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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!

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Weekly Trend: Music Festival Style

From the star-studded Coachella in the Indio Valley, to Lollapalooza in Chicago, this spring and summer offers a huge variety of music festivals! Whether you’re going to a small local outdoor fest or a massive three-day long event, your outfits are just as important as scoring tickets in time.

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Opt for breathable fabrics, flat shoes or sandals and layering to stay comfy as you dance the day away to some great music. Denim is always a great go-to option for music fests, whether you opt for denim shorts, boyfriend jeans or classic bootcuts.

We particurlarly love boho-inspired looks  for music festivals--think crochet, fringe, maxi dresses, denim vests and cut off shorts.

We also suggest a nice crossbody bag for the ladies to keep both hands free for drinks, food and your camera!

Check out more musical festival outfits for men and women on our Shop By page!

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Style Personality of the Day: Outdoor Woman

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The North Face Microvelour 1/4 Zip Jacket, Smartwool Women's Microweight Tank (underneath), Lole Trek Pant, Merrell Encore Strap mary janes

She loves the great outdoors and spending quality time taking in the scenery. The Outdoor Woman looks for comfort and performance when it comes to her overall style. Her active life demands outfits that can keep up with all of her outdoor adventures.

Our stylists put this ensemble together with the Outdoor Woman’s needs in mind. The cozy fleece pullover, hiking pants and comfy mary janes are ready for a leisurely nature walk.

For even more outdoor style outfits, check out our new and improved Shop by Personality page!

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Father's Day Gift Guide:The Outdoorsy Dad

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Father’s Day is only a few days away, so we thought we’d dedicate a few posts this week to dear ol’ dad.

Today’s handy gift guide is for the outdoorsy dad. You know the type; he’d rather spend the day hiking and fishing than being in the office. If he sounds familiar to you, then we’ve got a few gift ideas that will surely make him smile.

Thank your outdoorsy dad for all the camping and fishing trips he took you on with these giftable outdoor essentials (Clockwise from left):

The North Face Millennial Ribbed Track Jacket: This classic lightweight jacket is perfect for his early morning jogs or errand runs.

Keen Newport H2 sandals: This Keen classic will be his new best friend out on the great outdoors. Its durable, quick-drying materials ensure that he’ll stay comfortable even when the terrain gets wet and slippery.

The North Face Heckler backpack: This durable pack keeps all his hiking and climbing gear organized, and the sleek, fuss-free design is right up his alley.

Columbia Bonehead™ Short Sleeve Shirt: He’ll love those fishing trips with the boys even more with this Omni-Shade® UPF 30 fishing shirt on his back!

Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof: No matter what terrain dad decides to venture out to, this tough and rugged hiking boot will keep him comfortable and revved up for all those summer hikes.

Check out the Zappos Outdoor shop for more outdoor gear for dad!



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Warm-Weather Men's Comfort Shoes

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As Memorial Day weekend grows nearer, we thought there’s no better time to introduce you to some of our best summer-ready men’s comfort shoes and sandals. These shoes all feature the comfort that you’ve come to expect from these household brands, in cool styles you can kick back in this summer!

Merrell Cambrian Strap: When your summer adventures take you to the trails, these comfy and durable sandals will be a welcome companion.

Dunham Captain: These genuine boat shoes give you classic warm-weather style both on and off the deck.

ECCO Passo Slip On: This refined-casual moccasin loafer is a great work-to-weekend option.

Clarks Eskimo Roll: Sit back and relax in your cabana with these superbly comfortable slip-on sandals.


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Take It To The Trails

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This summer, free yourself from the daily treadmill and concrete grind and take those daily runs on the trail. Trail running lets you push yourself harder by taking on rough and rugged terrain. It also requires the right gear in order to protect your feet from injury.

First off, make sure you have the right socks for the job. Look for socks with extra cushioning to protect your feet from blisters and impact. The Thorlos Coolmax Trail Running Quarter sock is a good choice for both cushioning and breathability.

Trail runners have trail-specific outsoles that offer more varied traction in rough terrain. Here are some excellent choices for both men and women:

Women:

ASICS GEL-Kahana® 4: These offer the same performance you’d expect from ASICS, but with a durable, trail-specific outsole that can handle all types of terrain.

Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove: For the minimalist shoe fan, the Pace Glove gives more freedom of movement and keeps you more connected to the trail.

Men:

Ahnu Woodacre: This versatile shoe is perfect for trail hiking and running.

New Balance MT915: The unique debris-free construction keeps all unwanted elements out of your shoe. It also has a moisture-wicking liner to keep your feet dry on warm-weather runs.

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Turn Up The Heat With Hot Yoga

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The health and wellbeing benefits of yoga are widely known. Yoga increases flexibility, promotes good posture, increases muscle strength, helps manage stress and offers respiratory and cardiovascular benefits. It’s no wonder millions of Americans now practice yoga as part of their regular workout regimen.

If you want to take things up a notch in your yoga practice, try some form of hot yoga. Some of the benefits of heated yoga are: improved flexibility and range of motion, release of toxins, improve weight loss benefits, and building the immune system.

There are lots of other forms of hot yoga such as Bikram, Moskha and Hot Power Yoga. Whichever type of hot yoga you try, it’s important to start off slow. Some teachers advice new students to simply sit in the heated room for the first session in order to acclimate to the intense heat and humidity.

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll need a couple of extra essentials for hot yoga sessions:

Hot yoga mat towel: needless to say, you will sweat A LOT when doing hot yoga. So much so that your yoga mat will be drenched and slippery without the help of a super-absorbent yoga mat towel over it. Pick one that’s long and wide enough to cover your entire yoga mat.

Moisture-wicking yoga clothes: choose yoga clothes that fit close to the body but allow a full range of movement. Quick-drying fabrics are always best. Most practitioners of hot yoga opt to wear shorts instead of yoga pants.

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Free Your Feet With Merrell Barefoot Shoes

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Experience trail running with minimalistic freedom and comfort unlike anything you’ve ever felt before. The Merrell Barefoot trail running series gives your feet the freedom of movement in one flexible, lightweight package. Made with breathable mesh and microfiber uppers, the Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove for women, and Merrell Barefoot True Glove for men lets the wearer hit the trail with the greatest of ease.

The Merrell Omni-Fit™ system allows for a more customized fit, and the smooth microfiber footbed provides antimicrobial protection to resist sweat odors on hot trail runs. The shock-absorbing midsole helps maintain forefoot flexibility as the ball-to-heel drop helps your feet stay connected to the ground.

To maintain a secure grip on a vast array of terrain, the Merrell Barefoot series offers a durable Vibram® rubber outsole. They’re even machine washable, so you can keep them nice and clean after hitting that dusty and rugged trail!

Of course, don’t forget to check out the Zappos Outdoor page for the entire Merrell line.