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Sweat & the City: Santa Monica

how to enjoy Los Angeles without a car (revitalize and reclaim your life from traffic)

July 14, 2015










My four years in LA were less than angelic (they were also my college years). With my hours split between class, work and traffic, I developed an intense loathing for car culture and the T-word (TRAFFIC). My relationship to the city is heavily “love-hate”, but Los Angeles is still a very special city to me.

One of the best ways to discover a city is to walk and wander around, LA’s sprawl makes that virtually impossible, but because my school was so close to Santa Monica, running by the beach became a favorite weekend activity of mine early in college.

Morning runs on the sand and bike path mean yummy, cool colors, brisk ocean air and a refreshing view of LA’s beauty.

Kept my run light and tight on this morning in Michi’s butt-lifting illusion pants and a pair of APL’s – rave post about the shoes to come (SO, SO LIGHT AND SUPPORTIVE).
Though I will just say this: my other love-hate relationship – with running – is swinging hard on the love side because of these shoes. Despite their lightness, there’s no sacrifice in support – at all. And they’re really, really sexy.

yoga pants: michi ny (carbon 38)
shoes: APL Techloom Mesh Pro

Beautiful photography by: Andy Mai

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  • Reply Steve July 16, 2015 at 11:04

    I can relate.

    Have you tried the Nike Free’s 4.0? I run with those and they’re good minimalist shoes. I’ve done the same route at Santa Monica beach with them and they’re a pretty good balance. The 3’s have less support, and the 5’s have more. They’re cheaper than the Techloom Pro’s, which is nice once you start buying more than 2 running shoes. My other ones with a tonne of support need replacement now, though!

    • Reply Shay July 17, 2015 at 08:30

      Hey Steve!

      What a great run, huh? Jog + acro on a Sunday = favorite combination.

      I actually have three pairs of the Nike Free 4.0 fly knit, and you’re right – they’re an amazing minimalist shoe! When I first got them, my feet had never been so comfortable. Mind you, I still love them and I wear them all the time. Really, the only issues I can think of are very personal: 1. I have terrible arches and fitting in support doesn’t work well with the flyknits and 2. The occasional misstep had my foot (not ankle) moving side to side – though that’s more likely because they’re flyknits.

      What I am so enamored about with the APL’s is that they feel as sturdy as airmax on your feet, but as light and bouncy as the free 3.0/4.0

      There is also a particular bounce when you run and I don’t know if that’s a specific, actual technology or if it’s because their simultaneous sturdiness and lightness play off of each other so well.

      Probably the most I’ve spent on running shoes, but – I think – well worth it. I’d like to say I’m mentally and emotionally converted from Nike to APL, but my broke, recently graduated ass begs to differ.

      • Reply Steve July 17, 2015 at 10:54

        I hear ya! I kind of want to try those APL’s now.

        What did you study, anyway?

        • Reply Shay July 17, 2015 at 11:30

          Go for it! My devotion is not affordable, but evangelism is still strong. I studied English literature and public policy. Borges is great by the way 😉

          • Steve July 17, 2015 at 12:30

            Ha! I appreciate you having a look.

            I’m almost done with a huge analytical piece on Borge’s poetry that I’ll publish soon.

            Anyway, best of luck on your site! You have a reader here!

          • July 17, 2015 at 16:57

            That’s exciting! And yay, great – thank you so much.

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