This is the podcast version of my Conversations with Larry: Thoughts on the adidas BOOST Herzo. The event in Herzogenarauch, Germany, the headquarters of adidas Global debuted on May 13-14, 2016. Three World leaders, with 10,000 meters for men and women, plus 5000 meters for women, were excellent events that drew in most of the fans in the crowd. Capturing the interest of the kids and adults is a big challenge, and the meet did it. The brainchild of Mike McMannus and Spencer Nel, this meet should go on each year forever. A wonderful experience for this writer, and a reaffirmation of adidas place in athletics history for adidas staff.
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The Air Max Con NYC took place a few weeks ago. Jeff Benjamin and his daughter, Brianna Benjamin, visited this salute to all things Air Max.
My first experience with the Air Max was at Boston in 1987. Keith Peters, the long time Nike Pr Manager, provided me with a pair, as Nike was launching the product. I still have my first pair of Air Max's stored away along with Mariahs, and my 1975 Nike Waffle racers.
Here is Jeff's story...
There are many stories of Nike competitiveness in the Berm. One story, passed on from generation to generation is about the late Bill Bowerman, who, until his last years, would meet with some of the running shoe developers.
Bill Bowerman did not suffer fools. He also did not suffer poor product. There were more than a few designers and developers who felt the focus of Mr. Bowerman's unhappiness over their product. There are stories of shoes being thrown across tables, and yes, tears shed.
Those stories are badges of pride among the first generations at Nike. Like the Vikings telling stories around warm fires at night, stories at Nike are discussed over coffees, hot teas and via various modern methods of communication.
Part of the DNA at the the former Blue Ribbon Sports is that one does not follow in technology, one leads. Form and function are not just important, they are demanded.
Hence, the Nike Vapor Track & Field Kit with AeroSwitf Technonology. As Nike has become part of the global sports world, they have made it part of their goal to create products that amaze the athletes and fans.
We present to you, the new Nike kit for their track & field federations, the Nike Vapor Track & Field Kit, with that combination of form and function that would make even the late Bill Bowerman smile.
All photos in this article courtesy of Nike communications
After two decades in the walking business, MBT Shoes introduced Running shoes in 2016. Amy Manson, a fine runner in her own right, has been the Footwear Education lead for MBT for much of that time.
On March 1, 2016, the Shoe Addicts met up with Amy as she was training the staff of the twelve store chain, Footwear ETC, in Sunnyvale, California as she spoke of the new running product and the value of the shoe as part of athletes' training equipment.
Watch for part 2 coming up!