5 Comfortable Athleisure Sneakers on Trend for Spring 2017

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.

Comfort casuals
Mephisto cup sole sneaker, FitFlop side gored lace up
CREDIT: Thomas Iannaccone

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.

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