New BalanceWith our New Balance Boutique just opened, we turned to our Corporate Concierge and three-time marathoner (soon to be five) for her insights into what it takes to find the perfect running shoe.

While my life is dedicated to style, I have to say it: you can not pick running shoes based on color. Each shoe is designed with specific runner mechanics in mind. The prettiest colors may not always give you the right type of support or flexibility you need. Make up for it by buying fun running clothes or getting a great running buddy.

I recommend you go to a running shop and get fitted. A good place will analyze how your feet hit the ground, ask you about trouble spots (like knees), and recommend shoes based on these (and other) factors. The store should let you test the sneakers, and have a pretty good return/exchange policy. The fitting is free, and the time spent up front will avoid time spent at the doctor’s or physical therapy later.
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August 25, 2011



The Concierge knows all. From the best local spots to fulfilling your quirkiest requests – the person behind the desk is the one who makes it happen. And at the ultra luxe Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in southern California, Concierge Olga caters to the requests of le crème de la crème.

Rue La La: What’s the best thing about being a Concierge at the Ritz?
Concierge Olga: Definitely the relationships that we build – to connect with and engage our guests, find out who they are, what they like, and what they are interested in. It is fun to see the same people coming back year after year, depending on you to make their vacation unforgettable.
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March 15, 2010