First it was the trendy mid-top silhouette that caught our eye this spring. But now, top performance brands have something even cooler hitting shelves: all-white kicks—a refreshing hue perfect for summer.
Now, these aren’t the all-white velcro walkers you're probably visualizing on your old man. Here we’ve gathered the 5 best chalked-out sneakers from 5 performance brands who’ve mastered the ultimate blend of a style with high-tech functionality. So you can sport the following 5 shoes at the gym, running errands, or anything in between thanks to their clean silhouettes, sharp designs, and cutting-technology that will boost your performance.
Whether you’re working on intense plyometrics or executing brutal strength-training moves, these running and training sneakers in the new white colorway are the shoes you need for summer. Click ahead to take your pick.
Slide on these lightweight Adidas Ultra Boosts to experience a natural ride (where it doesn't even feel like your feet are strapped in shoes). The sneaker boasts a sock-like fit so that it feels like a snug sleeve, but it's also webbed in Adidas' "Primeknit," fabric which is designed to "expand with your foot" during each stride. Its lightweight "boost" midsole will help you push forward fast after each strike while its "3D-molded" heel will comfortably provide stability. It's also equipped with a rubber outsole for optimal grip that can withstand rainy conditions, and a cool aesthetic that's hard to pass up.
APL has a knack for creating sneakers that perfectly marry fashion and high-tech performance function. Take these TechLoom Phantoms for example; they just released the all-white colorway for summer, and are designed with a cool "3D grid pattern" that offers support to your feet during workouts. What's more, the upper portion is comprised of 4-way stretch material allowing multi-directional movement, a neoprene tongue that's attached to the collar for a locked-in fit, and is finished with their signature "Propelium" mid-and-outer sole that's super lightweight and offers max comfort.
Need a shoe for both lifting weights and performing plyo moves in the same workout? Grab a pair of these York Athletic MFG sneakers to get the job done and, keep them on for late night drinks while you're at it—the clean aesthetic makes it suitable for both occassions. Its mid-top silhouette will offer a secure fit when making sharp, cutting movements, while its super stretchy material in the upper will help keep your feet moving more freely. And if your feet get heated fast, talk solace in the fact that this pair is wrapped in a mesh material to allow constant breeze to your skin, a perforated tongue for even more breathability, and an outer sole that provides great traction to avoid slipage.
Shield your feet and your ankles during training with Reebok's Nano 5.0 mid-top. It’s built with tough materials like DuPont™ Kevlar® to fight off wear and tear courtesy of those brutal WODS, as well as a stiff toe box with just enough room for toe splay when your foot lands and your toes expand. A plush midsole adds an element of comfort, a super grippy outsole is helpful during those rope climbs, and a flat heel with a molded heel counter ensures a secure fit.
OK, so the original model of the Nike Free RN only comes with their signature swoosh in black, but when you purchase it through Nike ID (where you customize your own shoes) you can order it in the crisp all-white hue (pictured above) and have it delivered right to your doorstep. And hey, why not take advantage of the tailored shopping experience from the few brands who offer it? This kick won't only upgrade a dark, dull outfit, it'll elevate your rigorious runs, too—so it's well worth it. The midsole on this particular model is designed to mold to your feet so that they can expand and flex with every step, and it's also infused with a layer of foam for additional comfort during each stride. They’re lightweight with a rounded heel that also conforms to the shape of your foot for a natural ride, include strategically placed sections of mesh which deliver airflow to sweaty feet, and are topped off with Nike's signature “Flywire cables” to ensure a secure feel.