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Parkour Shoes and Reviews

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As parkour has grown in popularity, a lot of companies have created and sold parkour shoes. A lot of people ask me what is the best shoe for parkour, so I’ve put together this guide to the most common shoes people might suggest for parkour. This is by no means an exhaustive list, these are just the most common ones that I have enough experience with to review.

One quick note: I am a big fan of minimalist shoes. There’s a lot of research out there that shows that the more padding and cushioning a shoe has, the MORE damage it does to your feet, knees, and hips. That’s out of the scope of this article though.

Full disclosure: In early 2010 I received some free Ariakes from K-Swiss. This has not influenced my review, but I wanted to be transparent.

K-Swiss Ariake [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="K-Swiss Ariake Parkour Shoe"][/caption]Price: Around $100

Description: This was the first shoe created and marketed specifically for Parkour. They’re made by K-Swiss. They sent a lot of free pairs out to traceurs a few years ago to help spread the word about being a Parkour shoe. Many people wearing Ariakes got theirs for free, either directly from K-Swiss or from someone who got them from K-Swiss. They also come in lots of different (and crazy) colors, which can be a pro or a con depending on your preference. :)

Culture Quirks from Paris

On A Business Odyssey - Nat Bruno

I visited Paris recently to see my brother and his girlfriend who have been living there for the past two years. Overall, Paris is a wonderful city filled with lots of beautiful, well-dressed people. I had a great time checking out all of the sights and tourist spots around the city - below are some of the observations that I made about Parisian life.

Almost all Parisians leave the city and vacation in August. However, the city doesn’t shutdown and at least one bakery is required to be open per neighborhood during the vacation month of August. Read more about this here.

Cafes do not serve coffee - only espresso in small little cups. Also, most cafes do not serve drinks in to-go cups. Parisians are great single-taskers. When it is time to eat or drink, they stop, go to a cafe or restaurant, eat or drink, and do solely that activity. You NEVER see anyone walking around drinking a Starbucks.

I love this aspect of Paris - everyone dresses well. No one leaves their house wearing pajamas or allowing their hair to be messy. You never see sandals (except on fat Americans) or even shorts. Women wear dresses and high heels. Men typically wear slacks and dress shoes or nice sneakers. Parisians care about how they present themselves to the world and it shows.

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