Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Memory Foam Update--the New Trend in Comfort

Back in June we wrote about Memory Foam in shoes; and mostly in athletic shoes. Since then, memory foam has spread into all areas of footwear from work shoes to dress shoes and everything in between. While Skechers still remains the primary player in the Memory Foam game, brands like Saucony, Asics, K-Swiss, Carolina, Lugz and Keen have come into play.  As you can see in the photos below, the styles and brands have become quite diverse!

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Dockers Keenland Mens Casual Shoes Florsheim Forum Bit Slip On Mens Casual Shoes
Saucony Kineta Relay Womens Running Shoe Skechers Flex Appeal Sweet Spot Womens Running Shoe   
Saucony Kineta Relay Womens Running Shoes Skechers Flex Appeal Sweet Spot Womens Running Shoes
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Skechers Work 76571 Steel Toe Womens Work Boots Keen Bern Womens Ankle Boots

The benefits of memory foam are quite large. By having a memory foam insole in your shoes, you get a customized support system and cushion. The natural body heat that you emit warms up the hardened foam insole. By warming it up, it becomes softer and allows it to mold to the arch and pressure points in your feet. Another benefit of having a memory foam insole is that it makes your shoe more light weight! Having a lighter shoe helps keep you on your feet longer.  Another shoe that does something similar is a cork soled shoe similar to a Birkenstock. The difference is that a cork shoe does not bounce back whereas a memory foam insole will after use. Finally, a memory foam insole comes with a built in guide as to when it’s time to replace your shoes! Eventually, the memory foam will lose its resiliency. When it does this, that means it is time to replace your shoes!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Safety Toe Cap Designs

Over the past decade safety footwear development has brought a variety of safety cap designs into the market.  In response to a series of questions from both staff and customers I would like to offer a quick overview of the designs and materials used in safety toe caps. 

Generally speaking there are three basic toe cap designs (shapes);  standard, oblique and asymmetrical. Most caps fall under what I refer to as standard design.  These designs tend to have a rounded appearance and depending on the individuals foot provide adequate space for fitting.  Oblique or square toe designs give the footwear a more box like look.  Often such designs are associated with composite materials.  These oblique styles afford significantly more room than a standard design and are useful for fitting feet with a wider forefoot.  Asymmetrical designs are unique and fairly new to the market.   These caps are formed to the shape of the forefoot and as a result there are actually left and right toe caps.  In all other designs there is only one cap for both feet.   These caps tend to offer the best fit for most feet.
The materials used in safety toe caps can vary greatly.  Although steel tends to still be the most common materials light weight metal alloys and composite materials are becoming more common.  All of the materials used can meet the ASTM rating but please make sure that you buy a name brand and that the necessary ratings are marked in the footwear.  It should be rated F2413-11 C75  I75. 
Light weight alloys have been the most recent arrival to the market.  Whether they are a titanium/steel blend or aluminum alloy they offer a lighter weight option to the steel and in the case of the titanium blend they are a thinner stronger cap allowing for more toe room.  They still retain some of the disadvantages of steel, however.  They are still metal and as a result conduct heat, cold and electricity.   Composite materials are perhaps the most interesting.   They are made from a mixture of resin and fiberglass which in turn makes them light, about 1/3 the weight of steel, and they do not transfer cold or electricity.   They are convenient for those who travel via air frequently or work at facilities with metal detectors.  Composite caps also have memory.  That is to say they have some ability to return to their original shape.  A trait that metals do not have, hence they are able to be deformed and dented.  Should this happen it may make the footwear unwearable.  Composites may offer many traits that are desired but the material is not as strong as metal.  This means that the caps must be more robust than metal ones to achieve the standard.  This fact can lead to fitting issues as the thicker cap can be restricting even in an oblique design. 
As with all aspects of safety footwear you should choose the best material for the job and the best design for your foot.  If you can, seek advice and guidance from your reputable local safety footwear provider.
**This blog post features guest author Ross Sykes' work. Ross is a district manager and works as the corporate sales rep. for our safety shoe program in the Milwaukee, WI  area. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

December 2015 Contest—Guess how many bows!

Rogan’s Shoes Guess the Number of Bows Online Contest
December 2015


By entering this contest, you agree to the following contest rules:

1. To enter you must submit your first and last name, email address and your guess of the number of bows in the picture on the contest entry form found at: http://bit.ly/1Qhmk46
2. The winner must not have previously won a Rogan’s Shoes contest within the last 6 months. If a selected entrant has won another Rogan’s Shoes contest within 6 months prior to December 11, 2015, another entrant will be randomly drawn to win.
3. Entries will be accepted beginning at 8:00 a.m. CST on December 11, 2015 and ending at 9:00 p.m. CST on December 21, 2015.
4. Only one entry is allowed per email address.
5. No purchase is necessary to enter this contest, and a purchase will not increase your chance of winning.
6. One of the entrants with the correct answer will be randomly selected as the winner. If no entrant gave the correct answer, one of the entrants with an answer closest to the correct answer will be randomly selected as the winner. Once the winner has been chosen, he or she will be contacted via email from socialmedia@rogansshoes.com.
7. One (1) winner will receive an online coupon code valued at $50 that can be used toward the purchase of shoes or other merchandise that is for sale on www.rogansshoes.com.
8. By entering this contest you agree that your first name and the first letter of your last name may be posted on any social media site run by www.rogansshoes.com. Your full last name will not be posted.
9. You must be 13 years of age or older and reside in the United States to enter.
10. Employees of Rogan’s Shoes Incorporated and their families are not eligible to enter this contest.
11. A winner’s purchase is not eligible for free shipping unless the total of the order, excluding the price of the shoes or other merchandise purchased with the online coupon, is at least $50.
12. The winner will not be able to apply the online coupon code towards the purchase of any shoes from the following brands: UGG, Dansko, Air Jordan, Keen, Keen Utility, Merrell, Jessica Simpson, Minnetonka, Rockport Works, Sanuk, Danner, Under Armour and BOGS.
13. The online coupon code must be used for a purchase on www.rogansshoes.com by 1/31/16.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Winter Running Tips

Just because the snow has started to fall does not mean your outdoor runs have to stop! Yes, transitioning to the gym to rack up the miles is definitely an option, but if you want to stay outdoors, here are some tips to help keep you safe.

Clothing
First of all, the clothing you wear is important, for very obvious reasons. It's cold outside so you need something that will protect you from the elements. Layers are good. Very good. You might want to consider a base layer that has moisture wicking properties to keep you comfortable. Something like the black Under Armour compression shirt below is a great option. The next layer on top of that is there mostly for insulation. The CB_WM6411_RED1final layer will block the wind from chilling you to the bone. The red Columbia jacket features a thermal reflective lining to ensure warmth.   It’s also important to provide warmth to your head and hands since that’s where most of your body heat escapes from. Thick socks are great for keeping your feet warm as well. Covering your mouth will help to protect your lungs and respiratory system in the cold.
 
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Shoes
While mesh shoes are great, you’ll probably want to stay away from them when you’re running outdoors. Mesh shoes give ventilation to your feet, you don’t want the chill of winter coming in to your shoes. Grab some mostly leather running shoes for winter and stick to mesh in the spring and summer. The women’s New Balance or men’s Puma are great options.

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Running Behavior
Before you hit the road running, make sure you give your body a good warm up. Going into the cold with cold muscles is how injuries happen. Warm up and loosen up indoors while focusing on dynamic stretches. While you’re running make sure to stay hydrated, like with any workout. You might feel cold but you’re still sweating. Stick to a route you know well and that is well lit. The more lights, the easier it is for you to be seen on dark mornings and for you to see the ice below the feet.  Sporty Girl Quenching Her Thirst
 
Motivation
Snow, cold air, early mornings; they’re all reasons to be unmotivated and say “maybe tomorrow” to your run. Find a reason to run. Whether it’s training for your first spring run or working off the Thanksgiving pie and holiday desserts.
 
Happy trails to you!
 
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**Some of the tips and ideas mentioned above are adapted from this blog post by Men's Fitness