It’s time to restock your gym bag. After all fall is the new New Year’s. And before you get into setting a new goal or resolution, stock yourself up with some retail motivation – a pair of great kicks. We’ve rounded up the best new shoe launches, ticking off the following categories:
• The best colours
• The most functional soles
• The comfiest insteps
• Laces that don’t untie mid-run
We have a disclaimer though: You may want to buy them all. Life’s short; buy the shoes.2 / 11
Running shoes that perfectly pair with our Lulus?! What could be better. The sleek look and pretty rose-gold shade paired with a comfy neoprene fit and flexible stitched upper make these a great runner, but also something we want to wear outside of the gym, too.
APL Women’s TechLoom Phantom Rose Gold, $185 at select Lululemon stores, including Toronto (Yorkdale Mall, Queen St W and The Local locations), Vancouver (W4th) and Edmonton (West Edmonton Mall).3 / 11
Adidas by Stella McCartney never disappoints. And this latest new shoe launch is no different. The moulded cage is super comfy, and the pixelated pattern is a stylish way upgrade a basic pair of black leggings or capris. And like the other Ultrboost models before, the fit is snug and the heel-to-toe is effortless (as effortless as running can be).
Adidas by Stella McCartney Women’s Ultraboost Shoes, $350 at adidas.ca.4 / 11
Rumour has it that this model is the first-ever leather running shoe. And while calling it a launch is a bit of a stretch, we could not help but include it in this list of fall shoe must-buys. The look is retro, and the comfort is a bit stiff at first. But like anything in leather, the warmth of the body moulds the shoe for a literal customized fit. And the white-on-white stitching is perfect for our #fromwhereIstand workout selfies.
Reebok Classic Leather Shoe, $990 at aritzia.com.5 / 11
The midfoot strap feels so good on your arches. It’s like extra support in an already supportive shoe. And the upper literally feels like a fine-knit sweater. The hard part wanting to take them off when you get home.
UA Threadborne Slingwrap, $129.99 at underarmour.ca.6 / 11
Bootcamp is the worst when you’re in the wrong shoes. A slippy bottom makes burpees even more unbearable. We test drove these at a park workout, and found the traction on the sole make my workout even more effective, especially on dewy grass. Bonus: The shoe is made antimicrobial agents to fight odour. Your gym bag (and your partner) will thank you.
Merrell Women’s Agility Peak Flex, $150 mec.ca.7 / 11
Our to-and-from gym style is just important as what we wear to the gym. These piqué sneaks with a performance sole are the perfect way to transition from workout to street.
Lacoste LT Spirit Elite 317 1 LT, $180 as of September 18th at Lacoste retailers.8 / 11
Ever worry about your laces coming undone mid stride? Worry no more. This new lacing get-up (aka The Boa System) makes a snug fit without that feeling that the shoe is being pulled causing irritation. It literally feels like a hug. The hot pink colour is very cute too!
New Balance FuelCore Sonic, $139.99 at newbalance.ca.9 / 11
Asics is a runner’s runner. And this shoe will live up to the durability that the brand is known for. Perfect for long runs, this light weight shoe gives great support when you’re hitting the pavement hard.
Asics Dynaflite, $179.99 at asicscanada.com and sporting retailers, like The Running Room and SportChek.10 / 11
When we were first sent the details for this shoe, one thing caught our attention and that’s the colour: Sangria! The makers of this had us in mind.