Shoe Game On Point: THON Preparation

photo posted by @pennstatethon on Instagram

It is that time of year again—THON is here! Penn State’s largest world student-run philanthropy annual event is to help raise money for families affected by childhood cancer. The dance-a-THON held is a non-stop 46 hours dance marathon that involves the dancers and volunteers remaining standing for the entire time which as any could imagine can become very wearing on your body. VALLEY has come to the rescue to keep you comfortable while continuously standing on your feet with shoe recommendations to best acquaint yourself with your standing needs. 

Nike Air Max 90
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Nike Air Max 90 is known to be considered the people’s shoe. It has Max Air cushioning inside which gives the feet comfort and support while you are on your feet for THON. They include Nike’s original waffle sole and TPU accents that add-in with the vibrant, fun colors. Not only are these stylish shoes to wear but Nike is one of Penn State THON’s sponsors! They will help support your feet while you support one of THON’s sponsors. These bad boys are MUST!

This product retails for $120 and can be found here.

Nike Air Monarch IV

Sticking with our Nike sponsor, another go-to shoe is the Nike Air Monarch IV. This style is unique to the Nike Air collection due to them being known for “total support for moving in comfort” according to Nike. The design of them was created to be lightweight while working out with leather on top and cushioning inside all to keep your feet happy.

This product retails for $70 and can be found here.

New Balance’s Made in Us 990v5 
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 Made in Us 990v5 are high-quality shoes made to have the perfect combination of comfort and style. These New Balances are now making a slow comeback from when they originated in the 1970s as they have been seen similarly on Kourtney Kardashian, a big trendsetter in today’s fashion world. Not only will they be a great addition to your shoe collection but they will help you feel your best during THON. 

This product retails for $174.99 and can be found here.


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Asics have been known for making footwear in order to complement your foot in the most ways possible. The GEL-Nimbus 22 are a best-selling maximum cushioned shoe that includes advanced technology that has constructed ways to reduce the load on your feet. Being a participant in THON, being able to take the pressure off your feet is much needed.

This product retails for $99.95 and can be found here.

The main message

Photo posted by @pennstatethon on Instagram

The main purpose of focusing on proper footwear for THON was for the dancers and volunteers for this weekend to feel their best and the most energized they possibly can become. Dealing with shoes that are giving you blisters during this event is the last thing VALLEY wants anyone to worry about. As a Penn State community, THON is something everyone comes together to celebrate and work towards a cure from fundraising money from standing all weekend long. Even though virtual THON may seem a little different this year, make sure your footwear is on point but comfortable for the bigger picture — For The Kids!

What shoes do you wear during THON? Show us by tagging us on Instagram or Twitter using @VALLEYMag! Good luck to everyone dancing in THON this year!

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