FinishLine » Asics Finish Line's Blog Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:06:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Trail Running Workout Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:48:09 +0000 There are so many reasons to trail run … from soul searching to reducing impact placed on the knees … I may just be inspired by all of the craze I’ve seen pop up around trail running, or maybe I am just amped for spring. Either way, that’s what this workout is all about. So get motivated to hit the dirt and find a new path to travel. Or, if you feel like just hiking, use the moves to get a little extra out of your adventure!

To download a pint out version of this workout click here!

1. Run Uphill

Up Hill Trail Run with @FitWithMeShelby

It’s pretty easy to go up if you’re starting at the bottom of a hill, so this is a no-brainer! However, the key is to run at different intensities from walking to sprinting. Go for switching up the pace every 30 seconds.

2. Run Downhill

Down Hill Trail Run with @FitWithMeShelby

After running up hill it might not sound too appealing to run back down, but believe it or not it is extremely good for the body. Opening your stride limits painful knee impact that short hard steps give you when going downhill. It is also a proprioceptive rich movement, meaning it teaches the brain to work better with the body, which in turn leads to better coordination! Who doesn’t want to be less clumsy?!

3. Tricep Dips

Tricep Rock Dips with @FitWithMeShelby

A  Angle your body back on a rock or ledge so that it is completely straight head to toe. B Lower and lift your butt, engaging your Triceps (outer arm muscles) to guide you.

Quantity: 3 sets of 12 throughout your run

4. Incline Push Ups

Incline Push Ups with @FitWithMeShelby

A Find a sturdy rock to lean against, arms straight with hands only about 6-inches apart. B Bend your elbows back, and bring your chest to the rock for one push up.

Quantity: 3 sets of 12 throughout your run

5. Downward Dog

Downward Facing Dog with @FitWithMeShelby

Once you’re to the top of the trail, it’s time to cool off with some yoga. Start in Downward Dog with feet 6-inches apart, arms over ears, and spine completely straight.

6. Upward Dog

Upward Facing Dog with @FitWithMeShelby

This one made me feel like the little mermaid of the mountains! Lay on your stomach with your hands by your hips, then straighten your arms, lifting your chest from the ground.

7. Warrior 2

Warrior Pose with @FitWithMeShelby

Open your stance and lunge forward on one leg while leaving the back one straight. Your front foot should be pointed forward and your back twisted 90 degrees. Straighten your arms out so they’re parallel to the ground.

8. Tree

Tree Pose with @FitWithMeShelby

Stand tall on one leg, the other bent with your foot resting either above or below your knee. Bring your hands together at the center of your chest and embrace your beautiful surroundings.

Asics Trail Running Sneakers with @FitWithMeShelby

It is super important when trail running to get laced up with proper shoes. Make sure you pick something with plenty of heel and arch support, shock absorption, and traction. These ASICS worked very well for me! Do me a favor and bring me along your own trail run or hiking trips with #FNLfit!

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@FitWithMeShelby’s 2015 Essentials Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:57:19 +0000 If you haven’t been following @FitWithMeShelby’s at-home workouts here on The Finish Line Blog, you’ve been missing out. The quick, easy routines have elaborate video how-tos for each move as well as a full dose of kick-you-in-the-butt motivation. Here’s what she wants to ring in 2015 with:

2015 Essentials - Shelby Elmore 1. Six Pack Fitness Expert Renee Tote Bag in Black

“I work super long days but am determined to keep my clean eating on track. This Tote looks like an every day cute bag but has a compartment for all of my pre prepared meals for the day! Fail to plan, plan to fail!”

2. Hydracup Dual Shaker Cup

“Rather than having to carry around two shakers in my bag, this cuts the amount of space and dishes in half by combining two shakers in one!”

3. Nike Air Max 2015 Running Shoes

“I’ve been an Air Max girl since day one. I used to be strictly about the AM1s and AM90s, but last year I fell in love with the Theas and really enjoyed my AM2014s. Now I’m dying to take the latest and greatest out for a spin!”

4. Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Enabled Watch and Heart Rate Monitor Bundle Pack

“Last year at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF, I noticed everyone had a watch like this. I’ve always just ran to run and had no intention of keeping track of my times. This year I want to get faster and this watch is a necessity!”

5. FitBit Charge HR in Plum

“I was super bummed out when I lost my old fitness band. I loved being able to play games and see how many steps I could get in each day. This new band from FitFit looks super rad!”

6. Asics GT-1000 3 PR Running Shoes

“I’ve ran in Nike and adidas and enjoyed both, but they best way to learn is through experience, so if I don’t try some Asics how can I ever tell people my opinion on them?”

7. CamelBak 1L Water Bottle, Royal Lilac

“As I spoke briefly about in my 15 Fit Tips for 2015, drinking enough water is so important! I recommend at least 2.5L per day, so a water bottle like this will allow me to track it!”

8. Nikon D3300

“2014 was the greatest year of my life so far, and I’m determined to top it in 2015. First thing — start an in depth YouTube channel. I have tons of ideas for it, now I just need the right camera!”

9. MacBook Pro

“I like to consider myself a bit of a minimalist — I don’t have a TV, and technology doesn’t really fancy me. Heck, I even still use a super old hand-me-down computer a friend let me borrow when I started my blog. It’s done the job great ’til now, but with that YouTube channel in sight and some other projects I have planned, it’s time for an upgrade.”

10. MELT instructor certification

“I’m constantly seeking growth and working to expand my knowledge. MELT is a class that uses foam rollers to reawaken the body and muscle tissue. I am fascinated by it and would love to learn more so I can instruct my own MELT class or work it into the class I currently teach.”

Give @FitWithMeShelby a follow on Twitter and Instagram, and check out for all your 2015 fitness essentials..

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The Best Sneakers Worn At Finish Line This Week Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:46:49 +0000 Yep we live it, live it — Kid Cudi

It would be a bit hypocritical for us to expect you to buy our kicks if our sneakerologists weren’t deep in the culture. Finish Line employees, from managers for store associates, all over break out heat every day, and the suits at corporate aren’t too bad themselves.

Each week we will have a round-up of what’s on our feet. Don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone on the list to find out how you can grab the kicks you see. Make sure to tag @FinishLine and use the hashtag #FNLfam with your social media sneaker stunting for a chance to be featured.

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John Gotty’s Top 10 Sneakers of 2014 Thu, 01 Jan 2015 15:12:46 +0000 10890838_1527285247521553_2135734998_n

Photo courtesy of: Rioville

John Gotty is a veteran in the sneaker game, collecting through multiple decades and a go-to authority on the golden days of kicks. His knowledge of the history as well as being impervious to the hype makes him one of the most respected people in the industry. Make sure to check out his site The Smoking Section as well as his personal IG to keep up.

10. Anything adidas Boost

Photo courtesy of: Freshness Mag

Photo courtesy of: Freshness Mag

John says: “More specifically, any of the running models. Most comfortable new technology out. I have several pair and refuse to single out one above the others. They all deserve equal amounts of love. If you haven’t worn a pair, do your feet a favor and correct that pronto.

9. Nike Trainer Max ’91 “Philadelphia Eagles”

Photo courtesy of: Kicks on Fire

Photo courtesy of: Kicks on Fire

John says: “It’s that Trainer thing kicking in plus the fact that these got pulled quick, supposedly over the use of the Eagles logo. That doesn’t make much sense since they came out with the rest of the Swoosh’s NFL mockups but I’m no legal aide. All I know is they’re extremely rich in color and a well done green shoe doesn’t happen too often.”

8. Shoe Gallery x New Balance 580 “Le Tour de Miami”

Photo courtesy of: Sneaker Freaker

Photo courtesy of: Sneaker Freaker

John says: “My love for blues strikes again and the two involved parties did right with these. From a style perspective, the 580’s are the dopest NB model and the Crayola-bright blue used here has a glow to it.”

7. Ronnie Fieg x Asics GT-II “Brazil KFE”

Photo courtesy of: Ronnie Fieg

Photo courtesy of: Ronnie Fieg

John says: “I’m obviously a big fan of blues. Show me a bad blue shoe and I’m all in. Sometimes, Ronnie Fieg’s kicks can get buried under the hype and salesmanship but these were definitely well executed. Everything from the materials and color scheme used to the packaging was top notch.”

6. Nike Air Flight ’89 “White/Royal Blue”

Photo courtesy of: Kicks Deals

Photo courtesy of: Kicks Deals

John says: “After Kanye was photographed wearing these a few years back, the prices on them skyrocketed so what went from “I’ll wait on them to go on sale” turned into them disappearing from stores shelves and landing on eBay at inflated prices. After an off-and-on wait-and-watch for a pair at a price I liked, I pulled the trigger and now have the style mate to the varsity red pair. Now, I’m looking to double up.”

5. Nike CJ81 Trainer Max “Fright Night”

Photo courtesy of: Nike

Photo courtesy of: Nike

John says: “Megatron’s second sig didn’t move me as much as the first so I went back and grabbed the ‘Fright Night’ colorway once I was able to locate my size. I don’t do all-red shoes like that but the aggressive look on these plus the overall comfort of the model make them a winner. Part of the visual appeal can be found in the Kool-Aid red Air units because it stands out strongly. Migos’ “Fight Night” always plays in my head when I go to pull these out of the box to wear.”

4. Nike Air Huarache Light “Ultramarine”

Photo courtesy of: The Shoe Game

Photo courtesy of: The Shoe Game

John says: “Almost the same reasoning as the original Huarache. I’ve been waiting on a chance to grab a pair of these for maybe 20 years I suppose. My girl’s cousin had them in high school and I secretly envied her for them because they were so damn cold. Hate no more.”

3. Nike Air Tech Challenge II “Wimbledon”

Photo courtesy of: Hypebeast

Photo courtesy of: Hypebeast

John says: “I missed the first Wimbledon (but who didn’t?) and was determined not to have that happen again with these. They were definitely one of my top purchases for the year based off the model and the materials.”

2. Nike Air Mission “Oregon Ducks”

Photo courtesy of: Sneaker News

Photo courtesy of: Sneaker News

John says: “I like it when Nike does Oregon stuff and I love Trainers. Mostly black, good Ducks detailing and glowing green sole make these a tough pair of shoes.”

1. Nike Air Huarache “Scream Green”


Photo courtesy of: Crooked Tongues

John says: “I had these in 10th grade when these originally released and have waited forever for a proper retro for them. So glad it finally happened. Oddly enough, my daughter, a junior in high school and definitely not into kicks like that, saw them in the store and wanted a pair, too. As a dad and kicks fiend, it melted my heart. However, we mutually agreed to never wear them on the same day. That’s just corny.”


Stay tuned tomorrow as we will feature another Top 10 List.

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Jian DeLeon’s Top 10 Sneakers of 2014 Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:36:36 +0000 10388189_10101887533245197_6466066233363985727_n

Jian DeLeon is the deputy editor of the style channel over at Complex Magazine. He got his start as a style writer for ‘Plex before jumping over to GQ for a year, and then coming back home to ‘Plex where his game started and he helped influence endless features. His clean sartorial choices and witty writing has made him one of the most respected names in his field. More than just high-end denim that costs more than your monthly retro budget, Jian always pairs his outfit with something different than the average style lords on Instagram. Check out his Top 10 Sneakers of 2014 and make sure to follow him on social media here.

10. Nike Air Force 1 “Supreme”

Photo courtesy of: High Snobiety

Photo courtesy of: High Snobiety

Jian says: “You can never go wrong with a white AF1 High, and these were undoubtedly one of the coolest things to drop during Supreme’s 20th anniversary. I personally appreciate these more than the Tiscis, though of those sneakers, the Vachetta mids were my favorite.”

9. J. Crew x New Balance 998 “Independence Day”

Photo Courtesy of: Sneaker Freaker

Photo Courtesy of: Sneaker Freaker

Jian says: “The differentiation between menswear dudes and sneaker dudes got murkier this year. Need proof? Look no further than the fact that J. Crew started selling hyped NB collabs alongside cuffed hem pants. I also like that the colors are patriotic enough without screaming ‘Murrica!”

8. Nike Air Footscape Woven Motion “Shanghai”

Photo courtesy of: Hypebeast

Photo courtesy of: Hypebeast

Jian says: “I’ve always loved the avant-garde weirdness of the Footscape Woven, and I copped these to switch out with my Glow Jordan Futures. The green sole sealed the deal for me.”

7. Public School x Generic Man Hi-Top Sneakers

Photo courtesy of: High Snobiety

Photo courtesy of: High Snobiety

Jian says: “The PSNY Jordan 1 was significant when it hit the runway this past summer, but to me these Jordan XII-inspired high tops are the king of the castle. They’re minimal enough to wear with a suit, but still look great with stacked denim.”

6. Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith

Photo courtesy of: Sneaker Freaker

Photo courtesy of: Sneaker Freaker

Jian says: “I know I’m gonna get heat for this one, but real fashion heads look at this shoe and see how it perfectly ties into the materials and themes of Raf’s Spring/Summer 2014 line. It uses the same textured leather as his mainline Holographic Sneakers, with the unique snaps and green/blue colors that also featured on certain clothes from the collection. That means a lot more to me than a perforated “R.”

5. Commonwealth x ASICS Gel-Lyte V “The Gemini”

Photo courtesy of: The Shoe Game

Photo courtesy of: The Shoe Game

Jian says: “These are the first pair of ASICS I’ve worn in a long time. The monotone wabi-sabi material theme isn’t necessarily new, but when done well, it makes for a great sneaker. Couple in the fact that I’m a sucker for navy blue, and these where a shoo-in for me.”

4. Nike Air Huarache “Hyper Punch”

Photo courtesy of: Kicks on Fire

Photo courtesy of: Kicks on Fire

Jian says: “2014 was the year that menswear guys discovered the Huarache, and while the monotone colorways and Hero Blues get a lot of well-deserved shine, the Hyper Punch was my personal favorite—probably because it sounds awesome when I say it in my head like Captain Falcon from Super Smash Brothers.”

3. adidas SL Loop Moc

Photo courtesy of: Finish Line

Photo courtesy of: Finish Line

Jian says: “The SL Loop Mocs remind me of a pair of Visvim FBTs but are a total bargain. These came out of nowhere and when I saw they were just $90, I knew I had to scoop. It’s the kind of sneaker that encapsulates retro-futuristic design tastes without being too ‘out there’ for the average dude.”

2. Jordan Future Premium “Glow”

Photo courtesy of: High Snobiety

Photo courtesy of: High Snobiety

Jian says: “To be totally honest these still are my favorite new Jordan shoe. It’s a true lifestyle shoe that feels like a modern day Chukka, the kind of footwear you can wear forever and with anything. The XI sole gives it street cred while the breathable upper has all the appeal of one of my other favorite Nikes, the Footscape Woven. It’s a past-meets-present mash-up that shows the shoes have almost become more important than the athletics that inspired them.”

1. Common Projects Achilles Low

Photo courtesy of: Hypebeast

Photo courtesy of: Hypebeast

Jian says: “After years of copping lower-priced minimal kicks, I bit the bullet and finally ponied up the cash for a pair of white Achilles Lows. I don’t regret it, it feels like I can finally stop chasing the dragon. These are the kind of shoes you buy because you’re determined to get married or buried in them—I may opt to do both.”

 Stay tuned tomorrow as we will feature another Top 10 List.

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ASICS Gel-Lyte III “Snowflake” Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:02:19 +0000 Click to view slideshow.

Are you ladies tired of the guys getting all the great looks for retro runners from ASICS? Rejoice, because that’s about to change. Arguably the coolest colorway ever for the iconic Gel-Lyte III in women’s sizing (but that won’t stop the guys from buying them) arrives this season in an appropriately icy “Snowflake” colorway.

With this version of the classic split-tongued runner from ASICS, you’ll get a frosty blue hue blanketing the suede and ballistic nylon upper, matched with an accenting shade of soft purple. Snowy white stripes and a speckled midsole finish off the “Snowflake” look. The overall color scheme was designed with winter in mind, but these lovely Gel-Lyte IIIs will look just as good in the summer sun as they do in the snow.

Fortunately, unlike how no two real snowflakes are alike, the ASICS Gel-Lyte III “Snowflake” colorway is available now online at


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ASICS “Christmas” Pack Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:27:44 +0000 Click to view slideshow.

Ho! Ho! Ho! ASICS spreads some holiday cheer this winter with the 2014 “Christmas” Pack, featuring two of the brand’s classic runners in premium Christmas-themed makeovers. There are two models, but you’ll get three options, as the pack contains a duo of the Gel Saga and one colorway of the Gel-Lyte III. Each model is inspired by Christmas icons, but in not-so-obvious ways by the use of non-conventional hues and unique color blocks.

First up is the “Christmas Tree” Gel Saga, featuring a blend of pine green and a contrasting toe in dark grey for the all-suede upper. Accents come in burgundy, while the festive striped laces add some final decoration.

Santa Claus is represented on the other Gel Saga within the pack. But don’t think of the modern, bright red-suited Santa with rosy cheeks and a cookie gut, think of the more traditional, old-timey Mr. Clause rocking a long burgundy coat—just like these Sagas—in the same dark red hue. Like the “Christmas Tree” version, these also have a contrasting toe color, this time in tan, while dark brown takes care of the side stripes.

Finishing up the trio of Christmas colorways is the “Snowman” Gel-Lyte III, outfitted in a white leather and grey suede upper, topped off with orange striped laces to represent an essential part of every snowman, the carrot nose.

To tie the pack together, along with the striped laces, each shoe also sits on a snowy-white midsole, while the insoles each receive a spotted graphic, adding to the magic that this time of year always brings.

Add the ASICS Christmas pack to your Wish List, and hope Santa brings you a pair.

If you’re not confident that you were a good little boy or girl this year, pick up the “Christmas Tree”“Santa Clause”, and “Snowman” from Finish Line now.

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ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Future Camo” Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:09:59 +0000 Click to view slideshow.

Your camo cargo shorts might need to hit a Salvation Army donation bin, but subtle camouflage prints on sneakers are still the rage. ASICS hits us with a new take to its GEL-Lyte III by adding a subtle yet strong camo print to the sneaker’s collar and footbed. The rest of the upper features premium leather and nylon for a comfortable, casual shoe you can pair daily with anything in your closet … Ummm, maybe not those Zubaz you have buried deep.

Grab your pair of ASICS GEL-Lyte III at Finish Line for under $100.

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Women’s Asics GEL-Lyte III “Raspberry” Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:02:46 +0000 Lately, it seems like the day-glow neon pink trend is starting to fade out, in favor of darker pinks. Not only do these hues go easier on the eyes, they also blend better with a wide variety of other colors. Complement your autumn wardrobe with the rich Women’s Asics GEL-Lyte III “Raspberry.”

Not for shrinking violets, the “Raspberry” colorway is a standout, but not blinding like the hot pinks we’ve seen in recent seasons. The rich pink upper is bold enough that you’ll still make a statement, but those around you won’t need shades. Hits of red throughout also darken the effect, resulting in a sneaker that’s just right for fall.

And we can’t forget about the coveted silhouette and styling of the GEL-Lyte III. This 1991 original is a perfect ambassador of the retro running trend that’s currently gaining momentum.

Get the Women’s Asics GEL-Lyte III “Raspberry” now on

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Asics GEL-Lyte III “Bandana” Sat, 06 Sep 2014 13:53:32 +0000 One of the biggest trends over the last year or so has been the all-red sneaker. We’ve seen this being used on every silhouette possible from basketball to luxury sneakers, and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down as much as we assumed it would.

Rocking a pair of all-red kicks makes an immediate statement, so you want to make sure that the pair you have on your feet has the style to match its loud and attention-grabbing color. If you’re still looking for the right pair of all-red sneakers, then look no further than the Asics GEL-Lyte III.

There is nothing wrong with jumping on a trend, but if you’re going to do it you might as well do it in style right? What better way rock the look than with one of the best running sneakers of all time.

The Asics Gel-Lyte III originally released in 1991 and has been going strong ever since. And as you know, the iconic silhouette has enjoyed an extra boost in popularity in recent years thanks to the running shoe trend that has been getting bigger everyday in the sneakerhead community.

Get the Asics GEL-Lyte III now at

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