Cold Feet? Circulation Tips for your Feet


Do you suffer from cold feet?  Have you considered that the problem might be from poor circulation to your toes?  Watch this very enlightening video entitled Circulation Tips with Natural Sports Podiatrist, Dr. Ray McClanahan.  The video is less than 4 minutes long, and it is packed with helpful information.

One of the primary reasons we have poor circulation to our feet is that our shoes squeeze our toes unnaturally, so by wearing shoes like this we compromise our circulatory inflow and outflow to our foot.  Dr. Ray claims that this could be responsible for cold toes and/or numb feet.

Dr. Ray’s three main recommendations in this video are:

1. Pay attention to footwear that respects your natural anatomy and allows your toes to branch out.  Avoid footwear that squeezes the branch point in your toes that makes blood circulation difficult.  It’s interesting to note that Dr. Ray illustrates the proper footwear as Lems Primal Origins in Earth Brown.

2. Try Correct Toes to help your toes branch out and place each toe in the correct anatomical position.

3. To enhance blood flow, you may want to try a hot cream or sports cream.  A typical chemical that helps to increase blood flow is menthol or camphor.  Dr. Ray’s favorite is a brand called Sombra, made with Capsaicin.

I have not tried Correct Toes or Sombra, but we absolutely love the Lems Primal Origins!  I have been wearing the same pair every day for over a year.  My feet couldn’t be happier!  Lems Shoes were formerly called Stem Footwear and Lemings, but the new name stands for Live Easy and Minimal.  I will be watching Dr. Ray McClanahan’s blogs and website for additional tips on happy, healthy feet.

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Lems Shoes can be purchased online at or


Zensah — The Number One Selling Leg Sleeve Brand


I love the Zensah Leg Sleeves!  They are made in the USA, and they are so comfortable!  They seem to have a bit less compression than CEP, but that makes them more suitable as my preference for daily wear.  Congratulations for Zensah for this recognition as the #1 selling leg sleeve.  Buy them online at

Here is the official press release from Zensah released November 29, 2012:

Zensah®- The Number One Selling Leg Sleeve Brand
Zensah® is the number one selling compression leg sleeve in run specialty according to Leisure Trends Group Data

Miami, FL – November 28, 2012 – Zensah® is the number one selling compression leg sleeve for running specialty, according to Leisure Trends Group Specialty Running Retail TRAK™ YTD Data.

Leisure Trends Group (LTG) is a leading market research firm, measuring trends and information about prominent markets like Running Specialty. Their data provides insight into standout items in the running industry, based on data from point of sale at retail.

LTG’s most recent year to date statistics (January – November 2012) state Zensah Compression Apparel as the number one selling compression leg sleeve in the USA for Running Specialty. Zensah® is the best selling compression leg sleeve four years in a row (2009-2012).

Lee Silverman of JackRabbit Sports in NYC says, “We have been working with Zensah for the past 5 years, and in 2012 we sold more than twice as many calf sleeves as the next leading brand. The variety of colors and styles allows us to match the tastes of many different runners, the product is consistently high quality, and re-ordering is simple and effortless.”

The premise behind compression apparel is that it helps runners to improve circulation, prevent muscle injury, and speed up recovery. Zensah® is the leading compression brand four years running. In addition to their top selling leg sleeves, they are recognized among athletes for their compression socks, ankle sleeves, and seamless sports bra. Their products can be found in specialty stores across the nation.

Suzanne Kerpel, Marketing Director at Zensah® says, “We are excited to announce Zensah as the number one selling compression leg sleeves! We are especially thankful for our Running Specialty partners who have helped us grow the Zensah® brand.“

About Zensah: Zensah® is a Miami-based company, specializing in sports compression apparel. Their seamless compression products are praised by athletes and fitness enthusiasts, including runners, cyclists, and triathletes. Zensah® offers compression products for performance and recovery. According to Leisure Trends Group Specialty Running RetailTRAK™, Zensah® has the number one selling Compression Leg Sleeves in the US for Running Specialty.

Drymax Cold Weather Socks


It’s that time of year again.  Summer goes by much too quickly for most people.  When the heat of the Summer is at its highest, we can’t wait for the colder weather, but then when it comes it seems like we aren’t prepared for it.
It’s time to break out the Drymax Cold Weather Socks!

In cold temperatures, moisture is your enemy.  Moisture pulls heat away from the skin 23 times faster than air.  Moisture can reduce skin temperature so rapidly that wet feet feel painfully cold.  Wet, damp feet are also more susceptible to blisters.  Drymax Cold Weather Socks have a special dual-layer moisture removal system that instantly moves moisture from the skin, through the inner Drymax layer to the absorbent layer, keeping feet dry.
Drymax is the least thermally conductive fiber. This means Drymax fibers keep feet warmer because they draw less heat away from the skin.
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Need more proof of how Drymax keeps feet dry?  Watch this quick video demonstration!

How do Compression Sleeves and Socks Work?

Standard just recently added the Zensah line of compression sleeves and socks to our line-up. Zensah started a blog, and one of their first posts was titled “How do Compression Socks and Compression Sleeves Work?“. I thought this was one of the best explanations ever.

Zensah Compression Socks

The greatest amount of compression is located towards the bottom of the ankle, and then decreases as you go up the calf. This helps to move the blood flow back up through your body. The Zensah blog explains the process better:

“Compression also minimizes Compression improves circulation and oxygenated blood flow to improve performance and enhance recovery. Enhanced blood flow causes deoxygenated blood to return back to the heart at a faster rate, which then allows oxygen rich blood to flow back throughout the body. This improved circulation reduces the buildup of lactic acid so that muscles do not experience stiffness or delayed onset muscle soreness that may occur in the days following strenuous exercise. Without the negative effects of lactic acid buildup, athletes can increase endurance and muscles feel more energized and rebuild muscles sooner.”

One of the interesting things is that compression socks and sleeves aren’t just for athletes or working out. Many people have to be on their feet when they are at work, and others travel frequently and for long periods of time. Compression socks and sleeves will help relieve and prevent the achiness you may experience in your calves after being on your feet all day or after long hours in a car or plane.

Purchase Zensah Compression Socks online at Zensah Compression Socks. They currently come in four colors: Argyle, Black, Pink, Sand and White. We love the Zensah compression socks and sleeves!

Report from a Marathon Trail Runner: Do You Really Need Compression Shorts and Tights?


I loved this article written by a marathon trail runner that outlines the benefits of compression shorts and tights from CW-X.  He said that he would never wear tights and/or compression shorts, but now he is a convert!

Do you really need compression shorts and tights? | Trail Running Club.

Buy CW-X Men’s Compression Shorts and Tights online at  CW-X Men’s Compression Shorts and Tights


Training for the World Mountain Running Championships — in Drymax Lite Trail Run Socks!


Two time Olympic Trials Qualifier, Sage Canaday, trains for the World Mountain Running Championships in his Drymax Lite Trail Run Socks!  Pictures speak a thousand words….

Drymax Lite Trail Run Socks are available in two styles:  Drymax Lite Trail Run 1/4 Crew and Drymax Lite Trail Run Mini Crew.  The collection of technologically advanced socks can be purchased online at  Use the Coupon Code “Blog” during check-out for an additional 10% discount.

Leming Footwear to Introduce New Styles for Early 2013!


The ever popular Leming Footwear (formerly Stem Footwear) just announced that they will be introducing some new styles in 2013.  I’m stoked!  I absolutely LOVE my Primal Origins lifestyle minimalist shoes from Leming.  We have sold these shoes throughout the US, Canada and all parts of the world, and all of our customers who have tried them have given them nothing but raving reviews.   These shoes are being designed by Andrew Rademacher, who is the designer of the ever-popular Primal Origins.

Five NEW Styles for early 2013:

All of these new styles will be built on a new 8.0mm LEMRubber™ air-infused sole.  The air-infused rubber sole is one of the reasons the current style of Primal Origins by Leming so comfortable.  The flexibility and lightness in this sole can’t be beat!

  • Men’s Dress Oxford (expected release February 2013)
  • Women’s Mary Jane (expected release February 2013)
  • All Season Boot (expected release February 2013)
  • Boat Shoe (expected release April 2013)
  • Men’s Canvas Loafer (expected release April 2013) is proud to carry the Leming Footwear Primal Origins in our store:   Leming Primal Origins

Benefits of CW-X Ventilator Tights


I enjoyed watching this short video review of CW-X Women’s Ventilator Tights.  As the health craze continues and people start to embrace running as a way of life, we think people will understand the benefits of utilizing the conditioning web support found in the CW-X tights.

This is an unbiased video, and we happen to agree with her!   Purchase online at:  For an additional discount, use the Coupon Code “Blog” at checkout.

CW-X Ultra Support Bra Featured on The View!!


The May 28, 2012 episode of The View featured the CW-X Ultra Support Bra. Find out why!

This bra can be purchased online at: For an additional discount, use the Coupon Code “Blog” during checkout.