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20May

For the month of May we are so fortunate to have partnered with “On” Running company and we’re here to support the healthcare heroes in the front lines. For every On shoe you buy we will give one to a local hero! 

 These are some of the most comfortable shoes you’ll ever have! Whether it’s just for walking around town, these hands-free shoes are great for going to the gym, going for a quick jog, or just your new favorite every day sneakers.

Available online here.

12May

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Stay safe & stay healthy. 

If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen our social media video detailing our reopening procedures for the days to come. This includes using the hand sanitizer provided at the door, helping yourself to a mask if you don’t have one (we will all be wearing one) & keeping physically distant from one another. 

We would like to share a few more details that weren’t provided in the video:

  • If you don’t have a mask & you would prefer not to wear one we are still happy to accommodate you just outside of the store. Please know that this doesn’t mean we won’t help you, we will simply alter our procedure to keep everyone involved safe.
  • The door off of our private parking lot will be our only entrance & the door on the Main Street side will be our only exit. If you need handicap accessibility we will accommodate you but for safety sake we will keep a one way street for entry & exit. 
  • If there are already six people in the store you will have to wait outside until someone leaves. You will notice orange markers on the sidewalk delineating spaces 6 feet apart where you can wait. 
  • Every shoe that is tried on will be disinfected. We have a spray that has been lab tested & will kill coronavirus!
  • For the time being please do not bring in your old shoes/sneakers for us to evaluate. We would be happy to look at pictures of your shoes if there is something of concern that you would like us to see but for everyone’s health please keep your old shoes at home. 

We are taking these measures to ensure the health of you, our customers, but also ourselves & our families. This is new territory for all of us so we ask for your patience as we navigate these strange waters. All of us here at Ted’s want to provide you with the same great level of service that you have come to know & expect. Do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about our process & remember we will still offer curbside pickup, free shipping & in-town delivery if you are not comfortable stopping in. 

Thank you so much for your support! We look forward to seeing you!

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28Apr

by Jess Harms
We have seen some ugly feet.  And we are referring, of course, to our own. Calluses, blisters, black toenails…as runners we have had our fair share of all of those. As people who spend their living working with feet, we are not immune to the issues we see walk into our store. But allow us to share with you one of our favorite remedies to sore feet: socks. 

That’s right, socks. You may have heard us utter the phrase “cotton is rotten” and when it comes to socks, we really mean it.  Whether you’re a runner, hiker, walker or someone who just really likes wearing shoes, socks are just as important when it comes to your foot health.  A good, moisture-wicking, well fitting pair of socks will do wonders.  

Take stock of your sock drawer and think about parting ways with your old, baggy, holey socks; they aren’t doing you any favors. A good pair of socks should hug your feet. The heel shouldn’t be wrapped somewhere around your ankle. Ideally, your socks also shouldn’t have any seams. Think about it, seams are just another place for a blister to occur. Also make sure that your sock comes higher than the collar of your shoe, otherwise you risk it slipping down into the shoe and causing more of the issues we are trying to prevent. 

A good pair of socks should be made up of a moisture wicking material. That could be a poly-nylon blend or it could be a nice merino wool or mohair. We are particular fans of the latter two because they will keep your feet moisture free year round. Yes, wool is even good in the summer (let’s break down some stereotypes!). Not to mention that wool is anti-microbial so it will keep the stink away too! The synthetic blends work really well too so if that makes you more comfortable, go for it! Good socks can change the game, we promise. We can’t promise they will make you run, walk, hike or work faster but we have faith that your feet will thank you all the same. 

30Mar

by Thomas Paquette 

A lot has changed in our lives in the last two weeks. The many things we have taken for granted have been taken away from us, changed and altered. Amidst this chaos, there are aspects of our lives we can control, and that there is a finish line to these hard times. 

I have always found a moving body is a healthy body. An active mind is a healthy mind. Finding what is constant in your life is essential. Through these hard times, seek more of that constant. A constant for me is lacing up my running shoes everyday, and going for a run. But my “lacing up my shoes” may be your cracking open a new book, grabbing an instrument you have sitting in its case collecting dust, finding a new pattern to crochet, prying open the toy chest for the childhood board games, or starting a family puzzle. 

While we try and navigate through uncharted waters, I have found that my running seems to be the only “normal” part of my day. I have found that, more than ever, it has helped clear my mind, stay focused on the present, and not dwell on the uncontrollable. Running is a time for me to be closer to my faith, to appreciate more and more what I often overlook day to day. I encourage you to find something in your life that does the same.

“Time is a monster that cannot be reasoned with. It responds like a snail to our impatience, then it races like a gazelle when you can’t catch your breath.”  Seek what makes you feel alive, and don’t be afraid to challenge your body and mind. It will be a rewarding distraction during these unprecedented times. Times that seem to be forever. Let me reassure you there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and the tape is waiting to be broken at the finish line.

21Mar

To our Customers, Friends & Community,

On this day 20 years ago, we put the keys in our doors and began our journey, otherwise known as TEDS.  This weekend 20 years later, we had big plans for a large celebration to thank all of you – our friends and customers. Many of you have been there since day one, and you’re still with us today.  

Two weeks ago it was clear we would not be able to hold our 20th Anniversary event as COVID-19 began to spread across the world,  region and our state.

As a small business owner, and member of the Keene community, I’ve made another hard, yet important decision to do what I feel is best for our store; keep our staff, customers, and community safe.

Effective immediately, Ted’s will be temporarily closing our retail store for two weeks. We will plan on reopening on April 3rd, but will reasses as needed.  In our 20 years of being open, this was one of the hardest decisions we have had to make.  Please know, it could also be one of our most important decisions for our community.

It is our mission to serve our community for another 20+ years, and we want to look back and know that we did our part to keep our community safe.  
In celebration of our 20th anniversary during our temporary closure with any online gift sale purchase of $100.00 or more you will get $20.00 in-store credit to use at the same time. 

 Keep moving – we are still here for curbside pick up orders and offering free shipping on any orders. You can see most of what is in store by visiting: https://www.tedsports.com/browse-store/ 

If you are looking for something just call me anytime, even if you just want to talk! 603-357-8337 or tedsports1@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks and thank you for all the continued support.


Ted

7Oct

A new website “Run603” has been developed as a resource for runners and race organizers to post and share races being held in the southwestern area of NH. Anyone holding a race can submit their race to the race calendar at http://www.run603.com.

“As a business who’s mission is to support our local community, we see an ever increasing number of running/walking event fundraisers each year.  All of these events raise money for great causes, but nowhere locally existed a calendar to keep them all in one place for Southwestern NH.  We launched Run603.com to be an umbrella calendar site for race directors to plan their date around what already existed, and for runners to pick and choose what local race they might be interested in participating in.  We hope this site will be used regularly, and will become a mainstay for the run/walk community here in the Greater Keene area.”  – Ted McGreer


9Apr

It is time for our Spring Dansko Day!

We have a large inventory of clogs and sandals, including many new Spring 2018 styles. We are proud to be one of Dansko’s independent retailers. We believe in the comfort and support their shoes give and they are a 100% employee owned company that does many good things.

Saturday our Danskos will be the best price of the year. We will have our Dansko rep in the store to help fit you along with our trained staff. You can also enter to win a new pair of Danskos!

Stop in Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and come see all the amazing Danskos we have!

23Jan

We get asked this question a lot. It is best to replace your running sneakers every 6 month (we will even remind you when it is time, click here for our 6 month reminder).

Um, Every Six Months, Really? Yes, Really.

As a general rule, most running shoes will provide cushioning up to 500 miles, though many runners report a breakdown in cushioning after as few as 350 miles. If you run around 15 miles a week, you’ll cross that threshold before six months.

Technical Geek Out: Shoes with compression molded EVA midsoles can vary in durometer or density from the moment they come off the factory line. This means that the relative cushioning properties and life span of each midsole can vary from shoe to shoe. Most shoes with polyurethane midsoles will break down at a slower rate keeping their “feel” for a longer period of time.

Here’s how to tell if your shoes are dead.

Try the press test. When an EVA midsole is compressed, it creates visible lines or wrinkles in the midsole material that you can see from the sidewall of the shoe. When these lines first appear it means that the midsole is compressing normally. As the midsole is further compressed, the compression lines increase and get closer together.

A simple pressure test can determine if your midsole is compacted. Using the broad part of your thumb, push on the outsole, upward into the midsole. It should be easy to see the midsole compress into these lines.

As the shoe breaks down, the midsole will compress less, with the same amount of pressure applied. When the midsole shows heavy compression lines and the press-test reveals a minimum amount or “lack” of compression, you can be sure that the midsole of the shoe has been compacted to a point where little to no cushioning remains.

Rotate your shoes. Most runners have their own way of telling when their shoes are broken down, most of which have to do with aches and pains in the specific areas of their legs, knees and hips. To avoid injuries and other problems, it’s a good idea to rotate your shoes every 250 miles so that you have 2 pairs of shoes to wear at all times.

The first pair should be the newest pair, the one that you will wear on the majority of your runs, especially the longer runs. The second, the older pair should be used for shorter runs and inclement weather days, when you want to keep your new shoes clean.

Wear the second pair until you have compressed the midsole, and then retire them for gardening shoes. Once this occurs, the first becomes the second pair and it’s time to get a new first pair. (Yay!) If you use two pairs of shoes of the same model, be sure to mark them with some easy to identify reference mark, so that you don’t confuse the older pair with the newer pair.

Donate used shoes. If you have an abundance of excess running shoes that you won’t ever wear, come on down! We have a recycling program at the store, organized by Ecosmith Recyclers. They are a sustainable, locally owned, for-profit family textile recycling business serving New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine since 1991.

 

13Aug

You have a NORMAL FOOT if… 

  • Your footprint has a flare but shows the forefoot and heel connected by a wide band.
  • Your foot lands on the outside of the heel, then rolls inward (pronates) to absorb shock. Runners and walkers with a normal foot usually have a semi-flexible arch that requires shoes  with varied degrees of support.

Best Shoes for you. Stability shoes with moderate control features such as a two density midsole.

You have a HIGH-ARCHED FOOT if…

  • Your footprint shows a very narrow band connecting the forefoot and heel.
  • Your foot usually doesn’t pronate enough, so it’s not an effective shock absorber.

Best Shoes for you. Cushioned shoes with plenty of flexibility to encourage foot motion. Stay away from motion control or stability shoes which reduce foot mobility.

You have a FLAT FOOT if…

  • You have a low arch and leave a nearly complete imprint. That is, the imprint looks like the whole sole of the foot.
  • This imprint usually indicates an overpronated foot that strikes on the outside of the heel and rolls inward (pronates) excessively. Over time, this can cause many different kinds of overuse injuries.

Best Shoes for you. Motion control shoes, or stability shoes with firm midsoles and control features that reduce the rate of pronation. Stay away from highly cushioned curved-lasted shoes that lack stability and control.

13Aug

Welcome to the new Ted’s Shoe & Sports website! Along with a new and improved look, here on our site you’ll find everything you need to stay in touch with Ted’s such an events page that lists upcoming running and community events, a happenings section which features the latest updates from our own staff as well as foot health tips, the option to browse our in-store inventory, and above all else, our online shop where you can buy all the Ted’s Shoe & Sports gear you want including Ted’s footbeds, t-shirts, and gift cards.

Have a look around here and let us know what you think!