So you’ve started a new workout program and you need a new pair of shoes. If you’re a runner, you’ll probably head to the local running shop to invest in a new pair of Nike, Adidas or Asics brand shoes. If you’re a walker, you head to the walking store to get fitted for a noted brand like New Balance. That’s not necessarily a bad approach. But there are a few unlikely brands that you should consider as well.
3 Shoe brands you need to try
- Running shoes by Ryka. I have to admit that I haven’t worn the Ryka brand in years. In fact, the last time I had this logo on my foot I was wearing a leotard in my step aerobics class. But I recently tried a pair of Ryka running shoes and I love them. I tested the Prodigy 2 Running Shoe, which retails for a budget-friendly 64.99. I tend to be a tough fit for shoes because I need a wide toe box but a narrow heel. These fit beautifully. In addition, the cushioning in the heel area was fabulous. I recently did quite a bit of research on the importance of good foot health for long-term fitness, so I knew what to look for. The Prodigy provides great support in a stylish lightweight shoe.
- Walking shoes by Vionic. Walkers don’t always have a lot of options when it comes to stylish shoes. Unfortunately, many models are clunky and heavy looking. But Vionic recently released new fitness shoes, the Venture and Contest, for women and men who want to look great while they get in shape. Both models are made with Vionic’s Orthaheel Technology, and while I haven’t tried this model specifically, I’ve tried other models and they make your feet feel wonderful. The shoes retail for $99 and will be available for purchase on Vionic’s website.
- Ryka training shoes. After Ryka won me over with their running shoe, I had to give their training shoe a try. The Influence didn’t disappoint. I wouldn’t wear this shoe for a long run or walk, but if your goal is to do some weight training in the gym, you’ll love this shoe. The toe box provides plenty of room so that when you bend into a deep lunge your foot doesn’t get scrunched, but you still feel stable and supported. The shoe retails for 79.99 and comes in a variety of colors.
And while you’re trying out your new shoes, check out some cool new gear to add to your fitness collection. You’ll find lots of stylish gym and apres-gym gear at Crane and Lion, a trendy new brand out of Boston. I’m also loving the new styles at Caelum, Brooke Burke-Charvet’s new line. And lastly, sport fans will love 15Love’s new East Coast vs. West Coast sports style with pieces that allow women to support their teams in a cute and fashionable way. The line will include NBA and NHL teams including the NY Rangers and LA Kings will be available next month.
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