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APL’s New Sneaker Promises to Take Minutes Off Your Mile

Written on June 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm , by

Written by Katie Maguire, fashion assistant

It’s official: Athletic Propulsion Labs has launched the coolest new running shoe. APL is an athletic footwear company founded by the adorable Goldston twins, who know what they’re talking about when it comes to sports: both played basketball and football at the University of Southern California. Shortly after the brand’s initial launch in 2009, it gained widespread attention when the NBA banned all players from wearing APL basketball shoes, which claimed to help basketball players jump higher than normal, thanks to a spring-like device hidden inside the shoe. With press like that, the company quickly designed new ways to revolutionize all athletic shoes.

Their new running line includes 3 collections: The Joyride, The TechloomTM and The Windchill, each of which is designed to reduce stress on your feet in order to maximize your energy while running. We have yet to test the shoes out, but if this company’s past is any indication, I don’t want to wait much longer. To learn more about the company or buy a pair for yourself, check out their website. And be sure to post your results in the comments section below!

Photo courtesy of APL 

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When Fitness Meets Fashion: The New Nike Free TR 4

Written on December 18, 2013 at 10:04 am , by

This snazzy sneaker was designed by our fitness editor Jenna Autuori (@FITNESSjenna). Does she have fab style or what?! (Photo courtesy of NikeiD)

Written by Alena Hall, editorial intern

When it comes to cool workout kicks these days, style matters just as much as performance. Luckily, trendy ladies no longer have to choose between fit and fabulous because Nike is at it again.

The new Nike Free TR 4 was designed to handle the majority of movements in the gym, from running to dance cardio classes and everything in between. It is the first shoe in the Free TR collection to utilize Nike’s Flywire technology, which provides additional support from underneath the foot to the tops of the laces. Minimal, durable and strong, the new sneaker is taking the fitness and fashion world by storm with its high-performance quality and customizable design.

The shoes’ wide variety of color combos makes them a must-have for any healthy closet. Female athletes can log onto NIKEiD.com starting December 23 and create unique looks of their own—the possibilities are endless! Choose from 13 different color options in customizing nine different areas of the shoe, and play with fading effects, fun prints and personal message inscriptions on the tongue of the shoe for additional flair.

Ladies looking for a little design inspiration can turn to Maria Sharapova, the global tennis icon who collaborated with Nike to create the shoe’s sexy silhouette. She pre-selected several color combinations for girls who don’t necessarily want to pick a palette of their own, but still want to rock a stylish sneaker when they step into the gym.

The lightest Free TR to date, thanks to its crafty mesh construction, is ready to help women across the globe take their training to the next level. In the spirit of the holidays, treat a fit friend (or yourself!) to a new pair of sneaks that seamlessly place comfort, performance and individualized style beneath your feet.

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Some Swag for Your Running Stride

Written on August 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm , by

Nike, New Balance, or Saucony? What’s your fav?

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?

Increase the Life of Your Running Shoes to Save Dough

Written on November 15, 2011 at 7:00 am , by

Give your sneaks a little TLC for a longer life span. (Photo courtesy of FitSugar)

High-quality sneakers definitely aren’t cheap! Costing upwards of $150, new running shoes can put quite a dent in your wallet. It’s recommended that you replace sneakers every 300 to 500 miles, which works out to every five to eight months if you’re running 15 miles a week. If your weekly mileage is more, you need to replace them even sooner (cue the cash register sound). You definitely don’t want to compromise on support or functionality, so try these strategies for prolonging the life of your shoes.

Buy Shoes Based on Terrain
If you run on uneven, wet trails, you’ll quickly wear through sneakers made for the road. Purchase shoes specifically designed for the surface you usually run on, and they’ll last a lot longer.

Use Them Only For Running
Even if your running shoes are cute enough for post-workout errands, reserve them just for your runs. The more you wear them, the faster they’ll wear out.

Undo the Laces
Rushing to fit your workout in means saving time whenever you can. But slipping your sneakers on or off without untying the laces can stretch out your sneaks, affecting the snug fit, causing you to need a new pair earlier than expected.

Air Them Out
Whether your kicks are wet from sweat or rain, don’t store them in a dark closet or stashed in your gym bag. Musty, moldy shoes will need to be replaced even sooner than the recommended time. Don’t place them on a radiator or in the dryer either — extreme heat will damage the leather and other fabrics on the shoe.

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