When I pre-ordered the Nike+iPod Sport Kit, my initial idea was to buy a shoe wallet, made for holding keys and I.D. while you run, and attach it to my laces with the transmitter inside. But on the day it arrived I realized I still hadn’t managed to get off my butt and find a shoe wallet. Luckily, when I saw how small the transmitter actually was, I realized that I could easily attach it to my shoe under the laces, and my velcro shoe mod was born. Despite how simple and thrifty the mod is, I still receive comments and email from people who are wondering if the transmitter works with a shoe wallet. In service to those people, I laid down my hard-earned cash to find out.
The obvious choice for me was to go with the Nike Running Shoe Wallet. Since this site may have cost Nike thousands of dollars worth of shoe sales, I figured it was the least I could do. And I do think it’s the best looking of all shoe wallets on the market. So while I was in San Francisco today for the SF Marathon (just watching, not running), I decided to swing by the Niketown store in Union Square and pick one up.
The first thing I noticed was the reasonable price… eight dollars. It’s a sleek, almost shoe-shaped neoprene pouch in two-tone grey with reflective trim and a velcro closure on the flap.
I had expected a velcro strap on the back as well, but instead there’s a plastic clip that slides down behind your laces.
The clip has a small plastic tab on the end that keeps the pouch from sliding back up as you run, similar to a standard belt clip.
The transmitter fits inside the pouch with room to spare. I’m guessing that if the transmitter can slide around inside the pouch, it may affect its accuracy. So to keep it from moving around while I ran, I folded up half a Kleenex and stuffed it inside the pouch as well.
I did a quick one-mile run and the transmitter measured it perfectly. The Nike Shoe Wallet was remarkably stable and comfortable on my shoe; I actually forgot about it after a couple of blocks. I ran back to my starting point and received another perfect one-mile reading on my iPod. I would say that using the shoe wallet is every bit as accurate as the velcro shoe mod.
One last thing to mention: There are several other companies that market shoe wallets, and I’d love to provide a rundown of all of them. Unfortunately, my site has been plagued by numerous spammy comments from at least two of these companies. They’re disguised as glowing testimonials from satisfied customers (which were fishy to begin with), but it didn’t take much detective work figure out what was going on. I’m a big fan of free speech, but don’t care for people taking advantage of it to deceive my readers.
Therefore, so there’s no confusion or hurt feelings, here’s my position on the subject:
- Shoe wallets do work as a way of using the Nike+iPod Sport Kit with any brand of running shoes, and it probably doesn’t matter much which shoe wallet you use.
- If you’d like to shop around for brands other than Nike’s, it’s very simple to search the Internet for them.
- I encourage people to discuss their experiences with shoe wallets here, but any endorsement or link to a specific brand or store will be edited.
- If you own a shoe wallet company and would like to advertise your products on this site, you can sign up for Google Adwords (), or you can contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Shoe wallets offer a simple, affordable way to get the Nike+iPod Sport Kit working with non-Nike shoes. If you’re uncomfortable with putting velcro on your shoe, or don’t like the look of the transmitter under the laces, they’re probably the best way to go.