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The durability of lightweight running shoes is shorter than for other athletic-shoe segments, which bodes well for the brands and retailers, as the replenishment cycle is now speeding up and replacement pairs are more frequent. "Look for this trend of growth to continue, and the trend of lightweight shoes to migrate beyond just running," Cohen said.
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