When it comes to buying the right pair of trainers, it can be a bit of a struggle. There are just so many to choose from and they all seem to have a different purpose. Well, I’ve made the search a little easier by picking out my fave three trainers to wear in the gym, on light runs (up to 5k) or even just for running errands. They’ll do the job all while looking super cute as well. What’s not to like!
I joined forces with New Balance last weekend to celebrate the first birthday of their Oxford Street flagship store with giveaways, a live DJ (my friend, fellow blogger and all-round babe, Millie Cotton), special guests and of course cupcakes!
Myself and a selection of other fitness enthusiasts were able to pick out our ultimate running outfits, which I have to say was much harder than it sounds, as there were simply too many cute outfits to choose from! I eventually opted for the New Balance FuelCell in all white, RRP £130, as well as black running tights and this super cute sports bra worn below…
Finding the perfect trainer for you can sometimes be a bit of a mission, especially if you’re looking for something that combines performance with fashion. Well, ASICS have created a trainer that may just do the job. Welcome the ASICS Gel-Quantum 360…
First, let’s talk appearance. Combining a knitted upper with a gel sole, there’s plenty going on, yet somehow the trainer manages to stay easy on the eye. It’s effortlessly cool. The kind of trainer that you’d notice for all the right reasons. For me, the gel sole reminds me of that childhood attire (think 90’s jelly shoes or light up trainers worn with popper track pants) however, teamed with the knitted fabric and the Quantum 360’s sleek design, it’s been modernised to fit straight into any sports luxe wardrobe. Sporty Spice, eat your heart out.
Available in two colourways- all white/snow or peach and black– I have to say that my favourite is the white (so easy to throw on and just look at that glitter sole). I’m a bit of a minimalist and tend to stick around mono/nude colour palettes, with maybe a hint of colour if I dare, but that’s not to say that I don’t like the peach. Great for those who prefer a splash of colour- or to go all out! I team my peach pair with an all black outfit.
OK, so we’ve done enough lusting over the design. Let’s conclude with one word- dreamy. Now for the tech…
The main aspect, hence the name, is that they include 360 degrees of the ASICS iconic Gel cushioning, designed to optimise protection from shock and the impact of running. Then there’s the FluidFit upper- streamlined, adaptable with movement and breathable. They’re also super light, supportive and comfortable. Wearable for both shorter and longer runs.
I do wear my sportswear pretty much everywhere, but I find these trainers so versatile and easy to wear from the gym to the shops/brunch/wherever-my-day-may-take-me! RRP £160, available online at JD Sports.
If you’re a keen runner (or even just fancy yourself as one) looking for ultimate comfort and the best in running technology, then New Balance have just launched the shoe for you. Created from extensive studies with a select group of runners, the Fresh Foam 1080 knows exactly what you need to get you from A to B, no matter how far that may be! I was lucky enough to bag an invite to the launch event and try out the shoe for myself…
Led by British long distance runner Nick McCormick and joined by 2016 Olympian Kate Avery and professional 800m runner Guy Learmonth, we were first briefed on the trainer before taking part in a quick Q&A with the athletes. As usual, everyone was eager to put the shoes to the test, so we took to the streets of London to do just that. I was not disappointed.
Kitted out head to toe in New Balance with our own pair of Fresh Foam 1080’s (orange for the girls and black for the boys) we stopped off for an essential warm up before getting to business! The view of the Thames helped take away from my heavy breathing, the weather was on our side and although trying to keep up with the pros, I have to say that my feet had no complaints at all! Before long, it was time to make our way back to base where we were greeted with Fresh Foam trampolinists, fruit platters and smoothies. A successful afternoon and most left with the Fresh Foam 1080s still firmly on their feet!
Designed with the aim of making your run as smooth as possible, the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 has a one piece fresh foam mid-sole allowing a continuously smooth ride without interference, while cleverly ensuring that flex is not lost. Created through a vast amount of research, including close analysis of a select group of runners, the shoe provides maximum comfort and support for the majority of foot shapes. While the special design accommodates a variety of instep heights, the engineered mesh in the vamp not only adds that premium feel to the trainer but also gives room for natural toe splay as the miles clock up!
All in all, the shoe looks to take care of your feet from top to bottom, 360 degrees. A lot of love and attention has been put into creating this new addition to New Balance’s performance range, all of which is to be given back to your feet.