I don’t usually post training updates because it’s tough enough for me to keep to a fixed routine. The worksheet with the workouts penned down will usually go through several iterations in the 18 weeks it’ll take me to being race-ready. You won’t be wrong to assume that at times I’ve had to wing it as I go along This time around, with so many friends joining me in preparing for GCAM15, I thought I’d do the occasional update.
The first two weeks of training evolve around building up consistency with mid-60Ks of weekly mileage. This number is slightly on a higher side this early into a marathon program and I’m trying my best to stick to it. It’s a constant challenge, given the fact that I spend 2.5 hours daily in non-productive traffic jams. Some days’ workouts have to be modified by breaking up the day’s mileage into 2 sessions. It may not be ideal but in these conditions, I’ve to maintain a big-picture view.
The plan I’m following is based on Hanson’s, riding on specificity and accumulated fatigue. On paper, the plan may invoke a “meh” to the uninitiated but executing it does present a challenge. By the time I get to the weekend workouts, all the miles logged during the weekdays would’ve been baked in, increasing the toughness of the comparatively short long runs. Last weekend’s checkpoint tempo was an eye-opener when I could only hack half the distance. Definitely need to respect the training plan and the body if I’m to survive.
Thankfully, other than the solo weekday sessions, I’ve had the pleasure of training with a large group on the weekends. The group comprises of beginners, intermediates and several strong runners (always good to have these folks around to motivate you!).
There are no shortages of shoes to be sure. I’ve rotated between the GORun 4, Flyknit Lunar 2, Kinvara 5, Boston Boost 5, Gemini, GOBionic 2, GOSpeed 3 (for trackwork), Ace 6, and recently the Breakthru (logging miles in them for the review!). It’s never boring when it comes to shoes!
The group always welcome runners to join in our training runs, whether you’re training for GCAM or otherwise. I post the group training updates on the GCAM15 – Team Malaysia in Training FB page.
The 2015 Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be run on July 5th. It’s Australia’s only IAAF Gold Label marathon and the venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Early bird entries run up to April 30th 2015. Head on to www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au for details and to register. Then, do join us for training!
One of the most exciting things about reviewing products is having your preconception smashed to smithereens. This can be a positive or negative experience, of course. We expect great things from the giants and are little lenient with the upstarts in the industry. The last time I was pleasantly surprised was when Skechers debuted the GORun back in 2012 [review here].
When Under Armour (UA) set up shop in KLCC recently, their first store in the country, I was fortunate enough to be invited for the store opening. Those who follow team sports (for example fans of BPL team Tottenham Hotspurs) will recognize the brand’s simple yet unique logo. If you’ve not heard of UA, you can read it up here.
Recently UA started making stronger surges into the running footwear segment which set quite a number of running geeks’ hearts aflutter. The Speedform has been around for at least a year but this year the Apollo and Gemini are the 2 providing the main thrust in sales numbers for the company. This review will focus on the Gemini but for a good take on the equally eye-catching, more minimalist Speedform RC Vent, head on to Nick’s review.
If there’s one thing that runners are raving about UA running shoes, it’s how they’re put together. The Gemini, like the RC Vent and Apollo, is constructed based on a near-seamless fashion. You can see from the photo below, provided by fellow shoe geek Seth Hasty of Granite City Running [Competitor covered the store opening in this article], that the shoe is basically made up of 3 parts. The mesh upper, the footbed, and the midsole/outsole. There’s an external heel counter that provide some structure at the rear, as you’ll see from the photos below.
UA’s product page will have all the marketing spiel so I’ll just breeze through the key features of the Gemini.
The visually striking Gemini is not what you’d classify a low-profiled shoe. It has a significant heel stack and has the disposition of a protective cushioned trainer as you can see from the series of photos below. The wear experience to me, however, is rather mixed. You will immediately feel the plushness stepping into the shoes. Heel to toe transition is very smooth and you feel as if you can walk the whole day in them.
There’s an airy feel to it which is expected since more than half of the upper are made of mesh so huge they appear like webbing. The 2-layer mesh is stretchy, so the seemingly low toebox height as seen in the profile photo below isn’t a good representation of how they really feel. US10 fits me fine if I wear a thin sock but I’d upsize by half should I go for a thicker one.
The Gemini has a slightly squarish toe box which suits runners with a wider forefoot, and the external toe guards looks like those from the Nike Presto. There are 6 reflective strips on each shoe, making it suitable for early morning/night running. The following 2 photos clearly show the 2-layer mesh adopted for the shoes. No rogue sand particles or pebbles have got in so far.
The tongue is wide which made slippage a non-issue. It’s made of the same mesh as the upper with an added strip of foam (similar to the collar material) at the top.
The heel cup is actually made of foam but there’s the exo-skeletal like heel counter to provide some semblance of structure. Even with the collar slanting into the achilles, I’ve not experienced any chafing, hot-spots, and rubbing in all my sessions in the shoes. They certainly fit more like socks than something stiff. In fact I’d say that they feel neoprene-like.
Peeping into the shoe, you’ll see the neat construction of the footbed. There’s no removable sockliner and that sort of thing here. Everything is integrated and one-piece. The construction method and technologies used allow the Gemini to be machine washable – instructions are clearly printed right there! The white dots around the collar are the silicone grippers that further secure the fit.
In the photo below, both my fingers were pointed to the welded seams, just about the only 2 you’d find on the Gemini.
Being a typical trainer, the Gemini’s weight reflects that too. I was surprised to see the US10 weighing in at 10.45oz because I thought they felt lighter. In my hands, the shoe’s weight felt a little unevenly distributed, with the heel section of the shoe feeling significantly heavier than the forefoot . This is an unusual comment, I know, since the heel stack is greater than the front and therefore would naturally be heavier. However I thought the forefoot to heel weight ratios felt a little lopsided. Mixing the use of the heavier foam in the heel section with more mesh (as seen on the tongue) will reduce the overall weight.
The Gemini feels like a 10mm offset/drop shoe like the Flyknit Lunar 2 (FL2), Pegasus 31, and Energy Boost whereas the actual drop is 8mm like that of the Ride 7. Nevertheless, such numbers are superfluous because what matters should be how it performs. We’ll get to that shortly.
The Gemini’s Charged midsole foam is touted to provide responsive cushioning. It sits on top of a thicker white layer and runs the full length of the shoe. The darker material is visible from the cutaway at the bottom of the shoe.
The outsole is both a mix of blown (blue sections) and carbon rubber (in the heel) as clearly seen below. There’s no midfoot TPU shank, no medial posting which means overall flexibility is pretty good for the Gemini. There are generous flex grooves in the forefoot and the outsole is decoupled. There are plenty of exposed foam in the outsole but durability remains to be seen as I’ve only logged 43K in them.
Now comes the most important part of the review – the wear experience. Folks are basically curious about a few important things:
So I’ll just cover the points above.
I normally wear a US10. Although the Gemini fits just nice, I’d have preferred a 10.5. Overall fit is excellent. The midfoot fits snugly as with the heel, while the forefoot opens up sufficiently to accommodate medium volume feet. It doesn’t get to the level of roominess of the GORun Ride 4 (GRR4) though.
Step-in feel, as mentioned before, is plush. So is walking around in them. The pronounced feel of the arch support disappears the moment I started running. So did the plush feeling. The immediate responsiveness of the Charged midsole dispels any notion that the Gemini offers a soft ride. It’s certainly not the Kinvara 5, or even the GORun 4. The Charge midsole provides less bounce than the Lunarlon and Boost materials of the FL2 and Energy Boost respectively. The “F” word (F for firmness!) kept popping up in my mind as I put mileage into the shoe. Perhaps with some breaking in, the midsole will soften up a little? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t find it uncomfortable, just stating my observation.
As in other training shoes with this level of midsole build up, road feel of the Gemini is muted. Regardless of the runner’s preference for a soft or firm ride, the heel striker will appreciate the smooth heel to toe transition. This plus the substantial use of blown rubber ensure that the shoe runs silent, huge contrast to the FL2.
Expectedly, breathability is excellent, with all the mesh. My feet stayed dry throughout my runs in muggy and hot Penang recently, and there were no hotspots either.
Those are my prelim thoughts and observations on the Gemini and so far, my lean is still towards a softer and lighter ride like the Kinvara 5 (K5), GORun 4 (GR4) and Boston 5 (B5). That’s certainly a matter of personal preference, of course. It doesn’t take away the fact that the Gemini is a solid offering from UA with many areas done right and a pair that I’d grab to log longer and slower miles in.
The Gemini isn’t what you’d call an affordable shoe. At RM538 full retail (I purchased it using a discount voucher), it’s a full RM100, and more, than the K5, GR4, Pegasus 31, and Boston 5, parking itself close to the just launched Flyknit Lunar 3 and Energy Boost 2.
It also goes up against asics’ stability offerings like the GT series and Kayano, or even the cushioned ones like the Cumulus and Nimbus. Ditto Brooks’ Adrenaline and Ravenna. Yet, the Gemini can hold its own, and IMHO, trumps the aforementioned asics and Brooks due to several factors. Firstly, the innovative use of materials and construction (made in a bra factory no less!) make the Gemini one of the best fitting shoe in the market today. Secondly, it’s a stable enough option for runners who wear heavier stability shoes with medial posting to migrate over to.
I was down with a bad bout of flu/cold/fever late January which floored me for 2 solid weeks. 2 solid weeks of inactivity and loss of a back-to-back over an extended holiday weekend! The cause was unclear but I suspect the lack of sleep depleted whatever’s left of my immunal defense system. The lack of sleep was a result of adjusting to the new school year. Instead of relying on the services of a school van this year, we’re now driving C2 to school. With the alarm going off at 5:50am, we’re getting less than 6 hours of sleep (even less if you’re looking at the deep sleep phase) on most nights. Sleeping earlier is impossible since we only reach home around 9:15pm (shakes fist at the KL traffic!) and be done with dinner and all the cleaning up at 10pm. Then there are the emails to clear, reading and some coaching of the kids to attend to. Even with no TV time, midnight comes too soon!
When marathon training is added into the mix, I was walking a tightrope. The rest, as the say, is history. I realized then that I’ve to pay more attention to my sleep patterns and make little adjustments here and there to my lifestyle. I no longer check my emails on a daily basis. I’ve also reduced my rice intake during dinner, only taking in mostly vegetables, some meat and soup, so that less food sit in the stomach that late into the day.
Sidebar: You only need to listen to this fascinating podcast by Coach Jay Johnson with Dr. Mike Dedekian to convince you on the importance of getting enough sleep, in the context of a growing kid or if you’re a runner in training. The impact of sleep on the endocrine system was also discussed. Look for Podcast 026 here.
Next, I downloaded some sleep tracking apps for the iPhone. Sleep Time logs the usual metrics such as duration of light and deep sleep, REM. You can even choose to fall asleep to music. There is, of course, an alarm function. Smart Alarm does the same thing but includes a sound recorder feature. You’ll find out the next day if you’ve mumbled or revealed any secrets at any point of the night. Somniloquy may have negative effects on the sleep quality. I found it spooky listening to the voice recording the next day. What if you recorded something which really isn’t from this dimension? Right, I may have a hyperactive imagination.
Which led me to research some wristworn wearables from Jawbone, Fitbit, Garmin, and Samsung. Pretty soon, the Apple Watch will be thrown into the ring as well. Typically these wearables offer silent vibrating alarms, tracks activities and sleep while the more expensive ones have preset reminders to get you off your chair to keep you active. Some even link to your smartphone in providing you with alerts and some rudimentary messaging features. The problem is I found that not only are these devices expensive (RM499 and above), they’re rather buggy in many areas from user experience to syncing with the phone. RM499 is RM400 more than my tolerance for a nice-to-have item.
A note on the silent alarm: I can’t help but be enthused by this feature. No more waking up the spouse when my weekend alarm goes off at 4:15am!
It was through digging around for information that I discovered the Mi Band. Everyone, in this region at least, knows the company Xiaomi. They’ve sold millions of their very affordable and highly spec’ed Android phones and tablets, and powerbanks, modelling much of their design and marketing after Apple’s. Which tech company doesn’t, right?
The price of the Mi Band was what first caught my eye. The “princely” price tag of RM59 had me refreshing my browser just to be sure I wasn’t seeing it wrong. The specs were impressive as you can see from the screen grabs below. You can head to the product page to read up more.
Other than the price, here are the other features:
Being the cheapo, I ordered 2 units to take advantage of the free shipping above RM100, with the other unit going to my colleague. Delivery was quick and I received the package in 4 business days. The first thing you’ve to ensure is that the unit is fully charged. To do that, just pop the sensor out from the hypoallergenic silicone band and pop the suppository-shaped (!) sensor into the proprietory USB charging housing. The 3 LED indicators will tell you the status of the charging level. A full charge took me around 2 hours.
Next was to download the free Mi Fit app from the iTunes App Store before pairing the phone and band. This was easily and quickly done by hard tapping the band to wake it up. Finally, I did some customization such as personal info, alarm options, LED color preference. I didn’t change the defaulted 8,000-step goal just so that I can get a feel of the metrics. Again, the updates were easily and seamlessly synced to the band – no manual intervention needed. Naturally you need to ensure that you’ve enabled Bluetooth on your phone prior to the sync.
Firmware updates are also accomplished via Bluetooth. You will be prompted by the Mi Fit app whenever that is required. With all that done (within 5 minutes, really), you’re good to go. Nothing else needs to be done. When it’s time for bed, there’s no need to enable the sleep tracking mode simply because it somehow knows.
I’ve had the Mi Band for less than a week and there’s little to complain. With the exception of 2 days, I’ve been meeting my daily activity goals of 8,000 steps (I noted that that approximates to around a 6K run) whenever I run. All 3 LEDs will flash and the band will vibrate when the said goal is met. I’ll need to jack the goal upwards when the meat of marathon training starts in March. Though I’m seeing some improvement, I can still do better in the sleep department. There are some negatives of course (see end of review), one of which is the claimed LED status display where it’s suppose to show you a lit LED for every 1/3 of daily goal achieved. Doesn’t work. However at the cost of 6 Starbucks latte, I’m not complaining much.
Will gear like the Mi Band and smartphone apps help you sleep better? I don’t think so. But with numbers attached to your nightly downtime, you’ll be able to tell how well you’re resting further allowing you to adjust your routine and lifestyle accordingly. For a sleep deprived person like me, that’s very helpful.
Kuala Lumpur (12 February, 2015) – The Energy Running revolution has taken a bold new step as adidas unveiled the greatest running shoe ever, Ultra BOOST. adidas developed Ultra BOOST using ARAMIS’ 3D shape and surface measurement to provide a fully adaptable running experience. The ARAMIS system is also used by top engineering institutions like NASA, Boeing and BMW to measure crash tests, vibration analysis and durability studies. Ultra BOOST intuitively adjusts to a runner’s stride delivering the unrivalled Energy Return of BOOST™, superior support and adaptive comfort over hundreds of kilometres, in virtually any environment.
UNRIVALLED ENERGY RETURN
Ultra BOOST features 20 percent more* BOOST cushioning material, the highest Energy Return cushioning in the running industry, and has eliminated the traditional EVA midsole for more direct contact to provide the ultimate expression of BOOST. Made of thousands of unique energy capsules, BOOST delivers a consistent performance over hundreds of kilometres, in virtually any condition.
To complement the unrivalled Energy Return of BOOST, Ultra BOOST features an innovative update to adidas’ PRIMEKNIT technology built to reach new heights of comfort, support and style.
A runner’s foot can remarkably expand up to 10 mm or more in width while running. When restrained, this expansion can cause severe discomfort, friction and the leading injury in running, blisters. Unlike other leading knit technologies the innovative PRIMKENIT pattern of Ultra BOOST provides comfortable support in less expansive areas of the foot and adaptive stretch where it’s needed to deliver maximum comfort.
“Each technology featured in Ultra BOOST was built to complement each other providing energized adaptability through a customized fit, look and feel,” said Ben Herath, Vice President of Design for adidas running. “While we’ve taken innovation to the next level, the sleek silhouette of Ultra BOOST is built to look as good as it performs.”
One of the most advanced features of Ultra BOOST is the Stretch Web outsole that adapts and stretches to your foot strike and movement. The perforated elastic design harnesses and maximizes the Energy of BOOST without restricting any of its qualities. The unique appearance of the Stretch Web outsole is the perfect look to complement the eye-catching Energy capsules of BOOST.
Ultra BOOST also features an entirely new heel construction that frees the natural movement of the Achilles tendon. A carefully tuned external heel counter comfortably cradles the foot and adapts to the high extension of the Achilles. A new featherweight sock liner adapts to the runner’s natural foot form, for a customized fit and feel.
Ultra BOOST also boasts a new dual-density TORSION® SYSTEM, embedded into the shoe’s base. This allows more independent movement between heel and forefoot for superior stability and a smooth, more controlled run.
Your greatest run ever awaits. adidas Ultra BOOST will be available at adidas Sports Performance stores on 25th February 2015 at the retail price of RM650.
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I’ve sat on this review for the longest time. Somehow just didn’t get to it. Now that I’ve logged over 123km in these, I’d better get this dusted!
The uninitiated will often mistake the Boston 5 (B5) for the Adios Boost 2 (AB2), and they can be forgiven for that. The Adios, along with Nike Zoom Streak, was of course the racing flat of choice amongst world-class elites. Both the B5 and AB2 share similar colorway – red and black. Additionally, both shoes’ upper have strips of Tirrenina Suede for overlays. The material feels luxurious to the touch. Look closer, however, and you’ll see that the AB2 is a lower profiled shoe. Flip them over and you’ll also see the vast difference in outsole design.
So what of the B5 then?
Other than the fiery colorway, the B5 is quite an unassuming shoe, design-wise. Simple in construction, not overly engineered, and doesn’t have overlay overkill. It’s also extremely breathable – you can see through the open mesh. Water gets into the shoe as quickly as it drains out. No pebbles have found their way into the shoes thus far . There’s not a single reflective element either. You can say that the B5 is purpose-built to get the non-elite runner (elites would probably have opted for the Adios) from point A to B as quickly as possible, nothing fancy, no blings.
Where necessary, such as around the collar and tongue (non-gusseted), there’s sufficient padding to be had. Although it doesn’t slip, I’d have preferred a slightly longer tongue. If you peek under the tongue on the left shoe, you’ll notice the “Boston Runs As One” print, a nod to the Boston One Fund. Interestingly, the shoe comes with a little note warning of potential color transfer. I’ve yet to experience any of that sort. And since I don’t run without socks, the exposed seams are non-issues to me.
Typical of adidas shoes, the B5 has a tapered forefoot. While I fit OK in a US10, upsizing by half would’ve given my toes a more relaxed fit. A snug midfoot gives the shoe a decidedly performance feel. Per the Running Warehouse site, the B5 has a stack height of 26mm/16mm for a 10mm drop. The 10mm certainly doesn’t feel as pronounced as that of the Flyknit Lunar 2’s.
The B5 weighs in at 8.85oz for my US10 which hits the sweet spot for a performance trainer/racer. Lacing up a pair will make you want to take off. Ride characteristics is without a doubt on the firm end of the scale, especially in the forefoot. Not as firm as the Adios’ tiny Quickstrike bits but it’s still a snappy ride that you’ll get. Heel cushioning is more than enough in my opinion. I found myself landing in the midfoot a lot in these babies, so much so the heel cushioning is rather wasted. The midfoot Torsion shank adds some measure of structure and stiffness in that region. Much has been written on the Boost midsole – something which adidas is gradually converting their legacy shoes to. My personal experience with Boost has been positive. While not the lightest midsole material (it’s actually quite dense), I’ve found it to be very stable insofar as the retention of cushioning properties in various weather conditions down to low 10s Celcius. It’s also durable. Other than the Takumi Sen, Takumi Ren, Adios and the Boston 5, the other “Boosted” models aren’t that lightweight.
Traction accorded by the Continental rubber outsole was excellent. Not once did I slip during the course of a drizzly morning spent on hill repeats. I’ve logged over 123km in the B5 with minimal signs of wear and tear. It’s an excellent shoe for faster paced workouts such as tempo and long intervals. I’ve raced several good Half Marathons in them and could probably take them up to 30K distances with no issues. For the Marathon, my preference still leans towards something that offers a more forgiving ride like the Kinvara 5 (K5).
With all the rave reviews reported by nearly every wearer out there, there are still a few areas I wish of the shoe:
There are certainly no shortages of excellent marathon shoes out there in the local market today. For one who desires a lightweight sub 9oz ride with a blend of responsive cushioning, the choices are mind-boggling. Other than the B5, K5, Lunaracer 3, and DS Racer 10, you now have the GR4. In a couple of months’ time, there’s the Saucony Breakthru. It all comes down to fitting requirements and personal preference.
The adidas adizero Boston 5 Boost retails for RM420 and can be found at selected adidas boutiques in the country.
While the GORun Ultra (GRU) may seem to have been around for a number of years, it’s hard to imagine that the thickest shoe in the Skechers Performance range only made its debut a year ago. In fact, I got my hands on v1 in time for the 2014 Titi 50. 2014 saw 2 releases of the GRU, the v1 (reviewed here) and the Nite Owl version (reviewed here). Both the v1 and Nite Owl brought me to the finish lines of Titi, P50 and many long slow training runs with no injuries.
A year on, it was time for an update on the GRU and that came out of the blue a couple of weeks back. I knew an update was forthcoming and have even read the early reviews of some shoe geeks in the States but didn’t expect to find the GRU2 on our shores that soon after the Stateside release. I opted for the black-yellow colorway because I thought they looked pretty badass. Nick’s blue/lime green shods look pretty sweet too.
The GRU2 is essentially the same shoe as the v1. Sure you get the flashy upper (which I’ll dig in shortly) but everything else is the same. From the Resalyte midsole down to the outsole and position of the plugs. As with all the company’s performance models, the GRU2 comes with extra laces and removable Agion infused sockliners.
Because the GRU2 sees no changes other than the cosmetics, the wearer will still enjoy the typical smooth and plush ride of the GRU. The toebox is generous in width and height, easily accommodating the runner’s swollen feet as they toiled under the hot sun and hard tarmac (painful memories of P50 are flooding back now!).
The GRU2’s flashy upper has been updated with the large Skechers S occupying most of the lateral and medial sides. Other motifs such as little triangular bits keep to the current theme of the performance series. What were previously basic strips of overlays and mesh are now complemented with larger pieces of synthetics. The heel counter now even sports a faux-kevlar piece. It appears that the mesh layer is more covered up in the GRU2 than earlier versions. I’ve not ran in the shoes yet, so the question about breathability remains to be seen.
The outsole configuration sees no change as you can see from the photo below. No addition of rubber plugs for added durability either.
The GRU2’s weight has been bumped up to over 10oz for my US10. It was 9.25oz on the GRU and 9.75oz on the GRU Nite Owl. The only explanation for this would be the use of the triangular design elements over the mesh underlay and the faux-kevlar heel counter. All these bits add up and the scale doesn’t lie.
I was a little disappointed with the update, honestly. The enhancements to the outsole that I thought should be introduced didn’t happen yet the upper was updated to the point where the weight was compromised. I’d have pretty much preferred the old upper and add a few thin rubber plugs to high-wear areas. As it stands I find the Nite Owl to be the most practical between the 3 iterations. However, if weight isn’t that much of a concern and a smooth and plush ride are what you seek, then the GRU2 warrants a tryout. For something lighter yet still providing a cushy ride, do also consider the GOrun Ride 4.
Disclosure: The Skechers GOrun Ultra is a media sample provided by Skechers Malaysia. The GRU2 is already available in Skechers stores in the country and retails for RM419 and RM399 for the men and women models respectively.
Getting ready for a key race in the new year is both an exciting yet daunting task. For one, I’m eager to find out if I can become a better and smarter runner, as the years whiz by. Daunting because you’ve to rev the engine up again getting back into training mode.
I’ve at least narrowed down my favorite shoes to the following few. Admittedly they’re more shoes than what the average runner has but having 8 pairs on rotation are the norm for me! I’m spoiled I’ve backup shoes, wet weather shoes, shoes for regular running, shoes for speedwork, and shoes for easy days.
Over the years, running shoes have gotten very good across all categories from racing flats to highly cushioned trainers. More often than not, choosing a favorite, or several, comes down to personal preference be it in terms of responsiveness, weight, cushioning properties, and of course fit (from the heel right down to the toebox room). Between the courtesy shoes that I receive for sampling and those that I purchased, I can safely say that the ones below are those that regularly find action.
Here they are in no particular order, including their ride characteristics and mileage logged. And yes, there’s no such thing as a perfect pair of shoes.
Performance (general training, HM and FM racing)
Racing (track, up to HM)
With all the gear I ever need in place, all that needs to be done are, well, all the running.
My reviews of the shoes mentioned here are posted in the review section of the blog.
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