END Footwear, a performance footwear company focused on sustainability, wins â€œBest Trail Running Shoe Debutâ€ from Runner's World magazine, the worldwide authority on running information. The much-anticipated Spring Trail Running Shoe Guide reviewed nine of the best shoes for off-road running.
Every shoe reviewed by Runner's World is first tested at the Runner's World Shoe Labâ€”an independent testing facility. The Stumptown 12 oz. shoe was flexed, pounded and prodded to see how well it performed before being wear-tested. According to Runner's World, â€œThe new END Stumptown 12 oz. is an environmentally friendly shoe with a nimble ride...and testers liked the lightweight trainer's soft heel and an exceptionally flexible forefootâ€¦Recommended for fast-paced training or racing across level terrain.â€
END delivered what runners want in a lighter trail shoe - flexibility, responsive cushioning, pliable uppers, stability and protection â€“ while avoiding most of the unnecessary and often toxic materials that runners don't want. The award winning shoe is named after Portland's original nickname, coined during a period of phenomenal growth and tree removal after 1847. In addition, END beat its own pre-production weight goals by leading with a â€œless is moreâ€ design philosophy. The men's size 9 weighs a sleek 10.4 ounces and the women's size 7 weighs a petite 8.8 ounces.
Andrew Estey, CEO and Creative Engine for END, responds, â€œWe're psyched to receive such high praise from our first season of product! Our original goal was simple and continues today: design high-performance running shoes using less toxic materials, more recycled parts, and a return to craftsmanship. This award represents the authentic passion you'll find inside every END shoe box.â€
END (environmentally neutral design). Founded in 2007 by award-winning shoe designer Andrew Estey, END questions every component of design to minimize the environmental footprint of its products. END is an outside footwear company that has built a culture around forward motion and doing more with less. As a catalyst for change in running footwear, END was profiled in the Runner's World November 2008 â€œGreen Issueâ€ as an industry leader for changing the way footwear is designed and manufactured. For more information about END Footwear, visit the web site at http://www.endfootwear.com.
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