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With minimal running, or “barefoot running” as it’s often called, becoming such a popular subcategory in the running world, there’s no reason why the same principles can’t be adapted for everyday life!

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In comes the Freud heritage tennis shoe by VIVOBAREFOOT™. This smart and ultra-versatile sneaker was designed in England by head designer Asher Clark, marrying modern-classic style with the brand’s Pure Barefoot™ technology. This means that not only does the Freud offer all-day comfort, you’ll also get total flexibility and the natural motion control that VIVOBAREFOOT is known for. 

Day in and day out, your feet will be free to move as nature intended in this durable weather-resistant shoe that goes so well with all your everyday casual outfits.

In short: it looks like your dream shoe has finally arrived!

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New Brand Spotlight: On Footwear

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In January 2010, David Allemann, Olivier Bernhard, and Caspar Coppetti collaborated to found On™ running footwear. Their mission was simple: to bring awareness to the highly enjoyable side of running instead of focusing solely on the healthy-for-you aspect of the sport. Together the three cofounders worked to craft a running shoe that would boast superior cushioning without sacrificing efficiency. The Swiss footwear company has since come a long way from the brand’s very first prototype, which involved slicing and adhering garden hose to the bottom of a shoe’s outsole.

July 2010 saw the brand’s premier launch, when the Cloudsurfer became the very first On running shoe to hit the shelves of European specialty running stores. Today, whether you are a seasoned runner or a newbie to barefoot-inspired running, you are sure to find your sole mate among the brand’s five core styles: Cloudster, Cloudrunner, Cloudsurfer, Cloudracer, and Cloud. On footwear provides its wearer with all of the benefits of natural-inspired running, without compromising comfort or protection against injury.

Each and every On shoe features CloudTec™ technology; it is a revolutionary cushioning system that activates during the foot’s landing phase, then becomes firm to encourage an effective toe-off. With each foot strike, the highly adaptive rubber “cloud” outsole pods provide both vertical and horizontal cushioning for a soft landing. Once on the ground, the clouds interlock, forming a solid foundation that promotes a natural, powerful takeoff.

Embrace a new running experience that is fast, light, and agile. Embrace the innovation of On running shoes.


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Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo: This is What Fast Feels Like™

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Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo & Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo W

Slip into a pair of the Under Armour SpeedForm™ Apollo and take your runs into a whole new dimension of speed!

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New Brand Spotlight: Ultimate Direction

In 1985, Ultimate Direction invented the entire category of hydration packs. Ultimate Direction built the first waist pack designed to carry bottles, a few years later created the first bottle strap to carry a water bottle in your hand, and made numerous other innovations that helped define what a hydration pack is today.

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Ultimate Direction’s products are designed by athletes for athletes. Some of the best runners in the world thought long and hard about what works the best, and the result is the amazing features you see today. The Ultimate Direction mission is to provide the ultimate in high performance hydration for everyday athletes. Ultimate Direction reengineers, reinvents, and redefines high performance hydration for everyday athletes.


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The Color Run is Coming to a City Near YOU!

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The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, has opened registrations for several cities across the country. This unique paint race is less about hitting that one-minute mile and more about having the time of your life!  This colorful 5K race is untimed, which means plenty of opportunities to enjoy being doused head to toe in different colors in each color station!

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The fun doesn’t stop at the finish line! The Color Run 5K culminates to a gigantic “Color Festival” where plumes of (washable) colored powder fill the air with vivid color combinations and creates lasting memories and vibrantly cool photo ops!

Grab your friends and register for this memorable race today at a location near you + get $5 off the registration fee with the code- COLOR5OFF!

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New Balance & Zappos "Happily Ever Excellent" Contest

Zappos is giving away a pair of New Balance Glass Sneakers-–and a free trip to a runDisney® event to one lucky winner!

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You can also win one of three all-expenses-paid trips for a family of four to a runDisney event by entering the Happily Ever Excellent Sweepstakes. Each week, we’ll award one trip to one lucky winner.

To celebrate, send us your best pics to go along with our weekly themes, tag 'em with @Zappos and #‎happilyeverexcellent and we'll repost our faves on our Facebook page, along with a special link to the elusive NB Glass Sneakers page.

This week’s theme is “Princess". Keep checking back on the Zappos Facebook page for more themes and more chances to win!

Watch the video below for more info on these extra special, extra magical New Balance glass sneakers!

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Bright & Bold Running Shoes

You’re fast asleep in your warm, cozy bed, then, like a rude jolt, the alarm clock buzzes in your ear. It’s time to hit that morning run you’ve been putting off for weeks…

If this scenario is part of your new fitness routine, consider rewarding yourself a dose of lively color with bright running shoes! There’s just something about a cool pair of shoes that makes even those pre-sunrise runs a little more fun and vibrant.

Check out a few bright and colorful picks from our great selection of running shoes for every type of runner.

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Women's: 1. Reebok DMXSky Run in Party Purple, 2. ASICS GT-1000 in Lite Bright/Grape/Pink, 3. Under Armour Women's FTHR Radiate in Poison/White/Black

Men's: 4. ASICS GT-1000 in Highlighter Yellow, 5. New Balance M890V3 in Green/Yellow, 6. Zoot Sports Ultra TT 06 in Blaze/Safety Yellow/Black

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Runners on Your List

Feel-good endorphins. There are a couple of good ways to get them pumping; you can catch a brisk morning run before work OR you can give great gifts that make the runners on your list very happy.

These gifts should put everyone in a great mood! Now that’s a win-win situation!

Check out some of our top gift picks that’ll put a spring in any runner’s stride:

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Women's: 1. Muzuno Wave® Rider 16, 2. Brooks Utopia Thermal Hoodie II, 3. Newton Running Women's Terra Momentum, 4. inov-8 F-Lite 215 (also ideal for CrossFit!), 5. Nike Skapri  6. adidas Running Thrasher TR W

Men's: 7. Under Armour ColdGear® Fitted Longsleeve Mock, 8. Merrell Bare Access 2, 9. Brooks NightLife Essential Run Jacket II, 10. Tifosi Optics Radius Interchangeable Sunglasses, 11. Mizuno Wave ® Rider 16, 12. Nike + Sportband

For more running shoes, clothes and accessories, visit the Zappos Running Central page!