Written on August 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm , by Marla Horenbein
True story: I was out for a run last week when a friend of mine saw me run by his apartment. He sent a text saying, “Stop! Turn around! Come hang out!” Cue the girly-girl rant in my head, “Oh gosh, I can’t believe he just saw me running. I’m a sweaty mess. This is so embarrassing. I can’t go over there!” But since I suffer from a small case of FOMO (c’mon ladies, admit it, you do too!), I couldn’t resist the invite. So after finishing my loop, I ran back to his pad, sweaty mess and all. As I walked in, my friend said, “You look super official. Like a sponsored athlete or something. What should I be wearing so can I look as cool as you when I run?”
At first I thought he was being facetious, being that I was decked out in neon shorts, neon sneaks and a tank that had neon lettering (A little obnoxious? Maybe), but he was serious. And I gladly took the compliment.
Now to the point of my story: I get asked about running gear a lot; specifically sneakers. My job as the Fashion Assistant here at FITNESS lends me the title of “sneaker expert” amongst my friends. I know which shoes are the best for marathon training (see my pick below!), which brands have the best minimalist styles, and which sneakers are the coolest each season.
All tech-talk aside, if the shoes aren’t cute, we’re not buying them. Right? So from a fashionable stance, these are my fave running sneakers for logging miles this summer:
Saucony Kinvara 4: These shoes are my obsession. Seriously, they’re that good. I’ve trained for countless half-marathons in Kinvaras, and I’ve turned lots of runners into Kinvara fans (Saucony, you can thank me later). I love the explosion of hot pink and neon yellow on my newest pair, and feel pretty awesome running down the streets of my hood. You might need sunglasses to protect your eyes from the brightness. #justsayin
Nike Air Pegasus 30+: So we’ve seen the Free and become fans of the Fly Knit, but this Nike style should totally be on your radar, too. I’m a sucker for a good throwback, and these kicks have a serious old school vibe. And when you’re done running, you can rock them with a cool pair of boyfriend jeans and a tee for a laid back look on the weekend.
New Balance Minimus Hi-Rez: Space age shoes? Sure, why not? These awesome weightless sneaks have a futuristic feel that will be sure to make people look twice as you run by, and not in a bad way. Plus, you get the minimalist feel, without going totally barefoot. It’s a win-win situation, people!
Now you tell us: What’s your sneaker of choice?
Written on October 28, 2011 at 9:47 am , by Marla Horenbein
Being that October is almost over, we thought it only appropriate to end the month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness on a pink note! I am normally not a pink person, but it is hard not to be during such a charitable month. My pink staple has always been hot pink sneakers. Whether the entire shoe is pink, or there is just a little hit of it in the laces, they’re fun, cool and keep me feeling girly while pumping some iron or running the streets of my neighborhood.
While there are only a few short days left in the month, there is still time to show your support for your neighbors, friends, sisters, mothers, daughters and any one else in your community by wearing pink during your daily workouts. Sneakers are a great way to add a pop of color to your look, and some of our favorite brands have some pretty sweet pink sneakers that I am definitely adding to my wish list!
- 1. Reebok Premier Zigfly ($100, reebok.com)
- 2. Nike Free Trainers ($85, nike.com)
- 3. Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 2 ($90, saucony.com)
- 4. Asics GEL-Blur 33 ($85, asics.com)
- 5. Adidas Marathon 10 ($80, shopadidas.com)
- 6.Brooks Glycerin 9 ($130, brooks.com)
- 7. Under Armour Micro G Stealth ($80, eastbay.com)
- 8. New Balance 890 ($100, shopnewbalance.com)
Written on July 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm , by Colleen Travers
I’ll be honest, in my early days of running my shoe choice was driven primarily by color. It had to be pretty, flashy, and make my huffing and puffing look extremely trendy. Once I started training for my first marathon however, that school of thought went straight out the window. I quickly realized I needed a shoe that could carry me through 26.2 miles without injury, not make me look like a shoe model for Foot Locker.
It’s always best to visit a running store to get fitted for your first pair of running shoes (most places will watch you run on a treadmill and determine the right pair for you based on how your foot hits the ground), but when I asked the pros at my go-to sneak store Jack Rabbit Sports for some general guidelines, here’s what they had to say:
- Running shoes usually fall into two categories: those that let the foot move unhindered through the gait cycle, and those that correct a runner’s gait.
- The first category falls into a neutral shoe, while the second is a stability or motion control shoe.
- Your arches typically determine what kind of shoe you need. If you have high arches, you’re more likely to supinate (your foot rolls to the outside when you run). Lower arches cause feet to overpronate (rolling in as you run). This is why having an expert watch you trot is important for getting the right kind of shoes for your feet.
- Pick a budget! Sneakers can run anywhere from $60 to over $100, so it’s important to know how much you’re willing to spend before you step into the store. Just because your friend has a pair of $120 shoes doesn’t mean you can’t find a less expensive pair that will be perfect for your feet.
Tell us: What’s your favorite running shoe?