The sneakers are durable, supportive, and easy to clean. The Air Zoom Structure makes a good pick for runners who need some extra guidance in their stride. This shoe provides it with Nike’s Dynamic Support system, a layer of firmer foam along the inside portion of the midsole that counters overpronation, and an overlay on the upper that stiffens the heel of the shoe. In addition, Flywire cables and a partial foot wrap give you a dialed-in fit, and blown rubber cushioning and a Zoom Air unit in the forefoot absorb shocks without sacrificing energy return.

In addition to their latest designs, Nike stays true to tradition and style with the Cortez and Ebernon. The popular Cortez is one of the original shoes made by the brand. While it was originally made as a running shoe, the Cortez can be dressed down for day and up for night. The Nike Ebernon takes casual and comfortable to a whole new level. Choose one of the multiple colors of the Ebernon, ranging from purple and pink for women and red and blue for men, and you’ll be ready to turn heads. Or if sporty is your go-to look, go for the high-top Ebernon Mid.

Early successes helped the company (which changed its name to Nike in 1978) establish itself among runners. In 1972, Knight and Bowerman released the Cortez, one of Nike’s most iconic shoes. Designed to be lighter and more water resistant than other sneakers, the Cortez gained a following for its full-length cushioned EVA midsole, a new feature that gave runners unprecedented comfort and shock absorption. Continuing its footwear development, Nike has now crafted a sneaker especially designed for medical workers. Dubbed the Nike Air Zoom Pulse, the shoe is for everyday heroes like nurses, doctors, home health providers and others who work tirelessly to support patients.

Someone can run a personal best for all kinds of reasons unrelated to shoes. A runner may train more, execute a better strategy on race day or run an easier course. Regardless, we found that runners who switched to these shoes were more likely to run their fastest race than runners who switched to any other kind of popular shoe. For two athletes and a single pair of races, this might not tell us much. But in our data, there are thousands of instances when pairs of runners ran in the same two races. Brown plaster bandages were wrapped around her feet, with Nike’s swoosh logo and Nike” scribbled on the sides of her shoes”.

Your average group fitness class is a big sometimes-beautiful (sometimes-decidedly-not-beautiful, but that’s a story for another day) mess of fitness ideas, an effort to pack a bevy of movements into one hour of work. And if you wanted to get super-precise, you’d actually need a different sneaker for each. You’d use the running shoe that most people wear for any treadmill work, but then you’d want a lifting shoe for some deadlifts and squats, then something with a bit more cushioning for the box jumps, and something with tight lockdown (basketball shoe, anyone?) for the skater lunges.

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