Monthly Archives: February 2012

Shoe Review – Specialized© Expert Road Cycling Shoes

It can be a challenge to find a cycling shoe wide enough to accommodate a bunion. A patient came in today with Specialized© Expert Road cycling shoe, which has mesh in the forefoot, making it not only lightweight but ideal for a bunion as well.

This shoe runs wide, but if you still need a little more forefoot room you can always remove the leather overlying the mesh, since this is simply stitched on.

This shoe will also accommodate an orthotic. $200 suggested retail. There is a entry-level version, Comp Road, at $150; and a higher end  version, Pro Road, at $285.

Shoe Review – Mizuno Wave Alchemy 11

Lightweight, cushioned and compatible with a variety of foot types, Mizuno Wave Alchemy 11 is one of my favorite shoes this season.

Shoe Review – Saucony® ProGrid Hurricane 13 vs. PowerGrid Hurricane 14

***Spoiler Alert*** Saucony® PowerGrid Hurricane 14 is nothing like ProGrid Hurricane 13. As the following video shows, Saucony® has converted their signature version 13, stability shoe into a cushioned, potato shoe. This change will affect every runner wearing version 13, who requires pronation control and support.

Alternative shoes to Hurricane 14, include Brooks Trance 11, or Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12.

My previous reviews on Saucony® ProGrid Hurricane, follow the video.

Saucony® Hurricane 12 vs. 13

Saucony® Hurricane 11

Saucony® Hurricane 9 vs. 10

Shoe Review – Asics GT-2170 vs. Asics GT-2160

For all of you Asics GT-2160 wearers out there, you will be very disappointed with Asics GT-2170. My following video review shows you how the 2160’s signature structure and support has been compromised, making the 2170 a much more flexible shoe. I have also posted a field review video of Asics GT-2170 which can be found here.

If you are a 2160 wearer you may want to try Brooks Adrenaline 12 or Asics Gel-1170 instead. My previous posts on the 2100 series follow the video.

Asics GT-2160 Review

Asics GT-2150 Review

Asics GT-2140 Review

Asics GT-2130 Review

Asics GT-2120 Review

Sprains, Strains and Pains: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

I am constantly amazed when patients come into my busy sports medicine practice with pain from a sprain or strain, who — because they can walk — assume nothing could be broken or seriously injured.

Just today, I treated a torn plantar fascia, a heel fracture, a sesamoid fracture and a metatarsal fracture — and every single one of those patients believed they were suffering from nothing more than a simple sprain.

I talk about this in the following video and hope that — after watching — whether you twist your ankle, stub your toe or even just plant your foot the wrong way and it continues to hurt or swell, you’ll seek treatment right away.

Shoe Reviews

At least once a day I get comments like this one:

Hello Dr! Thanks for such great reviews! Any chance you could review the new nimbus 13 for women? Thanks Much!

What most readers may not realize is the shoes I review in this blog are the shoes my patients bring in for their regular appointments.

The good news is my patients have brought in a lot of shoes (500,000+ and counting). The bad news is that if the shoes haven’t found their way through my busy Sports Medicine Clinic doors, I probably haven’t seen the shoes you’re wanting me to review.

This is the case of Asics Gel-Nimbus 13. Although I have reviewed Gel-Nimbus in the past, it’s because someone has worn them in and I’ve been able to thoroughly evaluate.

Unfortunately, with the demands of a busy practice, blogging and research, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for me to fit shoe review shopping in at this time. Not that I don’t want to…I do. In fact, I’ve been working closely with my Shoes On The Brain colleague, Samantha Gibson, to develop a system to regularly go out, find and review the most popular running shoe makes and models and continue to educate readers about version changes that occur.

Until then, stay tuned. Even though I may not be reviewing your specific shoe. There’s lots of useful information I’ll be providing about others’ shoes, to make it worth your while.

Modified Shoe Lacing Soccer Cleats

Just because a shoe is laced a certain way when you buy it, that doesn’t mean you have to continue lacing that way. This Adidas F50 Adizero TRZ FG soccer cleat was laced using an over-under method which limits the degree of forefoot snugness you can attain, potentially causing excessive forefoot movement, calluses or blisters.

A better option is criss-cross lacing which not only makes the shoe easier to lace but also improves fit. The following images show the differences between the two lacing methods.

For even more lacing modifications, see my related posts: