Category: Happenings

Winter isn’t coming. Winter has arrived. And if you are finding yourself outside most mornings than you have been the lucky recipient of icy sidewalks, numb fingers and a beard or mustache made of ice. This also may mean that you have a spring 5K or a half marathon/marathon you’re currently training for! Congrats! Whether this is your first race or eleventh race, here’s a few tips about training through the bitter winter cold (of which we can speak from experience!):

  1. Traction matters! Some shoe brands make winter-specific shoes designed with extra tread for sloppy days. Barring a special shoe sometimes wearing a trail shoe with extra tread for more grip also helps. Don’t have either of these? We highly recommend spikes by Kahtoola. These easy to use, stable spikes are designed for road running in icy, snowy conditions and have saved our own butts from some serious falls.
  2. Keep your feet dry! If you have read our past blog post on socks than you know how strongly we feel about them. Merino wool is your best friend this time of year. Not only will it keep your feet dry but it will also keep your feet warm.
  3. Layer, layer, layer. Wearing the right amount of layers on a 20 degree day could be the difference between being comfortable and doing a striptease on the side of the road as you shed clothes. The same goes for a 2 degree day. Fabric content (have we mentioned how much we like merino wool?), thermal fabrics, windproof jackets and mid-weight layers all have their place in the running outfit lineup. We are always happy to discuss clothing in person or over the phone.
  4. Food and drink. You may think: “well I’m not sweating as much in this weather so I probably don’t need to fuel or drink water like I do in the summer”. You would be wrong. You are still putting in the same miles and burning a lot of the same calories which means you should treat your body the same, regardless of the season. Of course the trick this time of year is making sure the fuel and water you bring along doesn’t freeze. For super cold days consider stashing your gels/chews and water in a warm house or apartment. This may mean you will need to create loops or out and back routes but at least you won’t break a tooth trying to stay properly energized!
  5. Hand and toe warmers are your new best friends. Even in the best outfits your extremities (read: fingers and toes) are bound to get cold. Grabbing a set of hand and/or toe warmers could make the difference between settling into your walk or run, and desperately trying to fight the urge to go back to your car and blast the heater.

We know these dark, cold days can wear you down but with the proper gear and a proper goal, anything is achievable! Keep moving forward and we will see you out there!


It’s that time of year again. Leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp, everything is pumpkin flavored and…’s starting to get dark. Dark in the morning, dark in the evening. It’s just plain dark. 

No matter how much we try to deny it summer is over, autumn is here and it brings with it a whole new set of considerations for running, not the least of which is learning to run in the dark. If you are an early riser (and by early we mean before 7am, which come on, the day is half over by then!) you have probably found yourself with limited visibility on the road when you go for a run. If you found or fell back in love with running during the lockdown and want to keep it up through the long night then you’ll want to have the right gear to see and be seen. 

We recommend the following: 

A headlamp – the most basic piece of equipment you can invest in. It will light your way and help cars see you coming. We have several to choose from that are rechargeable or battery operated.

Reflective vests – these are easily adjustable to be worn on top of anything. They will not light your way but they will definitely light you up when cars come your way. Think about the last time you were driving and saw someone on the side of the road at the last second and thought “why weren’t they wearing something brighter?”

Reflective lights – these magnetic, blinking lights can be put on anything. Your pants, your shirt, your hat, your dog, anything. We cannot stress enough, the more reflective items you wear the better you will be seen!

If you like to carry your phone for music or safety reasons we have reflective arms bands and reflective waist pouches to carry it in. This time of year most cold weather or winter running gear has additional reflective striping which won’t do on its own but will be a nice compliment to your other items. 

You really can’t overdo it with lights or reflective items this time of year. You may end up looking like a Christmas tree running down the road but at least you will be a seen Christmas tree! Don’t hesitate to stop in to see what we have and ask us any questions! We are committed to finding you all the right gear for your activities! 

Now if you will excuse us, it’s time for our pumpkin latte with our pumpkin muffin and a side of pumpkin bread.


“I’ve started running again but my feet are killing me!”

“I went on a run with a friend and now my shins hurt!”

“My significant other and I have been walking more and now my heels ache”

Have you or someone you know uttered one of the above phrases? If so then contact the law offices of L..…just kidding! You aren’t entitled to any compensation but you are entitled to good footwear and that’s where we come in. 

As you increase the time on your feet, whether it be walking or running, you want to make sure you are in the best shoe for you. When you come see us we will make sure we measure your feet and ask the right questions to find out how and where you will be using the shoes.

Finding something comfortable is our main goal but through our process we can narrow down the best style for your and the right features for your activity. We can also recommend additions to the shoes such as footbeds, socks or a fun pair of sunglasses (ok, those have nothing to do with your feet but who doesn’t like sunglasses?). 

From long-time runners/walkers to novices we can all experience discomfort now and then, trust us you are not alone in that. Our goal here is to address the issues to keep you moving forward and feeling good! So stop in, tell us your story and let’s talk about what you are looking for. We don’t have magic shoes but we do have a pretty awesome process to getting something comfortable on your feet!


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. 


Goodr sunglasses have arrived at Ted’s! 

These revolutionary sunglasses are made by runners and are for runners!

They have a fun design, they are inexpensive, they will not slip, they don’t bounce and they are polarized with highest level of UV protection.

These aren’t just for runners…these are still stylish and fun for any outside activity! Stop in today and pick out a pair!



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.



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.


You take anywhere from 8,000 to 13,000 steps per day. And every step puts more than 3 to 5 times your bodyweight on your foot!

If your feet don’t have correct support, all that unstable force leads to foot health issues you simply don’t have time for. That’s why our customers love our Custom Footbeds.

We study this stuff (our Fit Specialists spend about 300 hours learning about feet!) and love every second of it. Why? The facts show just how effective custom footbeds are for stabilizing your feet.

  1. The structured heel cup encapsulates and positions the soft tissue under the heel, maximizing natural shock absorption.
  2. Rearfoot support centers on the back of your arch and the front of your heel to stabilize the rearfoot.
  3. A firm foam layer and a stabilizer cap combine to create the supportive shape that our custom footbeds are famous for.