These Sick Sneakers Are Made From Ocean Garbage

The whole thing is a shameless pr move to keep people from being reminded most sneakers are made with child labor at fifty cents an hour in miserable working conditions.

There are ocean pollution groups that go around freeing hundreds of nets that have been caught on rocks or reefs, they have been doing it for years. Up until now they usually end up in a trash dump. Adidas bought a couple of them for next to nothing and created this stupid marketing campaign to make it lookmtheynare “making a difference”.

50 pairs? Ya, that will save the ocean.

How to Run in the Winter (Without Freezing Your Butt Off)

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing…

Running in the cold isn’t as tough as it looks. With the right gear, your fingers and ears can stay toasty while you jog through a winter wonderland.

Source: How to Run in the Winter (Without Freezing Your Butt Off)

  • I use wool socks for everything – running, cycling, triathlon (not the swimming part!).
  • Silk sock liners are awesome for keeping feet warm and add very little bulk under normal socks.
  • If it’s slippery out, might want to use trail runners
  • Body heat: the bigger you are (whether muscle or fat) and the faster you run, the more sweat and heat you’ll generate
  • The article didn’t mention lights.  I own a headlamp – it’s rechargeable, but I’m not impressed with it’s ability to hold a charge.
  • Spikes: The shorter, the better. The longer they are, the more they alter how your foot rolls off. I don’t use any on snow, but on ice?  Use 0.25 inch, maximum.

How to Quickly Dry Shoes

I came across the following video recently – it’s cycling oriented, but applies to any footwear really (running etc):

Here’s what I suggest:

  1. Take out the insoles to let them dry on their own
  2. I don’t know about “nappies”, but newspaper is what you really want to absorb the moisture
  3. Check the paper every hour or so, swapping out for fresh stuff if the paper is saturated and the shoes are still damp
  4. Ambient temperature of the room matters – shouldn’t be too cold/damp, or too hot (above 20 C/68 F)

Sometimes I grab a stack of the free newspapers at the grocery store.  Because every cycling “bootie” (the cover people put over their cycling shoes) I’ve used amounts to keeping the crud on the road off my shoes.  Once the bootie gets saturated with water, that water ends up in the shoe anyway.

Newspaper has been used in cycling for decades – lots of Tour de France stories about guys loading up their cycling jersey with newspaper to both insulate themselves and absorb water/moisture.

What’s the Best Way to Tie Your Shoes? Physics May Have the Answer.

The most common mistake when tying your shoelaces is accidentally making a weaker granny knot instead of the stronger square knot. Now, physics can help you tie the perfect knot that stays tight no matter what.

Source: What’s the Best Way to Tie Your Shoes? Physics May Have the Answer.

I’m a frayed knot… 😉

I’ve covered what to do with the extra holes on your shoes (heel lock) before.  I use the plastic lace locks, but really prefer BOA retention systems.  BOA has a steel lace, so it doesn’t stretch – stretching means the lace failed.  But there aren’t many running shoes that are available in BOA, and the lace locks are cheap.

De-Stink Your Shoes with a Homemade UV Light Sanitizing Box

Someone posted a five step Instructables project to use germicidal UV lamps to remove odor from your shoes.  You mount the lamps on something to support them, then stick the lamps in your shoes and crank up the heat. The foil around the box will retain the heat and take care of most of the little nasties crawling around in your shoes.

If the women don’t find you handsome, at least they’ll find you handy… 😉

My cycling shoes have a bigger issue being wet than my running shoes, but that’s because I generally spend more time in the rain while cycling than running.  A trick I learnt was to have newspaper onhand for days like that.  Newspaper, not the glossy stuff like you get on some flyers.  Remove the insole if you can, and stuff the shoe with newspaper.  Check on the shoes every 3-4 hours, applying new/dry newspaper if necessary.  The cost to effectiveness ratio is staggering.  Newspaper is incredibly absorbent, and recyclable.  The local free paper is suddenly being delivered to me, but prior to that I’d grab a stack of free newspaper at the local grocery store on my way out.