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Monday, November 06, 2006

Nice Rubbers

Since a couple of year's ago, Runner's World Magazine has been having what they call the Shoe Summit where the Editors of the publication around the world meet up with the shoe manufacturers to get updates on the latest and coolest shoes that are in the pipeline. They also vote for the shoe of the year, which was won by the 2006 Nike Pegasus (last year's award went to asics 2100). What I like about the magazine is that they have been adding more and more multimedia content into their website. Most notable were their New York and Fall marathon podcasts (which I've downloaded and will add to my online collection - I shall publish it here when I've completed the migration) and now, the coverage of the said Shoe Summit. There were altogether 9 short videos of the featured shoes but I choose to only feature 8 here as the 9th is a women's only shoe from Reebok - the Premier Hatana. Nothing against the fairer sex but I thought I can easily and quickly do a 2x4 collage of the images here for those who hasn't downloaded the excellent videos. In my opinion all runners should be more informed about their running footwear. Not only are they spending huge sums of cash on them, they rely on the gear to protect them. What appeals to me, besides the cosmetics and design (naturally), are the technology that goes into each of them. Sometimes they're derivative of each other and just called by another name (blame it on the marketers!) and some don't actually work but it shows that some thinking power actually went into that piece of fabric/rubber/plastic combo we lace up each time we head outdoors. Enjoy the pictures. Oh yeah, if you want to download the videos, hit this link.

As you can see there are quite a bit of focus on performance trainers for the coming spring collection. Nearly all models have new technologies embedded in them. It's going to be an interesting year.



  • Couldn't download it yesterday, so thanks for putting up the pictures. All I can say is- whoa, aesthetically at least, the shoes are beautiful! We can only hope that the prices are reasonable. The NBs look especially radical, but the Pumas, Brooks and Sauconys also caught my attention. The Asics would be way out of my budget, unfortunately.

    By Blogger pm19, at 9:09 AM  

  • cumulus 9, cinya sui... like nimbus! thanks for the link!

    By Blogger fook, at 9:32 AM  

  • yea..the asics cumulus is damn nice... feel like buying te model already

    By Blogger Tan BoSe, at 12:32 PM  

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