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 November 15, 2011 at 7:00 am , by 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.
Keep reading for more ways increase the life of your fave sneaks.
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