Thanks to the streetwear and athleisure boom, you can get away with wearing sneakers just about anywhere these days. Once reserved strictly for the gym, the sneaker has been elevated to a legitimate fashion staple; we see them on the runway every season, and celebrities have even worn them to red carpet and black-tie events. Of course, despite their athletic origins, most of these trendy sneakers wouldn’t exactly be appropriate for a HIIT class. Where are the cool, statement-making, and functional sneakers we can wear when our regimen involves more than just running to catch the subway?
Maybe you’re trying out a new fitness studio, going for an outdoor run, or simply “hitting the gym.” No matter your preference, you need a sneaker that actually performs. Under Armour has created the perfect running shoe for tech fanatics: It has a digitally connected record sensor that tracks and analyzes your running metrics. Cult-favorite activewear brand Outdoor Voices teamed up with Hoka One One to design their version of the ultimate running shoe, too. It meets the high expectations of serious runners in terms of comfort and performance, but the OV-approved pastel color palette should appeal to just about everyone. And for those of us who love nostalgic ’90s sneakers, the return of the original Tiger Gel-Kayano 5 from Asics might just be the coolest, most authentic way to break a sweat.
Below, shop nine of the best sneakers to wear before, during, and after your workout.