Kicksology with Brian Metzler

Kicksology with Brian Metzler

A podcast all about running shoes.

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June 16, 2021 62 min
In episode 15 of Kicksology, host Brian Metzler welcomes professional running shoe geeks Dave Dombrow and Kevin Fallon. They're known for their experience in the running shoe industry and for the running shoe mashup show "SpeedHack" on YouTube. But now the curtain gets pulled back on their innovative new trail running brand called SpeedLand. You'll definitely be fascinated about their $375 shoes! In each episode of ...
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In this episode of Kicksology, host Brian Metzler welcomes Michael Krajicek, the founder and idea guy behind Atreyu Running, a small start-up shoe brand out of Austin, Texas, with a unique subscription-based business model. They discuss how the brand got started, its new carbon-plated racing shoe called The Artist, why it's sponsoring Olympic runner and author/filmmaker Alexi Pappas — and let the cat out of the bag and discuss ...
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In this episode of Kicksology, host Brian Metzler welcomes Dan Feeney, Ph.D., Biomechanics Research Engineer with BOA Technology, and Jonathan Wyatt, a six-time World Mountain Running champion and Running Product Specialist with La Sportiva. They discuss shoe development, fit and performance advancements, a recent University of Denver study about running shoe closure performance, and the future of trail running shoes.  In each epis...
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In this episode of Kicksology, host Brian Metzler welcomes Michael Thompson, the Senior Global Product Director of Footwear at The North Face, to talk about how trail running has evolved, the early days of trail running shoes, the continued growth of ultra-distance races, the new Flight VECTIV trail running shoe with a 3D carbon-fiber plate embedded in its midsole and what we might expect next in running shoes. In each episode of K...
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January 15, 2021 56 min
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In this episode of Kicksology, host Brian Metzler talks about the early evolution of running shoes and running retail stores. He is joined by guests Carl Brandt, who owned and operated the Movin' Shoes retail stores in San Diego for more than 35 years, and Mike Fanelli, a running historian who worked in running stores, played a key marketing role for Reebok and The Sports Authority from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s. Metzler ...
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In this episode of Kicksology, host Brian Metzler is joined by Olympic marathoner and Saucony pro Jared Ward, and Dr. Iain Hunter, a biomechanics and exercise science professor at Brigham Young University. They talk all about the rise of super shoes — marathon racers with curvy carbon fiber plates embedded in the midsole that have been proven to reduce metabolic cost by 4 to 6 percent — and the implications to the sport and the run...
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In episode 7 of the Kicksology podcast, host Brian Metzler is joined by Chris McDougall, the New York Times best-selling author of "Born to Run." They delve deep into the evolution of running shoes in the 21st century, focusing on the drastically different designs, how and why trends have shifted since the minimalist boom of a decade ago and also the best — and worst — sociological aspects of running and running shoes. They...
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In Episode 6 of the Kicksology podcast, host Brian Metzler talks with Philip Snyder of Denver's Berkeley Park Running Company and Lisa Jhung, a noted trail running author and shoe reviewer, about all things trail running shoes. They discuss how to find your next pair of shoes, the evolution of trail running and why trail running shoes and experiences are so different than their road running contemporaries. Metzler is the author...
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September 10, 2020 56 min
In the 5th episode of the Kicksology podcast, host Brian Metzler is joined by Carson Carprara, Senior Director, Global Footwear Product Management at Brooks Running, and Danny Orr, the Senior Business Unit Manager for Innovation at New Balance. Carprara and Orr talk about the evolution of running shoes, the midsole "foam war," the development of shoes with carbon-fiber plates embedded in the midsole, new models just release...
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In each episode of Kicksology, host Brian Metzler engages shoe designers, entrepreneurs, shoe company executives, retailers, athletes and physical therapists to talk about the evolution of running shoes, new shoe launches, breakthrough technologies, the biomechanics of running and everything running-shoe related. In Episode 4, Metzler welcomes Kris Hartner, owner of the Naperville Running Company in suburban Chicago, and Dave Dombr...
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In each episode of Kicksology, host Brian Metzler engages shoe designers, entrepreneurs, shoe company executives, retailers, athletes and physical therapists to talk about the evolution of running shoes, new shoe launches, breakthrough technologies, the biomechanics of running and everything running-shoe related. In Episode 3, Metzler talks with Tony Post about his original fascination with natural running, how he once ran a marath...
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In each episode of Kicksology, host Brian Metzler engages shoe designers, entrepreneurs, shoe company executives, retailers, athletes and physical therapists to talk about the evolution of running shoes, new shoe launches, breakthrough technologies, the biomechanics of running and everything running-shoe related. In Episode 2, Metzler catches up with Danny Abshire, the co-founder of Active 88 footwear line and one of the original f...
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Welcome to the Kicksology podcast, a new online discussion all about running shoes, hosted by journalist and running shoe expert Brian Metzler. In each episode, Metzler engages shoe designers, entrepreneurs, shoe company executives, retailers, athletes and physical therapists to talk about the evolution of running shoes, new shoe launches, breakthrough technologies, the biomechanics of running and everything running-shoe related. M...
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