One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions each year seems to be to make it to the gym more often. It’s a promise most of us have made to ourselves at some point, and even if the timing feels a little bit arbitrary, a new year is as good a time as any to renew commitments to healthier lifestyles and more balanced habits.
The new year is also a great time to make sure that your wardrobe is well-equipped for your workout of choice. And that inevitably starts with a great pair of sneakers. With optimism for the new year — and with the realization that it’s also OK to just take a jog around the neighborhood if that trip to the gym just isn’t going to happen everyday — we’ve rounded up some great pairs of sneakers that you’ll love wearing, whether or not you really end up at the gym as often as you’d planned.
Sneakers are no longer exclusively for the gym, especially since the brands behind many of them are using sleeker designs, more luxe materials, and colors that wouldn’t look out of place with your everyday clothes. We’ve found nine pairs of sneakers that’ll work as well on the treadmill as they will at casual hangouts or on weekend errands.
1. Techloom sneakers from Athletic Propulsion Labs
When running is your preferred method of staying fit, then a good pair of running shoes is an absolute must. One of our favorites is the Techloom Pro running sneaker from Athletic Propulsion Labs. These shoes feature the brand’s Propelium midsoles for comfort and stability, plus uppers made of lightweight, breathable mesh.
2. Nike Flyknit sneakers
Whether you’re running, cycling, lifting weights, or still trying to figure out what kind of workout you want to commit to, an all-around great shoe is the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit sneaker. With a lightweight, one-piece upper, these shoes conform to your foot while offering a supportive fit.
3. Free Hypervenom 2 FS from Nike
Another great choice from Nike is the Free Hypervenom 2 FS sneaker, which incorporates some of the brand’s latest technology. The shoe is constructed of practically-weightless, breathable coated mesh, and its asymmetric lacing takes its cues from soccer cleats to reduce uncomfortable pressure on the tops of your feet.
4. Brooks sneakers for Barneys
If you’re looking for a style-conscious sneaker that you won’t feel weird about wearing outside of the gym, Brooks’ BNY Sole Series sneakers might be the perfect choice. This limited-edition shoe feature a a 3M reflective vamp and tongue, plus a black leather and suede upper.
5. Onitsuka Tiger Serrano sneakers
If a retro look is more in your comfort zone, consider a throwback style like the Serrano sneaker from Onitsuka Tiger. The style offers a slim silhouette in a subdued colorway, plus suede paneling over a nylon body for a vintage look and a lightweight feel that won’t slow you down, even at the end of that grueling workout.
6. New Balance 530
Another great classic style is the New Balance 530, a sneaker approved by ’90s style fans everywhere. The style features a street-ready leather and suede upper, a comfortable gum-rubber sole, and an ENCAP midsole for support during your workout (or on the days you’re avoiding the gym).
7. Nike Archive 83.M
Nike introduced its own twist on a classic sneaker with the Archive 83.M, a suede and mesh sneaker based on sketches Nike cofounder Bill Bowerman made in 1983. The style features a blue side and mesh upper, a black swoosh, and white rubber soles that are designed for great traction.
8. ZX 700 from Adidas
Another running shoe inspired by designs that first surfaced in the 1980s is the ZX 700 from Adidas. This sneaker features a removable insole, a useful feature in case you’re serious about adding an insole that’s been tried and tested through workouts past.
9. Jack Purcells from Converse
If a casual game of tennis with your roommate is your speed than hours spent lifting weights or running laps at the gym, then consider a classic pair of Jack Purcells. This Signature version combines classic styling with OrthoLite footbeds and Nike Zoom Air Technology, which means a more comfortable shoe for both on and off the court.