4th of July will be the first set of Quarter-Finals matches, so far the most anticipated and talked about match will be Brazil vs. Colombia with Brazil being the favorite to win the match as well as the World Cup.
The Round of 16 is now set and the matches look awesome! First up, Brazil and Chile followed by Colombia and Uruguay. Both of these matches should be awesome to watch. USA faces a tough lineup when they play on July 1 and their route only gets harder from there. Below is a bracket we created that helps up keep up with the action.
I have been keeping up with the World Cup action and watching the USA in the World Cup has been a roller coaster ride; with the win against Ghana, the draw against Portugal, and the loss against Germany, my emotions have run the gamut. The good news: they are now through the Group of Death and on to the Round of 16. The Bad News: their road has not gotten any easier. They will face a tough Belgium team that dominated their group and past that, Argentina or Switzerland. I suspect that they will have to play their best every game to be able to advance past these rounds. I am hoping I get to watch them all the way to the finals. GO USA!!
Finding your shoe size can be tricky, especially when buying a particular pair of shoes for the first time, because a given size for one brand doesn’t measure up exactly to another brand’s size. For example, if you wear a size 11 in Nike, it does not mean you will wear a Converse or Adidas size 11.
This is why Shoebacca.com has teamed up with Shoefitr and their 3D Customer Fit Technology to help our customers quickly and accurately find the size that will fit them in any brand.
Shoefitr is a fantastic option for online shoe shopping. It can be difficult when you are not in the store trying on the shoe. ShoeFitr has developed an online fitting platform that will help you find the right size and fit, making the shopping experience much more enjoyable.
NBC-DFW local news recently featured shoebacca.com, discussing our Shoefitr shoe sizing technology. Watch the clip below and see how Shoefitr determines the right size and fit for you:
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But, enough from my end. Here's a few words from fellow Shoebaccians about what Father's Day means to them:
Jessica Jones, Customer Service: Breakfast and a day full of corny Dad Jokes :)
Robert Schlachter, President: Father's Day means spending the day with the ones I love most. Exercising, fishing, eating and drinking and just hearing them call me Dad!
Jessica Contreras, Customer Service: Father's day, to me, means celebrating the man who played such a big role in my life and showed me so much unconditional love. My dad showed me the importance of family and hard work as I watched him work so hard to take care of us and give us what we needed. He's my hero :)
To all of the Dads out there, here's wishing you a great Father's Day Weekend from The Big Shoe.
Staying active every day, in any sort of way, is one of the values I've worked to instill in my daughter Hannah though the years. I've encouraged her in simple ways, like nudging her out the door to ride bikes with friends on weekends or heading up to the nearby middle school to knock the tennis ball around. So, it was a thrill to share another experience with her as my wife and I took her to one of our favorite places to visit: Taos, New Mexico.
My history with Taos is long and storied, with many guys trips and romantic getaways with Brittany making up a ton of great memories there. I've been up Wheeler Peak three times (two summits, one to the saddle that was aborted due to very high winds) and enjoyed the Williams Lake destination each time along the way as well. Hannah has been there several times but having just turned 12, she was excited about taking on a more challenging hike this trip. I bought a pair of Teva Slimkosi hiking shoes for the trip, Brittany upgraded her Wheeler Peak shoes to Adidas AX 1's, but it was surprising what a tough time my daughter had choosing between her Nike Free Run+ 2 EXT's and her Nike LunarGlide+ 4's she wears to school regularly. (The pending excitement of the hike took over a bit it.) In the end, she went with the Free Run+ 2 EXT's.
A nice lady at Taos Mountain Outfitters suggested a good group of trails for us just out of town, so we took a short drive out of Taos towards Angelfire. We picked a turnoff that looked good, parked and headed up a trail that climbed about 560 ft. elevation, providing some striking views of the area around Angelfire. With her newly purchased Camelback, Hannah looked like a true pro in her early years. It was great to see her having so much fun while being active, out of breath and setting up for sore legs in the morning. Moments like that will hopefully help her lean in more often to a healthy, active lifestyle. We're already looking forward to the next adventure.
Credit: WikipediaNothing quite epitomizes man vs. nature as rock climbing, and nothing feels quite the same after you get the view from the top of something you conquered with your own two hands. Getting out to a mountaintop is not something must people can do before they head back into the office Wednesday morning, so to get started, and to get going, many cities have indoor rock climbing walls. Offering memberships just like regular gyms, they bring you as much rock climbing as you might want, and a full nights sleep in your own bed!
Credit: DFW Adventure ParkFor those more into team sports (and ones that are a bit closer to home) paintball lets you work closely with your best friends, or shoot them, depending on your preferences (or payback for eating the last of the leftovers.) Obstacle course mixed with dodgeball is any easy way to think of it. (that sounds fun too!) Paintball parks offer a variety of fields with everything from mock villages to woods to run through. Games tend to be short, so you can play as many or as few fit your personal preference, with hardcore players have events that run an entire weekend straight.
Credit: Warrior DashPeople think 5k's can be boring. Not when your 5k's include fire! The new trend is to spice up the 5k for those who think a normal one is too boring, or not extreme enough. Offering obstacles from a swim through the lack, slogging through mud, wall climbs, and yes, literally leaping over fire, obstacle runs have taken off and massive events drawing thousands of people. Usually including live concerts and vendors, you can bring the entire family to watch you get covered in mud. (Assuming you can't convince them to run with you)
Credit: WikipediaKayaking, or as I like to say 'the most fun you can have sitting down' Is one of those sports that has an entire range of extremes. Everyone has a nearby lake, and many offer kayak rentals if you want to give a shot to traveling about. Bring a picnic lunch and explore inlets and islands you probably sped right by the last time you were on a speedboat. Of course like everything else, there is always the more extreme version, and if it becomes your passion, you will start searching for the white waters that you can careen down!