Monday, October 31, 2005

Actors needed for shoe spots

Rio Rancho Observer Online:

"Two local women will soon be the stars of what could become a nationally shown commercial.

The Rio Rancho advertising agency Edit House Productions, LLC is holding a casting call Thursday to find an actress for each of two commercials it is creating for Z-Coil Footwear of Albuquerque.

For one commercial, Edit House needs a 45- to 55-year-old Caucasian or Hispanic woman to play a nurse. In the second, a 50- to 55-year-old woman is wanted for the part of a schoolteacher. There are no racial preferences for the latter part.

The auditions will be held at the Best Western at NM 528 and Sara Road. Although the audition runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., auditioners can arrive an hour early to run through the script."

A previous Z-CoiL® Footwear commercial can be found here

Monday, October 24, 2005

Testimonial: Sandra S

Your shoes are the best thing that ever happened to me. I have had both knees replaced and have arthritis in my lower back, and I could hardly walk without crying, as I felt every step in my lower back.

After buying a pair of Z-CoiL shoes, I have walked more in the last month than I did in the three years previous. They have freed me to do the things I enjoy doing.

Thank you so much for this wonderful product. I talk about them so much, everyone tells me I should be a salesperson for the company. Two of my friends have already bought a pair. I am taking three more people to the store this Saturday, and I have no doubt that they will also buy a pair.

Sandra S.
Lebanon, PA

Sunday, October 23, 2005

For runners, shoes deserve much consideration

San Marcos Daily Record: "Of all the equipment a runner needs to purchase in a quest for fitness, the one item that is most important is proper fitting shoes.

Shoes vary in cost and fit and have enough variety that most runners can find a shoe that fits their running style. Shoes have anti-pronation, anti-supination, heel strikers, racing flats for fast runs and computer chips for the technology-inspired runners.

Runners can buy shoes for short runs and then have another pair for the longer runs and even some for dressing up to go shopping. Non-runners even buy running shoes because they are very comfortable and make walking around easier.

I was looking through a Reader's Digest the other day and saw a page on the latest and greatest new innovations on shoes. You won't find these shoes at the local discount store and will have to go to a specialty store that caters to runners and has high quality shoes.

The next shoe listed was the Spira. It has real springs in the soles of the shoe. The Z-coil shoe has visible coils on the outside that serve the same purpose. The claim from Spira is that they return 87 percent to 96 percent of energy from striking the ground.

Most shoes have a built-up heel so that when the foot hits the ground the force is absorbed and doesn't hurt the heel. But that energy is absorbed and not returned to the runner.

With the built-in springs in the heel of the Spira, the push back gives the runner a little help and will decrease fatigue and recovery time."

Thursday, October 06, 2005

October Testimonial: Kathryn M.

I discovered Z-CoiL® shoes about three years ago and have since purchased four pairs. If and when you come out with a white sandal, I will own five pairs! I own the tan and black sandals, white tennis shoes, and black Mary Janes. They go with anything I wear.

I discovered Z-CoiL® footwear after a desperate search for pain relief. I was diagnosed with bone spurs in both heels and arthritis in my knees and ankles about 10 years ago. Until I found Z-CoiL® shoes, I couldn't walk very far, and what little walking I did was with a limp. Anytime I went somewhere with my family that required a lot of walking, my children would constantly ask how I was, since they knew I was in a lot of pain. Once, while in Disneyland, they rented a wheelchair for me. I was 50 years old at the time and so sad that I couldn't walk where I wanted or for as long as I wanted. For a while I was desperate enough to consider surgery for my bone spurs, but I thought I would give Z-CoiL® footwear a try first before taking that drastic step. Boy, am I glad I did, because now I don't need surgery.

Today, I am 58 and can walk without any pain. I am a grammar school music teacher and need to stand and dance with my students all day. I can do so without foot, ankle, knee, or back pain-even after a full day's work. Z-CoiL® shoes worked for me from the very first moment I put them on. I find when I don't wear them and walk barefoot for a few days, all the pain comes back; but when I put them on again, the pain is gone and the relief is immediate.

I have sold so many family and friends on Z-CoiL® footwear. A friend of mine who did have surgery for bone spurs was having a hard time after surgery, and I suggested Z-CoiL® shoes for her. They helped ease the pain during recovery. She and her husband, a pharmacist, now wear Z-Coils daily. I am constantly asked about my shoes by total strangers who are experiencing all kinds of pain, and I happily explain to them how wonderful these shoes are and where to find them. I would like everyone to own a pair and end foot pain in the world forever.

I am happy to say that I recently went to Florida and walked all day long at amusement parks for four days, and I was totally fine.

Thanks, Z-CoiL. You have a loyal customer in me for life.

Kathryn M.
Gustine, CA

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Albuquerque Tribune: Z-CoiL Sales Up, Profits Down

The Albuquerque Tribune: Abq Biz: "Up and down: Z-Coil Footwear had sales of $11.9 million in the fiscal year ending June 30. That was up 9.4 percent from the year before. But profits were down, from $1.02 million to $501,319, because of taxes and a new computer system, the company said. "

"While the sales growth and net income reported this year are below our projections, they are gratifying when viewed in context with the events of the year," says Z-Tech CEO and President Andrés Gallegos.

Net income for the year ended June 30, 2005, was affected in part by taxes and two major company initiatives. Z-Tech's 2005 income was subject to $316,932 in income taxes. Z-Tech was not required to record any income tax expense in 2004 because the company had a net operating loss carry forward. All of the net operating loss carry forward has now been utilized.

The two initiatives that affected net income in 2005 were the restructuring of our distributor program and the implementation of a new enterprise resource planning computer software system.

We suspended adding new distributors in February 2004, and began processing distributor applications again under our new franchise retail program in February 2005. Z-Tech incurred additional expenses directly related to these two initiatives of approximately $850,000 in 2005.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Inventor of Z-coil shoes visits Edina to celebrate 10th anniversary

Sun Newspapers - - Archives: "Each step feels like you're walking on a trampoline.

Z-coil shoes are not only fun to wear, but are providing pain relief for those suffering from foot and leg ailments with, literally, a twist.

The curious footwear celebrated its 10th anniversary this weekend in Edina with the shoe's inventor, Al Gallegos. Sprongs, located in the 50th and France area, hosted the event.

The shoe is mounted on a coiled spring at the heel to absorb impact and reduce the shock load on the wearer's foot. The shoes also have close to an inch of padding at the ball of the foot to give joints additional relief.

Once Julie Molde discovered a pair of Z-coils on a tennis trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., she immediately returned home to open Sprongs with her daughter, Britt. The shoe store sells more than a dozen Z-coil models, from sandals to hiking boots.

"There was a lot of interest right away because of the appearance of the shoe," Julie Molde said. "And once they tried the shoe on, they found them to be very comfortable."

Gallegos pioneered the coil concept after realizing his years of distance running were causing him pain in his feet and back, he said.

"People make excuses for why they are hurt, such as, 'Oh, I'm getting older' or 'Oh, I'm overweight,'" Gallegos said. "But we just didn't have the proper equipment."" (more)