Friday, May 29, 2015

Baseball cleat fitting guide

Summer is upon us and baseball season is in full swing.  It's important to have the right equipment for the game, to make sure you or your child play at their best.  We want to offer our best tips to make sure you get the maximum use from your cleats.

One of the first things to consider is what kind of cleat is needed. There are four types of cleats to keep in mind. Each has its own pros and cons to what kind of surface is being played upon.

Molded cleats are molded to form plastic or rubber studs. These are the most durable because of their ability to be worn on and off the field. These are used in youth leagues because it makes base and field running safe.

Molded Baseball Cleats

Plastic cleats are great for hard outdoor surfaces and field turf.  The only difference between these and molded cleats is the raised pattern on the bottom.

Plastic Turf Baseball Cleats

Metal cleats have permanent metal spikes for better traction to prevent slipping. Typically metal cleats are used in more competitive leagues, such as the college and professional levels and are banned in youth and amateur leagues.  Metal spikes provide excellent endurance and traction on the field.  Being on the lighter side, metal cleats are often preferred by competitive players looking for an edge in speed and quickness.

Metal Baseball Cleats

Interchangeable cleats feature removable studs to provide great versatility and peace of mind on the field.  Studs that can be made of metal, plastic or rubber can be easily screwed off and replaced with a different style. This allows the athlete to simply replace worn studs instead of having to buy new shoes. 

Other things to keep in mind:
  • Depending how much ankle support you want, there are different shoes ranging from high tops with great protection to low tops with not as much.
  • When you get your cleats, practice sliding and running to get a better feel for the cleats and how they will grip the field.
  • Prevent cleats from wearing out by putting them on in the dugout and not walking in the parking lot with them on.
  • Lastly, you want something that is light but durable.
If you want more information, check out our cleated shoe fitting guide on our website.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial weekend fun

Memorial day weekend is the unofficial kick off to summer and is the perfect time to be outside.   As you relax this Memorial day weekend, be sure to take advantage of the great weather. Do something outside to really appreciate the three-day weekend.

Our first suggestion is to either attend or host a barbecue. Nothing beats being outside with friends and family while eating some great food. Use this weekend to reconnect with anyone you haven't seen in a while. Set up a friendly tournament of bags (cornhole) and see who dominates the field.

This is for those lucky enough to have lake access, but take a ride out on a boat and enjoy the sun.  Not only is it a fun way to get some sun, you can get away from the hustle and bustle of day to day life.

Take a hike. No seriously, find a state park and explore your area to take in natural beauty.  Not only will you get exercise, you might find something unexpected in your area that you didn't know about before. Plus it doesn't require any equipment and is a great way to bond with the family.

No matter how you spend the weekend, just be sure to take time to understand Memorial day. It is important to remember the reason for the holiday, to think about the service men and women who gave their lives to protect this country and freedom. Rogan's Shoes supports our veterans and Memorial day.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tips to keep your shoes fresh

Inevitably weather will happen and it will affect your shoes. It's either hot and your feet sweat or it's rainy and your feet get soaked. This makes for a case of stinky shoes.

This blog will hopefully help you out with the mishaps you encounter thanks to mother nature.

When it rains:

The first step is to take off your shoes

Next, take some of the old newspaper you have laying around in your house and stuff this down inside the shoe. This will help to soak up all the water. Leave them for at least a day, maybe longer depending on how soaked you got.

If you're worried about an odor in your shoes from being wet, place dry tea bags inside them. This will draw out the odor.

Other ways to take care of smelly shoes can be two fold. The first way is to take care of your feet and prevent the source of bacteria. Some ways of taking care of your feet include:

  • Put deodorant on your feet. This isn't the most conventional use but remember that your feet get sweaty too.
  • Use baby powder to help fight dampness in your foot.
  • Change your socks daily and make sure it is made of a natural material, such as cotton.
Some ways to fight the smell in your shoes includes:
  • Sprinkling baking soda to take care of the smell. You can do this every night after you take them off.
  • Replacing the insoles in your shoes with a deodorized sole will help.
  • Another weird but true way to get ride of smell is to put your shoe in a resealable bag and it in a freezer overnight.  This kills the bacteria in the shoe that causes the odor.
  • Don't be afraid to throw your shoes in the washer.  Just make sure you dry them out completely afterward.
  • Create a rotation of shoes.  Try not to wear the same pair of shoes in consecutive days.  This gives the shoes a chance to air out before the next time you wear them.
  • When you choose a new shoe, keep in mind what material it is made of. You want a shoe that allows your feet to breathe and avoid synthetic material.
Now you know how to fight foot odor and keep your shoes smelling pleasant.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Wedding Season picks

Wedding season is beginning and is the perfect time to get some new dancing shoes. It is always important to have comfortable shoes that look great too. These are our top four picks for wedding season.

Number one is the Hush Puppies Infrared Men's Lace Up. This shoe has the classic style of  an oxford but has the comfort and breathability to help you feel confident on the dance floor.
Hush Puppies Infrared Dress Shoes - Mens Black Leather
Number two is the Sebago Salem Dress shoe.  The full length leather footbed sits on top of a Vibram rubber Pluribal slip resistant sole to make sure you don't slip as you bust a move on the dance floor.

Sebago Salem Dress Shoes - Mens Black

Number three is the Bandolino Kierson Dress Party shoe.  Catch everyone's eye as you put on this sparkling shoe with a three inch heel.  It is open toed to show off your newly pedicured toes and has a cushioned insole to help you stay comfortable all night long.

Bandolino Kierson Dress Party Shoes - Womens Black

Number four is the Chinese Laundry Imagine sandal.  You no longer need to desperately seek the perfect sandal.  The Imagine sandal is designed for comfort and style.  Whether you want endless dancing or cocktail parties all night long, this lightly padded footbed allows you hours of cushioned comfort.

Chinese Laundry Imagine Dress Shoes - Womens Gold
To see more of our selection of dress shoes and sandals, check out Rogan's Shoes.