Cross Training Shoes-What Are They?

Cross training shoes are shoes that are a hybrid of several different types of athletic footwear. The phrase “cross training” implies engaging in activities that draw from a variety of different sports. Originally, to cross train meant an athlete would train in a sport or activity that was very different from the one he or she primarily specialized in. A good example would be running. Almost every sport and every athlete runs as part of his or her training. If your sport is tennis, then become technically proficient at running would be a from of cross training.

Nowadays, cross trainers or cross training sneakers are a type of footwear that bear the characteristics of many different types of shoes. They may have the heel cushioning of a running shoe, the the lateral stability of a tennis shoe or basketball sneaker, and the forefoot cushioning of a volleyball shoe. They may be made of all leather type materials, or may have flexible materials like a running shoe around the toe or sides.

Cross trainers are also a popular style now, in a certain sense replacing the tennis shoe as the most popular style or generic casual-athletic shoe on the market. The category has gotten so big that cross trainers are even divided up into smaller sub-categories.

Aerobics and similar forms of dance related exercise are good examples of activities or sports that utilizes the design and benefits of a classic cross training shoe. They are designed to have the side to side support of tennis footwear, and the flexibility and heel cushioning of a running sneaker. Added support under the ball of the foot, where the tarsals meet the metatarsals, makes for a complete shoe for most types of aerobic workouts. This activity finds the athlete on the balls of his or her feet a lot, and these types of cross trainers are great for that.

Some mens cross trainers or womens cross trainers are more appropriate for folks who do a lot of different sports but do not specialize in one. Maybe an all around shoe is needed for the weekend game of pickup basketball or the flag football game that somehow seems to always spontaneously break out at the parties and picnics. A shoe that will serve if you are spending the day at the park playing baseball and Frisbee with your kids, or serve just as well playing a game of tennis with buddies on a Sunday afternoon. A quality cross training shoe will serve the hobbyist well in all these sports, until he or she decides to get more serious about on or another particular sport.

Fitting a cross training shoe is pretty much like fitting any other athletic shoe. When you try the cross trainers on, put on both pair and walk around the store a little bit. Bend down and flex the toe to see how soft they are, and whether or not they rub around the sides of your feet or ankles. Try them on with a pair of socks that are similar to the ones you do your athletic activities in, as many sportsmen will have special hosiery that they wear for one particular sport or another. Move side to side, jump a little bit and run a short distance. Try to get the feel of them on a hard surface so you can see how they grip the floor, and do any special motions that are particular to the activities you partake in.

The training shoes should fit snug without pinching across the widest part of your foot or the heel. If a shoe pinches your toes, the result can be anything from blisters to bunions to stress fractures. The foot depends on a certain range of motion to operate properly during a step, and the footwear you choose should enhance and support that range of motion, not inhibit it.

Whatever your sport, you can find a good selection of cross training shoes at Housershoes.com!

 

The Season To Loaf In To Houser Shoes

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”-Edith Sitwell. What better way to complement home, than to walk around in it with the first pair of house shoes ever made for royalty directly from London, loafers! This popular and ever so versatile slip-on has evolved over time and adapted to many different era’s.

This style shoe is great for many different occasions. From work to leisure and school to business, whatever the choice, loafers will keep the comfort in your step. In the 1930’s, G.H. Bass started making loafers under the name Weejuns (seeing as how this style originated in Norway). He made his style loafer with a distinctive addition, a strip of leather across the saddle with a diamond cut-out. In the mid 1950’s other influences brought a more elegant image to the light, such as lower cuts. In America and some European countries, the loafer takes a more general use as a casual and informal shoe. But for more formal situations, lace-ups are very much preferred.

Worn by women, men and even children, loafers have been and will be around with style and comfort for a very long time. This style shoe is owned by many different name brands. G.H. Bass is a more sophisticated and formal style. If you are looking for a more leisure or homebound style, UGG, LAMO’s or even Life Stride would all be wonderful choices. At Houser Shoes, comfort is a key aspect we look at when bringing in new shoes. When it comes to loafers, this style ranks one of the highest in comfort. Come on in to Houser Shoes and we will make sure to surpass accommodating your loafing needs.

Three Kings Day Traditions

Reyes Magos Traditions–Jan 6th

With festive lights livening up the streets, Nativity scenes set up in various locations, and holiday tunes setting the holiday atmosphere, Spaniards celebrate the arrival of the Kings with a joyful parade called the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos. The kings ride upon horses or elaborate floats and throw goodies down to the children lining the streets. This is also traditionally the big opportunity for children to ask the Kings for presents.

That evening, before an early night in bed, children leave out their shoes in a spot where the Kings are sure to see them. The religious monarchs, just like Santa Claus, certainly love their sweets, so Spanish children often set out goodies to entice the Kings as well as hay to feed their camels. When morning arrives, children delightedly discover that the Kings nibbled the sweets, the camels ate the hay, and by their shoes there are wrapped presents just waiting to be torn into. Sometimes there are even new children shoes there to replace the old shoes placed for the kings to see.   The magical night comes to a close with another Spanish Christmas tradition: a typical breakfast of Roscón de Reyes, a ring-shaped cake decorated with fruits symbolizing the precious gems that adorned the royal trio’s lavish clothing.

If you are looking for great deals on children’s shoes, today is the time to buy them, with a 25% discount by entering code “3kings” at checkout. (Some restrictions apply, see post at: https://www.facebook.com/HouserShoes for details.)

We hope you and your family are enjoying a great 3 kings day!