Metro Man & Metro Home

By Kim Taylor

As any sportsman can tell you, the right shoe can make a difference: it can provide more comfort, which imparts more energy, which in turn renders the game or the run more worthwhile. Here’s a trio of extraordinary shoe brands to put some extra spring in your step this season.

The Athletic Propulsion Labs Basketball Concept 1 shoe is a dream come true, weighing in at just 15 ounces and crafted with technologically advanced materials such as the Load ‘N Launch feature that increases a vertical leap by as much as 6 inches. Find an array of sports shoes and apparel at the APL website,, and read about how the Goldston brothers raised the athletic shoe bar. The company’s tagline is “Stop Dreaming. Jump Higher.” – and that says it all.

Air Max, Lunarhaze and LIVESTRONG shorts

Nike’s LIVESTRONG brand offer an array of spring and summer sports clothing along with outstanding athletic shoes for all sports. With exceptional design and versatility, the LIVESTRONG line offers plush support, cushioning, ventilation, durability, and an ultra-lightweight feel to add some wings to your heels. The LIVESTRONG brand sportswear is just as lightweight, comfortable and ventilated, and also happens to look great and fit well on all body types. Find them at your favorite sports store, Nordstrom or at

Oddball offers a selection of stylin’ shoes to men with larger size feet – which with every passing generation, comprises increasingly more of the population. Starting at size 13 and running through size 18, Oddball offers Vans, Sperry Top-Siders, Adidas, Skechers, Anuk, Teva, Steve Madden, Converse, Keen, Florsheim, Johnston & Murphy, Dr. Martens and loads of other classic brands for men who leave a distinctive footprint. Check them all out at, and peruse their apparel, socks and hat offerings too, which are all sized for large men.

Stride right this spring – whether you’re looking for extra propulsion, or a size 15 shoe in your favorite style or brand, or simply want a solid shoe with comfort and durability.

Originally published May 2011
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