If you’ve known me for very long, you know that I’ve never been a huge fan of wearing running sneakers with everyday outfits. However, sometimes it just makes sense. Whether it’s because of your lifestyle or due to injury (in my case, I’m currently struggling with some plantar fasciitis) there are times when wearing sneakers is necessary and much more practical than other types of footwear.
Thankfully we live in 2013 and there are some seriously stylish sneakers on the market right now. In case you haven’t noticed, neon is in. It seems like every time I turn around, the sneaker trends get brighter. Soon you’ll have to wear sunglasses to walk through the sporting goods store.
I actually really love this trend. Who says running shoes have to be blue and white? They’re definitely much more fun to wear nowadays, yes, I daresay they can even make a fashion statement. Just don’t wear them with mom jeans, okay?
To my point, the folks at FinishLine sent me a pair of the new Under Armour Spine Lazer Running Shoes to style with two different outfits — one for wearing to the gym and another one for wearing on the go. They really are that versatile.
When I opened the box, I was happy to see that mine were mostly black with neon pink accents. They also make a very preppy green and pink version, if that’s your thang.
So they’re definitely cute. But my first question always is “how do they feel”?
The verdict? They are stiffer than some of my sneakers, but very lightweight. And the mesh lazer cut upper breathes, which is key because my feet tend to feel claustrophobic in socks and lace-up shoes. There is plenty of room in the foot bed for my toes to wiggle (yes, this is important in a sneaker!) My only complaint is that the tongue of the shoe comes a little too high and presses into the front of my ankle — mostly just on my right foot. I have remedied this by removing my laces from the last hole and tying them back one notch. I also spent some time bending them and folding them, trying to loosen them up a bit. I think they will work out well for gym workouts and training sessions.
I styled this outfit with my toning class at the gym in mind. I’m much more inclined to keep my gym appointment when I have cute athletic gear to wear. This is the kind of outfit I love.
They also included in the box with the shoes this Under Armour tank top. I absolutely love these. I have another one in orange that I wear a lot, both to the gym and also to run. It’s so soft and lightweight and it’s cute too. They do tend to shrink in the wash, but they also “grow” when you sweat, so it all evens out in the, um, wash? LOL! Here’s a link to all the Under Armour tanks at FinishLine.
I also styled the shoes with an “On the Go” outfit that is something I typically wear around the house as well as to run errands or to my son’s baseball games. My favorite cut-offs with a cute striped tank top work great with these stylish sneaks.
I know, I’m such a dork!
How about you? Are sneakers just for exercise or do you wear them when you’re on the go as well?