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The Shoe Addicts

Bio: We are The Shoe Addicts showing our love of Track and Field among many other sports. We make videos, we have fun doing it. Contact: [email protected]


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Stan Brajer is a long time executive in our sport. He has been with major brands for over three decades.

Stan Brajer Polar SS.pngStan Brajer, Senior VP, U.S. Sales, Polar

We interviewed Stan Brajer at the TRE Shoe regarding Polar. Polar is the grand daddy of heart rate monitors and they have, quite frankly, been taken for granted. The quality of their product, the quality of their research and their long time record for making fine product in the industry makes them a don not miss in training monitors. I worked with the parent company, Polar Electro, on an early heart monitor training program from 1991-1994. They were espoused by Coach Roy Benson, former Florida TC and early personal coach.

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts for the interview, producing the interview and keeping me organized.

Daniel Levy is one of the hardest working people in our sport business. I see this guy at nearly every running event I attend, always speaking to potential customers, and making sure that the running community knows about Skechers.

IMG_6861.JPGDan Levy, speaking with Larry Eder and Cregg Weinmann, photo by The Shoe Addicts

Skechers has had an upward battle in running. Truth is, they did not need the business, but when they signed Meb Keflezighi in 2012, it was, well, 'karma'. When Meb, a life long orthotic wearer, told me, that with Skechers, he no longer wore orthotics, I was shocked. Meb's feet were nearly as problematic as Frank Shorters.

But, Skechers listened, and their running and walking business continues to grow. In this interview with Dan Levy, VP of Sales for Skechers Performance, we look at new product for now and early spring (mostly color wave changes).

tumblr_ohihstROAs1rs7umzo1_1280.jpgCarson Caprara and Larry Eder, photo by The Shoe Addicts

This is part deux of our Conversations with Carson, a look into Brooks 2017 footwear. The video was done by The Shoe Addicts and features Carson Caprara, Larry Eder and a cast of characters. For more information, please go to

Simon Bartold is the Director of Strategic Planning at Salomon. Simon Bartold has spent nearly thirty-four years shaking up the perceptions of how running affects runners. We like to call Simon Bartold what he is, a "provacateur" Simon likes that description as well.

IMG_6850.JPG Simon Bartold and Larry Eder, photo by The Shoe Addicts

In our meetings with Simon Bartold and the Salomon team at the TRE 16, it became quite clear that the good professor is looking at running footwear in a different fashion than many of his contemporaries. Bartold and the Salomon team is working on three shoes, to allow athletes to evolve as their levels of fitness and levels of need evolves. By 2018, they will have three shoes in the Salomon running plan. "We want to provide a simple program that allows runners to evolve."

This is the first of several videos on Simon Bartold and the Salomon running shoe program. Special thanks to the good professor for his sense of humor and his knowledge. Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts for capturing this series of discussions on Salomon running.

We did the Brooks videos from TRE16 just after we arrived at the expo for the first day. Carson Caprara, Product Dude, and Derek Lactoan, Manager of PR, were there, as were the usual suspects.

tumblr_ohihstROAs1rs7umzo1_1280.jpgCarson Caprara and Larry Eder discussing world domination, photo by The Shoe Addicts

Algernon Felice and Mike Deering manage the two cameras. Adam Johnson Eder tries to keep me focused and looking at the right camera. Carson Caprara, Brooks Running Product Director, is a natural, and we have a lot of fun putting these videos together. We hope that you like them and get value from them!

Let us know, just email me at [email protected].

Jean Knaack is the excutive director of the Road Runners Clubs of America, the largest grass roots running organization in North America. Founded in 1958 by the late and great Browning Ross, the RRCA is modeled after the British Road Runners Clubs. Now with 2,500 clubs, and nearly 200,000 members, the RRCA does many of the behind the scene support that we take for granted. The RRCA insured over 9000 races in 2014, with 4.5 million finishers! Now, they have a new program for licensing music at races, which is explained on the video.

jean knaack .jpgJean Knaack, Exec Director, RRCA, photo by Larry Eder

To learn more about the RRCA go to, but better yet, email Jean Knaack at [email protected]!

IMG_6776.JPGThe sign I shot above was the entrance of the Running Event from November 30-December 2, 2016. HOKA ONE ONE is one of the examples of brands that have stayed true to their brand origins, and support the sport and retail community old school ways with now, some new innovations.

Zach Paris spoke to The Shoe Addicts on the new product for 2017. HOKA ONE ONE continues to grow, continues to bring in new users and continues to go to the media where runners inhabit: social, twitter, FB, Instagram , grass roots running events and specialty retail running stores.

The BOA Closure System is one of the most technical closure systems available in technical sports shoes. It is being used in several of the top brands, from New Balance, to ASICS to Saucony. We spoke with Casey Ramer on BOA's origins and on some of the very cool product that they are developing in coordination with their partners.

Boa.jpgBOA Closure System's Casey Ramer

This video was shot at the Running Event 2016. Special thanks to Casey Ramer and her comments on the amazing product from BOA and its partners. Thanks to the Shoe addicts on their video work and production.

The Larry & Mo podcast series was pure fun. Maurice Greene and I spoke about the events we loved, the atheltes we admired, and expressed our opinions on the events, on the competition, and on the amazing athletes that inhabit our sport of athletics.

The women's 200 meters is a case in point. Dafne Schippers had something to prove. She had finished fifth in the 100 meters, and was not happy. She was frustrated and expressed that opinion. That was the story that was covered in her country of Netherlands.

Thompson_Elaine200FHL1-OlyGames16.jpgElaine Thompson, Torie Bowie, Dafne Schippers, 200 meters, Rio 2016, photo by

In the 200 meters, Dafne Schippers gave it her all. While in 2015, her finish took her to the lead, that was not the result in 2016. Elaine Thompson, after winning the 100 meters, came back and won the 200 meters. Dafne Schippers took the silver and Torie Bowie in third, giving Bowie and Thompson two individual medals in the sprints.

Thanks to Maurice Greene for his involvement. Thanks to Brian Eder for his filming and support. Thanks to the Shoe Addicts for their editing, production and management of the video series. And to adidas, thanks for supporting our vision (thanks Spencer Nel).

The women's 100 meter final in Rio was a titanic battle of wills. In the end, Elaine Thompson won the big battle, in 10.71. Torie Bowie woke up halfway through the race, and ran to the silver in 10.83. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Jamaican pocket rocket, took the bronze in 10.86. Marie Josee Ta Lou, CIV, took fourth in 10.86. Dafne Schippers, NED, was a surprise fifth in 10.90. She was not a happy camper.

Bowie-Thompson-FraserA-Rio16.jpgBowie, Thompson, Fraser-Pryce, photo by

But, athletes at this level do not expect to do anything but win. In that race, where seventh was in 10.94, by English Gardner, USA, the race was deep and difficult.

In this podcast, Maurice Greene and I discuss the outcome of the women's 100 meters. Special thanks to Maurice Greene, for his thoughts and words, Brian Eder, for his filming, and the Shoe Addicts, for their production and editing. Thanks to Spencer Nel of adidas, for his company's support and vision.

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