Let’s face it: our mother’s gym shoes have never been the chicest, but ugly gym shoes are truly a thing of the past. With athleisure entering mainstream fashion, cute sneakers are seemingly everywhere these days. In fact, some gym-worthy sneakers were even once a hype beast staple. Keep reading to discover some of the most aesthetically pleasing gym shoes you’ll ever lay eyes on (you can thank us later).
Ahhhh, the Ultra Boost. Mostly made popular by Kanye West, Adidas’ Ultra Boost’s boasting feature is, in fact, the sole. Made with “Thermoplastic Polyurethane” (TPU), which accounts for how bouncy the sole is, the Ultra Boost bounces back immediately, making it ideal for running. Additionally, the body of the sneaker is prime knit, fitting your foot like a sock, and it breathes incredibly easy. This show is a must-have, whether you’re going running, hiking, or shopping in Soho.
Similarly to the Ultra Boost, the Sock Dart is made of a prime kit-type of material. This sneaker has a molded midfoot strap, which is not only pleasing to the eye, but provides added support for strenuous activities. Coming in a huge variety of colors and prints, it’s easy to find a pair that matches your personal aesthetic while still encouraging your new workout plan.
Using similar technology to the Ultra Boost, the Adidas x Stella McCartney Crazy Train is made with Bounce technology, designed to make each step you take feel lighter than the last. With Adidas’ technology and McCartney’s design, this sneaker is the epitome of perfection if you’re looking for something to take from the gym to your everyday life.
The Nike Loden is not only incredibly comfortable, but easy to change in and out of because of the strategically placed pull tabs at the tongue and heel for a last-minute run. While the sole is lightweight and ideal for running, the toe and heal feature a rubber tread, making the shoe extremely durable. With a sleek design and a variety colors, you’re bound to find a pair you love.
Next on the lineup is the Nike Air Presto. With no prime knit or flyknit in sight, the Air Presto simply uses a stretch mesh that still allows for a sock-like fit. Most of the comfort comes from the Air Sole unit, tucked in the heel of the shoe, but additional comfort is provided by mid-foot overlays. With a seal of approval from the queen of the street Emily Oberg herself, these sneakers transition perfectly from the gym to everyday life with no hassle.
Last but not least is the Nike Air Max Zero. With both a textile upper and added rubber, this shoe has a lot of breathability and durability. Most importantly, though, is the Max Air heel unit, which allows for a lot of comfort and cushioning. With a sneaker like this, you’ll be set to go from the gym to brunch without a change of clothes.
Written by Hannah Smith
Feature image via Adidas