (it’s average width, fine on my foot), and the shoe will be too soft underfoot for those who prefer a Merrell Barefoot or Vibram Fivefingers style shoe. However, I’ve been rather surprised by how much I have enjoyed running in this shoe, and unlike a few other shoes on my active review list, I’m actually looking forward to putting more miles on these. Time will tell as to how much I wind up liking the unusual midsole design, but I at least have to give the folks at Skechers credit for a bit of innovation – this shoe has a feel unlike that of any other shoe I have worn. Though it’s clearly not a barefoot-style shoe in terms of how it functions, it does seem to accomplish the goal of encouraging a mid foot strike.
Skechers has a huge challenge ahead in trying to break into the performance running market, and the Go Run appears to be their first big step – it will be more than interesting to see how it is received. This shoe reminded me that keeping an open mind is a good thing, and sometimes trying something that you don’t think you will like can result in a pleasant surprise (boy do I sound like a parent).
I could not have said it any better.
"SKECHERS Fitness Group is jumping into the barefoot-style running category with the premiere of SKECHERS GOrun, a lightweight minimalist running shoe.
SKECHERS, the second largest shoe brand (behind Nike) has signed a one year deal with Meb Keflezighi, Olympic silver medalist and the most decorated American distance runner ever. SKECHERS is certainly serious and the GOrun is a prime example."
I also check with some other purchasers over at Amazon.com and here are a few of their reviews:
"BEST SHOE I HAVE EVER RUN IN PERIOD!!!!!!"
"Best running shoe I've ever owned"
"Wow. Wonderful shoes"
"Good fit, very lightweight minimalist that still offers some protection"
My purpose of this endorsement is not to become the Malcolm Gladwell “Tipping Point” for these shoes.
Nor is my purpose to be searched out by Skechers to become a spokesman for them or to be paid to trial their products (although that would probably be pretty cool) and write reviews.
I am simply letting my Survive55 Baby Boomer Blog Nation know that I found a new, modern “tennis” shoe that really sets the standard for comfort and functionality.
Try them for yourself and let me know what you think.
If you liked this endorsement let me know.
Maybe, if I run across something else that “trips my trigger’ as much as these shoes did then I will do some more product recommendations for you.
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