The Best Bet
Originally released in 1988, the Adidas ZX8000 was once considered among the most technical of running shoes because of its patented torsion arch system. Compared with today’s cutting-edge computerized shoes, the ZX8000 is practically analog, and it’s unlikely you’ll see it on any of this week’s marathon runners. But it’s been embraced by sneaker fetishists, thanks to pairs like these ($110 at Classic Kicks, 298 Elizabeth St., nr. Houston St.; 212-979-9514), reissued as part of Adidas’s Oddity series–and for ambitious marathon watchers, it’s plenty comfortable.
First, Find a Creative Plumber
Kohler’s shower tiles allow you to have as many showerheads as you want, wherever you want them ($119 each at Davis & Warshow, 150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-688-5990; by appointment).
A Smoother Marathon
Body Glide’s athlete-tested Skin Formula will get you through 26.2 miles with minimal blistering and chafing ($6.99 at Eastern Mountain Sports, 591 Broadway, nr. Houston St.; 212-966-8730).
Good-Looking Clutter Control
Hold Everything’s new faux-leather-trimmed canvas storage pieces stash a lot of mess with more charm than the usual cardboard box ($28 to $78; 1309–1311 Second Ave., at 69th St.; 212-879-1450).
Skate in Style at Bryant Park
With a rolled cuff for comfort and high-grade blades, Riedell Gold Medallion 300’s are the best recreational skates ($249 to $299 at Paragon Sporting Goods, 867 Broadway, at 18th St.; 212-255-8036). Bring them to the just-opened Pond at Bryant Park, and you can skate for free through January.
Sunny Pottery for Wintry Parties
A blue-and-white majolica platter by renowned ceramicist Gorky Gonzalez adds festive cheer to a table ($35 to $225 at La Sirena, 27 E. 3rd St., nr. Bowery; 212-780-9113).