Is Black Friday the cheapest day to buy stuff? After investigating the two largest markets - clothing and tech - the answer is a firm no. In this pricing analysis study, we analyzed 1.4 million prices of 4,024 sneakers from more than 200 retailers over the past 3 years to understand the relationship between prices on Black Friday and the rest of the year. We also analyzed one of the 5 most popular products from 3 different tech categories on Amazon to understand if the f[…]
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323,776 Reviews Say "Expensive Workout Shoes Aren't Worth It"
Are expensive workout shoes worth it? This study analyzed 323,776 reviews of 336 workout shoes from 20 different brands. The analysis focused on the pricing, rating, and savings for shoes across the entire category as well as individual brands. The data makes it clear that expensive workout shoes are not better than more affordable ones and are not needed to enjoy the benefits of working out. In fact, the inexpensive workout shoes are overall rated better than the more e[…]
The Political Divide: Dems and Reps Can't Even Agree on Shoes
The political divide is seemingly greater than ever. Although we are all citizens of the same country, there are clearly differences in the people that fall on both sides of the aisle. Which begs the question: how does one’s political affiliation impact their online shoe shopping behavior? To answer that question, we enlisted the help of customers at RunRepeat. We conducted a survey where customers were asked to self-identify their political affiliation. We gathere[…]
185,959 Reviews Say Expensive Sneakers Aren't Worth It [Research]
Put your money away! As the price of a pair of sneakers goes up, user satisfaction does not increase with it. To the contrary, RunRepeat data suggests that shoppers are more satisfied with cheaper sneakers than they are with expensive sneakers. After analyzing 185,959 reviews of the 1,000 most popular pairs of sneakers in the RunRepeat database, regression analysis shows that there is no statistical correlation between the price of sneakers and how highly it is rated by[…]
Is the Everlane Tread Trainer a case of Greenwashing?
When you visit the landing page for the Everland Tread Trainer on the Everlane website you are greeted by a bold claim: “A new kind of sneaker brand. On the path to zero impact. The mission: Make the world’s lowest-impact sneakers. Make them to last. Make them carbon neutral. And never stop pushing to make them better.” The first step on this journey is The Trainer. They “started with full-grain leather produced at a gold-certified tannery, then c[…]
All Eco Sneakers Do Is Kill The Planet a Little Bit Slower [Study]
The threat from climate change is greater than ever. Recently a number of sustainable sneakers have entered the market. But does anyone actually know what environmental impact their sneakers have? It turns out that if the sneaker industry was a country, it would be the 17th largest polluter each year. That raises one question in particular: how much do these 'eco-sneakers' actually reduce carbon emissions by? Well, not as much as you might hope. Eco-sneakers are not goin[…]
The Complete Science-Backed Guide to Lifting Shoes: Barefoot and Beyond
Why do we wear shoes? I mean, it isn’t like cavemen used to camp outside for 2-3 days to cop the freshest pair of shoes from the Air Jordan Hunter Gatherer collection. Yet, they seemed to have done alright fighting to survive day in and day out. Nowadays everyone always has a pair of shoes on unless they are swimming or showering. Hell, I have never even seen my own dad’s feet (true story). But why is that? Do shoes improve our physical capabilities in sports[…]