Saturday, October 14, 2017

Brooks Levitate

I had been waiting for the Brooks Levitate to come out because they have content from co-workers at BASF.  More on shoe design here and here.

I was happy to see that Brooks stepped up the styling for Levitate especially in the Black and Gray color.  I was surprised to see a metallic coating over the midsole. The metallic looks good and shows of the angles of the midsole, like it does on an automobile.

I don't buy running shoes for looks, but after they wear out as running shoes, I will wear them as casual shoes, and the appearance is more important then.

Levitate has a showy metallic coating on the midsole. 




You can see it has knit upper, and the darker part has a coating to stiffen it. The knit upper is soft and comfortable. I had no issue with it binding too tight on my bunion. 


The outsole has this chevron pattern, and I imagine it is for rain and trial running. Often Brook's shoes have a horseshoe pattern, as in the Launch. The horseshoe pattern is supposed to help with heel spurs. Happily I don't have any heel spurs. 🤞

I got a size eleven which had a large toe box, and plenty of room. Maybe a 10.5 would have worked. I wear an eleven in my Brooks Glycerin and a 10.5 in the Launch.  

A size eleven shoe weighed 368 grams. This is heavier than the Brooks Glycerin 15's at 338, the Ghost 9's at 335 and the Launch at 292g. My Adidas Pure Boost is 331, and the Nike Pegasus is 311g. I think these shoes are heavier because they will last longer. 

I took these out for a ten mile run this morning. They were comfortable for the whole run even through the shoes were new. The sole was firm and seemed to grip the road well. I was trying to gauge the energy return, and I can say they are a bit stiff but still comfortable. 






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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Brooks Glycerin 15 and Adidas Pure Boost

I never bought a pair of Brook's Glycerins because they were so heavy. I would try them on, and it was just too much foam under my feet. These Glycerin 15's weigh 338 g, which is a tiny bit heavier than my Ghost 9's at 335g, and noticeably heavier than the Brook's Launch at 292 g. (These are in size 11. The size 10.5 were 333 g; that was too small and I took them back.)

I wonder if the new Glycerin 15 is going to be as protective because there only 3 grams heavier. Maybe I should have tried on those Ghosts again. 

The last shoes I bought were the lighter weight Brook's Launch, which I haven't worn too much because my feet have hurt. I am not blaming the Launch, because I haven't worn them much, however, I would have worn them more if my feet felt better.

One of my problems is walking around barefoot too much in the summer. I keep trying to make myself wear sandals, and that is helping slowly.

Do you like the style? The black looks better than the other colors, but Brook's shoes just look like running shoes, while many Nike running shoes have more design. (Of course, I didn't like those as well on my feet.) These Brook's beat the hell out of the Adidas Pure Boost below for style. See below.






Prior to the Glycerin 15's I had purchased these Adidas Pure Boost, which have a big chuck of springy foam on a simple upper and outsole. They feel great to walk around in, but can simply be too soft in the forefoot. They were the only Boost Shoe that was in stock at my local Dick's Sporting Goods. I wanted to try these on, because I have had trouble buying Adidas shoes via the internet because the fit wasn't right. I did not want another shoe that was too small. 

These shoes are 331 grams, just 2 grams less than the Glycerin's that I think are so heavy. 

My other Boost shoes have lasted a long time. Two pairs were retired because of the upper rather than wear on the sole. 

These are about the plainest shoes in the store. They make the Brook's look fashionable. They were only $79.99 which is much less than the $150 that I paid for Boost shoes when they were new. Presumably the upscale ones look better, but my local Dick's didn't have them.  I am guessing Adidas put these low-end shoes out for back-to-school sales. 


I am not so happy buying so many shoes so fast. I hope to rotate these shoes and not buy more for a while.
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Brooks Launch

I got these Brooks' Launch 4 shoes on April 1, 2017. Not sure why I got them, I had just done a race, and I thought my old shoes were a little to heavy for racing in. Also my feet were not sore, so I thought I lighter shoe would be more fun to run in. 

This Brooks shoe is better looking all the other Brooks that I have had. 

I am pretty happy with these. I haven't had sore feet after wearing them despite the relatively thinner sole. 

One shoe weighs 292 grams. My Brooks Ghost 9's weighed 335 g and the my Brook's Ghost 8's weighed 345g.  


I love this image. The color is so bright, and I like how the texture of the sole is visible with the laces fuzzed out. 
For once I took photos before wearing the shoes, and they are clean for a change. 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

19 Intrinsic Crimes -- Two Favorite Wine Labels



I was at the wine store. And depraved person the that I am, I bought two bottles because I like the graphic design on the label. The Intrinsic, which is a Cab from Washington State, had a wrap around label, so I took a picture with the panoramic function on my phone -- worked great.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wine art

This is a painting I made for a wine label. 
Here is a simple painting made into a wine label. It is basically
a copy of one on the internet.  
Another one of my paintings as a wine label. 
One of my favorite wine labels. 
One of my favorite photos. 
Here is a photo of Jenny that I was thinking of painting. I did a practice with it. 


A little practice painting riffing on Thomas Fedro'

I took this photo as a model for a painting, but I might just use it as a label as it is. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Wine with pear and apple

The first picture is the painting, and the following is the photograph. The later pictures are photoshopped versions of the original photo.




Saturday, October 22, 2016

Wine and Peppers



This is a painting I made for a wine label. While it is a little rough here, it looks better in label size.

This is a photo I took and then applied a photoshop filter to. I like it pretty well.


This is the original photo. I am planning to do a regular painting of it. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Nike Pegasus Zoom 33 Review


It has only been 6 weeks since I got my Ghost 9's, but I have been having a sore knee. I went with my DW to Dick's Sporting Goods. I had time to kill while she looked at jackets.

I tried on these Pegasus, because I know some people love them.

I was surprised at how stiff they were on the inside of the foot. This seemed like it would be easy on my right knee, which has been hurting.


I ran 11 miles today in the new shoes, and my knees feel great.

I have also been babying them by running on a grade.

These shoes are pretty light at 311 g per shoe. This is 24 gram/shoe lighter than my Brook's Ghosts 9s.

They are nice looking shoes with a red-fade-to-black upper and the novel sticking around the laces. I like the hollow bottom under the heel too.

June 30 Update: Initially these shoes were great. They are more structured than other shoes and they gave me support that I wasn't used to. They are still OK, but I find after a few miles my fore foot is getting sore, and changing shoes makes that better. I am surprised that they wore out so fast since I have been rotating between multiple pairs of shoes. I have no more than 450 miles on these shoes, so it feels early to retire them. Perhaps I am being cheap, the websites say 350-500 miles is reasonable depending on your weight.

Perhaps that low density EVA foam is not holding up like it should. The midsole is sunken in the fore foot. The innersole is nearly new. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Brooks Ghost 9 Running Shoes





I have had Brooks Ghost running shoes for a while, this is my fourth pair. The Ghost 9 is very much like the Ghost 8. [Click here to see older shoe reviews.) The sole seems to be exactly the same. The upper is more stylish with pattern in the vent holes. The shoe is 335 g which is 10g lighter than the Ghost 8.

I like this shoe pretty well. Much more comfortable than my other shoes, which may mean that they are wearing out. 

I get sore feet during the summer, perhaps because of walking barefoot, but perhaps because I do more miles. They feel pretty good in these.

June 30, 2017 update:  I set these aside for a while because the upper was so wide my foot would slide around causing some soreness. The shoe is not worn out at all, and after a few months I started wearing it again. No issues. 

Friday, September 2, 2016