Fashion Forum: I Don’t Like ‘Sneakers’!

Today, we have a fashion forum question from one of our FAB readers:

Ms. Lyssa – I’m getting ready to start a new work-out plan (aerobics and strength-training) and I KNOW I need some new sneakers. Problem is I hate athletic shoes, especially the kind with a big air bubble in the back or something like that. I just want a shoe that is fashionable, colorful, and serves the purpose. HELP!

Well, this question was hard for me to answer because I love sneakers. So, I had to dig deep and use my styling skills to give our FAB READER a good answer.

The deal with sneakers is that initially sneakers are met to support your foot/ankle while you complete your task. Now, there are so many CASUAL shoes out there that get people confused. So people think that the cute shoe, that is shaped like a converse all-star is a shoe you can go to the gym and work-out with. But doing that will get you some really sore feet by the end of your activity.

You must understand, every true athletic shoe has a purpose: you have hiking boots – with high tops and supported ankle straps for hikers, walking shoes- with flat soles for walkers, and running shoes -with thick shock-absorbent heels for runners.

So, our reader is going to need a good shock-absorbent cross-trainer. I pulled several, fashionable and functional shoes for her to take a look at.

From http://www.zappos.com/:
Nike Free Everyday Cross-Trainer – it has a thick absorbent heel for running and soft netting to keep your feet cool.

Nike Air Max 90 Trainer II – Same effect with the trademark, but not noticeable Nike air-bubble – however the purple/lilac accents take away from the robotic look the shoe could have.
These are from http://www.footlocker.com/. As far as a stylish athletic shoe is concerned, Puma is winning in that category. They have several shoes that would make any FAB READER feel confident while she works out. Here are a couple that caught my eye:
PUMA Speeder M – Not as shock absorbent in the heel but very supportive to the ball of your foot.

PUMA Complete Eutopia – GREAT running shoe and awesome color combination. Mesh netting on the out sole makes for a shoe that will ‘give’ as you work out.
Lastly, NINE WEST has teamed up with New Balance to offer athletic shoes for their customers. See more styles at http://www.ninewest.com/. Also, NINE WEST’s running shoes go to a size 12.

Hopefully, this helps our reader.

Ms. Lyssa is always available to answer your fashion questions! Send your questions to fabglancenashville@hotmail.com.

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