If your running shoe arsenal is limited to only blacks or gaudy neons, you need to rethink your game for 2017. Now more dynamic and freeform, the running shoes of today are a lot more stylish and packed with technology that will have you running for miles without noticing.

Stella McCartney leads the pack with her latest work on the UltraBoost. She completely redesigned the upper, while retaining the shoe’s sleek and streamlined shape. This should appease even the most discerning of fashionistas who use ugly shoes as an excuse to not work out.

If you’re into loud colours but want something more thoughtfully designed, sportswear giants Nike and PUMA have sprightly-hued options. Each harnesses the well-developed technology that the brands have invested in heavily over the years.

We believe that your running shoes should look as good as they feel, so here are 5 of our favourites.

adidas Ultraboost x Parley shoes

Resident adidas collaborator Stella McCartney has put her creative input into yet another brand favourite, the Ultraboost. Only this time it’s also for a good cause. Made with yarn spun from reclaimed and recycled ocean waste, the shoe — also in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans —  sees a Primeknit upper which provides substantial support, while the boost sole literally puts a spring in your step. In true McCartney style, the shoe is a clean off-white colourway with maroon and light blue accents.

S$280, adidas

Athletic Propulsion Labs Ascend sneakers

Designed with a mid-cut silhouette, this pair of Ascend training shoes by Athletic Propulsion Labs is an edgier alternative to the regular ones. Specifically engineered with zones for ventilation and support, the TechLoom upper is one full piece for an exceptional fit. Other impressive features include an articulated eye row for flexible lockdown and the Propelium sole which maximises energy generation.

S$274, Athletic Propulsion Labs

Nike printed LunarTempo 2

These are for those who aren’t afraid of standing out — but in a good way of course. In an eclectic print comprised of neon splashes, these LunarTempo 2s are a great way to make your morning runs a more vibrant affair. Lightweight and highly-breathable with specially engineered mesh, add these to your workout arsenal now.

S$112, Nike

Under Armour SpeedFeel

Built for long-distance running, the SpeedFeel has a unique Micro G technology that promises to turn cushioned landings into explosive takeoffs, which will undoubtedly be of great use in your stamina-building endeavours. The molded foot base hugs every curve on your foot to give a precise fit and distraction-free run.

S$104, Under Armour

PUMA Ignite evoKNIT shoes

Your friends will spot you a mile away with these but hey, at least they know you’re working out. In a colourway called True Blue-Knockout Pink, these evoKNITs are technologically advanced, with its Ignite Foam midsole that gives high-rebound cushioning for a less strenuous run. The sock-like knitted textile upper also provides support around the ankles, while chevron flex grooves are now more aggressively redesigned to take on more unforgiving terrains.

S$182, PUMA

Shatricia Nair
Deputy Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.