Athleisure wear has been all the rage in workout clothes lately, that’s why it’s not that surprising that running shoes are following suit. People nowadays prefer functionality that’s combined with fashion so they can easily go from the gym to having coffee with friends without changing what they’re wearing. Workout clothes and shoes back then are deemed as “ugly,” but thanks to innovations in design, consumers (even those who barely exercise) are scrambling to get their hands on the latest release.
With the numerous brands out there, it’s difficult to find and choose the right pair of running shoes to suit someone’s athleisure aesthetic. If you’re one of those folks who want to cop the right pair for running and still want to look good, we got five that you may want to check out.
Hoka ONE ONE Hupana – $115
From Hoka ONE ONE’s website, they mentioned that “hupana” is a Maori word that means spring back, which is related to how these shoes could make you feel like you’re “flying just above the ground.” Hoke ONE ONE may not be the first choice of uninitiated runners when it comes to running shoes, but so far, they have proven that they’re here to stay in the game by introducing the Hupana to the market, something that say can be worn all day—from working out to running around town. It’s light, it’s comfortable, and it doesn’t look clunky and uncomfortable like older models of running shoes. The shoe comes in a total of eight different colors, four of each for men’s and women’s variants.
Brooks Revel – $100
Full knit designs seem to be the hottest trend in running shoes since the past year, but that doesn’t mean that people are tired of it. Since the Revel won’t get released until July 2017, not many detailed photos of it have surfaced online. However, by the looks of these shoes, seems like Brooks Running knows what they’re doing when it comes to producing something that looks good enough to be worn all day and is durable plus comfy enough to run in. And to add to that, these babies are one of the most hyped up running shoe releases of 2017.
New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz – $79.99
New Balance has gained tons of fans not only because they produce good sports shoes, but also because they know the value of aesthetics and the Fresh Foam Cruz is a great example. There are two different versions of these shoes, the one that’s shown above with the synthetic mesh upper, and the other one that’s full knit.
Another thing to point out about the Fresh Foam Cruz is that it doesn’t look like your run of the mill running shoes but its functionality is just hands down, one of the best. That’s why you shouldn’t be surprised to see a sneakerhead collecting this in every color and style available.
asics Roadhawk FF – $90 (GS) to $100 (Men’s/Women’s)
The asics Roadhawk FF was just released this month and while you may frown at the fact that it’s a low-cost running shoe, you have to think about how this brand actually offers premium features in their items. The design for it isn’t too flashy and is versatile enough to be worn everywhere, with the GS variant of it coming in more neon/bright color ways. The FF actually stands for “FlyteFoam” which is one of Asics’ patented technologies that allows for maximum comfort and support for daily training.
Adidas ultra boost – $160 to $2,500 (for Yeezy variants)
At some point, you gotta start wondering who Adidas had in mind when they started hyping up the ultra boost. These are marketed as running shoes, but a lot of people are collecting these for the fact that it comes in so many colors/designs and a certain well-known rapper released his own version for the brand. The hype surrounding it have turned off some serious runners, but there no denying that the ultra boost has features that make it one of the most-highly rated running shoes out there. This brand definitely knows how to market to fashion conscious folks out there.
Also, if you own a pair of ultra boost just for aesthetic purposes, we suggest you try using it for running so you can maximize the real purpose of these shoes.