Is there anything more annoying than watching a character in a movie make an incredibly dumb decision? Whether it’s opening the wrong door, picking the wrong boyfriend, or not aiming for the head, it’s these moments that irritate us because we are certain we would do better. I’d like to focus on another type of terrible decision main characters often make, and that is choosing the wrong shoes.
it comes to getting Cinderella ready for the ball the Fairy Godmother makes a
lot of interesting decisions. Most of them good, but there were some tough
looks. The biggest travesty is her choice of shoes for Cinderella. First of
all, while she takes some minor measurements for the dress, she doesn’t even
glance at Cinderella’s feet, which are apparently a one in a million size
considering no one else in the kingdom fits into the glass slipper. Then she
clearly does not design them to really lock in Cinderella’s feet. How else do
you explain them falling off not just once, but twice? Really shoddy
craftsmanship if you ask me. Let’s also take a moment to talk about how the
slippers ARE MADE OF FREAKING GLASS.
While they may look immaculate, there is absolutely no way they are comfortable. There isn’t an ounce of cushioning and I can’t imagine she is getting the greatest traction. What this girl needed was a pair of Nike Air Max 270 SE (Marche Botanical colorway). First, it’s going to make her night on the dance floor a lot more enjoyable. Not once during the dance does Cinderella engage in any conversation with Prince Charming and that’s because she has to focus all her energy to not scream out in pain from the glass poking into her foot. I bet a full-length Max Air unit would give her the comfort she needs to open up to the Prince, and you know maybe find out that he actually is the prince.
pair of Air Max’s would also help her escape from the castle a lot quicker. Her
“running” away is nothing more than a light speed walk, probably because it
takes a lot of practice to run in heels. As a result, she barely escapes before
the castle gates close. A solid rubber outsole in a waffle pattern would
increase traction and durability, allowing Cinderella to at least jog to her
carriage and lower the stress of the escape. While lowering stress may not seem
like the biggest deal I doubt the kingdom has the greatest health care and
repeated stress can be debilitating.
Now some might say that the whole purpose of the glass heels is for one of them to fall off so that Prince Charming has a way of finding her, and there is no way a shoe is falling off if she’s in a pair of ‘270s. Except I believe that Cinderella doesn’t know how to tie shoes properly. When looking at the residents of the kingdom, I don’t see a pair of laces on any of their shoes. Therefore, shoe-tying philosophy hasn’t been invented yet. I don’t care what shoe you have on, if you don’t tie them then they are going to slip off. By going with the Air Max 270 Cinderella is getting a more enjoyable, comfortable night yet still reaping the benefits of having Prince Charming find her in a romantic (I guess?) way.
THE HUNGER GAMES
Everdeen had a lot to deal with when trying to win the Hunger Games. There was
a forest fire with fireballs, those tracker jackers, watching her friend die,
taking care of Peeta, being forced to kill people to survive, mutant wolves,
and then having to deal with the prospect of killing herself. That all took
place within a week too, tough. You know what would have made her life a little
A pair of the Nike Phantom Venom Elite would have gone a long way in her quest to live. While the games aren’t taking place on a manicured field or turf, cleats would for sure be more helpful than combat boots navigating the forest. The studs would really dig into the ground, allowing Katniss to accelerate and change direction quicker. Maybe if she can get off the line faster, she avoids being grazed by the fireball and some unnecessary pain. The fact that cleats also weigh significantly less would allow Katniss to be faster on the battle field. Imagine if she’s able to get to Rue quicker. Maybe then Marvel doesn’t get the drop on them and spear Rue like a matador. Katniss’s poor shoe selection might have gotten that girl killed.
caught some breaks throughout the tournament. She was incredibly lucky not to
sprain an ankle after climbing down from the tree somewhat uncontrollably.
However, that drop temporarily dazed her and allowed the tracker jackers to get
some additional stings in. Put on a pair of Phantom Venom Elites though and
allow flywire cables to work to adapt to the shape of your foot which would
have given Katniss a better sense of control and allowed her to get away cleanly.
Another advantage of cleats comes in hand-to-hand combat. You know what hurts like hell? Getting cleated in the leg. You can easily break skin and if you try hard enough you could really hamper your enemy with a deep laceration. That would have come in handy when she was getting choked out by Clove. Instead of having Thresh save her, the whole problem could have been solved with a nice kick to the left of the shin bone leaving a deep laceration. Clove would’ve been forced to deal a searing pain rather than strangling Katniss.
hard to argue with Katniss’s footwear choices considering she won the thing,
but I think she left her margin for victory too slim. If she heads out in a
pair of cleats, I think it’s a lot more comfortable of a victory for her. I also
believe there is an argument that in the end it’s Peeta, Rue, and her which
means all three would have been declared victors.
Parker leads a complicated life. Trying not to be a loser at school, stopping
petty crime, battling a psychotic villain. It’s no wonder Peter takes such a
lackadaisical approach to picking the right shoes to head into battle with.
Mostly because we learn Peter is going barefoot as he kicks off his shoes
before putting on the suit. While I’m sure Tony Stark put some padding in the
feet of Spiderman’s suit, there is no way that is doing Peter’s feet any good
with all the running, climbing, and jumping from obnoxiously high heights he’s
doing. The boy needs arch support. What happens if he gets a Jones fracture?
Hard to be a friendly neighborhood Spiderman when your foot is in a cast for
Peter has seemingly mastered swinging from building to building, running is
apparently a problem. That boy is constantly tripping over his own feet, and
considering one of the benefits of his superpowers is incredible agility and
reflexes I doubt it’s because he’s uncoordinated. Tony needs to redesign the
suit to allow for Peter to wear some shoes. I think some adidas Ultraboosts are
the best answer. They are light and the full-length Boost midsole will absorb
and cushion the impact from every step, landing, or fall that Peter takes. The
stretchy Primeknit upper wraps your foot like a sock, and a lacing cage is
going to make sure that no matter how hard someone hits Peter, they aren’t
going to knock him out of his shoes.
main goal of putting Peter in shoes is to exercise a little injury prevention,
but there are other benefits as well. For example, when Peter is running to the
Washington monument to save his friends, I would put money on him shaving a
couple minutes of his time both on the run and on the climb up the monument. If
he gets there earlier, then it becomes an easier proposition to save everyone,
and then he can use that extra time to cozy up to Liz. While I would usually
argue against revealing a superheroes true identity Peter has some unique
circumstances. Being a teenager it’s harder to explain your absences whether
that’s from school or your academic decathlon team. We can’t forget that Peter
is also trying to score a date with a girl he’s been crushing on for some time,
and once he finally scores that date he has to ditch her at the homecoming
dance to fight her dad. I’m sure she didn’t take that well, but she would
probably be more understanding if she knew he was Spiderman.
not forget when Peter has to run from Flash’s party to stop a gun deal. He does
more falling, property damage, and scaring little kids than he does damage to
any of the bad guys. I have to think the Ultraboosts with their midfoot torsion
system which is designed to increase stability would help Peter keep his
balance during that run, and I’m sure the fine residents of Brooklyn would
appreciate anything that would keep Peter from destroying their sheds and
It’s amazing the impact one simple decision can have on somebody’s life. When you wake up tomorrow you might want to think twice about what shoes you put on, and if you’re in need of a new pair head to eastbay.com to find a wide-ranging selection of the top sneakers available.
For most students, the month of August is a mix of emotions. The warm summer days are still going strong, but the impending return to school is creeping closer and closer. Those first few days of the school year are always crucial footwear-wise. Each student only gets one chance to make a good first impression. Wear the wrong shoe the first day, and it could mean trouble amongst peers and upperclassmen. Choose the right sneaker, and it could mean fame and glory for months to come.
Eastbay has always had students covered from head to toe. Back in the day, there were hundreds of footwear options, but most students were only able to pick up one pair for the start of the school year (maybe two if they were lucky). Here’s a look back at what was hot in some of the August back to school Eastbay catalogs from the late ‘90s – and some of the sneakers that are still revered today.
In 1996, Nike featured some great running and training options, including the Air Max 96 and Air Max Tailwind. The Triax series was also very popular amongst middle school and high school kids, with most opting for the versatile Air Max Triax shoe. Though these models are not recognized as the most memorable Nike runners, they were definitely solid designs with breakthrough Air Max technology. A lot of these sneakers would be considered “dad shoes” by today’s teens, because, for the most part, those were the shoes their dads were wearing 22 years ago.
The August ’97 catalog showcased some models that are still extremely popular today, including the Air Max 97 and Air Zoom Spiridon. Nike continues to retro the AM97 and Spiridon in both OG and new colorways. New variations have also released, including a modernized Air Max 97 and Spiridon “Ultra” version with an upgraded sole. One model that has yet to retro is the Air Max Light, which was designed by the same man who created the Air Max 97 – Christian Tresser. There has been plenty of chatter for this model to make a comeback, but so far there is no timetable for its return.
For students who weren’t looking for the most technologically advanced shoes, there were also plenty of casual sneakers available as well. Nike brought back the classic Cortez from the ’70s and the Air Force 1 from the ’80s. They also came out with a plethora of casual tennis sneakers called the GTS, which rumor has it stands for “Great Tennis Shoe.” The GTS was made popular by Matthew Perry, aka Chandler Bing on “Friends”. There was also a PE version made for Jerry Seinfeld, with AIR SEINFELD stitched on the heel.
In 1998, Nike released the Air Max 98 TL for the second half of the year, along with the Air Max Tailwind 3. The AM98 TL featured a full-length Air Sole unit that was not as stable as the Air Max 97 or Air Max 98 (which released the first half of the year). As a result, we have yet to see a retro of the Air Max 98 TL. The Air Max 95 also made its return in retro form, in a white/red/black colorway. The AM95 is one of the rare Nike running shoes that hasn’t really seen a dip in popularity since its inception back in 1995.
As for casual wear, the Air Force 1 was gaining even more popularity, with 18 different colors to choose from in August. The Cortez was still going strong as well, with 8 colorways for the month. Both also featured a mini jewel Swoosh option. The classic ’70s Nike Bruin silhouette, which had a design similar to the Nike Blazer, also made a comeback.
In ’99, Tuned Air was all the rage It was featured in the Air Max Plus, Air Tuned Max (men’s), Air Tuned Precision (women’s), Air Tuned Sovereign (men’s), and Air Tuned Sirocco (women’s). Though only the Air Max Plus has become a classic over the last 20 years, there is still a desire from sneakerheads to see more Tuned Air shoes return, especially the Air Tuned Max. The design was ahead of its time, and was probably a bit too futuristic even for the edgiest kids back in 1999. A lot of those kids wish they had a pair now, though.
The Air Force 1 and Cortez were still going strong in 1999, though with fewer color options. There were also some GTS-inspired casual tennis sneakers to choose from, though none caught on quite like the original. Note that the Nike Air Moc was a staple every year from ’97 through ’99. Few students messed with the Moc, but it was inspired by footwear from past generations, and inspired future footwear brands like Visvim.
Just like the late ’90s, choosing the right back to school shoe is still a top priority for students. Fortunately, Eastbay is still the source for making the right decision, both via the catalog and website. Incredibly, almost half the models that were popular 20 years ago are still trendy today. To pick up the latest Air Max, Air Force 1, and Cortez models, check out eastbay.com today.
When you see the pros keeping their cool and drilling game winners, it’s tempting to believe being the best is as easy as they make it look. In reality, that one game-changing play is the result of hours of training — the kind of driven, uninterrupted training that comes from being completely focused from the first rep to the last. It’s not easy to do; there are limitless distractions in your life, but the key is to commit to your goal and train past your distractions. We’ll help you get better at it.
Here are a few ways to increase your mental focus:
Get The Right Amount Of Sleep
This is a no-brainer, yet many athletes don’t get enough. This should be the first thing you alter when trying to achieve better focus. Exactly how much sleep you need varies by person, but the National Sleep Foundation recommends teenagers and young adults get between seven and ten hours a night. Set a bedtime for yourself, stick with it, and start reaping the benefits of a more rested mind and body, like more energy, faster reaction times, and increased stamina.
Have A Balanced, Healthy Diet
To reach its potential, your body needs proper fuel. Lack of nutrients and dehydration can make you feel sluggish, uncomfortable, and distracted, all of which detract from your performance. Make sure you’re providing your body with a balance of carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals as well as drinking the recommended 11 to 15 cups of water a day, increasing this after training sessions and competitions.
Clear Your Mind
This is pivotal to focus, but can be a little tricky. If you’re shooting free-throws, but all you can think about is the math test you bombed earlier that day, you obviously won’t be performing your best. Top professional athletes often use meditation, music, yoga, or even a quick nap to help clear their mind before games. Try implementing a meditative activity in your routine and see how it affects your focus.
Visualize Your Victory
It’s all about perception. Self-doubt and negative thoughts can ruin your confidence, motivation, and especially focus. Instead of self-sabotage, try building yourself up. Imagine the moments leading up to the game’s turning point. How will you react? Visualizing yourself hitting a home run in the bottom of the ninth can make a big difference in how you play.
You Have To Want It
Whether in a workout, practice session, or competition, if you don’t have passion for the task at hand, you won’t be able to truly focus. Heart is the most crucial element of the game, because when you want it more than anyone else, you work harder than anyone else. That means being the first in the gym and the last to leave, having the physical and mental discipline to put your team above yourself. Because when you sacrifice everything, nothing can stop you.
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Footwork is incredibly important for football agility. Being able to move your feet quickly can have a big impact on your performance. Having fast feet can help you sprint, change direction, block, tackle, throw, and even catch the ball.
Here are a few simple drills that can help you with your footwork for football.
Jump Rope Drills
A jump rope is probably the simplest, least expensive tool you can use for improving footwork, overall athleticism, strengthening your ankles, feet and shins, and improving your conditioning. To properly position yourself, stand on the middle of the rope. Adjust the handles so they both come up to your armpits.
Start these drills with a 30-second goal and gradually improve that to a minute for each drill. Keep your knees and ankles soft. Most of your movement should be from your ankles.
Jump up and down: Basically, you are jumping over the rope using both feet and landing on the balls of your feet. If this is done properly, you should not have to jump very high.
Jump side to side: Move side to side, jumping over the rope as you move. Again, you should not need to jump very high.
Jump forward and backward: Jump forward and then backward over the rope.
Set up a series of cones about 5 or 6 feet apart, as illustrated below:
Stand at the start. From this position, sprint at an angle so you are in front of the first cone.
Stop, then backpedal at an angle so you are between the first and second cones.
Sprint forward so that you are in front of the second cone.
Keep doing this until you have weaved in and out of all the cones.
The zig-zag drill sets up like the Weave drill; the start line is in the same place.
Start facing the line of cones.
Run to the right of the first cone, plant your right foot and push off so you run to the left side of the second cone.
Plant your left foot and push off.
Continue zig-zagging until you have cleared all the cones.
Do the Weave and Zig-Zag drills during your speed and agility workouts, 3-5 times each.
words // Ben Schumacher images // Andi Stempniak video // Sam Plucker & Luke Easter
It’s a story that’s been told for centuries, that of the underdog. The story of a person that isn’t supposed to be able to do something because people think they were too small, or too slow, or too whatever. But some underdogs are able to rise up and channel an inner strength that can’t possibly be measured. The constant noise of doubters turns these underdogs into champions by forcing them to develop a level of resiliency, perseverance, and supreme self-confidence that helps them beat those who may be more physically gifted.
This is the Stephen Curry story.
“I was always the smallest kid on my team growing up and that’s kind of made me mentally strong,” says Curry. “Obviously, you hear people doubt you – people say you don’t have what it takes to do this or that. Even at this point, I’ve been able to play well, but there are people that think I might not be MVP caliber, and that’s something I want to accomplish. There’s always something next I want to go after. That’s one of them, and obviously winning a championship. I’ll do whatever it takes to get there.”
If you think he can’t do it, keep doubting him. Your doubt will continue to motivate Curry to prove to you and everyone else that he belongs in the conversation of the world’s best.
LeBron James displays superhero-like qualities on the court, so it’s probably no coincidence his latest signature low-top has surfaced in a colorway that some have likened to the Man of Steel.
Exclusively produced in gradeschool sizes, this Nike LeBron 11 Low sports varying blue tones on its Hyperfuse constructed upper, with red accenting the forefoot Swoosh and tongue pull-tab. Yellow works the inner lining, eyelets, Max Air bag and outsole to cap off this vibrant look.
If you have a youngster at home dreaming of leaping tall buildings in a single bound, laces them up in a pair of these Nike basketball shoes, now available at Eastbay.