Activewear has been getting more and more fashion-forward — and sneakers have followed suit. While many of us used to hit the gym in an old college t-shirt, beat-up shoes, and a pair of baggy shorts, it’s now a rarity to see someone in anything other than runway-ready athletic styles. But do these trend-focused pieces hold up for exercise?
Fit and Feel
- Super soft, cushioned, and comfortable
- In my experience, they had to be broken in a little
- Sock-like upper that you slide into, with a snug, secure fit (you should still wear socks, though)
- Upper feels like a wetsuit — it’s neoprene
- Laces don’t make a huge difference in how snug they fit
- They run small — I’m a 5.5 in Adidas, 5.5 to 6 in most Nikes, and these were snug at a 6. Nordstrom recommends ordering a size up; I’d recommend ordering a half-size up.
- They’re so snug that after a while, they press down (and indent) the top of my feet. This is after hours of wear.
- “8mm drop from the heel to the forefoot” (meaning, there’s 8 mm more cushion in the heel than there is in the toe area). Moderate to minimalist shoes have anywhere between a 4 and 10 mm drop.
- 4-way stretch upper
- “Proprietary Athletic Propulsion Labs Propelium midsole/outsole” — less rubber, less weight
- 7.9 ounces: very light, but not featherweight