June 26, 2015 |

#FormFriday Presents: "The Backseat Driver"

Exaggerated heal strike? Too much reach? See what you can do about it in this week's edition of #FormFriday

"The Backseat Driver" is a classic over-stride form failure where the runner reaches the lead leg too far in front of the body during the swing phase.  In this week's edition of #FormFriday we'll show you what characteristics to look for in "The Backseat Driver", as well as some cues on how to clean it up. But remember, to really improve it's important to recognize your specific mobility and stability limitations that may be preventing efficient form--check... [view more]
Posted in: Training
June 19, 2015 |

#FormFriday presents "The Dropper"

Getting a little too much "hip drop"? Learn how to identify and improve this common form failure

It's #FormFriday again and this week we're bringing you the common form failure we like to refer to as, "The Dropper".  "The Dropper" is characterized by a lack of stability in either the ankle, knee, or hip.  This may cause the hip to drop out of alignment and the knee and ankle to roll inwards.  Check out the video below to see if you have this common form trait, then look at the cue for some helpful tips.  But remember, form is the result of a strong... [view more]
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June 12, 2015 |

#FormFriday Presents "The Rocky"

Swinging your arms too much when you run? Watch this video to see what's going on "under the hood"

Welcome to our inaugural edition of #FormFriday!  It’s Topo's version of  a PSA, an "Athlete Service Announcement" if you will.  You see, in addition to our shoe obsession, we are also committed to the study of human movement and answering questions like: "what makes us move and run?" and, "how can we do it better?". In our sport culture of supplements, wearable technology and yes, fancy footwear, most people (... [view more]
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May 7, 2015 |

The Athlete's Intuition

Why ditching the GPS and relying on feel can get you healthier, faster.

Topo Blog: Yau Lee
At the beginning of 2014, I got into a bike accident: descended more than 30mph, lost control of my bike, and ended up in the hospital, bruised and in need of stitches. Prior to that accident, I was on the rise: I had just PR'd a half marathon and qualified for the Chicago Marathon. My body was feeling great and I was at the peak of my racing shape. Then, this bike accident happened. I registered for the 2014 Kaiser Half Marathon but did not recover fast enough to run that race. I remember... [view more]
March 31, 2015 | Georgia Shaw, Director of Marketing

How the Halsa Stole My Heart

Staff Picks: our director of marketing, Georgia Shaw, gives 4 reasons why the Halsas are her #1

OK, I know I’m not supposed to do this, but I did: I picked a favorite.  Don’t get me wrong, there is something special about each member of our Topo product “family,” but there’s just something about that Halsa that makes me wanna smile every time I lace up those Bad Larrys.  I like them so much, in fact, that I just had to write this blog post.  PDA isn’t really my thing, but I’m putting it all out there for this one.A few disclaimers: 1.  I work for Topo (so, duh,... [view more]
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Brad Cox Lic.Ac. is a Movement Specialist, ACU-Running Coach and Licensed Acupuncturist specializing in Orthopedic Acupuncture and Sports Medicine.  He is the co-Founder and CEO of ACU-Mobility and ACU-Running.  ACU-Mobility is an educational and mobility products company, dedicated to the development of unique sport specific corrective exercise programs and innovative product design.  Brad has treated hundreds of athletes including: Olympic and world class Runners, Triathletes, Power Lifters, Elite Crossfitters and Professional Strong Men.  He is a consultant and running mechanics expert for TOPO Athletic.  He teaches workshops and seminars on running mechanics, mobility and movement analysis around the U.S.


Dr. Sonia Pasquale D.C., Lic.Ac. is a Chiropractor, Sports Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist, Movement Specialist, Nutrition Counselor and Co-Founder of ACU-Mobility and ACU-Running systems.  She has specialties in Orthopedics, Functional Movement Analysis, Functional Medicine and Women's Health.  She incorporates advanced Chiropractic and Acupuncture manual techniques to create a unique integrative approach to treatment.  She works with both Elite and Novice athletes to help them achieve their individual physical goals.  She is the Director and co-Owner of Wakefield Wellness Center outside of Boston MA.


Chris Lehman , Lic.Ac., MAOM, Dipl. OM is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, Movement Specialist and ACU-Running Coach.  Chris Specializes in Orthopedic Acupuncture and functional movement analysis working with all kinds of Athletes.  He focuses on balancing the body through Acupuncture and manual therapies to enhance proper biomechanics with an emphasis in sports medicine and injury prevention.


Kaitlin graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  After graduation she worked for a short time in the Med/Neuro ICU at Moore County Regional Hospital in NC.  Kaitlin has been an avid runner for many years, having completed several road races at both the half marathon and marathon distance, before switching to trail running.  Her love for trail running came from the many long distance hiking trails she has completed, such as the Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail.  She is excited to share her love for running by being part of the ACU-Mobility team!

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