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Christmas Gift Guide 2012

Posted by The Shadow on November 25, 2012 (0 Comments)

Christmas Gift Guide 2012

The MyFootyBoots.com.au Christmas Gift Guide 2012 is here!

We believe the best gift you can give someone is a new pair of running shoes or footy boots. We're not biased at all ;)

Take a peek at the white panel inside a pair of the lucky person's shoes to determine their size. Remember our shoes are sold in US sizes so take note of that size and the brand. For the most accurate size, we suggest sticking to the same brand and size as the old pair.

If you think they would prefer to pick our their own shoes, purchase a MyFootyBoots.com.au Gift Card!

Now on to the latest releases in time for Christmas!

 

Running shoes

Asics Kayano 19

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 19 is here, lighter and faster than last year's model. For those not familiar with the Kayano range, it has been Asics flagship model for many years and is by far our most popular selling running shoe. The Kayano 19 is a well-cushioned shoe that offers maximum support and is suitable for all runners from casual to serious.

The full Asics Kayano 19 range.

The Asics GT-2000 range.

Nike Free Run + 3

It's time to introduce yourself to the feel of barefoot running (with the protection of a shoe!) as the Nike Free Run + 3 now has a fresh range of colours for you to get your hooves into. 

The Nike Free Run + 3 range.


 

Football Boots

Cristiano Ronaldo's Nike Mercurial CR7 Range

The hugely popular Mercurial is bringing the speed again. But this isn't any Mercurial. This cleat is the newest addition to Cristiano Ronaldo's signature line, the CR7 series! Available in the Mercurial Vapor, Mercurial Miracle, Mercurial Victory and the indoor Nike5 Gato Leather.

The Cristiano Ronaldo CR7 Nike Mercurial range.

 

Nike CTR360 Volt/White/Green

Nike CTR360 now comes in Aussie green and gold colours for those patriots out there. A great range from the entry level Enganche III to the elite Maestri III FG, there's something for everyone.

The Nike CTR360 range.


 

Futsal Shoes:

adidas Freefootball range

The latest range of adidas futsal shoes are here. The Free Football range is a supremely light weight shoe designed to make you the fastest player on the court. Available in a great range of colours.

The adidas Free Football Futsal shoe range.










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How long do runners last? Are my shoes worn out?

Posted by The Shadow on October 11, 2012 (0 Comments)

How long do runners last?      

How do I know if my shoes are past their use-by-date?

The general rule of thumb for a shoes lifespan is 500 - 800 kilometres. This is higly variable and can be hard to track if you use your shoes for activities other than walking and running.

One of the most common (and late!) signs of shoes being worn out is if activity level has been consistent and the wearer is suddenly getting pain or soreness in their feet / knees / back / etc.

To prevent this, evaluate your shoes monthly for excessive wear. Look at:

1. Thickness and texture of the outsole (part of the shoes that contacts the ground)

2. The midsole (material between outsole and upper part of shoe) for wrinkles which appear with excessive compression and decrease the shoes ability to attenuate shock

3. Alignment of the heel counter (seam along the back of shoe) which should be perpendicular to the floor to ensure even heel strike

4. Wearing on the inside of the heel which can occur due to excessive pronation / supination of the foot during gait (arch movement). This may likely mean this particular shoe does not provide your foot with adequate support

5. The flexibility of shoes comparing their ability to flex and twist. Both sides should feel the same.

Having given your shoes a close inspection, it's probably time for a new pair of shoes. Definitely check out our new release runners range to make sure you're wearing the latest shoes on the market.

Currently, our most popular shoes are the Asics Kayano range and the huge range of Nike Free runners

 


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Hair mojo no laughing matter

Posted by Timothy Eade on May 18, 2012 (0 Comments)

Does the hair make the player or the other way around?

It's a question worth pondering which naturally leads me to wonder, 'Would Chris Judd and Gary Ablett Jr be even better players had they not gone bald at such a young age?'

Some might argue the opposite and say that going bald has made them 'no fuss' footballers. You might even reference the Demons Nathan Jones, who seems to source much of his menace and relentless attack on the football from the frustration of being hairless.

Perhaps Jones's elaborate tattoos are a means of compensating for his inability to express himself follicularly. Either way, he seems well suited to being a bald man though it's clear that Ablett would love to be blowing some long blonde locks out of his face as he jogs back to the centre square.

As for Judd, his all business approach seems to reflect his haircut. For others like him, their hair is an expression of their play.

Take Kyle Reimers (erratic), Nic Natanui (long) and Jeffrey Garlett (short) as players whose haircuts seemingly embody their games. Tom Hawkins I'd say has grown into his hair. It's always had terrific body but now it's more of a consistent length. 

Speaking of which, from a distance Jonathan Brown's hair looks like a helmet, something he should consider wearing.

This isn't always the desired intention though. Sometimes players are trying to use their haircut to show the broader world the kind of player they want to be.

Take Dale 'Daisy' Thomas. With his current 'do you can kind of tell Dale is sick of being called Daisy. Gone are the long affeminate locks, streaks of blonde hair with beautiful autumn red tones. His hair and his game were one and the same. Flashy, superficial and lacking in substance. Today, Dale looks like a Dale. His hair is slick and stylish but strong and no longer does he resemble a pre-pubescent boy darting around the outside of packs, toe poking cheap goals and making bad jokes that annoy everyone around him. To be fair, it also looks like the man once referred to as a fragile flower hasn't been playing that way for a while so the trim was well and truly overdue. 

There is a campaign currently circulating that he should grow it all back. I do not share this view.
 
To be truthful 2012 hasn't seen as many major hairdo change ups as previous years and I don't think it's a coincidence that so few players seem to be having break out seasons. Those who have made big changes up top, however, are bringing it on the field.

Richmond's Ivan Maric is one the few modern players who doesn't think a mullet is a kind of fish. The big man looks like he'd be better suited to flannel, some suspenders and wielding an axe but football seems to have taken his liking and with a look like that I won't argue.

I can't lie. At times I feel Ivan is sourcing mystical powers from those 'flowin' Kentucky locks'. He's channelling a style embraced by some of our greatest sports people, namely Jason Gillespie and Sticks Kernahan.

Given the ruckman's form and his aura on the field, it's no surprise Dustin Martin's follicles now drape over the back of his jumper's collar either. I like where Dusty's head's at and more importantly where his hair's going.

Which leads me to wonder, is he making a statement or is his hair making it for him?

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When Moneyball doesn't work

Posted by The Shadow on April 17, 2012 (0 Comments)

A few weeks ago Karmichael Hunt was extolling the virtues of a book teammate Gary Ablett Jr had recommended to him. 'The Four Hour Body' written by Timothy Ferriss aimed to get maximum results from minimal time in the gym through a combination of seemingly minor changes to your lifestyle, diet and fitness regime. Hunt said the book had helped his body rapidly morph into a physique better suited to the challenges of Aussie Rules after years playing as a bulky fullback in rugby league.  

In some ways Ferriss' 'The Four Hour Body' echoes some of the ideas of another good read embraced by the broader sporting fraternity in Michael Lewis' 'Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game'.

'Moneyball' analyses the once unusual approach of former Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane who is credited with turning a mob of undervalued baseball misfits into a contender in the MLB. Much in recent times has been made of transposing Billy Beane's moneyball strategies to other sports. Typically, the system relies on rigid statistical analysis weighed against the players' income and overlooks some of the old fundamentals once so readily embraced in sports scouting. Like 'The Four Hour Body' though the objective is pretty much the same. How do you get the best possible team by spending the least possible money?

In the AFL, mature-aged recruits are often celebrated as moneyball bargains and evidence that this shrewd 'outside-the-square' approach has been adopted by our own code. Michael Barlow, Orren Stephenson and Ian Callinan have all been referred to as moneyball players. No doubt, they're all good value but in the cold hard light of day, there are many anomalies moneyball seemingly can't factor in.

Not all players can be secured on the cheap and there are few better examples of this than Karmichael. He's come with a high price tag that in moneyball terms makes him seem as though he's grossly overpaid. The same can be said for Israel Folau.  

But Hunt and Folau exist outside the parameters of conventional moneyball logic. Both players were signed in part to garner newspaper column inches in markets more accustomed to covering rugby league. Their remuneration reflects an ability to capture free editorial coverage both locally and nationally for their respective teams. Surprisingly to some, if the value of the media coverage and subsequent interest they generate was monetised I'm sure marketing executives would argue they're being underpaid.

In Greater Western Sydney's case Folau serves the dual purpose of attracting disproportionate media attention while drawing people's eyes away  from high-priced recruits like Tom Scully, who neither crave the limelight nor need it as their own skills and bodies evolve.

Most of the Gold Coast's picks with prior AFL experience - with the exception of the erratic Jared Brennan - have proven to be solid medium-term investments meaning Hunt doesn't need to act as such a media focal point. His game is improving noticeably and as a result he'll attract far less criticism this year than last.

One can't help but think Folau's improvement must mirror that of Hunt's to help ensure the off-field success and longevity of the Giants. Much more hinges on his ability to perform well than just a player proving he can adapt to a new code. His retention seems to be a lingering issue but so was Hunt's until he re-signed this year. The AFL's promotional dollars may have the final say when his contract is negotiated but only time will tell. 

What Folau does have going for him is that on the field both he and Hunt started slowly while showing occasional glimpses of brilliance. Also in the giant Giant's favour is he is more athletic and could evolve into a crucial key position player. His early NAB Cup form was promising and that's an encouraging sign.

Last weekend Hunt played his best game for the Suns and is showing rapid improvement. Again, the narrative arc that he provides is something that only money could buy but it also seems likely that it will foreshadow the improvement of the Suns young list.      

Seb Tape, Aaron Hall and Tom Lynch were all standouts against Essendon who played finals last year. Seeing a hard, experienced athlete like Hunt on the field can only be of benefit to their development.

Both Folau and Hunt's much celebrated hardness could be their greatest weapon. Tactically, the game is becoming more congested and the value of tough players who can win contested possesions - either over-head by taking a big mark, or on the ground - is more valued than ever. This suits both players' respective games and means their capacity to constantly run in the manner of most elite players may not be so harshly judged.    

Ultimately, neither rugby league convert is or ever will be a moneyball player but that doesn't diminish their inherent value to their football clubs, nor should they feel compelled to justify their salaries on those terms. 

 

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Thin-skinned Scarlett no match for old-school 'pests'

Posted by The Shadow on April 04, 2012 (0 Comments)

While watching a replay of Matthew Scarlett take a half-hearted swing at Hayden Ballantyne's chin and subsequently fall to the ground as though an anvil had swung through Patterson's Stadium and blasted him into the grandstand, I realised how sanitised football had become. I flicked the channel, only to see it again moments later and thought of all the nut bags and loons who've played the game with such unhinged bravado in years gone by.  

Fact is if such slapstick comedy was presented by the broadcasters in black and white you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled upon a Chaplin brothers sketch.  The lugubrious nature with which Ballantyne stumbled, moaned and winced and the chin-out school bully routine from Scarlett did little to reinforce the common mantra that AFL has never been tougher.  

In modern terms, players like Ballantyne and St Kilda's Stephen Milne are considered 'pests' but somewhere Tony Liberatore is rolling his eyes. Deep down, I'm sure he's insulted. Mark Jackson, who to this day remains the perfect blend of kooky-humoured eccentricity coupled with a bad temper and exhibitionist flair was a standout nutter.  Scarlett would never have punched Jackson and Ballantyne wouldn't have needed to buckle his legs had a Jackson punch landed.

Certainly thuggery never has and never will have a place on the football field. However, the quirky and colourful footballers of yesteryear now seem lost to the archives. The game is too rigid, there are too many coaches and the professional era has well and truly dawned. Players like Kyle Reimers, Jordan Lewis and Mitch Robinson clearly look they wish they were part of another era but they're trapped like Marty McFly in the future. Their aggression is tempered and they're quick to adhere to 'non-negotiables', 'structures' and the like.

From a fans' perspective the trade-off is reasonable but every time I see something like Matthew Scarlett punch Ballantyne it's hard not to yearn for a different time. A time when 'pests' had more venom and players in general had much thicker skin.

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