Beginner Running Tips

Running is not only a great way to stay in shape, it can really benefit your overall health, both physical and mental. From raising levels of good cholesterol and increasing lung function, to boosting your immune system and preventing disease, to relieving stress and eliminating depression, the benefits of running seem endless. The hardest part about running is getting the motivation to just get out and do it, so here are a few running tips for beginners to make it just a little bit easier to take advantage of this awesome exercise.

Asics Kayano 18: the latest version of the legendary running shoe.

First things first: When you begin running, you need to get a really good pair of running shoes.  Without having good support and cushion, injuries such as shin splints, bad knees, or weak ankles can occur.  When I started running, I had really bad pain in my shins and it took me a couple of weeks to finally figure out that it was my shoes. I switched to Asics Kayano 18, and my shins thanked me immediately. The Kayano is gradually becoming a “legendary” shoe in the running community, and the 18th edition  lives up to its reputation with all around support and just that little bit of extra cushion for comfort.  These shoes are great for any terrain, including the road, trail, or track.

Another great running shoe is the lightweight and breathable  Brooks PureFlow.  The PureFlow is made to be more street specific, and comes in a variety of awesome colors for men, women, and kids. Just think; your whole family running around the neighborhood in a rainbow of different PureFlow shoes. Your neighbors will be saying “What a stylish and healthy family!” In hot weather, this shoe would be a great pick for its breathability and almost minimalist feel.

Brooks PureFlow Collection for men, women, and kids.

When you’ve found your perfect shoe and decide to start running, start slowly.  Don’t push yourself into running five miles the first day. Start out with about a mile and if that feels like a breeze, go up in distance the next time or switch to a faster pace.  If you want to

Nathan Hydration Products make sure your water levels are just right while on the go.

run longer distances, be sure to stay hydrated!  Take a Nathan water bottle holster to strap on while you are on your run. This way you won’t have to stop to take a water break, and you’ll have a place for essentials like your phone and keys.

One thing you need to do before and after you start your run is to stretch!  Loosen those hamstrings and calves with the Trigger Point Therapy Performance Kit and the Trigger Point revolutionary foam roller.  There have been a few days when I go out for a run and think I’ll be fine without stretching, and I ALWAYS regret it. Trust me, you will feel it in the morning! The performance kit comes with DVDs and lots of instructions to properly roll out your specific muscles.  You will be feeling much happier if you stretch before and after running. With these tips, you’ll soon be on your way to getting all the amazing benefits of running. Get the shoes, stretching advice, and athletic apparel you need to get started right here at www.doddsshoe.com.

Fun in the Sun (and Water!)

What is the easiest way to cool off on a hot summer day? Play in the water! From running through the sprinklers at your local park, to sailing the seven seas, to whitewater rafting, summer water sports offer an excellent way to cool down on record-setting high temperature days. While enjoying the water, make sure you have an appropriate shoe to stay secure on your foot and provide the protection you need.

For those of us that don’t get TOO adventurous on our days at the water, a quick water shoe, boat shoe, or sandal may be just right.

Water Shoes

With drain-like holes and wet surface gripping siping on the sole, the Columbia Drainmaker is a great water shoe. Did we mention the quick drying mesh uppers?

Columbia has come out with some wonderful water shoes that give you the look of a sneaker. For men, we carry a couple color schemes in the Powerdrain and for women, we carry Powerdrain, in addition to the  Drainmaker and the Drainsock–which offers a slip-on style with no laces. Each of these shoes provides incredible breathability with a mesh upper; add in the drain-like holes and siping on the bottom and your shoes will not only dry in no time but also maintain great traction on wet surfaces!

 

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Sperry Top Sider boat shoes are an undisputed American summer staple.

Boat Shoes
If sailing the seven seas (or even just the lake closest to your house) is something that you had in mind for your summer days, Sperry Top-Sider is the brand to look to for a shoe that is not only extremely stylish, but also quite functional. If you’ve been reading our blog posts up to this point, you may remember a few of these styles featured back in March with a fashion watch on classic nautical styles coming back in vogue, and not just for sailors! These shoes are available for both men and women and offer “wave-siping” on the sole, (to help to release water with every step), water-resistant leather uppers, and 360-degree boat lacing systems for a secure fit. These classic boat shoes have been around for decades (with a few modern updates), so you can be sure that with a pair of Sperry Top-Siders in your wardrobe, you’ll never have to worry about your shoes becoming out-dated.

Water-Ready Sandals
Although summer may seem like the perfect opportunity to pull out your many pairs of basic flip-flops, if you’re going to be spending any time in water, you may want to consider something with a heel strap to keep your shoes on your feet. The last thing you want to see floating off into the ocean sunset is your favorite pair of flip-flops!

 

Chaco is a brand with several styles of sandals that will stay on your feet even in the strongest of currents. Men, women, and children can rely on these sandals with a secure and customizable fit with the adjustable strap and traction on even wet surfaces with both the Chaco Vibram Yampa and Unaweep outsoles. The Z/1 sandal offers Chaco’s standard criss-cross fit with wide straps while the Z/2 sandal offers the same wide straps with an additional piece to hold onto your big toe! The ZX/1 and ZX/2 sandals offer the same criss-cross patterns, but with two thinner straps along the length of the shoe instead of one thick strap. Any of these Chaco styles will let you feel well prepared when playing in the water, and they will also all get you closer to the undeniable summer staple, the “Chaco Tan Line!”

There is no mistaking the summer classic Chaco Tan Lines!

More Than Your Ordinary Sandal
When you start to get a little more serious with your water activities, like whitewater rafting, you may want a little more protection for your toes than a typical sandal can offer. If this sounds like you, consider the Keen Newport. Again, these shoes are available for men, women and children, but in addition to a strap across the heel, they provide you with Keen.Protect–Keen’s patented rubber toe guard, protecting you from any unseen threats for potentially stubbed toes! Another great thing about the Newport is the elastic cord lacing system which is not only quick and easy, but also guarantees a secure fit. Each version of this shoe provides you with either a waterproof nylon or leather upper giving you a very quick-drying sandal.

If you’re looking for something a little less claustrophobic for your feet, you may want to consider the Keen Venice (available for both men and women) which provides all the same technology with fewer straps.

No matter what your summer water activity, you definitely want to be sure that you are not going to lose your footing–or your shoe! You can find the shoe that suits your summer cool-off needs right here at Dodds Shoe Co.

 

Kids Summer Shoes: Kid and Parent Friendly Styles

Summer is a time for our little ones to get out and enjoy being a kid. With trips to the park and adventures to the zoo, it is important that our kids have the perfect summer shoe. Children’s shoes need to be comfortable, safe, and obviously fun to wear. It seems like the kids styles we are getting in are getting more and more adorable with each summer season.

Finding the perfect summer kids shoe is really pretty easy. First, look for a shoe that will let their feet breath. Kids make the most out of summer, meaning they put 110% into activities—even if it’s 110 degrees outside. To keep them from overheating, breathability is a must. Give those little piggies some air! Straps and a secure fit are also key things to think about, so they don’t run right out of their shoes. Also, make sure to pay attention to the accessibility of the shoe, because kids don’t like to waste time putting on their shoes when they could be enjoying the great outdoors.

The kids Keen Newport H2 is the perfect kids summer shoe: waterproof, sturdy, securely fit, and adorable on their tiny little feet!

One of our favorite shoes that encompass all the above tips is the Newport H2 from Keen. This is a great summer shoe because it has a closed toe to protect your child when they play, but it is still an open sandal allowing for fantastic air flow.  The Newport H2 has both an ankle strap and bungee laces that support the ankle and allow for a custom fit feeling. Kids are a fan of the Newport H2 because of the fun colors it comes in, and parents are a fan because of the fantastic quality Keen provides. Children usually grow out of the shoe before they wear it out…making it a hand-me-down shoe younger siblings can’t wait to have!

Brad and Angelina help out the kids they can’t adopt by getting TOMS Shoes for the kids they have–One for One!

For a more casual, everyday shoe, kids are going gaga for lightweight and colorful slip-ons like Toms Shoes and Bobs by Skechers—and we are too. These adorable shoes super summer friendly and easy to wear: pair them with a cute summer dress or shorts and a t-shirt and you and your kids are ready to go. We’ve even got women’s styles to match or compliment the kids TOMS Shoes…how cute is that? In addition, with every pair of TOMS or Bobs sold, a less fortunate child will get a pair of needed footwear.

Finally, Children and parents love the Speed for kids by Vibram Five Fingers. “Those crazy toe shoes” are now for kids. This kid-friendly shoe is perfect for any outdoor adventure. As a child my parents were always mad that I was outside with no shoes on. Now, lucky kids can run around outside feeling barefoot, while having the foot protection parents are looking for.  The Speed specifically has a traditional lacing system making them easy to put on and take off.  And the biggest parent-friendly feature? They are machine washable! Bring on those mud puddles!

Kids Vibram Five Fingers: It’s like being barefoot, only better.

So go on, let your children enjoy being kids this summer. With a vast selection of cool kids shoes from doddsshoe.com, finding the perfect shoe to fit both you and your children’s needs will be easy breezy.