|top trainers of 2011
Nike Air Max 95
Inspiration was taken from the human body by shoe designer Sergio Lozano, with the midsole representing the spine, the graduated panels being the muscle fibres, the loopholes the ribs and the mesh being the skin.
The Air Max 95 trainers were the first model where Nike adopted the visible air unit at the front of the shoe, with the uppers being made from a range of materials including suede, 3M Scotchlite material, nylon mesh and premium leather.>
|top trainers of 2009
As far as ladies fashion footwear is concerned, the summer of 2009 has been dominated by one or two styles that are likely to remain popular into the autumn. Gladiator style sandals, for example, in black or metallic finishes, with thick straps that wrap around the ankle, are still en vogue, along with classic mules and fringed shoes and classic court shoes and high-heeled pumps for more formal occasions. Men`s fashion is typicaly less diverse, but the trend this year has been towards casual slip-ons, in cream or light brown, which can be worn with jeans or shorts, classic loafers, which can be dressed up, or down and suede shoes in their lighter, summer variety.
Top Trainers of 2009
If you are a runner, a walker, or you go to a gymnasium, or do aerobic exercise anywhere, the chances are that you already own a pair of training shoes of some description. You may, of course, wear trainers simply as comfortable, casual footwear, without necessarily engaging in any vigorous physical activity. If that is the case, you probably need be concerned only with the level of protection and comfort provided, but, otherwise, there are other factors to consider.
If you look at a pair of training shoes designed for running you will see that they are tilted slightly forward, or, in other words, thicker at the heel and thinner at the toe. This design allows a runner to move forward more easily, but also affords protection for the heel, which absorbs the impact when the foot strikes the ground. The level of protection provided can be important for heavier, or long-distance, runners and a training shoe such as the Adidas Supernova provides exceptional cushioning and support, but weighs in at just over 12oz. The Adidas Supernova also provides protection against overpronation, when the feet roll inwards excessively and therefore provides good side-to-side stability.
The Nike Air Span 6 is another shoe which is designed to provide protection against mild overpronation and also provides support for the medial arch in what is, nevertheless, a lightweight and responsive training shoe. In fact, the Nike Air Span 6 features gender-specific crashpads and cradles to cater for the differences in foot shape and gait, between men and women.
For those looking for an all-round training shoe, the New Balance MX1009WN cross training shoe provides excellent cushioning and grip and features a unique DTS, or "Dynamic Transition System", to lessen the impact of the heel strike.
Obviously, what footwear you wear is largely a matter of personal preference, but do remember that all training shoes are not created equal and that the best choice for you depends on your lifestyle and what, exactly, you intend to do whilst in those shoes.>
|review of adidas trainers
The Adidas Group and its designs has enjoyed acclaim throughout the world over the years and remains extremely successful and at the fore of the designer sportswear and trainer market. Reebok sportswear, Taylor Made Adidas golf and Rockports are all part of the Adidas Group. Although Adidas is renowned for its trainers it also produces bags, shirts and casual and sports clothing. It s products are recognised by the distinctive logo of 3 parallel stripes on its items. Adidas make clothing and footwear for several sports such as cricket, golf, football and running, with well know sports personalities such as David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Zinedine Zidane, Steven Gerrard and Novak Djokavic being seen wearing Adidas items. During 2009 Japanese designer, Yohji Yamamoto and Lawrence Dawanyi of the UK are releasing a new Adidas range.
Adidas have produced the Decade Science range of trainers, which first appeared in 1985. This range includes the classic trainer, Decade Lo Science in black and yellow. This shoe is a very rare, special edition trainer in full grain leather, which comes with a pair each of black and yellow laces. One of the Adidas Originals collection is the Stan Smith II CF Lea Brown trainer with Adidas logo across the upper and leather straps. With premium leather toe, velcro straps and heel patch, these shoes are named after the famous tennis pro. The Stan Smith Supreme Comfort Mustang in brown and gold is in the same style, with oval court action. Another shoe in the Adidas Originals range is the ZX700 Freyel/Ocean trainer which is extremely rare, and has synthetic and mesh uppers. In the Adidas Superstar range there are many stylish trainers to choose from. A less subdued shoe is the Superstar CLR in red featuring the Adidas name and logo across the upper shoe, with clear shell toe and sole.
The Superstar II Camo Track/White/Lead is quite rare and has leather and synthetic soles. A classic look trainer is the Adidas Adicolor Super in white or black. This shoe has leather uppers but with the added bonus of interchangeable Adidas triple side stripes that can be customised according to how you feel. The perfect Adidas trainer for skateboarders is the Superstar Skate in white. Decent and comfortable skateboarding trainers are hard to find, and this one is very stylish, with leather uppers and 2 pairs of laces in white and green. In the Adidas Original Cities range there are the Gazelle 2 London in red with white triple stripes, and the Gazelle 2 Barcelona in blue with red triple stripes. Both shoes feature the name of the city on the heel, with leather uppers and red undersoles, as well as the logo on the tongue. The Superstar I NBA Celtics, inspired by the US team The Celtics features the team`s shamrock and name to the heel, and is produced in leather. A classic
basketball shoe, this one is very stylish in green and white, with black triple stripes and heel strip. The ultimate retro trainer is the Superstar II in black with gold. This design has leather uppers and rubber shell toe.
For great designs in trainers, Adidas designer clothing has shoes for all occasions.
|have you found the right pair of trainers?
It is estimated that as many of 65% of us wear the wrong kind of trainers for the activities we do, and whilst this may well sound like a marketing ploy to get us to spend more money, many doctors and chiropodists have confirmed that wearing the wrong type of footwear for our chosen sports can lead to stress fractures, blisters, and bunions.
It would seem that the key to ensuring that you have the correct footwear depends largely upon the activity you are doing as this will determine the kind of pressure that your shoes must cushion. For example, a tennis player will move in lots of lateral directions, primarily sideways as they move across the court to get to the ball, whereas a runner will move solely in a forwards motion.
For quick acceleration sports such as squash or tennis, anything that may involve a sudden change of direction, opt for those trainers that provide more lateral support; i.e. will protect the ankle and have increased traction on the playing surface.
You will need a running shoe if you primarily run or jog as part of your exercise, or if your exercise at the gym is predominantly on the treadmill, cycle machine, rowing followed by a few toning weights. Running shoes are lighter and tend to be more cushioned though it is worth deciding whether you are a neutral runner, a moderate `overpronator` or a serious `overpronator` - Pronation is the inward roll of the foot that occurs as the heel lands and rolls towards the ball of the foot during a step. Overpronation is when the feet roll in too much.
Hiking is a good example of when more attention needs to be given to footwear as the unpredictable terrains and extra weight from rucksacks will increase the wear and pressure on your feet. It is important to therefore opt for those shoes that are sturdier around or over the ankle, with a durable but comfortable sole. There needs to be plenty of cushioning as the front of your feet will be under more pressure during a descent.
Adidas have long been a leading provider of sports shoe, not least because they have developed footwear both ergonomically as well as aesthetically. The Adidas foot-scan machine, found in some specialist stores, will measure where the most pressure is when you land and can therefore assess what type of trainer would be best suited. Many brands, including ASICS and Nike now offer specific trainers for women to cater for the different foot shape.
One of the common denominators in advice given by leading footwear specialists is that people should be prepared to pay for a decent pair of trainers. It would be typical to pay anywhere between £70 and £80 for a decent pair of trainers, but don`t expect them to last forever. A general rule of thumb is that they will last the equivalent of 500 miles of wear but it is important to keep a closer eye on the actual tread as these will give a clearer indication as to when to throw them out.
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|the history of trainers - part one
In the first of our four part series looking at the world history of trainers, we look at the period from 1917 to 1972. This period includes a selection of some of the first trainers produced including the Stan Smith from Adidas and the Pro-Keds Royal Plus.
1917 - Converse All Star
Launched in 1917 and taking the Chuck Taylor name from 1923 in honour of the world famous basketball player, the shoe has been a favourite in the music world and has been associated with Snoop Dogg and bands including The Ramones and The Strokes. The shoe also featured in the film "I, Robot" starring Will Smith. The trainer's classic status, history and styling should mean it is around for many years to come.
1964 - Adidas Stan Smith
Quality design and still popular across the world since it's launch as the first all-leather performance tennis shoe. The shoe has been re-issued in many colours over the years but this is the classic white model, combining retro and athletic fashion. These trainers go with any outfit.
1968 - Puma Suede
The basic design of these trainers, coupled with the wide variety of colours, these are one of the world's best loved shoes. The 1990s brought about a revival of these Puma classics which can be worn with virtually anything and still look good.
1969 - Adidas Superstar
This was the first low top basketball shoe to be made and is known by millions as the "shell toe", a feature that was included to protect the toes of the players. A favourite on the hip hop scene with its chunky fit and styling, Run-DMC released the song "My Adidas" in recognition of the shoe. The trainer, worn by basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar when they were released, can be seen worn across the globe today including in every US prison!
1971 - Pro-Keds Royal Plus
Available as either a high or low top, these trainers were easily recognisable by their red and navy stripes. Developed for the basketball court, these Keds were worn by Nate Archibald of the Kansas City Kings.
1972 - Adidas SL 72
With the 'SL' standing for Super Light, these trainers were designed for the 1972 Olympics in Munich and were incredibly light. These trainers featured a built in heel counter and were re-issued in 2004.
That's it for the first instalment, next time we will look at the period up to 1987 which includes the birth of the mighty Jordan.
nike air force one mid black/white and limited edition dunks in store now
Two new hard to find trainers this week - the black and white Air Force One and white/ecru/navy Dunk High, both from Nike.
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nike air force one lo 82 trainers now available
These are priced at the lowest in the market and with our extra sale reductions you won't find these trainers from Nike any cheaper.
The Air Force One is a true classic from Nike and is well known across the streets and basketball courts of the world. Take advantage of this chance to get this hard to find trainer at such a low price. Buy Nike trainers >>>
we are one - trainershack celebrates first birthday!
July 2006 sees our first birthday of trading online, and to celebrate we are holding a sale throughout the month with all stock reduced by 10%!
We've had a great year selling trainers and look forward to the future with new styles and offers . We would like to thank all our customers both past and present and we look forward to being of help to you again in the future.
nike air force ones and cortez trainers in store today
Two new trainers from Nike appear in store today - the legendary Air Force One Mid in black and the classic Cortez in white at a special purchase price. We have managed to get hold of the Cortez trainers at a special discount price from our suppliers so we are happy to pass the savings on to you. You won't beat these prices. Buy Nike trainers >>>
adidas originals superstar 2 available now
From the Adidas Originals range, this legendary trainer is now available to buy in white leather. Priced at just £46.47 with free delivery, you won't find these any cheaper. Buy Adidas Superstar 2 trainers >>>
limited edition nike court tradition velcro and adidas campus st trainers now in
This week we see the addition of the Nike Court Tradition limited edition WC to our online shelves. The trainers, in black leather, are available now with free delivery. Buy Nike Court Tradition Velcro trainers >>>
The second style now in stock is the ultra hard to find limited edition Campus ST from Adidas. You wont find these trainers on the high street and are definitely worth a closer look: Buy Adidas Campus ST trainers >>>
trainershack.co.uk sponsors educational campaign infomat
Trainershack.co.uk is proud to be supporting the Educational Infomat campaign.
As an online retailer of discount branded trainers and clothing, we firmly believe that any project that helps young people get online in a secure environment is absolutely worthwhile.
We understand the importance of having good quality and fashionable footwear, and through our pricing strategy we help more people get the trainers they want without having to pay High Street prices for them.
We look forward to continuing our involvement with the campaign and wish Infomat every success in the future.
nike teams up with ipod
Nike have this week announced a new product, made in collaboration with Apple, to report joggers' running data in real time.
The Nike+iPod Sport Kit will be be available in around three months and is essentially a product that connects the Nike+ Air Zoom Moire to your iPod Nano. The Air Zoom trainers are fitted with a sensor and receiver in order to connect to the iPod.
"Information on time, distance, calories burned and pace is stored on the iPod and displayed on the screen," according to a statement released by Apple.
Using the 'Nike+ Experience' software, a workout programme can be entered in to your Nano and a female voice will update you on your progress as you exercise.
Announced in New York, Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong was present and made the following statement:
"If you can incorporate time, distance and calories burned together, and make it function for both the fitness runner and the high-level athlete, it will take working out to a whole other level."
nike air rift plus 10th anniversary special edition trainers
To celebrate 10 years of production of the Air Rift, these limited edition Nikes are now available to buy online for just £69,47 with free delivery.
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trainers - some brand histories
Co-founders Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman started selling trainers in 1962 under the name of Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS) with the aim of crushing Adidas' domination of the US market.
Going from strength to strength, the company was renamed Nike in 1971, after the Greek goddess of victory. This was also the time the brand logo "the Swoosh" was born. 1972 saw Nike's first public appearance at the Olympics with athlete and Nike employee Steve Prefontaine wearing the trainers.
After rapid growth in the States, the company moved in to the UK in 1981. The legendary Jordan range was born in 1985, making Nike a really major player and fueling fierce competition from competitors. The 'just do it' slogan was born in 1988 and helped take Nike to their current position of market leader.
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Brothers Adolph and Rudi Dassler, both sons of a cobbler, began making sports shoes in 1920 in the small town of Herzogenaurach in Germany. After a dispute between the brothers in 1948 they went their separate ways, Adolph forming Adidas and Rudi heading off to start rival brand Puma.
1949 saw the introduction of the shoe supporting three stripes that became famous worldwide and 1972 saw the release of the Adidas 'trefoil' logo. This was later replaced by the three striped 'performance' logo.
It is argued that although there were earlier producers of sports shoes such as Converse and Dunlop, Adidas is the original godfather of the trainer brands.
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Runner Joseph William Foster, of Bolton in England, developed the spiked running shoe in 1895. The success of his shoes grew and in 1958 Foster's grandsons launched the brand Reebok. By 1979 the company was trading in 28 countries and then moved across to the United States and created overwhelming demand.
Despite riding high with the launch of women's aerobic range 'Freestyle' and standing at the top of trainers sales leagues, Reebok lost out during the 'trainer wars' of the 1980s to the likes of Nike with the introduction of the Jordan.
The Pump was a huge success in the 1990s and the Reebok Classic is today the biggest selling trainer in the UK, however the brand has a greater following across the world than in it's own country.
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The Puma story starts in Germany in 1948, but as mentioned in Adidas' history the roots can be traced back to the 1920s.
The Puma logo was first released by founder Rudi Dassler in 1951 and the 'Form Stripe' a few years later in 1958 - a feature designed to provide extra strength and stability to the trainers.
They can also take the credit for being the first manufacturer to use velcro straps in 1968.
After going from a small family business to being listed on the German stock exchange, Puma now stands as one of the major players with their combination of original designs and new advances.
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adidas country flag special edition trainers
You can now buy these trainers with free delivery for under £40!
First launched in 1970, this is the original Adidas running silhouette. Released as a cross-country shoe, these trainers can now be found in most cities across the world recognised as a true classic. 'RUN LONGER. RUN FASTER. RUN SMARTER.'
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collecting trainers - an interview with an expert
Trainer collectors come in different forms - some collecting because they like the shoes and want to wear them, some for nostalgic reasons and others because they have a serious passion to build a valuable collection.
In this first article of our new collectors series, we bring you an exclusive interview with New York collector Nick Gonzalez. New York is a hot bed for valuable trainers and Nick is one of the area's most famous collectors, a true expert in his field.
TRAINERSHACK: How did you get in to collecting trainers?
NICK GONZALEZ: The right sneakers are very important when you're growing up as a kid. I spent most of my leisure time on the basketball courts and if you weren't wearing Jordans you might as well not even show. I kept the first pair I owned and it went on from there.
TS: How many pairs do you have in your collection?
NG: I must have over 500 by now I guess. I only wear about five or six pairs myself, the rest are boxed up in the spare room.
TS: Do you have a favourite pair?
NG: I've always had an affinity to the Air Jordans but my collection is so vast it's hard to choose just one pair. I guess other than those, it would have to be a pair of the Air Force 1s. They have got me through a few scrapes on the courts.
TS: Do you collect all the brands?
NG: I was brought up with Nikes but I love anything as long as it's got some sort of appeal to me. I've got a good selection of Adidas Stan Smiths and have a soft spot for the Reebok Pumps I own going back to my court days I guess.
TS: What sneakers are you wearing now?
NG: I woke up with no clothing direction this morning so I went for Superstars they go with anything.
TS: What has been your best find?
NG: When I was visiting relatives in Chicago they took me to this store that was closing down. The owner had a pair of original Air Max 95s and he only wanted 35 dollars for them. They were in my size and I took them away. I gave him an extra 50 bucks for them though.
fake trainers in the uk
We receive many calls from customers who have purchased trainers online, generally through internet auction sites, and have found them to be copies when they receive them. If they receive them at all.
China is a great exporter of these copies, with thousands entering the UK every month. As a company, we receive a large quantity of emails from these manufacturers trying to sell their products to us, some for as little as £10 per pair. All such emails are forwarded by us to the relevant authorities but this is unfortunately nowhere near enough to tackle the huge problem.
Nike in particular is targeted by the illegal factories, employing workers in "sweat shop" conditions, and loses a lot of money through the trade. Air Max and Jordans are two of the styles favoured by replica producing factories, however the fakes can come in virtually any form.
As Trainershack.co.uk often sells rarer trainers in full size runs at much lower than average prices, we often get calls and emails asking if our trainers are authentic and how we can sell them so cheap. We guarantee that every pair of trainers we sell are genuine and this is what has helped our success. There are many sites and auction traders out there that will happily take your money in exchange for fake shoes, or just take the money and run.
The appearance of the majority of fakes is very close to the real thing, which makes them even harder to spot. The quality however is far from that of authentic trainers.
Fake trainers affect the buyer, responsible online retailers and the manufacturers. In order to help with the battle of fakes, we have put together a few pointers to help you spot fakes so you don't become a victim.
Spotting fakes - a guide
1. Is the deal too good to be true? Counterfeit trainers are sold, often in large quantities and size ranges, for incredibly low prices. Although there are some good bargains to be found on auction sites, the fact is there are more fake trainers listed on them than real.
2. Check the small print on the site or auction you are buying from. Some sites admit that they are selling fakes, or 'variants' as they are often described as for the purpose of fooling the consumer.
3. Research auction sellers. If you are buying from an online auction, check the seller's feedback and look for negative comments - although all their previous customers may have been fooled enough not to question the authenticity. Check for a history of selling large quantities of "rare" trainers and contact previous buyers to ask them to check their purchase.
4. Check the box. Fake boxes are of poor quality both in the construction and the print. The wrapping inside them should be thick paper and not thin tissue.
Unfortunately, there are no comprehensive methods of spotting fakes because of the closeness of the imitation however we will be more than happy to help you if you would like to contact us with any concerns about trainers you are thinking of buying.
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nike air rift plus brazil special edition trainers
These trainers are now available to buy online, priced at just £69,47 with free delivery. Released in 1996 for the Kenyan running team, and with inspiration taken from split-toe wearing Japanese Ninjas, this trainer is now a nightclub favourite.
2000 saw the release of this special Brazilian football team edition. Featuring the colours and stars of Brazil, this is the most collectable Rift to date.
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gift vouchers now available
After many requests for Trainershack.co.uk gift vouchers, these can now be purchased online. The vouchers, available in multiples of just £5, make ideal presents for family and friends.
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