Stylish new kicks injected with the latest technology could be the missing link to improving performance in the weight room. In fact, upgrading your soles could be just what you need to nail a new PR. Not only do brands revamp the interior of their shoes each season (with the latest foams, gels, and more), they refresh the exterior designs, too. And research shows that if you look good, you feel good—and confidence is always important when you’re trying to achieve any goal including, fitness ones included.
In the spring we spotted a hot trend for mid-top training kicks; then, in the summer, we noticed an influx of all-white athletic kicks. But now, performance brands are putting a new pattern on the once-chalked soles: a cool, colorblock display with sharp contrasting hues like bright red, blue, and white against dark shades of black and gray.
Keep clicking to see the five brands that mastered this trend and find your favorite.
Note: Consider this your go-to guide for stylish sneakers. If you need help identifying the best pair for your specific needs (like comfort, stability, an average heel-to-toe drop, and more) check out our cross-training shoe guide, cross-fit shoe guide, and weightlifting shoe guide for men.
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