Let me tell you something: I hate running. The thought of jogging for even just half an hour, or any sort of long distance running, is enough to make my legs jelly. It’s been the bane of my workout experience ever since I tried to get into a more active lifestyle, so much so that I’d rather do any other form of cardio apart from running. Indoor cycling, boxing, rowing — you name it, I’ve tried it in the name of avoiding running.
Which is why when Nike told us that they had a shiny new shoe that’s meant for the reluctant runner, I was, well, skeptical. I’ve tried many a running shoe in my day (often buying because they look cute so I get motivated to run, TBH) but I’ve yet to try one that’s truly comfy from start to finish.
And what is this magical running shoe, you ask? It’s the new Nike Joyride Dual Run. By now you probably know that Nike is known for its technological advancements in the world of shoes, so you’ll know that there’s some magic tech sauce in these puppies.
The Joyride Dual Runs look like any good old pair of running shoes, but when you take a peek at its soles, you’ll notice that a semi-translucent panel at its heel reveals a pocket of tiny balls. They look a little bit like Dippin’ Dots, but Nike assures that they are more than just a novelty to look at. These little spheres are TPE beads (thermoplaster elastomers, if you must know), which help the shoe absorb shock when you’re running.