Listen Up: Shoe Care and an Expert Guide to Fun-Running
This week, we’re jumping feet-first into fixing up our shoes—and preventing them from getting ruined in the first place. Then superstar running coach and ultra-marathoner (yes, that is very much a thing) Jes Woods tells us how to get the most mileage outta our pavement-pounding routines.
On keeping your shoes shiny...
- Leather Spa is the best of the best—they’ll make your most beat-up pair look like new (and work their magic by mail if you’re not in NYC).
- Products we love: Obenauf’s leather oil, Izola’s chic shoe brush, and Sno-Seal for keeping out the slush. Jason Marrk also makes BEAUTIFUL kits—Erica gifted the sneaker-cleaning kit to her husband.
- The genius company iBirks can repair the crap out of your go-to summer sandals.
- 3D-printed orthotics for your running shoes are a thing—Claire got hers at FrontRunners in L.A., but Sols does them too.
- Professionally clean person Jolie Kerr wrote the book (or at least a brilliant post) cleaning your furry boot linings.
- Check out Valet’s vinegar trick for stopping salt stains in their tracks.
- If you need a little inspo (besides Allyson Felix), read Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall.
- If you’re looking for a crew, Lululemon and Nike (where Jes trains!) both organize outdoor running clubs across the country. Other New York clubs: Bridgerunners, We Run Uptown, Harlem Run, New York Road Runners, NYC Runs, and Cool Runners Club (which starts every sesh with meditation). In Chicago, check out Three Run Two; in San Francisco, Concrete Runners.
- Apps to track your trips there and back: Strava, which also functions as a social network, and Nike+ running, too.
- If you’re new to racing, look for an adventure or run/walk 5K—or check out Take the Bridge if you’re in New York.
- Gear wise, check out the Nike Free 3.0 shoes, track your run with a Garmin watch, and, if you’re trail-running, never leave home without a Buff, which seems simple but does everything from preventing sunburn to soaking up sweat.
To advertise on our podcast, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our intro music, “Butterfield East,” is written and performed by The Soulful Saints, we have Julia Alsop to thank for our sound-engineering. If you wanna go the distance with even more running coverage, check out our introduction to Jes and Claire’s guide running in all weather here.