New Nike Training Shoes!

New Nike Training Shoes!

Hi All!

Confession – I am obsessed with Nike shoes, well all things Nike to be honest, but especially their shoes!  Nike’s world headquarters are in Portland, OR so you can really feel the brand’s presence in the city, so naturally, I felt the urge to purchase a new pair of shoes during my visit last month.

If you saw in my last sneaker post (Friday Favorites: Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit), I shared that I used to work for Nike and during my time as an employee there, I learned that there are shoes specifically designed for just about any activity (i.e. soccer, golf, tennis, training, etc.).  I’m a huge fan of running shoes because I find them to be the most comfortable for day-to-day wear, but I own a pair of old training shoes, so I knew that I wanted to purchase a new training-specific pair while I visited the Nike store in Portland.  Without further ado, I present to you the Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit Women’s Training Shoe.

Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit
The shoe has a very breathable upper material made of Nike’s Flyknit technology.

I mainly wanted a comfortable, supportive, and lower profile shoe for gym training, and I thought these would be perfect for that!  Here are some of the listed features directly from Nike’s website.

  • “Flexible stability – Ultralight, flexible Flywire cables integrate with the laces to deliver midfoot support and stability during side-to-side movements.”
  • “Responsive Cushioning – Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the heel is lightweight, low-profile and responsive, and full-length Cushlon foam provides a soft, supportive feel.”
  • “Durable Traction – The durable rubber sole features a hexagonal pattern with densely placed traction pods in the toe area for excellent grip during activities like planks, burpees and sled pushes.”

Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit

Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit
Close-up of the bottom details.

Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit

Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit
Flyknit upper – it’s so lightweight while still feeling supportive.
Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit
Pull-tab in the back.

Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit

I also noticed that on Nike’s website, the shoe comes in 15 different color options, so there’s a color way for just about everyone’s preference!  When I was younger and in my tomboy swag days, I genuinely did not care about shoes matching whatever soccer shorts and baggy tees that I was wearing, but now there are times that I do find a bit of fun in putting together an outfit, even out of workout gear!

Do you have any shoes that you like for gym workouts?

xo,

Lauren

Friday Favorites: Summer Sandals

Friday Favorites: Summer Sandals

Hi All and Happy Friday!

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet!  One of the fashion items that I associate with summertime is an awesome pair of sandals.  By awesome I mean comfortable, stylish, and doesn’t break your bank.  My favorite sandal to wear when the sun is shining and temperatures are warm out is the Gigi Sandal by Sam Edelman!

Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal

Bright White Gigi Sandal $74.95 USD at Nordstrom

Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal

Black Gigi Sandal $59.95 USD at Nordstrom

Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal

(This is an older model from over a year ago, so I cannot find it online.)

There are so many color options that this sandal comes in, which is great for variety in your wardrobe!  I’ve been a fan of Sam Edelman footwear for a while and I’ve noticed that the color options vary depending on the time of the year, and they also release jeweled designs (like the sandal in the 3rd picture) at different times of the year as well.  I purposely chose to get this sandal in a white, black, and tan because those are the three shades that match the most with my clothes and handbags.  I also feel like this type of sandal is something that will always be in and is not likely to go out of style.  

I find that I can wear these for a long time without my feet hurting too, which is a big plus for me because I normally gravitate towards supportive footwear over something cute.  I mean, I wouldn’t wear these around a theme park where I know I’ll be up and walking for an entire day, but for a very flat sandal, they are very comfortable!

In terms of the price not breaking the bank, I purchased these 3 options at under $100.00 USD each.  I’ve gone through a few pairs because I wear them so much, but they last for a very long time considering how much wear I get out of them!

What’s your favorite footwear to wear during summer?

Have a great weekend!

xo,

Lauren

 

 

Friday Favorites: Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit

Friday Favorites: Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit

Hi All and Happy Friday!

I don’t think of myself as a sneaker head, but I am a big fan of comfortable shoes, especially Nike!  Since I grew up playing sports, I’ve spent a lot of time in different types of athletic shoes ranging from soccer cleats, to track spikes, to basketball shoes, and my most commonly used – running shoes.  I’ve tried a bunch of different brands of shoes over the years, but my feet just love the feel of Nikes so I’ve always gravitated back to this brand.

For this Friday Favorites post, I thought I’d share with you all what my current favorite sneakers are: Nike’s LunarEpic Low Flyknit.  I’m not an avid runner so my opinions are not from that viewpoint, but rather from someone who exercises 3 times a week just to stay healthy, and looks for a comfortable shoe to do just that.  Just as a heads up, I’m going to be sharing details on the first version of this shoe (as that’s the only version that I own), but it is being phased out as the version 2 is what’s currently for sale.  They are overall the same shoe, except for a few features which I’ll point out at the end.  I will link both models to this post for you to check out if you’re interested!

The first thing that drew me in was the array of color options that were available.  I used to purchase basic black and white sneakers since they don’t show wear and dirt easily, but I loved the way that colors looked on this particular shoe (Women’s 1Men’s 1).    (I have a pretty neutral toned wardrobe for the most part, so my version of a colorful shoe may not be the same as yours!)

Next up was the technology in the shoe.  I know most people won’t find this section to be extremely fascinating (I only do because I used to work for Nike 😄), so I’ll get straight to the (bullet) point!

  • Flyknit upper: Rather than the traditional stiff upper body of a running shoe, Nike’s Flyknit technology offers a snug, sock-like feel while still being supportive, lightweight, and breathable.

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit

  • Laser-cut sides: this mainly allows for increased flexibility with each step that you take.

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit

  • Laser-cut outsole: This provides responsive cushioning based on where your foot lands as it hits the ground.  (P.S. – I apologize for the following picture of the dirty bottoms of my shoe 😖, but I wanted to show you how cool the bottoms look because I had never previously seen anything quite like this!)

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit

I went a little crazy by purchasing this shoe in 3 different colors because I fell in love with how insanely comfortable they are, and that is the most important feature that I look for in athletic footwear.  I’ve actually only used my LunarEpics on all of my recent trips to Disneyland because my feet DO NOT get sore in these babies, even after a 12-plus hour day of walking!  I’ve also owned these shoes for about a year now and use them constantly, and they have held up great; I have no issues or complaints with their quality!

Now since the version 1 is almost phased out, the version 2 has all of the great features that the version 1 offered, but added a few enhancements.  The main differences that I’ve noticed are the following in the version 2 (Women’s 2) (Men’s 2):

  • There are larger perforations in the Flyknit upper to allow for even more breathability.
  • The tongue is attached in the version 2 to provide even more of a snug, sock-like fit.
  • Nike Flywire (another one of Nike’s fancy technologies) is combined with the laces to provide more support.

The version 2 is offered in a wide array of colors, and if you like the shoe but don’t like the colors that are offered, you can create your own look with NIKEiD!

If you’re looking for a shoe that provides a great amount of support and stability, or if you’re looking for a shoe with minimal support and extreme flexibility, I wouldn’t recommend the LunarEpic line to you as this is more of a neutral support shoe.  If you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes and are looking for something lightweight with neutral support and amazing cushioning, then I definitely recommend this to you!

Have a great weekend!

xo,

Lauren