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  • Brands We Love: New Balance

    Motivated by the desire to assist others in achieving athletic excellence, New Balance encourages others to put their best foot forward when it comes to performance, health, fashion, environmentalism and community service.  It’s no secret, we’re a huge fan.  Here are a few reasons why: Continue reading

  • September Events In and Around Portland

    September is here and we are taking advantage of the wonderful weather with these exciting outdoor events below!  Whether it’s a bow-wow kind of bike tour, a muddy and messy obstacle course, a walk to encourage talk about AIDS prevention and treatment, or a happy-go-lucky harvest festival, Portland has got it going on this month!

    • Sit.  Stay.  Go!  Get ready for the best dog-gone bike tour, Tour de Lab, Portland has to offer for dog lovers!  Who let the dogs out is right!  Lucky Labrador is hosting 19-40 miles of fun September 7 for their one-of-a-kind dog-themed bike extravaganza.  Be prepared to come in costume!  A pair of dog ears and attachable tail will do, but if you’re feeling frisky, paint on a nose and whiskers too.  No (real) dogs allowed though.  Finish the race earlier than 3:45pm and you’ll be eligible to compete in a costume contest and everyone receives free beer and hotdogs!
    • Go big or go home at the Warrior Dash September 6!  The three-mile outrageous obstacle race, also known as the largest in the world, promises to push your every limit.  With obstacles such as the barricade breakdown, giant cliffhanger, great warrior wall, plunge, vicious valleys, road rage, warrior peak and warrior roast (where you literally jump over fire)…you’re not even there yet and you already feel exhausted!  The good news is if you survive there is a post-race party that provides juicy turkey legs, endless amounts of beer and live music.
    • Come support a great cause, the annual AIDS Walk Portland September 6!  Not only does the walk hope to spread awareness about AIDS, it also hopes to raise $500,000 to fight the epidemic.  There are several ways you can contribute.  Individuals can receive generous prizes by earning points for each dollar they raise, the number of posts put on Facebook, referring friends to sign up and sending emails through the website encouraging friends to donate, register or join a team.  So grab your friends and family members and walk your way to a better and brighter future for those in need.
    • Grape stomping competitions, barrel rolling races, watermelon eating contests and helicopter rides?  An artists market, magician, music, entertainment and wine, beer, and food tastings?  Carlton Crush Harvest Festival, held on September 13, is definitely a family-friendly event worth checking out!  Celebrating agriculture, sustainability and the annual harvest, this has tons of fun to offer and all of it is free!

    Be sure to check out for more fun events!  Get your art fix at the Pearl District Art Festival, nerd out at Rose City Comic Con, drink it up at the Hops Festival, color yourself crazy at the 5K Run or Dye race, and much, much more!

  • Foot burning when you step down? It may not be what you think.

    Every so often we make the mistake of wearing shoes that look better than they feel.  The consequences of such a decision remind us that beauty can be pain.  One such pain is plantar fasciitis which is the inflammation of the tissue running along the arch of the foot.

    Often referred to as “fallen arches,” the strain placed on the arch of the foot can be due to wearing shoes with little support or thin soles, having abnormally high arches or flat feet, being overweight or pregnant, switching from high heels to flat shoes, engaging in a new type of exercise, or working a job that requires standing for a long period of time.

    While anyone can strain the arches of their feet, often times it is women and older individuals who do.  If not treated correctly, the pain can be persistent and in some cases result in “foot pronation” or “flat feet.”  The best way to treat plantar fasciitis is to ice then heat the arches of the feet while resting and avoid putting pressure on the arches of the feet by walking, standing or exercising. Also helpful are exercises such as putting light pressure on a tennis ball and rolling the arch of your foot over it.

    If you’ve suffered from plantar fasciitis in the past or are determined to prevent it, avoid high heels and choose shoes that provide strong support to you’re the arches of your feet.  Shoe inserts are also helpful in that they stabilize your feet and lessen the pain to your arches.  Other ways to prevent injury are to avoid activities that demand stress on your feet and engage in stretching exercises that build muscle and ligament strength in your feet.

  • Plenty to do in Portland!

    It's officially starting to feel like Spring, and when you’ve got weather and time on your side it’s important to take advantage of it.  There’s plenty to do in and around Portland when it comes to the perfect date night, but what about the perfect outdoor day date?  Below are a few creative activities for those cute lovebirds who are looking to do something new.

    1. Hop on your bike or rent one and pedal your way around Portland with a guided bike tour.  Voted #2 top “10 Things to do in Portland” by Time Magazine, this is an experience you don’t want to miss!
    2. Tie up a pair of Brown Trail Walking boots by New Balance and go on a trek through Forest Park.
    3. Grab a public art walking tour map and check out a number of historic statues and stunning sculptures or take a stroll through the Pearl District and stop in the many alluring art galleries.
    4. Strap on a pair of Silver/Pink Walking shoes by New Balance and get lost in over 40 acres of tulip fields during the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Tulip Fest.
    5. Get wet and wild with Portland Kayak Company while navigating the waters with a guided Ross Island Tour.
    6. Go on a doggie date at a local fenced site such as Brentwood Park or run wild with your dog in a pair of Silver/Plum Running shoes by New Balance at an unfenced site such as Arbor Lodge Park.
    7. Flood your senses with the fabulous collection of flowers at the Portland Japanese Garden or sign up for the Spring Bloom Photography Class at Hoyt Arboretum and create a memorable album of the great outdoors.
    8. Slip on a pair of comfortable Mocha/Lime Suede Elise oxfords by Dansko and sip on some of the finest local wines while on a tour of the wine country.

    Turn off the TV, ignore the emails, and put your phone on silent!  Make some time to get in touch with nature and out of touch with technology.  We promise the experiences above will be beneficial to not only your individual health and wellness but that of your relationship with your significant other too.

  • What Portland Has to Offer

    While the rare sunny days here in Oregon come and go, us Portlanders have to take advantage of it anyway we can. Being outside and exercising is one great way we can do this. Portland is one of the greatest and most beautiful cities. However, I know I am guilty of not taking full advantage of it what the city has to offer.

    In Portland we have woods, rivers, beaches, trails, and roads to explore. According to, Hoyt Arboretum, in Washington Park, has over 12 miles of trails you can walk, and that’s only one part of Washington Park! Portland isn’t home to only one, but many different parks with hundreds of miles of trails and unforgettable scenery.

    If you aren’t trail runner than the paved waterfront loop is for you. The waterfront loop is around 3 miles long and has multiple entries between the Steele and Hawthorne bridges. Now we know that it isn’t always sunny outside and dressing for the occasion is vital to surviving the chilly Portland weather. Jackets, long sleeve thermal shirts, and a nice pair of waterproof running shoes are all a must.

    We have waterproof shoes that aren’t only nice feeling but nice looking too. After serving the greater Portland area for more than 30 years, we know by experience how important it is to have these essential waterproof pieces of clothing.

    Portland is a great city with beautiful features. Unless we get outside we won’t ever see them. has multiple hikes, and trails to feed your venturous side. So get outside and see what Portland has to offer.

  • Ten Tips For Getting A Proper Shoe Fit

    Years of wear and tear can be hard on our feet. So can disease, poor circulation, improperly trimmed toenails, and wearing shoes that don't fit properly. Problems with our feet can be the first sign of more serious medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and nerve and circulatory disorders. Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well can prevent many of these common foot ailments.

    Here are ten tips for getting a proper shoe fit:

    1. The size of your feet change as you grow older so always have your feet measured before buying shoes. The best time to measure your feet is at the end of the day when your feet are largest.
    2. Most of us have one foot that is larger than the other, so fit your shoe to your larger foot.
    3. Don't select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe but by how the shoe fits your foot.
    4. Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot.
    5. During the fitting process, make sure there is enough space for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up.
    6. Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.
    7. Don't buy shoes that feel too tight and expect them to stretch to fit.
    8. Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slipping - the shoes should not ride up and down on your heel when you walk.
    9. Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right. Then take them home and spend some time walking on carpet to make sure the fit is a good one.

    10. The upper part of the shoes should be made of a soft, flexible material to match the shape of your foot. Shoes made of leather can reduce the possibility of skin irritations. Soles should provide solid footing and not be slippery. Thick soles cushion your feet when walking on hard surfaces. Low-heeled shoes are more comfortable, safer, and less damaging than high-heeled shoes.

    Do your feet, back, neck and whole body a favor and find some shoes that fit your feet! Come see us today!


    The above information has been provided with the kind permission of the The National Institutes of Health ( and

  • 4 Foot Exercises to Improve Your Balance

    Thanks to an article by Real Simple, here are 4 Foot Exercises that will improve balance and strengthen your muscles.

    1. Toe extensions: Stand up and point your toes down to the ground, hold for thirty seconds and repeat.

    2. Toe grip: Put a piece of paper on the ground and pick it up with your toes, hold for 10 seconds, and repeat three times.

    3. Calf stretch: Stand up and put your toes on a wall and your heel on the ground until you feel the arch stretch and repeat with other foot.

    4. Raise your heels: Stand up and position yourself to be able to stand on your tippy toes for 10 seconds and repeat 10 times.

    And here is one more exercise, just for ‘kicks’!

    * Rolling the golf ball under each foot o Before you start your foot exercises freeze a golf ball for a couple of hours, then when finished with your exercises take it out and roll it along the bottom of your feet. It will massage the bottom of your feet and give you a nice cooling effect afterwards.

    Every night before you go to bed, just do a little foot exercise and your feet will reward you with less pain throughout your day.

  • Fitness Fun in Portland’s Glittering Winter Wonderland

    This December 8th whether you’re dashing through the snow like Dancer or galloping at a leisurely pace like Prancer in a pair of cozy kicks from Jays Wide Shoes, you’re guaranteed a jolly good time at the Portland Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.  With the goal of raising awareness and funds that support crucial research for adults and children who suffer from arthritis in Oregon and Washington, the Portland Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis offers a creative twist on the typical 5K run that will get you out of your Ho Ho Home determined to spread the holiday spirit.

    Prior to the Run/Walk, participate in the Holiday Costume contest with a pair of reindeer antlers adorned with ornaments and a red nose. If you haven’t the time to find a festive outfit, wow other participants’ candy cane striped stockings off with that frightful furry getup that your mom gifted you years ago.  The one that not even the Grinch would steal in the Ugly Sweater contest.

    Next, if you have a handful of Santa’s Helpers in desperate need of a way to expend all of their energy, let the reins loose and give those rowdy reindeer a chance to participate in the 1K Kids Fun Run with the Elves.

    Finally, shout out some holiday cheer at the 5K Walk/Run start line in some cozy Athletic and Outdoor Men’s Walking Shoes or Women’s Walking Shoes or if you’re really wanting to pick up the pace like Rudolph, do so in some Men’s Running Shoes or Women’s Running Shoes.

    Don’t be a Scrooge and register soon for the fitness – oriented, philanthropic fun outdoors in Portland’s glittering winter wonderland. Join in on some fun and festive reindeer games for a joyful cause!

  • Shake Your Tail Feathers

    With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you may be hoping (maybe even looking) for something a little different to do this year. Well, you’re in luck! Here are our top 5 things to do in Portland on Thanksgiving Day that will be sure to put a pep in your step.

    1.  Come shake your tail feathers at the annual Turkey Trot at the Zoo on Thanksgiving Day.  The 4-mile run/walk, which winds through Washington Park and the Zoo, is a creative way to start your morning with the family.  Afterward, gobble-gobble up a snack at the Cascade Grill located within the Zoo and experience exotic exhibits, such as the Red Ape Reserve and Penguinarium, on our nation's most traditional holiday.  Costumes encouraged!

    2.  Opt for a feel-good morning dance workout at Conduit so you can enjoy the stuffing instead of feeling stuffed after Thanksgiving dinner.  The two-hour dance event encourages participants to forget all that jazz that gets their feathers in a ruffle and rather celebrate their good fortune by moving and grooving to the beat of the ‘drumstick’ on the dance floor.

    3.  Give thanks for all that you have at PROPER's 13th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Celebration Tabernacle.  PROPER, a North Portland community enhancement organization, provides not only a cornucopia tasty food, including vegetarian options, but also serves up a platter of delicious multicultural music and storytelling for the whole community.  This event is also a great opportunity to give thanks by giving back to the community and volunteering!

    4. Instead of sitting around the dinner table telling yawn-inducing "When I was your age..." stories to your children, transport them back in time by treating them to a Turkey Day TV Dinner at The Original Dinerant this Thanksgiving.  At this 1950s and 60s inspired diner, feast on roasted turkey in a tray, with mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, caramelized brussel sprouts, and more.  Fill up after on freshly baked apple pie while watching the football game on one of the many TVs and your children will be giving lots of thanks for the retro adventure!

    5.  Get in the holiday spirit with a Thanksgiving dinner buffet cruising down the Willamette River on the Portland Spirit!  While this may not be the Mayflower, it will certainly be a memorable experience for the whole family in that it puts a new twist on the typical holiday tradition of eating at home.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view as fall slips slowly into winter.

  • Happy Feet

    How many people can honestly say they have put 150 tons of pressure on their feet? Well according to Northwest Foot Clinic they will tell you anyone 150 pounds or heavier that has ran for three miles has put that kind of pressure on their feet. Your feet are very important and deserve the best kind of treatment and comfort.

    Most people overlook how important their feet are and how much strain is put on them throughout the day. Even in the rain, Oregon is one of the prettiest states, however you can’t see the beauty unless you’re outside. If you have back, or neck pain it could all start with your feet. Your feet are your base and need to be taken care of properly and it all starts with the shoes that you’re wearing.

    Here at Jays Wide Shoes we know how important feet are and the care they deserve. We have a wonderful selection of comfortable, athletic and therapeutic shoes for all ages, male or female. With Oregon’s weather being as amazing as it is I am sure everyone wants to be outside (wink, wink). Don’t overlook your feet and get some cheap shoes that “fit”. We are fairly priced and conveniently located. Come into one of our stores or shop online if you don’t necessarily have the time. You can always call us too with questions about what might fit best for you and those wonderful feet of yours.

    Now we may not have doctors at our locations but we do have people who know shoes and feet! Running, hiking, walking, working, stretching, jumping… etc. all fit into the categories of shoes we carry in stock every day.

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