- Date: 23-Feb-2015
- By: Natasha Renée Hayes
- Comments: 5
Fitness Tools: Nike Studio Wraps
I just LOVE these!
Ok, technically, I love the idea of these as I have yet to get my very own pair…but don't worry, I will.
As a dancer, yoga and Pilates enthusiast, I really appreciate the versatility of these wraps. They have four different ways to wear them, so they're able to change with your needs.
If you're looking for:
- Basic protection of the foot while having more control with bare toes,
- More support through the arch while having more control with bare toes,
- Arch support with a whole slipper that grips, or
- Just a flat slipper with minor tread,
You get all of them with the Nike Studio Wrap.
These may just become my favorite shoes!
Nike Studio Wraps for Dance
Saying “I'm a dancer” is a bit of a catchall phrase as there are many forms of dance, but I love them all! I've done everything from ballet and jazz to hip-hop and belly dancing. I love ballroom, salsa, modern, ancient and numerous cultural dances I've learned from different countries and villages. Dance is a beautiful expression and interpretation of music and gives an insight to people and culture.
Different dance styles require different shoes for performance, but most forms are practiced with slippers, socked or bare feet (with a few exceptions). Even dances that will have you on pointe or in heels would kill your feet if you practiced in them all of the time. To protect the foot, but still get close to bare feet, there are even footundeez. Check them out!
Nike Studio Wraps are so versatile! They can replace several different dance shoes and be carried in a great little bag. If you're like me, and like to practice several forms of dance, being able to easily build up the support or strip it down to the basics and not have to carry around multiple shoes is the best! No limitations because you don't have the right gear.
Nike Studio Wraps For Yoga
Yoga is usually performed barefoot, which I love. Still, there are some poses where a little more traction would be nice - especially during Bikram yoga (hot yoga - performed in a room approximately 105 degrees Fahrenheit or 40.6 degrees Celsius).
One of the best things I learned from yoga was the phrase and idea:
“If it's available to you...”
Often yoga instructors say, “If it's available to you today…” followed by some sort of challenge to try the harder pose or movement. I loved this expression and have carried its concept into many areas of my life. The idea is to listen to our bodies and understand that not every day and moment are the same and to work within our true limitations while not allowing false ones to hold us back. What does this have to do with Nike Studio Wraps? Some days, I might need a little more traction. Some days I might feel more comfortable with a little more arch support. Some days, doing that pose barefoot might not be "available to me".
Nike Studio Wraps For Pilates
Pilates is a lot more involved than most people who have “tried it” know. Though I grew up with Calanetics, which is largely based on a modified form of floor and barre-style Pilates, my first exposure to using the Pilates machines was following a major vehicle accident. I was put through several different types of therapies, but working on the Pilates machines were the most effective for my SI and low back. It was amazing!
I remember one exercise in particular where I wish I had a pair of Nike Studio Wraps. It was performed barefoot, because I really needed your feet to grip the bar. Lying down on the trapeze table (Pilates Cadillac), I used my feet to grip the bar, extend it out, bring it back by bending my knees and then re-extending it into the upper position. Here is a video to show you a little of what I was doing (starting around 49 seconds), but I did mine while holding my butt off of the table. All I can say is, it's hard to hold on to that bar with my feet during all of that! I'll take a pair of Nike Studio Wraps please!
Nike Studio Wraps and Barefoot Running
Thanks to much research (and experimentation) by my wonderful husband, Joseph, I have come to appreciate the strengths and limitations of barefoot running. Joseph had flat feet - and I mean flat. He also had a lot of cramping in his feet. Through various exercises and strengthening of the foot, he has raised his arch and significantly reduced pain in his feet. (Details for how he did this will come in another post.)
Some limitations of barefoot running come in especially when making the transition from the normal, extremely supportive and cushioned shoes. People can really hurt themselves. It's like lifting heavy weights for the first time - it's important that build up strength first. Transitioned correctly, there is a lot to be said for training barefoot.
This is one more area where Nike Studio Wraps come in. You can transition and add or take away support as needed. It really allows you to customize your gear (shoes) along with customizing your workout. I will note that this is a "studio" wrap, so the actual wrap portion (without the slipper) should only be used indoors, if you want it to last.
A Closer Look at Nike Studio Wraps
I think that it's so much nicer to be able to look at shoes up close, so here are a few images to let you get a closer look at the wraps, slipper flats and bottom of the Nike Studio Wraps (so you can see the traction).
Also, here's a list of what you should find inside your Nike Studio Wrap box (shown in detail on the video):
- The Studio Wraps
- Two Arch Support Ribbon Ties
- The Slipper Flats
- Bag to Carry it All
Nike Studio Wraps Give You Options
The little treaded slipper portion could even be worn like the ever-popular ballet flat. So you can wear them in and out - sweating in your workout or out with friends. They come in many different colors too! You can buy different wraps (without the slipper flat) so that you can change it up. I just love these!
What About You?
Do you have them, want them or not like them? If you have them, let us all know what you like or dislike about them, where you use them and what they're best for. If you're hoping to get some - what are you most looking forward to using them for? Which colors do you want?