Fashion Fit – Sports Shoes To Kick Off With

Stylish and functional footwear to help you bring your A-game to your exercise.

By Chris Ong        24 March 2022

Have you been making good on your resolution to get fit? Guess what, it’s not only for health, but you also get the chance to look and feel suitably snug in some fresh, fitting clothes. Such as these sportswear to get kitted out in.

Once you’ve got your body “covered”, it’s your ever-hardworking feet next. Shod on these 8 suitably slick kicks to go with your snazzy top and bottoms, so that you can achieve all of your fitness ideals in effortless style.

1. Women’s Gel-Kayano 28 (Fuschia Red/Pink Glo), $259, Asics

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Fashionable sportswomen, hit your best stride for both jogging and your style in this hot number. Its ultra-bright highlighter-pink colour will turn everyone’s heads as you whizz by. And, you will whizz them by.

This pair’s built with lots of Asics’ tech: dynamic DUOMAX to help reduce pronation, 3D Space Construction to improve your footstrike’s compression, and FF BLAST for lightweight cushioning and responsive rebound. It’s a stunner that’s all style and all substance.

2. Mens’ Gel-Kayano 28 (Peacoat/Pure Silver), $259, Asics

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This is how you can do couple-wear for twosomes: Get this same Gel-Kayano 28 model of Asics’ jogging shoes made for men and in a complementary deep navy colour to the traffic-stopping women’s version above.

Even if you are running solo (regardless if it’s in life or for your daily jogs), this handsome pair will keep you (looking) dashing till the end, what with its lower-profile external heel counter that cradles your feet with better rearfoot support and new GEL technology to give you a smoother stride without compromising your speed, for a softer landing.

Both models of the Gel-Kayano 28 are available from Asics outlets and its online webstore. Multiple locations, www.asics.com/sg; www.facebook.com/ASICSSingapore; www.instagram.com/asicssg

BONUS: SAFRA members enjoy up to 15% off at Asics.

3. Men’s Court Vision Mid (University Red/White/Black), $115, Nike

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Love the whole old-school b-ball mid-tops look? Desiring Nike’s hyped Air Jordan models? But, don’t wish to fork out a princely sum for a pair?

Wish granted. The brand’s Court Vision Mid has got similar textured uppers, stitched overlays, plush collar, and even the red, white and black colour scheme to look like a close cousin of said Jordans. Except it’s more affordable and you can actually trash this up while playing basketball without feeling the “heart pain” (like you would if you were wearing Air Jordans).

Available at Nike brand outlets and its online webstore. Multiple locations, www.nike.com/sg

4. Puma x Liberty Cruise Rider NU Women’s Trainers (Green Gables-Puma White), $199

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Not gonna lie, there’s really only one real reason why you ladies ought to get these – the gorgeous print.

Designed by British fashion prints specialists Liberty London and sportswear brand Puma, this piece from the first Puma x Liberty collaboration brings together “art, culture, design and the pursuits of beauty”.

And, what a beauty this is. Featuring green and orange wildflower-patterned uppers (a print from Liberty’s archives), this stylish sneaker sits on a Puma IMEVA midsole (so it’s lightweight and comfy) and a chunky translucent rubber outsole with a floral print. Perfect for both light gym activities and retail “sports” (a.k.a. shopping).

Available at Puma brand outlets and its online webstore. Multiple locations, https://sg.puma.com; www.facebook.com/PUMASingapore

5. The Indoor Cycling Shoes (Core Black/Cloud White/Cloud White), $200, Adidas

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Spin class fiends, we’ve got just the right kind of sneaks made for your feet and speed here.

This regular-fit unisex shoe features lightweight and breathable uppers with enhanced venting and is constructed with a fibreglass-reinforced midsole plate and three-bolt road cleat compatibility to boost your pedalling power.

Another good bit: It’s partly-made with recycled materials so you won’t have to sweat about fashion waste and consumerism while you’re sweating it out in an intense spin session.

Available at Adidas brand outlets and its online webstore. Multiple locations, www.adidas.com.sg; www.facebook.com/adidasSG; www.instagram.com/adidassg

6. Men’s UA Clone Magnetico Pro FG Soccer Cleats (Yellow 302), Under Armour

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In case you missed the news, Under Armour not only does awesome athletic shoes for cross-training and gym, it also does soccer boots. But, we’re quite sure the opposing team (and your mates) won’t miss you if you’re clad in these out on the field.

This is a striking neon kicker designed for the showy strikers; the UA CLONE upper offers a customised fit with an internal flexible, auxetic layer wrapping around the foot like a glove, and the Charged Cushioning footbed absorbs and converts impact for responsive swiftness. It’s flashy proof that victory favours the fearless and fashionable.

Available at Under Armour brand outlets and its online webstore. Multiple locations, www.underarmour.com.sg; www.facebook.com/UnderArmourSouthEastAsia; www.instagram.com/underarmoursg

7. Vans x Huatunan Year of the Tiger SK8-Hi Echo DX (Year of the Tiger Black), $195

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Skateboarding, art, fashion and the Year of the Tiger collide in this collaboration between street-style brand Vans and renowned Chinese artist Chen Yingjie (also known as Huatunan).

While it may go against the grain of wearing auspicious Chinese colours, this black pair’s elevated by luxe suede material, iridescent glittery accents, a hook-and-lace closure and Yingjie’s signature street ink graphics inspired by his famed artwork, Stay Hungry.

Looks good enough for both house visits and on the streets; actual skateboard and skateboarding activity, optional.

Available at Vans brand outlets and its online webstore. Multiple locations, www.vans.com.sg; www.facebook.com/VansSingapore; www.instagram.com/vans.sg

8. Men Badminton Shoes BS 530 (Blue), $40, Perfly

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Badminton has always been a beloved local sport, but thanks to Loh Kean Yew, its popularity’s probably gone stratospheric. Which means you might just be trying to get into the racket game, right about now.

Get kitted out in the appropriate gear, starting from the feet up with these vivid blue sneakers made for scampering around the court. Lightweight and breathable, it’s fitted with a two-piece outsole for better cushioning and performance, with its rubber, latex and ethylene vinyl acetate outersole providing better grip and durability for casual players and serious athletes alike.

Available at Decathlon outlets and its online webstore. Multiple locations, www.decathlon.sg; www.facebook.com/DecathlonSG; www.instagram.com/decathlonsg