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!

Dockers Keenland Mens Casual Shoe Florsheim Forum Bit Slip On Mens Casual Shoes    
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
Skechers Work 76571 Womens Steel Toe Work Boots Keen Bern Womens Ankle Boots   
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!

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