When it comes to the world of sneakers, you know as well as we do that there are about a million different pairs. Some are meant for walking, while others are better suited for runs. And then some are super lightweight and made to be used and abused with maximum running force, while others are meant for light and even runs. So, we really took a close look at some of the nicest-looking shoes on the market right now, and among them were shoes that actually proved to be practical, too. Thinking about fashion and function is the best way to get the most bang for your buck when buying runners, so here are 15 ways to get just that:
15 flashy pairs of sneakers that’ll inspire you to get off your butt
Road Shoe of the YearThis award-winning shoe was designed from data gathered from some of the fastest runners in the world, so you know it's good. Its simplistic design ensures that only what is needed can be found on it – no more, no less.
$130 at New Balance New Balance
Lightweight KicksThis Nike Free Viritous is super flexible and lightweight, keeping you swift on your feet. And to maximize your runs, the midsole cushioning let's you run in comfort for a long time.
$140 at Sport ChekNike
Pump It UpThe ol' Pump technology is back at Reebok. Simply press the button so the shoe can form to your foot. It's the quickest way to feel like you're wearing nothing at all.
$140 - $160 at Sport Chek and Reebok.ca.Reebok
Sock-Like FitThe Adidas Boost uses primeknit material, which ensures a sock-like fit. The Boost technology in the midsole gives you the responsiveness and the resiliency you want for a long run.
$210 at the Running RoomAdidas
Perfect ProtectionSometimes with sneakers you either get a lightweight design with minimal impact protection or a solid design with a lot. But this hot pink number has a light foot that doesn't actually diminish protection. That's a solid shoe.
$110 at Running RoomSaucony
Know-It-All KicksThe best part of this shoe from Asics is its anatomically correct deep flex grooves, which have been aligned to the joints of the foot. So, what? Well, the shoes recognize, adapt and respond to your weight and pressure. That's what you call an all-knowing shoe.
$130 at Asics Canada Asics
Cool OffClimacool tech provides cooling for the entire foot, so you won't stink after a long jog. And then of course you have the aesthetic delights, like the marbled midsole and the fact that Stella McCartney designed these babies.
$150 at Adidas Adidas
Night RidersNot only does this pair have breathable material and superb cushioning, but the reflective details are what make these puppies really shine. They're so ideal for keeping visible during a moonlit jog.
$150 at Sport ChekOn
Need for SpeedThese shoes were designed for speedsters. They're low-cut, light and created to withstand rapid contact with the ground. And if that isn't enough, the shoes actually conform to your feet, so you can say goodbye to slipping.
$120 at Sport ChekUnder Armour
Worry-Free MarathonerThis is what sold us on this design: "your next marathon could be free of black toenails, blisters, and foot discomfort," notes the brand on its website. Graphic, but kind of interesting.
$140 at Altra Altra
Jack of All TradesThis is a true performance shoe, and can pretty much handle any skill level. Most importantly, it's made to withstand conditions from the fastest feet, so they're good for the whole family.
$140 at New BalanceNew Balance
TrailblazersSure, this isn't flashy or zany or cute, but sometimes a simple black sneaker is all you need. And this one is perfect for trail running – its Gore-Tex lining will keep your feet nice and dry.
$155 at Sport ChekNike
Light as a FeatherIf you're looking for a light run, and you love feeling like you're running above the clouds, then this feather-light pair of kicks will serve you well.
$170 at AdidasAdidas
A Runner's FavouriteThe Nike Free 5.0's are the next-gen Nike Free 3.0's, and they're better than they ever have been. They're light, super flexible and make for an even, comfortable ride.
$130 at the Running RoomNike
Good For You ShoeThe grip is weather-protected to ensure optimal traction during the rain, but these shoes are also made from environmentally responsible, solvent-free synthetic Tirrenina suede. And if that isn't enough, proceeds from sales of these shoes go to Boston Runs as One.
$150 at AdidasAdidas