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Nike Joyride cushion tech will make you want to run

Keeps your feet happy, makes running easier

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Running is a much-dreaded activity to some. The thought of moving, hurting your feet, and getting tired is already exhausting. What more when you actually run? Fortunately, Nike embarked on a quest to make running easier.

Introducing Nike Joyride. It’s a new cushioning technology meant to keep you moving forward. It aims to redefine running as Nike claims this innovative solution can adapt to every runner’s foot, giving a more personalized experience.


This new cushioning technology uses TPE beads strategically placed in zonally-tuned pods, with varying scale depending on how the foot hits the ground when moving around. Nike Joyride aims to lessen the impact your feet receives when you’re running.

Made for every kind of runner

Nike Joyride Run Flyknit will be the first to feature this technology. Whether you’re an all-out runner or a beginner getting into running, this sneaker could be the right match for you. It can handle casual strolls and intense running, whichever is your preferred lifestyle.

Fun with Joyride doesn’t stop there. The Nike Joyride NSW, Nike Joyride NWS Optik, and the Nike Joyride Kids Nova are also coming in the future.

Nike Joyride NSW Setter, which debuted during Matthew Williams’ SS20 ALYX show during Paris Fashion Week, will also be sporting the technology.

The Nike Joyride Run Flyknit will retail for PHP 8,545 (US $168). It will be available after its global release on August 15.

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Home appliances that fit your pastel, feminine aesthetic

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Nowadays, it’s not that difficult to marry your aesthetic with technology that fits your needs. No, I’m not just talking about phones and personal gadgets here but appliances that make life much easier.

I still remember back in Spring of 2017 when we just moved to Berlin and we were still putting our kitchen together. I wanted some pastel colors in the kitchen. This, to make cooking a fun activity even in my busiest of days and in the dead of winter.  It was hard to find anything that matched my palette that also fit our budget.


Looking through this year’s IFA, we were given a glimpse of what’s now available in the market and what’s to come. Let’s just say, you won’t be stuck with just two options. So if you’re looking for appliances that fit your feminine aesthetic without having to sacrifice technological advancement, we got you covered.

SMEG: Retro Chic

A touch of color and retro feels that can make any Instagram feed happy. Their fridge is a classic and the design is something we are definitely familiar with. For functionality, it does tend to be basic but if you’re someone who wants something that is a straight-up fridge with not much frills, then this would be perfect.

You get ample space that can fit a small family’s needs for a week but it’s not a fridge I would recommend if you’re someone who likes to store food much longer than that. And let’s face it, why would you? You’d just forget about it anyway. Might as well get to them at their best state.

The price tag for a SMEG fridge here in Berlin start at about EUR 1,000 (US$ 1,107). If that’s pretty steep for you, the brand offers other items for your kitchen that come in pretty pastels as well. Something you can get for now while you save up for that fridge. From electric kettles, juicers, toasters, blenders and even mixers that can be a serious threat to Kitchenaid looks-wise, SMEG offers products that can still fit your budget despite its premium status.

What’s impressive is their dishwasher that comes in such a gorgeous shade of Cadillac pink. Despite the retro look, it comes with various modes that any modern homemaker will be happy about. Five programs that even cover your crystal plus five quick versions of each. For all those times when you get unexpected guests and you just need your dishes stat.

Bosch: For the Fickle Minded

We’ve all been there — waking up one day and just wanting to redecorate the whole apartment, wanting a fresh look for all the fresh starts we keep having. But if you decided on a bright red two years ago for your fridge, how in the world will it fit your new, much more relaxed, pastel aesthetic?

No worries, Bosch has the Vario fridge. The first fridge that was designed to be re-styled whenever you want and whatever your color your mood dictates. As long as it fits in their 24-color palette which, come to think of it, already feels like more than enough.

Prices in Germany start at EUR 1,279 inclusive of the standard grey fridge with a pair color panels. Extra panels come at EUR 179 for a pair.

Another thing we definitely enjoyed at the Bosch pavilion at IFA was the CookIt. It may not come in pretty pastel colors but it does come in white – which will definitely go with your colored pieces. The food processor and multicooker in one is definitely a game-changer in the kitchen that it got a GadgetMatch Best of IFA Award.

Samsung: Personalized Elegance

The first in their line of customizable appliances, Samsung introduced their BESPOKE refrigerator line. Not only do you get to choose the colors of your fridge, you also get to design how the modular configuration of the fridge can fit into your kitchen.

From the size, material, the number of doors, handle position, and the way it will all fit in your space, everything is decided by the customer. Choosing the configuration and colours for the fridge also come as an experience for the customer. A screen that immediately lets you see how it will look like in your own (or dream) kitchen wasn’t just convenient, it was fun to use as well.

A choice between nine colors also gives you the power to give each fridge door a different color. Another recipient of the Best of IFA award here at GadgetMatch, the Samsung BESPOKE refrigerators are rumored to come out mid-2020 here in Germany and we obviously can’t wait.

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How to wear nude: The perfect summer to fall transition

Look chic this transitional season with a color you most probably have in your closet

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The combination of cool breeze and sunny skies can only mean one thing: summer isn’t completely over but autumn is almost here. Dressing during this transitional season can be tricky — sweaters and boots can still be too warm during the day, yet the wind can easily blow your favorite summer dress up.

And then there’s color. Summer whites and bright colors have to slowly start taking a back seat to give way to fall’s earthy tones. My go-to during this summer-to-fall transition is a closet staple all of us should already own: nude. All 50 shades of it. Here are some styling tricks you can take note of before heading out this month of September:


Layer with linens

Linen-blend paperbag shorts from & Other Stories

There are very few things more comfortable than linen during the summer. On days when temperatures fluctuate more than usual, wearing layers with a linen piece can be your go-to. Combine it with something warmer like a cotton sweater. You can also throw a blazer on top if the weather permits.

Slip into a slip dress

Slip dress from ARA

Who says you need to give your slip dresses a break this season? You can keep wearing those silk pieces as you transition into fall with a warm turtle neck sweater underneath or over it to turn it into a skirt.

Keep calm and carry the mini bag

Leather mini bag from Looks Like Summer

Mini bags may be the it accessory this summer, but it doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year to keep using them. Neutrals like nude will work with your outfit when styled appropriately for the season, even when the item is no longer trendy.

Power dress with an extra long coat

Nude trench from & Other Stories

Sweating underneath a powerful outfit is neither attractive nor commanding. Power dressing when it’s hot and humid out is not easy, especially when getting to work involves a lot of walking or subway rides. During this summer-to-fall transition, you can bring that light-colored coat from spring and wear it over your work outfit when needed. Plus points if your smartphone (or its case) doesn’t ruin the look, but actually matches with it.

There are many other ways to survive the summer-to-fall transition as stylishly as possible, but there’s nothing like sticking to pieces you most probably already have in your wardrobe — and styling them for the season — instead of buying more pieces that you won’t be able to wear until next year. There is, for sure, something nude in your closet that’s begging to be worn. It’s a staple that works with almost anything, may it be summer or fall.


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Reebok Crossfit Nano 9: The best crossfit sneakers right now

A perfect balance of comfort, wearability, and durability

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As you can guess from the name, after 9 years, the 9th generation Reebok Nano was built with the CrossFit community in mind. Reebok worked closely with CrossFit athletes of all levels from around the world. They provided guidance and feedback in shaping this version and the result is a huge evolution in terms of comfort and overall fit.

Officially dubbed the “Nano for All,” this crossover shoe tries to be that perfect shoe to fit any variety of fitness activities, including for short distance runs, training at the gym, or just weight training.


In spite of the name, these sneakers are meant for more to be doing more than just CrossFit workouts, since they adapt for different use cases. Keep in mind, they’re not running shoes. In fact, they’re so much more. This is a pair you can wear across all types of routines and still look cool walking to the office in them.

The Nano 9 was released worldwide around June, and so far the feedback has been pretty great, so I was excited to try it out.

In Reebok’s Nano line of shoes, every odd numbered model gets a sizable update to improve performance and wearability. For the Nano 9, a couple improvements vs previous iterations include:

  • A redesigned new Flexweave outer construction to better move with your foot
  • Split outsole for better comfort and reactivity that features MetaSplit grooves for better traction and grip
  • Reworked midsole and heel construction

It’s quite a change in construction but turns out it makes the Nano 9 much better at performing in the gym, but also in your everyday setting.

A more flexible Flexweave

We’ll start with the upper part. The outer construction of the Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 is made out of the company’s Flexweave material. Specific to this model, the Flexweave was designed to be slightly more maneuverable and accommodating compared to the usual Flexweave material on other Reebok sneakers.

Just like on the Nano 8, the Flexweave material wraps around your feet to create a nice lightweight construction.

There’s an additional layer of material towards the toe area, which will help protect the shoe from wear and tear during any heel or toe dragging gym movements like burpees or push-ups. The heel-to-toe drop, aka offset, is about 4mm which is much lower than most running shoes which are usually about 9mm, but this is in order to give your foot a more stable position that is close to a flat position for exercises.

On the lateral side, you’ll see Reebok’s vector symbol. Not as nice as their delta symbol but oh well.

Superb cushioning

Coming to the midfoot, there are six eyelets running up, with a design similar to Reebok’s Speed TR sneakers. The eyelets are reinforced, and the tongue is wide and padded to ensure comfort and protection during any gym movements like rope climbing.

You’ll also notice that the last eyelet extends higher than the rest, so you have a good amount of ankle stability with the laces.

Coming to the heel, the construction is a similar design to the Nano 8. The inside of the heel has good support, while the outside of the heel does a good job of resisting any heel slip.

Coming to the most important part — the midsole.

The midsole on the Nano 9 has been reworked to make the shoe even more comfortable. It has a nice supportive foam-like material towards the toe that has a good amount of reactivity, allows seamless toe flex, and is generally very comfortable. The additional EVA foam cushioning really feels great while running, or during exercises.

Every time you lift weights, you transfer your balance from either the front to the back, or back to front, or side to side, and this cushioning constantly alternates between compression and reaction, so it is much appreciated. Responsive cushioning is also really important to running shoes as well, which makes the Reebok CrossFit Nano 9.0 a pretty good option for short distance runs too.

Designed for comfort and stability

The midfoot of the lateral and medial side of the shoe has a TPU layer that goes all the way from the outsole, wrapping over the midsole for solid durability and additional support.

The TPU splits towards the back of the heel, to support stability and comfort.

The most talked about change with the Nano 9 is the split outsole. It gives much more flexibility for foot movement during workouts.

The split outsole also makes it MUCH more comfortable for runs, and thanks to the Reebok metasplit design, there’s no forefoot slap when you’re running around.

Lastly, there’s a bunch of colorways for the CrossFit Nano 9. You’ll notice I got the more subtle option from Reebok and they look pretty sweet! As usual, choices might depend on the country you’re buying it from.

A perfect balance of comfort, wearability, and durability

There’s a couple things you need to look for when trying to find a good pair of crossfit sneakers: comfort and wearability. Can you wear this to the gym and outside on your walk to work or back home?

Then, there’s also the overall stability of the shoe under various workouts, like squats or deadlifts or HIIT workouts. And then, there’s also reactivity and how the sneaker performs during cardio workouts like zumba or whatever you throw at it in the gym.

Overall I wore them at the gym for about an entire week, across a lot of different workout styles, and the overall comfort, stability, and reactive design actually makes these a really great pair of crossfit sneakers. They resist compression when you’re weight training, and the split outsole and soft midsole are super reactive to handle whatever you throw at them. Even a long run. I really enjoyed working out in the Nano 9. It’s no wonder so many crossfit people recommend these. I’m impressed.

Plus the material is pretty breathable so you can wear them on your walk to the office, and if you get the same colorway I did, it’ll look classy enough for corporate scenes.

However, these are slightly narrow sneakers. So if you’re going to get them, maybe try them on in a store, or go up half a size.

Which brings me to one special section because these are gym sneakers — durability. Most gym sneakers break down in a couple of months and show signs of wear and tear in the first couple of days.

The Reebok Crossfit Nano 9 actually seems like they’re pretty indestructible. Granted, I’ve only been wearing them for about a week but I haven’t noticed any breakdown on the outsole or material yet. With the additional TPU wrap and the strong outer Flexweave, plus that very strategically placed material on the toe area, I feel like these sneakers can really take a beating.

Is the Reebok Crossfit Nano 9 your Sneaker Match?

If you want a pair of gym sneakers that’s the jack of all trades, the Reebok Crossfit Nano 9 might just be perfect for you.

Not only do they look cool, they’re priced pretty much in line with other cross trainers in the market. It offers a comfortable, newly tweaked midsole, with that split outsole, and a very breathable Flexweave outer that definitely helps with performance in addition to comfort while you’re working out. If you’ve used any of the previous Nano versions, I gotta say, the Nano 9 has improved in almost every way.

All-in-all, as someone that’s been hitting the gym almost everyday lately, I’m a fan of the new Reebok CrossFit Nano 9. Usually I’m skeptical about cross trainer shoes but I think Reebok has done a great job here. They created a gym sneaker that brings together comfort and performance.

If you’re looking for a new all-in-one kind of shoe for the gym, I’m thinking you’ll be pretty happy with the Reebok Nano 9.

Pricing – The Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 retails for about INR 9,999 in India, while in the US (where shoes are generally much cheaper) they retail at about US$ 130.00.

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