If one thing is true about athletic shoe companies, it’s that they’re never content with “business as usual.” Rather, they’re locked into fierce competition to come up with the most innovative features and eye-catching designs. Over the last two years, Adidas has released interesting technologies like Futurecraft 4D—featuring a web-like midsole “created with light and oxygen” for better performance—and Futurecraft Biosteel Fiber, with an upper made with nature-based, biodegradable high-performance fiber that weighs 15% less than synthetics. They also released a fully customizable shoe called the Ultraboost Xeno, which they feel will be the future of footwear.
Many of these advances come as the result of innovative manufacturing techniques. Previously, they were limited to batches of 50,000 or 100,000 in order to make a profit. Now, at their “Speedfactory” in Germany, they can crank out batches as small as 500—three times faster than competitors. Rumor has it, they’re opening one of these facilities in Atlanta soon. Such manufacturing innovation has prepared them for their latest endeavor—releasing six different sneakers, customized for six different cities. As you may have guessed, New York City is one of those six, with the Adidas AM4NYC coming soon!
Shoes can be a costly investment. Even if you’re not Drake (who reportedly spent $2 million on his new shoes), Psychology Todayestimates the true cost of buying shoes for the year to land somewhere around $1,580 after taking into consideration sales tax, income tax, and credit card interest. Market Watchsays you should pay at least $100 for a “good” pair of shoes if you don’t want to end up with blisters, tendinitis, shin splints and stress fractures. Total shoe sales for the year are up around $30 billion for women and $26 billion for men. The bottom-line? We’re spending a lot of change on footwear.
So how can we get the best return on our investment? The answer is learning how to care for your shoes. NYC podiatrists share the four best tips for keeping your kicks in top shape and extending their lives.
The vastness of a running shoe store is something you have to mentally prepare yourself for. While it may be tempting to grab the most attractive pair off the shelf and call it a day, NYC podiatrists caution that there is a particular running shoe for every type of foot. “Making the wrong choice without regard for individual foot anatomy is a common source of foot pain and pathology,” explains Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, a podiatrist and foot surgeon with over 40 years of experience at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains. Dr. Geldwert adds, “No one wants to be sidelined because they trained in the wrong type of running shoe. We invite any NYC runner who is logging a lot of miles to come in for a basic foot exam, gait analysis, or simply to discuss shoe choice options before trouble occurs.” Today, we cover the types of running shoes and the brands NYC podiatrists recommend so you can find your perfect fit.
Abasi Rosborough recently released the Arc Tabi boot, a bizarre split toe basketball shoe that’s been catching on in NYC fashion circles. Over the past four years, designers Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough have developed a reputation for avant-garde, form-fitting, functional, and (often) socially aware clothing. What stands out most about these new shoes is the “tabi toe”—a Japanese design aesthetic first introduced in the late 80’s to “promote natural movement.” But what are split toe shoes? Can you really play basketball or run in them? And will this trend catch on in a big way? NYC podiatrists offer their two cents.
Flat feet can be a real bummer. This common condition predisposes people to ankle, knee, hip, lower back, and tendon pain. The Framingham Foot Study of more than 3,000 adults found that people with flat feet tended to get more arthritis, bunions, and hammer toes than people with high arches. In our practice, we see a greater propensity for shin splints, front foot pain, calluses, and posterior tibial tendinitis among flat-footed patients. We feel your pain—some of our doctors have lived with flat feet their whole lives. However, simply wearing the right supportive footwear can prevent the everyday aches and pains and also reduce your risk of developing more serious conditions, so today we give you a run down of the best shoes for individuals with flat feet.
It’s a runner’s dream-come-true: shoes that roll up, fitting into a gym bag or a pocket with ease. It’s lightweight footwear that feels as natural as barefoot running, but without the cuts and blisters. The idea was developed by Czech inventor Petr Prochazka while planning an ultralight backpacking trip through Norway. His June 2016 Kickstarter campaign exceeded its initial $10K goal in about a month, raising over $650,000 pledged by nearly 10,000 hikers, runners, backpackers, and travelers. The Chicago Tribunenamed it one of the “internet’s favorite projects” from 2016. But the question our NYC podiatrists are interested in is, will these barefoot socks ever replace the shoe?
Is foot pain simply “a fact of life” for bartenders and baristas who are on their feet for long shifts? We don’t think so. While 77% of Americans have experienced foot problems at some point, only 20% regularly think about their foot health. Prioritizing something as simple as buying the right shoes or doing a few stretches can go a long way in having pain-free days, no matter your profession.
Are you tired of having throbbing, aching feet after spending a couple hours in high heels? If so, you are not alone. High heel pain is one of the most common issues NYC podiatrists treat. After working with many women who complained of foot pain from uncomfortable shoes, dancer and certified Pilates instructor Ilaria Cavagna devised a new workout for stretching and strengthening overtaxed feet.
It’s that season again! The weather is getting warmer (and hopefully drier), so many of us will be tempted to bust out sandals and backless shoes again. Fashionable as these shoes may be, New York City podiatrists at The Center or Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine want to remind New Yorkers that backless shoes are best worn in moderation and offer the following tips for wearing this type of shoe—without destroying your feet.
New York City was built for walking. Everything is so close that you don’t necessarily even have to even take the subway to get where you need to go. Even if you do own a car, you probably still find yourself on foot for blocks at a time, treading the asphalt pavement and cement sidewalks like a warrior on a mission. Tens of thousands of us are avid runners on top of the everyday traction. Not surprisingly, a city like New York can be tough on your shoes.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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