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Neal P. Corpus

Posted on March 25, 2021

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Looking for a reason to get back into your active groove? These sneakers might help.

Throughout our year in quarantine, you’ve probably picked up an exercise hobby or two. And you’ve probably realized that it takes a good shoe to really maximize these activities, whether it’s cycling, running, or working out in the home gym you painstakingly built.

Whatever activity that may be, having not only the right gear, but gear that you like, can actually help give you a boost in motivation. And style’s gotta have some points in that game.

If your routine has been plateauing recently, we’ve put together a list of stylish sneakers that might just help you get back on your feet.

Cycling: Adidas Sambarose

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The key to selecting a shoe for cycling is a flat, rigid sole for a more direct power delivery to the pedals. Cycling cleats are usually the best bet, but if you’re not yet fully committed to that lifestyle and just want a shoe you can also use for other things, the Adidas Sambarose is a good bet.

Adidas actually came out with a version of their classic Sambas that allows you to clip onto your bike’s pedals called the Velosamba, but it’s not yet available in the country. Until then, the Sambarose is an equally stylish alternative with its thick sole and comfy OrthoLite sock liner.

Hiking: Nike ACG Mountain Fly Low

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Nike’s All Conditions Gear (ACG) line has garnered attention for its stylish sneakers and clothes, but these pieces are actually built for a purpose.

The Mountain Fly Low features knobby soles that give plenty of traction both on and off the trails, and its stealthy black colorway gives it a fashionable edge. The bright orange accents inside the shoe and on the Nike logo on the sole give it a pop of unexpected color.

Training: Nike Metcon 6

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Much like cycling, the shoe you want for training and weightlifting is one that has a rigid sole. This allows you to firmly plant your feet on the ground while lifting, allowing you to avoid bad form and potential injury.

Nike’s Metcon 6 has exactly that, in a spectrum of energetic colorways that provide almost as much motivation as an energy drink.

Running: Adidas Futurecraft 4D

Visit Commonwealth at Greenbelt.

While a shoe like the Nike Metcon 6 will be comfortable enough for short periods of running within a WOD, having a purpose-built running shoe for longer distances is necessary.

To ensure comfort with every stride you run, the Futurecraft 4D features, well, a 4D midsole that’s engineered with 17 years of running data. This, combined with the shoe’s sock-like Primeknit upper, allows for breathability and a locked-in feel.

Multi-purpose: New Balance Nobium Concept 1

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If “dadcore” is more your style, New Balance is the brand for you. And what screams dad more than a multipurpose shoe? But don’t get me wrong, a three-in-one shoe can be stylish too.

Designed with Tokyo Design Studio, the Nobium Concept 1 is a rugged, waterproof boot that features the soles of New Balance’s popular MT801 trail running shoes. But that’s not all: You can remove the ankle to create an outdoor sandal, and one more step reveals an indoor shoe. Nifty, right?

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