As fashion editors, we’re always on the hunt for stylish pieces—and that doesn’t stop at the gym. With the rise of the athleisure trend, joggers and track pants are working their way into our everyday wardrobes, and cool athletic sneakers are as well. They’re a necessity for any workout, and we’ve rounded up the best workout shoes to strike the perfect balance between fashion and function.
Right now, we’re fond of lightweight sneakers and breathable knit versions, but also styles that can transition stylishly to the street. Some Who What Wear editors stick to versatile black or gray sneakers, while others like to make a statement with bold pink or metallic gold shoes. And there’s one cult brand that five out of eight editors called out as their favorite.
Keep reading to find out why these editor-approved sneakers are so great and shop our picks for your next workout.
“I gravitate toward black or gray sneakers for working out, and these are both! The great thing about knit sneakers is that they keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. These are also really lightweight and couldn’t be more comfortable if they tried.” — Allyson Payer, editor
“I love these Reebok Hayasu studio sneakers. They are kind of like a sock-boot, kind of not, but are extremely comfortable and supportive. I do a lot of workout classes, as opposed to the gym, and I find that these accommodate most of the workouts I do. Plus, the speckles on the bottom make them feel forward and kind of edgy, which I like.” — Lauren Eggertsen, associate editor
“I love these Nikes. I’m a big fan of boxing and other cardio classes, and since it’s impossible to have the laces untie, I’m never in danger of tripping over myself, which is helpful when you’re tired after a tough workout.” — Aemilia Madden, editor
“If I’m being honest, I bought these sneakers because I saw Bella Hadid wearing them. But it turns out they’re also most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever owned. Plus, they’re cool enough to wear outside of the gym.” — Kristen Nichols, associate editor
“Admittedly, I don’t actually work out that much, but when I do, I love to wear my APLs. They help me look and feel the part, so I get that extra boost of confidence when I go on my monthly power walks.” — Nicole Akhtarzad, market editor
“I always lean toward Nike sneakers for my workouts, and right now I’m wearing these. I very much like how lightweight and flexible they are. … Confession: I actually own them in gray and white.” — Michelle Scanga, managing editor
“I’ve always loved white sneakers, and these are my latest purchase. They’re super lightweight, which is perfect for my workout of choice at the gym: the treadmill. I’d wear them with black leggings and a basic white T-shirt.” — Erin Fitzpatrick, news editor
“I’m not really devoted to one specific sneaker, but I do find that I mostly go for a Nike, lightweight trainer—as long as it can keep with a mediocre jogger and the occasional dance or boxing class, it’s perfect. Considering 90% of my gym clothes are black, I also like to bring in a little color as well. I’m currently due for an upgrade, and these are the ones I’m eyeing.” — Gina Marinelli, senior news editor
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