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2011-08-05 3:58 PM

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Subject: Skechers, the new Newtons?

It appears Skechers is now getting into the midfoot strike "athletic" shoe business.

 

(Geb) Keflezighi will be running in the World Marathon Majors (including the 2001 ING New York City Marathon), road races, and Olympic Trials through August 2012 exclusively in SKECHERS Fitness performance footwear featuring the Company's innovative SmartShoe(TM) mid-foot strike technology for serious athletes and active enthusiasts.

"SKECHERS' new performance shoes change the way I run for the better," said Keflezighi. "I've been a heel strike runner my entire life, but I am now wearing SKECHERS to maximize the efficiency of my foot strike. My shoes are my most essential piece of equipment and right now SKECHERS has the footwear I need to succeed.



2011-08-05 4:05 PM
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Well, from what little I can tell from the pic attached to the article, it appears they may have a serious attempt at a real running shoe there.

2011-08-05 4:26 PM
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A little more digging and I found this pic



Edited by camy 2011-08-05 4:27 PM
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camy - 2011-08-05 2:26 PM

A little more digging and I found this pic

That is shockingly practical. Wow... I think Sketchers may actually be doing something right for once.

2011-08-05 4:33 PM
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"2001 ING New York City Marathon."

Apparently, Skechers has also built a time machine mechanism into their new shoe line. 

The world really needs more copy editors. Cool

2011-08-05 4:43 PM
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Will they sell them for $39.95?  That would shake up the running shoe industry. 

Not that I don't love all those great running shoe companies, but the markup on shoes has got to be really really huge.



2011-08-05 4:54 PM
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morey000 - 2011-08-05 2:43 PM

Will they sell them for $39.95?  That would shake up the running shoe industry. 

Not that I don't love all those great running shoe companies, but the markup on shoes has got to be really really huge.

That would be SO awesome... Even if they only lasted for half the miles.

2011-08-05 5:30 PM
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I'd never waste my money on them.  I've owned a few pair of Skechers, mainly when I needed something cheap to get me through for a short time, and they are always crap.  Uncomfortable as can be and fall apart in no time.  I'd rather buy another set of Roos...those rocked!
2011-08-05 5:36 PM
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morey000 - 2011-08-05 6:43 PM

Will they sell them for $39.95?



FWIW, I've only ever run in cheap Adidas (usually $49.99 or less) except for the one time I won a pair of shoes and got a higher end pair. IMO, there was no difference in comfort and I've returned to my cheap shoes.

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2011-08-05 6:26 PM
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That is so yesterday. The new big thing is the Hoka:

http://university.tri-sports.com/2011/08/02/2011-bicycle-dealer-camp-photo-gallery-2/#



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briderdt - 2011-08-05 4:05 PM

Well, from what little I can tell from the pic attached to the article, it appears they may have a serious attempt at a real running shoe there.

I thought it might be Dave Chapel before reading, hahaha!



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Tom Demerly. - 2011-08-05 6:26 PM

That is so yesterday. The new big thing is the Hoka:

 

http://university.tri-sports.com/2011/08/02/2011-bicycle-dealer-camp-photo-gallery-2/#

Is Hoka brand becoming more available in the states now?  Love the idea of their shoes.  Flat and thick, don't think I should be doing all my runs in the low cushioned shoes, but can't find flatter profile (that fits) and with cushioning.

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thebigb - 2011-08-05 6:30 PM I'd never waste my money on them.  I've owned a few pair of Skechers, mainly when I needed something cheap to get me through for a short time, and they are always crap.  Uncomfortable as can be and fall apart in no time.  I'd rather buy another set of Roos...those rocked!

AND roos you get the added bonus of running faster if you stuff a $100 bill in the pouch.

2011-08-06 12:00 AM
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Interesting Meb is doing this; he's one of the biggest heel strikers out there, but he wins races.   Its entirely possible this could backfire on him.
2011-08-06 11:32 AM
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Tom Demerly. - 2011-08-05 4:26 PM

That is so yesterday. The new big thing is the Hoka:

http://university.tri-sports.com/2011/08/02/2011-bicycle-dealer-camp-photo-gallery-2/#

I tried on a pair, took them for a short test run... And I couldn't get them off my feet fast enough. Horrendous shoes. Even standing still, they were unstable, and the combination of super-soft midsole, stiff forefoot, and extreme rocker, it felt like the ground was falling away from me with every toe-off.

My guess, Tom, is that your shop just got these in and you've all been instructed to push them as much as possible.

2011-08-06 12:20 PM
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furiousferret - 2011-08-06 12:00 AM Interesting Meb is doing this; he's one of the biggest heel strikers out there, but he wins races.   Its entirely possible this could backfire on him.

Personally, I think the shoe he wears has little to no impact on his performance.  He could throw on any pair of flats.  Shoe, foot strike, it doesn't matter.  He's efficient.  Look at the guy a few months ago.  He's under 130lbs soaking wet and he's smooth as silk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS4ByYyM4DQ&feature=related

Most of those guys could wear any pair of flats they want...they are efficient and don't need support or lots of cushioning.  They just need a little rubber to protect the bottom of their feet is what I was thinking.

cool video either way though




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furiousferret - 2011-08-06 12:00 AM Interesting Meb is doing this; he's one of the biggest heel strikers out there, but he wins races.   Its entirely possible this could backfire on him.

Personally, I think the shoe he wears has little to no impact on his performance.  He could throw on any pair of flats.  Shoe, foot strike, it doesn't matter.  He's efficient.  Look at the guy a few months ago.  He's under 130lbs soaking wet and he's smooth as silk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS4ByYyM4DQ&feature=related

Most of those guys could wear any pair of flats they want...they are efficient and don't need support or lots of cushioning.  They just need a little rubber to protect the bottom of their feet is what I was thinking.

cool video either way though


 

Holy wow.  I'm slow. That was amazing. It was like watching a machine!

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