It’s almost time to make those new years’ resolutions. So, if you’re on the fence about joining a gym, no worries. You don‘t need a formal exercise regimen to step into a pair of athleisure looks — footwear that blends athletic styling with comfort features.
These sporty looks run the gamut from traditional sneaker silhouettes that include court and running styles to fashion interpretations picking up huarache-influenced uppers to smoking slippers versions. What ties these looks together is their emphasis on comfort, incorporating cushioned footbeds to lightweight flexible outsoles.
Once reserved for running errands on a Saturday afternoon or attending a weekend soccer game, these casual looks are now accepted just about any place, any time — the perfect footnote to a hoodie and yoga pants. And, don’t be surprised if you see women sporting them with a skirt or dress for an evening out.
While these easy-to-wear looks have grown out of the sneaker movement, you won’t find them in typical athletic footwear chains. Instead, comfort-driven brands such as Mephisto, Aerosoles, Bernie Mev and Geox, can be found at independent comfort and specialty stores that can speak to their individual features and benefits.