By: Wendy Wu, R.D., M.S.
Sneaker collecting is a passion for Sneakerheads and it has a huge following. Take a look at this app called Sneakerware which is the largest mobile social network for sneaker enthusiasts. There’s definitely a community out there that takes sneakers to a different level. Did you hear about all the people who lined up outside sneaker stores for the Air Jordan Retro 11 Concords? The stores were mobbed and people were pepper-sprayed for a pair of sneakers!
I didn’t realize how difficult it was to find a nice pair of plain sneakers nowadays. Seems like the stores only carry multicolor, soft fabric, bulky looking sneakers that are not my taste at all.
I usually wear Converse, Nike Air Max 90 or the Reebok Classic but I wanted something just a little bit different. I tried on a few pairs of the air max 95’s because my friends love the air bubble but it looked quite bulky on my feet. I probably searched for a good few months before I found the perfect pair. Finally, a pair of running sneakers that was cute and simple. The grey matched my gym clothes and it was super comfy.
What I learned was that the sneakers I bought had a built-in pocket beneath the insole to fit a Nike+ iPod sensor.
All you have to do is insert the wireless sensor inside the custom built pocket of the Nike+ shoe, and plug the receiver into the Dock connector on your iPod nano and it tracks your workout. What’s even better is that the iPod touch (2nd generation or later), iPhone 3GS or later, include Nike+ support built in — so no receiver necessary!
You can speed walk, skip, jog or run; the sensor will do the work of tracking your time, distance, pace, and calories burned. If you choose, real-time, spoken feedback can even alert you to milestones throughout your workout.
Once you get home, “sync your iPod nano to transfer your workout data to iTunes and nikeplus.com; on iPod touch, iPhone 3GS or later, your data is synced wirelessly. At nikeplus.com, you can evaluate your performance history, set goals, and even challenge other runners to a virtual race”. Now that’s pretty awesome. Let’s set a goal this year to run a mile without gasping for air!
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