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Shopping Shoes Online . . .

October 17, 2008

Online Shoe Stores

Buying Online

It’s difficult to believe that in a world where most people actually like to try their shoes on before buying them, online shoe stores have become so popular.
The reasons why ‘s more than obvious, the wide variety (sizes, colors, styles), the price,
the opportunity to save yourself a trip to a “real” store and to make your purchase from
the comfort of your house.

However, sometimes it’s difficult to find a good online shoe store that offers a decent service and reasonable prices, that is why in this post we’ll list and analyze online shoes stores.

Why People buy Online?

Why are people buying shoes online? It’s easy, variety, price and convenience.

Some online stores offer the largest selection of shoes anywhere with 250 top brands of the most styles per brand, the broadest range of materials, colors, sizes, and widths, and with the most up to date fashions. Find shoes in sizes ranging from a women’s size 2 to a size 17 or a men’s size 1 to a size 20, with width’s running from extra narrow to extra wide.

In addition, you can find online discounts that provide savings of up to 65% off plus free shipping with live customer service and free returns. But if you still you don’t feel so sure about online shoes stores on some websites you can see what other customers think by checking out customer’s reviews and ratings on the thousands of shoes and accessories.

There are great savings every day online and with these great savings, you won’t be hit with any additional sales charges or fees with free shipping and free return shipping anywhere in the United States and you will receive your order within three to ten business days. Some sites offer first time customers an additional 10% off their purchase and the opportunity to save more on future purchases. Whether you’re a first time buyer or not you can review other customer’s ratings from the thousands of products across the website. Find out if a shoe runs a little wide or narrow from others who have bought the same item.

The choice is simple, with the advantages of purchasing without any sales tax, and enjoying great sales and discounts from your own home, secure purchasing, live customer service, and free shipping, you can see why everyone is shopping online.

Online Shoe Stores


Sorry guys, this store its only for us women 🙂
I came across this store a week ago, and I really like it…
Bakers Shoes carries a lot of hot brand names, sort of stylish shoe variety, it also offers some really nice handbags.
The prices are reasonable, no free shipping ($6.95 standard shipping plus $2 for any additional item), the customer service is not a real help there’s only a toll free number for returns, so you have to assist yourself in this page, no live chat, however this it is an attractive site to visit.

Bakers Shoes Site

This site it’s still a toddler giving the first steps compared with some of the giants online shoe stores.
I think they’ve been around for over a year now, and they have made some changes like changing the page
resolution from 800×600 to 1280×124, and adding some features to  accomplish an easier shopping experience.

I’m a regular customer from this site since I buy most of my Converse shoes from here (trust me I do buy a looooot of shoes), since they have a lot of Converse styles to pick from and I get special discount for being a regular.
This site offers free shipping, free shipping return and no sales tax, you can order online or by phone.
The customer service is really good, the people there are sincerely willing to help both by phone or by live chat.
The site is quite easy to use as well as the return and exchange process, great prices, not a huge selection of brands but if what your looking for are sneakers both for women, children and men I strongly recommend you this site. Site


This site has been around since Spring 2008 when it was it launched, I actually haven’t had the opportunity to buy shoes but I’ll try it as soon as I can.
The site its OK, not really sure about the black background thought, I know that it’s to add a sophisticated touch but it makes me feel unease while I navigate the site.
A large variety of brands and styles are available for women and men, prices are OK, no free shipping ( $7.95 standard shipping 7-10 business days), no free shipping return ( the shipping return fee will be deducted from your refund), returns and exchanges may take up to 14 days.
Overall it’s a good site but despite the variety of shoes there are better sites that offer free shipping & free shipping return, not one of my favorites but it has some very nice shoes.

DSW Site


I’m sure everyone have at least visited at least once, but I have to admit that having so much brands and styles sometimes makes it to difficult to find what you want, that is why I prefer small online shoe stores.
The site is really nice and cozy, its easy to navigate, it provides Live chat but its quite slow (I had to wait like 5 minutes for a customer service representative), free shipping depends on the seller since ebay its not involved with the shipping and returns.
Overall its a recommendable site.

Ebay Site


In case you’ve been living under ground belongs to, so its different to visit a site
knowing that was created by a giant as  Hands down to, it offers free overnight shipping, free return, 365 day return and 100% price guaranteed.
Wide selection of brands and styles, from dress shoes to athletic shoes, products available for women, men and kids.
Prices are reasonable, depending on the kind of shoe your interested in. It’s an attractive site, and has a lot of features that are quite helpful, such as search by color, price, size and more.
If am not mistaken has been around since 2006 but despite its short years of existence it has the backup of one of my favorite sites.
In the end this site its highly recommendable.
Endless Site

Here’s another online store that has a lot of brands and styles to choose from, available for women, kids and men.
Its a friendly and easy to navigate site, with the toll free number right above in case you need help (not like some other that practically hide the phone number!), it offers free shipping, free 90 days return.
Prices are…OK, but some shoes cost for example 20 dollars more than other sites.
Overall its an interesting site to visit.

Online Shoe Site

7) offers free shipping, free shipping return no sales taxes and 100% price guaranteed.
There is a wide selection of brands (over 650) and styles, for women men and kids.
The site is quite easy to use, unlike other sites they manage to distribute the 650 brands to make the navigation easier; toll free number.
Overall, its a good site but sometimes I find the prices a little bit to expensive. Site

* Well that’s all for this week, maybe I’ll write about some other online shoe stores next week. 🙂
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New Balance Technologies

October 14, 2008

New Balance Technologies

New Balance Suspension System
TEC System

Achieving your best performance depends on shoes that fit – that conform to the unique architecture of your foot and offer the support, motion control and shock absorption you need to excel.

The New Balance TEC System offers a range of widths, sizes, configurations and technologies that add up to the perfect shoe for your individual needs.


Acteva ™ Lite

Lighter foam means no tiring out on running so quickly.
Extremely durable and 24% lighter than standard, this midsole foam really keeps you going.

Acteva ™ Ultra Lite

Ultra Lite means 32% lighter than standard midsole foam, which means lighter feet and longer runs.


NB Zip ™

A responsive cushioning technology supported with shock-absorbing struts and designed to get a better performance.


Acteva ™

12% lighter than standard midsole foam with Dupont Engage for durability, it helps both runner and shoe last a little longer.

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NB’s top of the line foam material with excellent cushioning and compression set properties.
A blend of Dupont ™ Engage ®, Isoprene rubber and proprietary materials provides the ultimate ride.

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Abzorb® EX

A combination of New Balance’s premium Abzorb ® foam and a peripheral pocket of non-pressurized
air that is encapsulated in an engineered thermoplastic.

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Abzorb ® DTS

Dynamic Transition System (D.T.S) combines Abzorb ® foam and Abzorb ® SBS to provide optimal
cushioning and a smooth transition on heel strike.

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C-Cap ®

Lightweight midsole adds cushion without sacrificing flexibility.


Abzorb ® SBS

Engineered non-cellular elastomer designed to provide optimal shock absorption and no compression set.

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Abzorb ® FL

An excellent cushioning system that resists compression will allow you to run more and more often.

N-Fuse ™

The perfect combination of two midsole foams: one soft for added cushioning, one structured
for full-stride support.

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TS2 ®

Multi-density medial support creates a smooth transition from heel strike to toe-off.

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Extended Web ™

Structured light weight arch support that extends into the medial heel and provides midfoot rigidity (preventing midfoot flex) and medial rearfoot support.


Rollbar ®

TPU medial and or lateral post with composite plate designed to minimize rearfoot movement
(pronation and supination). When combined with TS2 ® provides the ultimate in motion control.

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Encap  ®

A core of EVA encapsulated within a shell of polyurethane for added stability and shock dispersion.

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AT Tread

AT Tread ®

Outsole tread designed to provide optimal traction for both on and off-road use.


RockStop ®

Protects feet by dispersing the shock from landing on rocks and debris across your foot.

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NGrip ®

Outsole material which provides slip resistance and oil resistance beyond industry standards.

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NDurance ®

Rubber compound for maximum durability in high wear areas.

Walking Strike Path

Walking Strike Path ®

Outsole feature that stabilize and guides the foot through the walking gait cycle.


Sure Lace ™

Sure Lace is a computer knit lace/chord designed with a reciprocating wave pattern that will not
untie under high performance or inclement conditions.
The lace’s design also provides the ability to variable lace (tight at the bottom of the throat-loose at the top)
their shoe therefore providing optimal fit.

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Lightning Dry ®

By managing moisture transfer, this superior fabric helps keep skin dry and comfortable.


NLock ®

Integrated lacing and webbing system that provides optimal fit, support and security.

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TruTrak ®

Outsole designed to provide maximum traction and surface contact.

Other Technologies already seen:

Adidas Technology
Asics Technology
Brooks Technology
Mizuno Technology
Nike Technology
Saucony Technology

Mizuno Running Shoe Technology

September 16, 2008

Mizuno is a well recognized brand for making some of the top running shoes for athletes. This brand has its origins in Japan, Tokyo in 1906 when two brothers founded the first Mizuno Shop. Mizuno has not only develop excellent technologies for their shoes but also for any other piece of apparel they made.

Mizuno Shoe Technologies:

The AirMesh technology allows the running shoes to have a high capability for breathing, maintaining your feet dry and coll at all times, which prevent problems like: Strong Odor, hyperhydrosis, bad fungus among others. We have discussed some of this problems in one of our previous posts –> Foot Problems

The AP Midsole technology provides a lightweight and responsive base for the shoes, which means more control over your foot while running.

The BioLock technology its a simple technology which allows the shoes to absorb the heel shape for maximum comfort, it also enhances performance by eliminating heel slippage to reduce wasted motion. Great for overpronators.

The Gore-Tex is an upper technology applied to most of Mizuno shoes, which is a special material that prevents weather factors to act in your feet, keeping them at an optimal conditions at all conditions, this material is also water resistance.

The Intercool technology its a full lenght ventilation system in the core of the sole that removes heat and humidity from the foot  through its ventilation channels. Between the intercool system and the airmesh you will find a perfect fit for your needs in case you have hyperhydrosis problems.

The SensorPoint gives the shoes more stability and traction in all surfaces. Mizuno’s revolutionary suspension system which uses studs that connect the Wave plate directly to the ground.

The VS-1 technology is an exclusive shock absorption system which provides more cushioning,  resisting compression allows the shoes to extend the cushioning life of running shoes.

The Wet Traction system is a Bi-Directional outsole rubber synthetic leather compound that breaks through water, improving grip in all conditions and all surfaces.

The X-10 technology provides the most durable carbonrubber that allows for longer wear in high impact areas and provides more traction at heel strike during the gait cycle. Excellent combination with the BioLock technology for overpronators.

The Smooth Ride technology provides maximum comfort, ultimate feel, unsurpassed performance this system was designed at the Mizuno’s Sozo Studio. Designed to minimise the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot through the phases of the running cycle by reducing shock and increasing flexibility. This allows Mizuno to create running footwear that provides an extremely comfortable running experience through an even smoother ride.

The Sozo Engineering division was created with the only purpose of achieving the maximum standards in shoe technologies. Responsible for the Smooth Ride technology is the spirit with which Mizuno has created a revolutionary design studio to cultivate cutting-edge concepts and methodologies for the development of sports equipment. Using innovative computer simulation which replicates physical characteristics, such as bone structure and muscle mass and then analyses the impact forces generated by various physical traits and running styles, Mizuno is able to determine the exact quantity and positioning of cushioning and stability materials within the midsole of a shoe.

The Mizuno Wave is a unique technology that combines two elements that are both necessary for a great running shoes, cushion and stability.The Wave department studies all the forces that are applied to the human body while running, that’s why Mizuno study all compositions and possible combinations of materials to have the correct blend of cushioning and stability and therefore minimise the risk of injury.

The wave plate provides excellent cushioning by dispersing the force of impact across a larger surface area. The stability aspect of Wave technology is gained by the construction differing between the outside (lateral) and the inside (medial) of the shoe, therefore resisting the compression of the midsole in high pressure areas.

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    Asics Running Shoe Technology

    September 11, 2008
    Asics Logo

    Asics Logo

    As you know every footwear maker has its own ways to deal with running shoes that’s why we have choose to put all technologies applied to our daily running shoes.

    Athletes have different needs and therefore they require different shoes that better suit their style, technique and also some pronation, cushion issues when running.

    Before even thinking about categories Asics has study the human body while in motion, beacuse of this they focused all eforts on studying the Cardinal Body Planes, Gait Cycle and of course the Gender differences. After a serious study Asics has develop some unique categories for its shoes.

    Asics Categories:

    Health: Walking shoes with the whole purpose of helping people with Diabetes.

    Fitness: Walking shoes focused on cushioning, stability and performance designed for those people that enjoy long walks.

    Comfort: Walking shoes for superior comfort, cushioning and safety.

    Structured Cushioning: Running shoes with a well balanced blend of cushioning and stability. Most recommended shoe for running.

    Cushioning: A category of running shoes with an emphasis on cushioning and flexibility, for runners with relatively few biomechanical problems.

    Maximum Support: Running shoes with a relatively high degree of support and cushioning technologies, blended to enhance the natural motion of the foot. This running shoes are a must if you have some problems of overpronation.

    Trail: Running shoes for comfortable and safe off the road running. This shoes were focused on traction, flexibility and durability.

    Asics Technologies:

    Impact Guidance System The IGS or (Impact Guidance System)  is a technical design based on the philosophy of the human body that allows the foot to perform a more natural heel to toe movement. This technology is based on 3 priciples: Contact, MidStance and  Propulsion.

    RearFoot CushioningThe RearFoot GEL Cushioning System is a silycon based cushinong system which provides a lower shock when the heel impacts on the ground offering a better cushioning.

    ForeFoot CushioningThe ForeFoot GEL Cushioning System, is a similar technology as the rear one which is placed in the forefoot of the shoes. It reduces shear forces and also helps the foot when propulsing.

    Speva MidsoleThe SpeVa Midsole technology, is a material that improves bounce back characteristics and decreases midsole breakdown when running. Some of the features that provides this technology are: Better shock attenuation, improves durability.

    Solyte MidsoleThe Solyte Midsole technology, is even a lighter midsole than the Speva without loosing all the other properties. Some of the benefits of using this technology woulb be: more cushioning, durablity, responsive and of course lightweight.

    Speva LastingSolyte TechonologyThe Speva Lasting enhances stability, cushioning and comfort. Though the years Asics has managed to improve its technology so now they have 3 types of Speva Lastings which differ one to another on its density: Lasting technology, through the use of three different densities: 45 density for high cushion
    and flexibility, 55 density for increased stiffness to boost the spring rate, and 65 density for increased stiffness thus limiting midsole deformation.

    DuoMax TechnologyThe DuoMax technology is a higher density EVA material which helps to reduce the effect of overpronations and also enhances the normal movement of the foot. Exclusive stabilising technology.

    Trusstic SystemThe Trusstic System technology, its a midfoot technology which links the rearfoot with the frontfoot. It also shores the midfoot  as it prepares for propulsion.

    Space Trusstic SystemThis is the Space Trusstic System a variable from the Trusstic Sysytem seen above which provides Windlass Mechanics.

    Dynamic CradleThe Dynamic Cradle, is a a technology based in the guidance of the Toe-Off. This technology is placed in the midsole and helps balance the foot while it moves through the gait cycle.

    Stability Cradle The Stability Cradle, is a reinforced EVA component contoured to provide medial and lateral stability.

    Biomorphic FitThe Biomorphic Fit technology, ita a special technology which allows the upper to move equally to the foot in the gait cycle which reduces the friction between the material and the foot, preventing the athletes from getting blisters.

    Dousole TechnologyThe Dousole technology allows a better flexibility, an incredible grip in most surfaces and also adds more lightweight to the shoe.

    PHF TechnologyThe PHF technology was develop for a personalized hell fit. Its build of High density self-moding foam which mading a perfect shape for the heel and the achilles tendom. Decreases slipagge and also gives more comfort to the heel.

    Widths MeasuresAs well as New Balance, Asics has a variety of widths depending on gender and width size. This helps the athlete to a better fit when using their shoes and also a stable platform for running, and also a proper framing of the foot.

    Ahar TechnologyThe Ahar technology, or ASICS High Abrasion Rubber, is a tough rubber compound used at the heavy-contact. Helps cut down on excessive wear.

    DuraSponge TechnologyThe DuraSponge technology of the ASICS shoes Blown abrasion-resistant rubber outsole material, adding durability while still supplying a comfortable ride.

    3M MaterialsThe 3M, is a reflective material produce by the 3M company for night safety.

    MultiFunction CleatsThis means MultiFunction Cleats, providing responsiveness on turf/grass surfaces. A unique design which allows the cleat to “cut and rotate” through the turf, whilst still providing exceptional grip and stability. Excellent grip in these kinf of surfaces.

    Comfort Dry SocklinerThe ComfortDry Sockliner, is a A unique dual layer cushioning system combining the support of base foam with the slow recovery of lazy foam, for a customised insole. Also contains anti-microbial properties for a cooler, drier and healthier foot environment.

    Removable SocklinerThe Removable Sockliner, is an EVA sockliner moulded to the shape of the foot, which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.

    Californian LastingEVA LastingThe Two last technologies: EVA and Californian last. The Californian technology unifies he upper is stitched to a canvas board and directly attached to the midsole for stability and comfort.

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  • Brooks Running Shoes Technology

    September 4, 2008
    Brooks Technology

    Brooks Technology

    Brooks Shoes Technology:

    The Brooks shoes are divided into different categories for specific technologies and performances.

    1)._Cushioned Shoes:

    Customized designed shoes for runners who want a more flexible and responsive feel when running.

    2)._Motion Control Shoes:

    This shoes are built for the larger runner with overpronation, or a person who needs extreme pronation control. If you need further info about overpronation you can check our Problems Post.

    3)._Performance Shoes:

    (Cushion + Motion Control= Performance) This shoes are a mix between the cushioned and motion control shoes. Designed for runners who need to control their pronation and also want a more flexible, responsive feel.

    4)._Trail Shoes:

    This advanced built shoes offers stability, responsiveness and traction all what you need for an all-time season. Built for trial or roads running sessions.

    Brooks Terms and Materials:

    DRB Accel:

    Enhances motion control in the midsole area.

    Substance 257:

    For the best combination in durability and cushioning, Brooks has taken 25% rubber and 75% EVA to make a midsole compound that is super-durable and comfortable.


    This outsole is more dense than the regular ones, with a higher carbon content to provide a longer duration of wear.

    Bi-Directional Lug Pattern:

    This pattern provides superior traction from heel to toe. Ideal for off-road and outdoor adventures.

    Arch Lug:

    Reduces the rate of pronation while continuing to bring additional support to the shoe.

    Podular Technology:

    For a more flexible and comfortable bending of the forefoot. Brooks´unique designed dividing the midsole and outsole into smaller sections. It also increases cushioning and responsiveness.

    Forefoot HydroFlow®:

    The fluid flow found in the forefoot protects the bones and maintains the cushioning. The flow of the liquid filled pads add shock absorption when running.

    HydroFlow ST®:

    This liquid filled pad is found in the rearfoot to help the cushioning upon impact. The movement of fluid to the outer ring increases stability as it swells to cup the heel.

    Breathable Air Mesh:

    Mesh material (which we talk about in other previous post) lets your feet stay cool and comfortable, by providing breathability.

    Microfiber Synthetic Leather:

    A more lightweight and breathable material which Brooks use in their performance shoes.

    Diagonal Rollbar™:

    Used In the midsole, this wedge-shaped components delivers stability and minimizes pronation. The high density EVA of the Diagonal Rollbar™ resists compression and protects the runner from serious injuries.


    For performance in a shoe, the number of pods and the configuration of flex grooves direct the shoe to flex in a more natural, forward motion.(similar to the Forefoot HydroFlow)


    Instead of using a multiple pod configuration the StablePods run from the forefoot through to the rearfoot at the sides adding stability to the runner.


    The mapping of the flex grooves and the number of pods create superior cushioning and forefoot flexibility.


    The MC-Pod is for adding flexibility without compromising motion control. Flex grooves are run from medial to lateral side of the foot, as to decrease the amount of movement from side to side.


    Over-sized pods which provides the best traction possible with an outsole that continues to bend and flex naturally.


    On 24th July, Brooks Sports, Inc. announced that BioMoGo, the world’s first biodegradable midsole, is now available to consumers in the new Trance(TM) 8 premium support shoe. Brooks designed BioMoGo to biodegrade 50 times faster than conventional athletic shoe midsoles, making it one of the most significant sustainable technologies to hit the running footwear market.

    BioMoGo midsoles include a non-toxic, natural additive that exponentially increases the rate of biodegradation by encouraging anaerobic microbes to break down nutrients into reusable byproducts. While traditional Ethylene Vinyl Acetate(TM) (EVA) midsoles can last up to 1,000 years in an enclosed landfill, extensive tests have proven that BioMoGo can biodegrade in roughly 20 years when placed in the same environment. By using BioMoGo in its shoes, Brooks will save nearly 30 million pounds of landfill waste over a 20-year period.
    Although the application of BioMoGo technology to footwear involves valuable intellectual property, Brooks decided at the outset that it would treat its new midsole discovery as an “open source” innovation and share it with other footwear manufacturers and interested industries.
    “Environmental stewardship is an important business pillar for Brooks, and we’re committed to creating products that help preserve and, whenever possible, enhance the environment,” said Jim Weber, president and CEO of Brooks. “Sharing BioMoGo presents a chance for greater environmental impact beyond Brooks and supports the spirit with which it was created.”
    Without losing durability or performance, BioMoGo will begin to break down only when retired shoes encounter the “triple convergence” of high microbial load, low oxygen, and adequate moisture found in active, enclosed landfills. These three environmental conditions cannot be found in places where shoes are worn or stored. Once shoes have been thrown away and buried deep in an active, enclosed landfill, BioMoGo begins to break down into its component nutrients and releases carbon that plants and animals can use for growth.
    “BioMoGo is one of the first cradle-to-cradle product solutions developed for athletic gear,” said Derek Campbell, materials engineer for Brooks’ Future Concepts team. “With the success of BioMoGo, we’re continuing to explore additional sustainable materials and production solutions that will benefit the earth for generations to come.”

    In addition to landfill reduction, BioMoGo’s production process is derived from the same Compression Molded Preform (CMP) midsole manufacturing process used to produce Brooks’ industry-leading MoGo midsole. CMP is an efficient, environmentally friendly production method that reduces material waste by 50 percent and increases material consistency by 200 percent.
    Brooks chose to launch BioMoGo in the Trance(TM) 8 due to its wealth of high-performance footwear technologies, which won its predecessor, the Trance(TM) 7, the coveted “Editor’s Choice” award from Runner’s World in August 2007. All Brooks performance running shoes featuring MoGo will inherit ground-breaking BioMoGo by the end of 2009.
    “With new eco-friendly enhancements and the popularity of the previous model, the Trance(TM) 8 has received enthusiastic response from our key retail partners,” said Rick Wilhelm, vice president of sales for Brooks. “Runners want performance gear that not only feels good when running, but also instills pride in the brand they’re sporting.”
    BioMoGo is the latest project Brooks has initiated to support its sustainability focus. Other examples include incorporating the CMP process, introducing HPR Green rubber, reducing PVC, developing a new environmentally friendly shoe box, and scrutinizing printed collateral pieces and vendor partners for their environmental impact.
    The Trance(TM) 8 with BioMoGo is now available at specialty running retailers worldwide and on the Brooks Sports Web site at For additional information about BioMoGo and other social responsibility and environmental stewardship programs from Brooks, please visit Brooks Sports’ “Green Room” at

    Source: PRNewswire