The sneakers are durable, supportive, and easy to clean. But Nike’s unique challenge was building an all-around shoe that can deliver in a variety of situations, and support and cushioning are critical in group fitness — especially for beginners. Reality is, if you’re an awesome fitness type, you can crush a skater lunge in any shoe (or no shoes at all). But if you’re new to fitness, you just want to survive the skater lunge, landing with balance and security — and without feeling like you could fall at any moment. To save time, the shoe has elastic straps that make it easy to put on with one hand. They’re easy to clean, thanks to the laceless upper made of synthetic polyurethane-coated material. The coated toe box protects against spills.
There is no such thing as a large-scale randomized control trial for marathons and shoes, but there is Strava , a fitness app that calls itself the social network for athletes. Nearly each weekend, thousands of runners compete in races, record their performance data on satellite watches or smartphones, and upload their race data to the app. This data includes things like a race name, finish time, per-mile splits and overall elevation profile. And about one in four races includes self-reported information about a runner’s shoes.
Once signed up, parents will receive an email with a selection of more than 100 styles of Nike and Converse shoes from which to choose, which they can review with their kids. They then pick which shoes they want to receive, and these are shipped to the home in a box with the child’s name on it. This box also includes an adventure kit” filled with activities and games for parents to do with their kids, stickers, plus a small gift. The kit is created in partnership with the nonprofit KaBoom, which is focused on encouraging kids to lead healthy lifestyles.
The latest iteration of the Zoom Fly comes with a tweaked upper for an improved fit and better moisture control. There’s a thicker, softer sockliner and a new arch-band lacing system that helps create a snug fit around the midfoot. The upper also utilizes a new transparent material from Nike, which doesn’t absorb water—that means these shoes won’t soak up rain and weigh you down. In the midsole, you’ll ride on a generous, full-length wedge of springy React foam and a carbon fiber plate for increased energy return.
Nike has been criticized for contracting with factories (known as Nike sweatshops ) in countries such as China , Vietnam , Indonesia and Mexico Vietnam Labor Watch, an activist group, has documented that factories contracted by Nike have violated minimum wage and overtime laws in Vietnam as late as 1996, although Nike claims that this practice has been stopped. 88 The company has been subject to much critical coverage of the often poor working conditions and exploitation of cheap overseas labor employed in the free trade zones where their goods are typically manufactured. Sources for this criticism include Naomi Klein ‘s book No Logo and Michael Moore documentaries.