It's that time of year again, when hundreds of American
women set new fitness goals for themselves and look forward to a healthier,
happier new year. If you've made it your New Year's resolution to slim down,
tone up, or simply be more active, we salute you! Here are some tips to get you
1. Set realistic goals
2. Drink plenty of water
3. Invest in the perfect athletic shoes
Committing to a fitness plan can be tough, and there will
certainly be bumps along the way. Start off on the right foot with a quality
pair of athletic shoes! Believe it or not, your shoes play a critical role in your
performance. Wearing poorly made shoes—or even great shoes that aren't made for your body or your workout
style—can be a huge roadblock to your fitness progress. From aches and blisters
to plantar fasciitis and tendonitis, the health issues caused by wearing the
wrong shoes can make your goals much harder to reach. Don't let yourself be
slowed down or even injured by your shoes!
Below we've listed shoe picks for various activities from
two of our most popular brands, New Balance and Merrell. Athletes and gym goers
will recognize New Balance as a premier manufacturer of athletic sneakers,
while Merrell is more popular with hikers and other folks who love the great outdoors. Whether
you prefer to exercise in the gym or out under the open sky, we've got the
shoes you need to get in shape!
For the Walker: New Balance 847v2
New Balance Women's 847v2 in White with Frost. Also available in Grey with Exuberant Pink and Lead with Silver Mink.
Maybe your doctor has recommended a daily walk as part of
your overall health plan. Maybe you're trying to ease yourself toward more
strenuous exercise, or you love taking in the sights and sounds of
your neighborhood while staying active. Maybe you just have a dog to walk!
Whatever your reason, regular walking is a simple way to increase your fitness
Many shoes are labeled as walking shoes, though they may or
may not have the structure and support you need for consistent walking. The New Balance 847v2, however, is a treat for your hardworking feet. This premium walking
shoe swaddles your foot in cozy Ortholite® foam cushioning, keeping
every inch of your foot as comfortable as possible: heel, sole, instep, and ankle. Trust us, you won't want to take off the 847v2 at the
end of your walk!
The New Balance 847v2 has a 12mm heel drop, meaning it has
noticeably more padding at the heel than the toe, while a LIGHTNING DRY® liner
wicks away moisture. A rubber outsole finishes off this stylish,
oh-so-comfy walking shoe. With all the stability and comfort you could ask for,
the New Balance Women's 847v2 will take you where you need to go, whether it's
down the block, around the track, or through the mall!
For the Runner: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080
New Balance Women's Fresh Foam 1080 in Freshwater with Icarus. Also available in Dragonfly with Grey, Silver with Pink and Pink Mist, and more.
If running is your favorite way to get exercise, you know
better than anyone the importance of finding the right shoes. There are many
factors to consider when choosing running shoes: heel drop, arch support,
cushioning, breathability, weight, and more. Deciding on a pair of running
shoes is no easy task!
We offer lots of appealing options for runners, but today
we're showcasing the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080. Why? The Fresh Foam 1080 is a
great neutral running shoe, especially for beginners. Like all New Balance
athletic gear, this powerhouse sneaker is designed using data from real
runners, just like you. The Fresh Foam 1080 is made for the "average"
runner—even though no two people have exactly the same stride, speed, body
type, and arch height, the Fresh Foam 1080 is carefully made for the most
common running pace and behaviors.
An 8mm heel drop helps the Fresh Foam 1080 accommodate all
types of foot strikes, whether you land on your forefoot, midfoot, or heel,
though midfoot strikers will find it the most comfortable and supportive. If
you're not sure how your foot lands with each step, this is a good shoe to
start out with. The Fresh Foam 1080 takes its name from the generous foam
cushioning in the midsole, so if you like a cozy running shoe that helps each
step feel soft and light, this is the shoe for you.
Other features of the Fresh Foam 1080 include an engineered
mesh upper with strategic patterning for breathability, a flexible grooved
outsole designed for natural movement, and an odor-resistant Ortholite®
cushioning insert. All of the New Balance Women's Fresh Foam 1080's exciting
assets combine to make a running shoe that is just as dedicated to excellence as
For the Cross-Trainer: New Balance 857v2
New Balance 857v2 in White with Light Blue.
Cross-training is challenging, but it's also fun, engaging,
and a great way to increase your overall fitness and muscle tone. Whether
you're doing aerobics, lifting weights, or incorporating a short run into your
workout, the right cross-training shoes have you covered from start to finish. With
cross-training sneakers, you can focus on improving yourself, not on whether
you're wearing the right shoes on your feet.
The New Balance 857v2 is packed with features for the committed
cross-trainer. A 10mm drop provides heel cushioning, while proprietary ROLLBAR
technology helps correct the all-too-common problem of overpronation (the foot
rolling inward with each strike). A dual-density midsole and internal shank
give you the support you need, when you need it. These features, when taken
together, form a shoe that gives you unbeatable stability with every step.
The 857v2's breathable leather upper and Dri-Lex®
lining keep your feet cool and dry, while N2 cushioning provides shock absorption to
prevent aches and injuries from more intense exercise. In short, the New
Balance Women's 857v2 has it all: Comfort, stability, and classic style. From
the moment you slide your foot into this supportive sneaker, you'll be ready to
take on the toughest workout routines.
For the Hiker: Merrell Moab FST Waterproof
Merrell Moab FST Waterproof in Boulder. Also available in Granite.
For some women, working out in a gym just isn't the answer. You
need blue skies, fresh air, hills to climb, and trees to rest under. Give you a
woodland paradise over a weight bench any day! If you fall into this category,
you need more than just a basic sneaker. You need a shoe that's as tough as you
are, ready to take on the elements and the terrain. A hardy hiking shoe will
take care of your feet, helping to prevent injuries and slips, whether you stay
on the beaten path or blaze your own trail.
One such robust hiking shoe is the Merrell Moab FST Waterproof. Merrell's Moab line has stood as the standard to which all other
hiking footwear aspires since its creation in 2007. There's a reason 'Moab' stands
for "Mother of All Boots"! With the Moab FST Waterproof, it's all in
the name: Fit + Superior Traction. Like
all Moab hikers, the Moab FST Waterproof offers enhanced fit that you can
depend on from the moment you take them out of the box—after all, a shoe that
rubs blisters on your ankles, cramps your toes, or even slips off won't serve
you well on the trail. This hiker's reliable traction comes from its Vibram®
MegaGrip outsole, which provides a sure grip on both wet and dry surfaces.
The Merrell Moab FST Waterproof features an M Select™
FIT.ECO footbed, which is made of contoured EVA for optimal support. This
footbed also incorporates organic odor control to keep your shoes smelling
fresh. Shock absorbent cushioning in the heel and a molded nylon arch shank
help increase stability even on treacherous ground. With the Merrell Women's Moab
FST Waterproof, you have everything you need to take on the great outdoors.
Plus, stay tuned—the new Merrell Moab 2 is coming in February 2017!
For the Trail Runner: Merrell All-Out Crush Shield
Merrell All-Out Crush Shield in Surf the Web.
Trail runners make the terrain their workout equipment.
Hills, valleys, obstacles, twists and turns, it all contributes to making your
run challenging yet enjoyable. Out in the wilderness, it's often just you, the
trees, and the trail, and there's no better recipe for cleansing the soul.
Follow your own path with a pair of tough, responsive, and comfortable trail
For trail runners, we again turn to Merrell. The Merrell Women's All Out Crush Shield is your typical running shoe's outdoorsy cousin. Its breathable mesh lining and relatively slim 7mm heel drop will
be familiar to runners of all stripes, yet there are a myriad of benefits to
choosing the All Out Crush Shield over a regular running shoe. First, its durable upper of TPU-coated mesh not only resists water, it is engineered to repel dirt and debris, which keeps the inside clean and comfortable. An EVA footbed and a UniFly™ midsole help you find the perfect balance between shock
absorption and connection to the trail. Beneath that, an M Select™ GRIP lugged sole helps you keep your feet even when the going gets tough. As a
finishing touch, the Merrell All Out Crush Shield features reflective details for
visibility in low light conditions. For a trail running shoe that gets you from
Point A to Point B and back again safely and comfortably, you can't beat the
Merrell Women's All Out Crush Shield.
For Post-Workout: Merrell Jungle Moc
Merrell Jungle Moc in Taupe Suede. Also available in Gunsmoke and Midnight.
You've put in your time, you've dripped sweat, you've worked your
muscles and felt the burn. Good job! Now it's time to relax. No matter what the
day holds, don't forget how hard your feet worked. They deserve a break as much
as the rest of you, wouldn't you agree? Even if you can't put your feet up on a stool for the rest of the
day, you can wrap them in cushiony comfort and still get where you need to go
with a cozy after-sport shoe.
Luckily, Merrell has you covered even after your workout is
over with the Merrell Jungle Moc. This popular slip-on cocoons your foot in
softness from every side, and with elastic goring on either side of the instep,
it's easy to put on and take off (not that you'll want to do the latter). A
flexible pig suede upper and a "sticky" rubber sole offer lightweight
protection and traction to keep weary feet safe. But the true appeal of the Jungle
Moc lies inside, where an Ortholite® anatomical footbed provides just the
right amount of support. An air cushion in the heel absorbs the jolt of every
step, while the compression molded EVA footframe gives stability and added cushioning.
From heel to toe, the Merrell Women's Jungle Moc is built with soothing comfort
in mind. It's almost like having a cozy slipper you can wear on the go!
Starting a new fitness routine is never easy, but with a
good attitude and a great pair of shoes, there's nothing to hold you back. Browse
all our athletic shoes on EnglinsFineFootwear.com to find the perfect pair for
you, and keep us posted on your progress!