We tested out the top sneakers of the season to see if performance measured up to looks. These 11 are the best of the best in terms of functionality and aesthetics, whatever your fitness pursuits and goals.
1 / 12 These gorgeous kicks will certainly double up as your workout motivation on lazy daysRead more
2 / 12 Under Armour HOVR Phantom (from $171.75)Read more
These futuristic-looking shoes will leave an indelible impression with any outfit. Designed as a running shoe using the latest UA HOVR technology, they are meant to provide a “zero gravity feel” to maintain energy return, and this will help eliminate the impact of every step. The ultra-breathable sockliner construction offers gender-specific contours for extra protection and softer underfoot support.
3 / 12 Under Armour HOVR Sonic ($179)Read more
The other half of the HOVR range, Sonic, is the lighter variant that long-distance runners may prefer. Like the Phantom, its micro thread upper body dries fast and provides a breathable, compression-like fit with its mesh construction to deliver comfort and directional strength. This is a good option for those who are not a fan of sockliner styles and prefer a more conventional style of sneakers.
4 / 12 Adidas Ultraboost X LTD ($340)Read more
Adidas described these as ultra-cushioned shoes for the serious runner, but it’s easy to see how the design would also appeal to sneakerheads and fashionistas. Engineered with Boost technology for the most responsive cushioning, the shoes also feature a unique adaptive arch that moulds to the shape of the foot for a compression fit.
Two design features set these shoes apart from the other knit and sockliner styles — the sturdy plastic shoelace cage, and the disconnection between the arch of the Primeknit upper shoe and the midsection of the sole. This is definitely a pair of running shoes with lots of style and individuality.
5 / 12 Adidas Pureboost X TR 3.0 LL ($240)Read more
Constructed with Boost technology, these super fashionable slip-ons look very much like what a modern day ninja warrior would wear. They have highly responsive midsoles that absorb the force from your foot strike to deliver an energy-fuelled push off. Knit upper and wraparound bands provide an adaptive compression fit.
6 / 12 New Balance 247 Nubuck (around $149)Read more
This shoe model is named 247 because it is supposedly so comfy that you would want to wear it 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is the new premium version of New Balance’s best selling sneaker, featuring a luxe suede leather upper and stretch sock construction. We tested it out with a strength training session followed by a samba dance class and they were comfortable throughout both.
7 / 12 New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz V2 Sport ($139)Read more
The latest Fresh Form Cruz Sport has a lightweight upper mesh against a plastic shoelace cage with the classic “N” logo cut out on both sides, creating a modern appeal with its contrasting textures. Perfect for those looking for a pair easy to wear, fuss-free, less structured and comfortable running shoes that can also double up as a fashion accessory.
8 / 12 Nike Epic React Flyknit ($229)Read more
As one of the lightest pairs of running shoes with the latest React technology, the foam is supposedly designed to be softer, bouncier and longer-lasting. The Flynit material creates a snug fit, or — as Nike describes it — “a hug-like feel”. The khaki green shade stands out and will go well with any military-inspired #ootd. Consider going down one size for the right fit.
9 / 12 Reebok Hayasu (from $120)Read more
If you like Zumba, BodyJam or dancing, these shoes are for you. Reebok is one of the few brands that actually have a dedicated range of dance and studio shoes. These seamless booties are engineered with neoprene for comfort, moulded with Ortholite sockliner for responsive cushioning, and designed with a mid-cut to offer improved stability and extra ankle support. Dance like no one is watching but know your Hayasu will be getting the limelight, both in the studio and on the streets.
10 / 12 Reebok Crossfit Nano 8 Flexweave Training Shoe ($189)Read more
When one thinks of Crossfit, Reebok comes to mind. This model is the latest and improved version of the Nanotechnology and is incorporated with the newly launched Flexweave, a new woven technology to provide enhanced breathability, flexibility and durability. If they are proven to be good enough to meet the demands of the Crossfit champs, they are definitely good enough for the everyday gym bunny. The shoes are versatile and are great for HIIT, weight lifting, callisthenics and obstacle course style of training.
11 / 12 Asics Gel-Kenun Knit ($229)Read more
Asics’ Gel-Kenun now comes with a mesh upper for a more streamlined sockliner look that actually wicks sweat and keeps feet dry and fresh. The visible gel cushioning in the heel is more than just a design aspect. It’s also a functional feature which absorbs the force of impact in every step. A comfortable and lightweight running shoe that provides good mid-foot support, it doubles as a good pair of city shoes for walking the city streets.
12 / 12 Asics Gel-Kenun SP ($199)Read more
Inspired by the cherry blossoms in Japan, the Sakura edition is the latest colour in the Gel Kenun series. This special edition offers the lightweight cushioning and shock absorbing qualities of the Gel technology, and is designed with a versatile silhouette — a good balance between functionality and style. Basically, Asics wanted a pair of shoes that is so comfy and hip that you would want to wear it all day, for any occasion.