Friday, February 26, 2016

Tips to Tie Your Shoes for Success


As kids, we all learned the basic ways to tie sneakers: the simple bunny ear bow into a double knot. But, did you know that tying your shoes in a specific way can help your feet, legs and body feel better while exercising? Well it can! With just a few small tricks, you can help to enhance your overall running experience with the added bonus of looking cool while doing it! The featured shoes are all shoes that have newly been added to our website as well as in stores! I hope you love the fun colors as much as I did when I got to try them on! Listed below are four tips that I believe will create a difference in your life.
  1. Blister Prevention Style- Do you ever try on a new pair of running shoes and then walk around the store? The whole shoe feels nice except for one minor (eh, maybe major) detail—your heel keeps sliding out! Here is a trick I learned about 10 years ago when I bought my first soccer cleats. I told the man helping me that my heel wasn’t staying in place so he showed me how to tie the shoes correctly and it continues to be my “go-to” for tying my cleats before practices and games.
The featured shoe for this demonstration is the Asics GT 2000 4 Trail Running Shoes. These are a size women’s 8.5. 100_155211
To begin, make sure the shoe is laced how they normally are; the two laces should be even and then crisscrossing to opposite shoelace holes as you get closer to where your foot will go. Right before you get to the end, STOP! Does your shoe have an extra shoelace hole that you have honestly never used before? Have you been wondering why it is there? This hole has been called the “heel lock” or even “lace lock” because it does exactly this. It helps to lock your heel in place to prevent blisters, especially if you have small ankles.

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Now, take your shoelace and put each lace into the “lace lock” on its corresponding side. This will create a loop and keep it like that. Don’t pull it all the way through yet because there is one more step!

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Take the long laces on each side, which will be the end of the loops you just made, and place the tips through the loops on the opposite side. When you are done with that, you can pull the laces and you will feel it get tighter around your ankle, holding it in place!!
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2. Soothe Pain from High Arch- For many people with high arches, there is a lot of pain in your feet and legs because your foot doesn’t absorb much of the shock from running. This is because only a small portion of the foot touches the ground due to their arches being so high. With high arches, you generally want little or no stability from your shoes and almost no arch support because you don’t want to add to the problem you already have. Conversely, when you have low arches, you would want more stability to help you foot from sliding inward when you run. Below is a trick we found helpful to relieve the pain caused from high instep and gives more room for the arch of your foot.
The shoe featured is Asics GT 1000 4 Running Shoe. This one is a women’s 8.5.
To begin, unlace the shoe until you get one shoelace hole away from the top.  You are trying to target the middle of your foot where your arch is the highest, so you don’t want to unlace it all the way. The shoe on tpictured is how you want both your shoes to look like to begin.
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Now, you are going to thread the laces on the sides they are on, to the shoelace holes right below them. This will create a gap in the shoes that will allow for extra space and comfort.
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From here you can continue to lace the shoes all the way down to the end. You have created room in your shoe, but if you need more space you can always make another gap in the shoe by repeating the step above another time.

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3. Eliminate BIG Toe Problems- Unless you’re a foot model, I can bet that you don’t like showing your feet off to people. Personally, I have bunions.  Not only does this harm the appearance of my feet, but it also causes for some unwanted pain. There always things you can try to dampen the pain, and surgery is always an option, but maybe tying your shoes a new way can help to quiet the harsh feeling. By tying your shoes like this, your big toe is pulled away from the side of your shoe, providing more room so your foot isn’t squished. I’m tempted to start tying my shoes like this because just from demonstrating how to tie them, my bunions felt dramatically better. The shoe featured in this demonstration is Asics Gel Kayano 22 Running shoe in a women's size 8.5. To begin, untie the shoes all the way up to the top. You are going to be pulling the lace closer to your big toe to the opposite end shoelace hole, so you’ll want the lace closer to your pinkie toe to be longer.
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Now that you have unlaced them all the way, take the short lace (closer to your big toe) and put it into the shoelace hole diagonal from it. It should be shorter than the half of the lace, but still long enough to tie a bow at the end. Then you will want to take the longer lace and zig-zag it all the way down the shoe, make sure you don’t skip a hole.

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Once the shoe is laced all the way down, then you can tighten it as desired and you are ready to go!! Hopefully this helps to alleviate some pain coming from bunions or ingrown toenails.
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4. Widen Those Shoes- If you have wide feet, you know the feeling of your feet being squished in shoes. There is not always a simple solution, but buying wider shoes does help. Here is a trick we found that can help to make your shoe feel wider to help your toes breathe!

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The shoe featured is Asics Gel Cumulus 17 Running Shoe in a women’s 8.5.

Start by unlacing your shoes all the way to the top. You’re trying to create the most room possible so you don’t need any crisscrossing laces up closer to your toes.  When you have done this, then you are going to take the laces and put them in the shoelace holes in their sides underneath the material.
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After that, you are going to want to do the exact same thing but on the top of the shoe material. You should make a loop and then pull the extra lace through the hole (see below).

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To finish this design, you will lace the shoe normally, crisscrossing the shoelaces all the way down until you deem it acceptable. This helped to create more space in the widest part of the foot, hopefully making it more enjoyable to wear running shoes!
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Hopefully these tips help enhance your running experience! They will not solve any serious problems that you have with your feet (my bunions for example) but they will help to relieve the pain for some time! Don’t be afraid to mix and match techniques for your own personal style! Remember, if you have any pictures of running outside this spring, don’t forget to tag on Instagram #SpringFeverReliever so we can check them out!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Winter to Spring Running Tips


As the winter days pass slowly and the ground gets covered with more and more light layers of snow, you remained confined to you home gym (aka your basement with a treadmill you got from a garage sale) to assist you with all of your fitness needs. Then, one glorious day, the sun starts to pop out from behind the clouds with just enough rays to melt some of that pesky snow. It’s finally turning into “spring” weather and you couldn’t be more excited! Here are some tips for how to transition to running back outdoors because running indoors and outdoors is definitely not the same. There are different tolls taken on your body, and to make sure that you are prepared for being outside again, please take these tips into consideration.

  1. Wear Layers-Even though the sun may begin to show its face from behind the ominous sky, there is still a chance (especially in the Midwest) that the weather will still be quite brisk. To make up for this, wear layers because you can always take them off if you happen to get warm; however, if you don’t wear a lot of layers and you get cold while running, you won’t have the same luxury. When you start to run outside again when it is chillier, you will want to keep your muscles warm throughout your whole workout because they haven’t been exposed to the cold in a while. This will help to prevent muscle strains or pulls by keeping your muscles warm before, during and after a workout.
  2. Drink Water-This is MAJOR. When it is cooler out, you may not feel the need to drink water because your body doesn’t feel as thirsty as it would in summer. Conversely, just because it is cold out, doesn’t mean your muscles don’t need water! They will be depleted of nutrients regardless of the time of year. If you drink water before your run, to help with your endurance and with muscle cramps, why not bring a small bottle along with you for during?! This will help you immensely, especially the day after - you could have less joint/muscle pain.
  3. Gravel, Not Asphalt. When you start your outdoor adventures again, start on soft surfaces. Running on a treadmill and running on asphalt ARE NOT the same. Sure you are “moving forward” on a treadmill, but in reality, you are staying in place. When you are outdoors, you are actually propelling your body forward. If you jump right to running onto asphalt, this will be a big transition for your joints. Treadmills are much more responsive to your footsteps and provide little friction, but asphalt is a hard material that can hurt your legs and even cause shin splints because of too quick of a transition between surfaces. So, begin your runs on gravel or on a cushion-y track to provide more comfort to the transition of being outdoors again.
  4. Limit Your Mileage-Indoors you may be able to run for miles…literally! However, when you get outdoors, limit the number of miles you run each time, but increase gradually every week. This will help your body get accustomed to the conditions of running in a new environment again, so you can get back to where you were last season! Don’t be afraid to slow down your pace for a little while when you get outdoors because now you will need to accommodate for more resistance (i.e. wind, hills, loose gravel). Watch out for muscle strains in the first few outings, but when you feel comfortable, go ahead and push yourself to the next level!
  5. Safety First-The last tip is to remember to be safe when running. When you run in your basement, chances are a family-member isn’t going to lose you like they could if you go running on a forest trail without a phone. Don’t forget to tell someone where you are going and approximately when you’ll be back just in case you don’t see the crack in the pavement and you roll an ankle. Another option is to find a running partner, that way you’re never alone! This can help push you to reach your goals and then you and your friends can hold each other accountable.
Hopefully these five tips help make the transfer from the treadmill to outdoors a little easier! If anyone wants to share some pictures of your spring adventures, use #SpringFeverReliever and @RogansShoes on Instagram! We’d love to see how you get active and what your tips are for running outdoors! Happy Running!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Running Shoes


Every individual "wears" shoes a little bit differently, but the industry standard says that your running shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles. Odds are that you'll know when it's time to replace your shoes because you can feel that the shoes are no good after you've completed your run. Obvious signs that you've maybe waited a little too long to replace your running shoes could be a heel that looks crushed or the tread on the outsole being completely worn through with either holes in it or the midsole showing. You can also tell if it's time to replace your shoes by looking at the uppers; if the uppers look like they've been stretched too much, that's a good indicator.

If you overpronate, you will want to look for a stability or motion control style shoe. This style of shoe will help to reduce the amount of pronation. If your heel slips out of the shoe, it does not fit properly. Finally, make sure you're tying the shoes really tight; if you can kick them off easily, they're too loose and not supporting you right!

Ready to get shopping for your next pair on our website? Here's our top 2 men's running shoe and women's running shoe picks right now. 

Men's

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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16Our first pick is the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16. This running shoe provides great cushion, support and durability. There's a mesh upper to help your feet stay cool. Impact will be absorbed to help keep your feet protected, so put your best foot forward and get ready to rack up the miles in these Brooks.

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Nike Zoom Winflo 2
Our second pick for men is the Nike Zoom Winflo 2. These shoes feature Nike flywire cables to give you a really great fit at the instep. In addition, the mesh forefoot keeps you cool as you're going. Your natural stride is enhanced with flex grooves.  In our eyes, you just can't go wrong. Plus they also come in a lime green/black combo. 















Women's

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New Balance WT690v1 Trail Running Shoes

Topping the charts with the women's picks is the New Balance WT690v1 Trail Running Shoes. Not only do these shoes look completely awesome, which is a must, but they have a lot of really great features, too. From unique overlays and mesh on the upper to the cushioned insole, you're going to be comfortable and well protected. The tread on the outsole is designed to help you get more out of your trail runs, with more traction, but can be used indoors as well.











2. 
Asics Kayano 22 Running Shoes

The Asics Kayano 22s come equipped with some improvements from the previous version that are especially noticeable in the mesh on the upper that shapes to your foot. These shoes enhance your run without modifying your movement. You'll receive increased support without extra weight being added to your feet, while the sockliner works to manage the amount of moisture on your feet.  












So, what do you think? Was it time for you to give your shoes the boot (pun intended there)? What were you wearing? What are you thinking about getting? We'd love to hear! 








Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February 2016 Contest Rules


Rogan’s Shoes Online Contest
February 2016


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 a guess of the bestselling shoe on the contest entry form found at: https://p.antavo.com/f/DpZ/
2. The winners 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 February 8, 2016, another entrant who provided the correct answer will be randomly drawn to win.
3. Entries will be accepted beginning at 6:00 a.m. CST on February 8, 2016 and ending at 10:00 p.m. CST on February 18, 2016.
4. Only one entry is allowed per email address and multiple entries that use the same email address will not be accepted.
5. No purchase is necessary to enter this contest, and a purchase will not increase your chance of winning.
6. There will be two winners of this contest. The date and time that entries are posted will be used to select the winners. The winners will be the two entrants who first provide the correct answer. The first place winner will be the entrant who first provides the correct answer. The second place winner will be the next entrant who provides the correct answer after the winner. The winners will be chosen on February 19, 2016 and contacted via email from socialmedia@rogansshoes.com
7. The first place winner will receive a free pair of running shoes (up to a value of $100). The second place winner will receive an online coupon code valued at $25 that is good toward the purchase of any shoes or other merchandise at 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. The first place winner will receive free shipping of the running shoes selected by the winner. The second place winner will not be eligible for free shipping unless the total of the order purchased with the online coupon is at least $50.
12. The winners will not be able to use their prize to obtain 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 prizes must be redeemed by March 16, 2016.

You understand and agree that this contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.