The Need for Athletic Performance Enhancing Gadgets, Tools and Clothes

“Belief kills and it cures.” This is the mindset of a lot of athletes in our time today. The beginning of the Olympics over 100 years ago required participants to show up for the event. Now they want to have the best and most modern aerodynamic clothes it is available. The sport shoes need to be just right, for the comfort, the light weight and the special wicking properties they will need to eliminate sweaty and smelly feet.

This is where the manufacturers of the world renowned bamboo garments and other products for athletes come into the pictures. We know that the manmade fibers which went into the making of sports wear for the athletes in the past, was a problem. This product caused a lot of skin diseases, a lot of serious irritation to the skin and would not properly ventilate the wearers pores, hence medical problems occurred. This indeed is a fact; the manufacturers of bamboo and bamboo and cotton blend sports wear have opened a virtual can of worms.

Bamboo garments, though requiring a lot of technological input to make the fibers, has certainly been the best news which has come on the market. The athletes can be assured and reassured of the very best quality product they will be getting when they buy these bamboo garments. The manufacturers have not stopped at only clothes, they have expanded into shoes, socks, and head wear and even baby clothes. This introduction of baby clothes made from bamboo came on the scene in Australia. The Australians have used this revolutionary to include our most precious bundle of joy.

It is no longer what gym you go to and how many pounds of weights you can manage to lift. It is what you wear and how you look while preparing for your upcoming event. How you feel, wearing these garments is what has really sold the bamboo products. Reviews have been out, and, they are singing the praises of the products which have come out on the market from the various designers, who have ventured into this wonderful world of bamboo garment manufacturing.

The joy of all this is the service which is gotten from wearing the items of clothing; there is no more concern for clingy wet clothes during workouts. The garments made from bamboo cools and dry the body, while ventilating the pores. It helps to reduce odor during workouts, which was always a problem in the past when using the manmade fiber products. It fits the body and contours to the body perfectly, so there is no twisting or wrinkling when active. The garment holds the colors fast; which eliminates the bleeding properties of the previous types of fabrics. You have no worry of limited use because of your garment losing its color too quickly.

What Are the Best Shoes to Wear to the Beach?

For those who frequent the beach, it’s probably no surprise that you are looking for a shoe that is comfortable, offers protection, and allows you to stay mobile. If that is the case, there is no better shoe for you than a boat shoe.

Boat shoes (also known as topsiders) are a great beach shoe for multiple reasons. First, they look great. Secondly, they are built to withstand the elements, especially and water. Lastly, they provide great protection for when you are trying to find that ‘perfect spot’ to lay out, or playing a game for beach volleyball on blistering hot sand.

Topsiders have been popular for years. When I was talking to my mom over the phone recently she even took note of their reemergence. She said they have been around since forever (since the 80s) and that she thinks it’s great they are making a comeback. Stylists agree, boat shoes are a great-looking summer shoe and should be in the closest of every person who is fashion conscious.

Another advantage of wearing boat shoes on the beach is their high-quality construction. Many topsiders, especially those from Sperry, come waterproofed from the factory. That protects them from cracking due to moisture over time. Secondly, they rubber, tread-like sole is resilient to heat and makes walking through hot sand a breeze.

Combing both of the aforementioned points, you need something sleek and stylish for when you are in limbo at the beach. Boat shoes are easy to slip on and off, and provide your feet the style and protection they need to stay healthy, and for you to make the most of your relaxing day at the beach.

Sneakerhead Classification Guide: Name Your Passion

Sneakerheads are to shoes as chocoholics are to chocolate. We gobble them up like candy. But not all sneakerheads are alike. Just like some munchers are all about the milk chocolate while others go for the dark, sneakerheads each have their own individual tastes. Still, they band together. Often banded for the brand so to speak. They may want to be like Mike with their Jordans. Or they might be all about the Nike Dunk.

Are you a sneakerhead? Or do you have sneakerhead friends? Just want to be able to identify sneakerheads you encounter in their natural habitats? Learn the secrets of Sneakerheadology.

What Kind of Sneakerhead are You?

As an expert Sneakerheadologist, I’m happy to help you classify your manic disorder or learn to read the signs in others. Jump into the world of sneakerheads and their manifest forms via the four main types below.

By the way, if you see yourself in one of the descriptions below, here’s some advice. Since science has found no cure, I prescribe a heavy dose of buy, buy, buy. It’s always worked for me, and I get so many compliments on my footwear that I must be doing something right.

Sneakerhead Type 1: Hip Hop Couture Sneakerhead

The Hip Hop Couture sneakerhead is a man (or woman) in tune with the beat of the street. These sneakerheads have history. There’s probably no fashion item more closely linked to any music genre.

Sneakers and hip hop have heritage together. Some of the historical favorites? Adidas and Air Jordans. Back in the 80s, Run DMC were kicking Adidas hardcore and even dedicated a song to them, 1986’s hit ‘My Adidas.’ Another monumental sneakerhead event of the 80s: Nike revolutionized footwear with the Air Jordans.

Since then tons of stars have gotten in on the sneakerhead game, launching their own lines of streetwear, complete with freaky kicks. The limited edition masterpieces can go for hundreds or thousands of dollars. The most sought-after Wu Tang Dunk Hi’s have gone for as high as $7500. For us mere mortals, you can find some hot Nike Dunks starting from about one-hundreth of that price.

Sneakerhead Type 2: Performance Junkie Sneakerhead

The Performance Junkie is the hypothetical target market for sneakers. They might not be the core market anymore – even if the sneaker companies pretend like they are sometimes – but they are still key to the sneaker business.

Athletes are probably the purest breed of sneakerhead. The Performance Junkie constantly scours the horizon for the next big thing in his sport of choice.

Imagine what the world was like pre-rubber-sole. Now think about the performance engineering of today. We’ve got sneaker labs. Sneakers get the attention that goes into developing a jet engine. Scientists and engineers are constantly searching for that extra inch to the jump, the extra feet in the sprint, more grip, easier pivot, a lightness of being.

Sneakerhead Type 3: Urban Legend Sneakerhead

Sneakerheads cosmopolitan. Many Urban Legends hit the pavements in the cities of the world. Even if they’re not dwelling in the Big City, they’ve got the Big City mindset.

What’s on the feet of these sneakerheads? Alexander McQueen, Diesel, Dsquared2, plus all the small labels that are big on style. Sometimes Urban Legends go for the sneaker specialists, and sometimes they opt for the sneaker lines of top fashion designers. Either way, the Urban Legend is a connoisseur of design. He’s fashionably manly from head to toe, with a hawk eye for foot fashion.

The Urban Legend sneakerhead can talk about sneakers with the passion of an art critic. And he may be willing to pay top dollar for a true work of art. That comes in a box of course.

Sneakerhead Type 4: Joe Friday Sneakerhead

Joe Friday is a sneakerhead by default. He’s the normal, everyday man’s man, and real men wear sneakers.

Maybe he likes to watch sports or he’s got a game of his own that he still plays from time to time, but he’s not competing for titles. He doesn’t need the professional edge to his game that the Performance Junkie absolutely requires.

Joe Friday might not recognize many of the brands loved by the Urban Legend. Yamamoto what? And he might not have a clue who a hip hop star is if he sees one, much less which brand of shoes they’ve had custom made. But he feels at his best in t-shirt, jeans, and his favorite pair of sneakers.

The Joe Friday sneakerhead doesn’t really care about fashion or engineering, but he appreciates a good solid sneaker. Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Asics, Puma, Adidas, etc. He’s a fan of the simple sneaker basics.

Getting Classy

So did you figure out your class of sneakerhead? Run with your flock or carve out a sneakerhead niche all your own. We have so many choices of sneakers today that the world is your proverbial oyster. Slurp it up.