We have a web meeting every morning here at Philly Mag HQ, during which the editors of our eight (awesome, amazing) blogs get together to go over our lineups for the day ahead. So imagine my glee when Shoppist editor Emily Goulet told the group that she was doing a post on how sneakers are the new stilettos because tennis shoes, of all things, are suddenly the hot new accessory in fashion. I think I audibly WAHOOOOED at the news.
The 12th Street Gym just posted a photo of the 2014 Broad Street Run race shirt, which one of its employees received in the mail along with her race bib.
I have to say, I love, love, love this year’s design. The fonts are great, the illustration is great, and it keeps with the vintage feel of the throwback BSR shirts I told you about yesterday.
What do you think?
Huzzah! Urban Outfitters’ new fitness brand, Without Walls, has finally made an in-store appearance in our area. The brand officially got off the ground last month, with rollouts as mini-boutiques inside UO stores in California and New York, but at the time, there were no plans to bring it to any stores in our area.
It is the absolute worst when you get to the gym, only to realize you forgot something crucial, am I right? Besides the obvious—shoes, socks, sports bra, etc.—there are three things I consider absolute gym necessities: dry shampoo, face cleanser and hair bands.
You know what a compression sock is, right? It’s a sock with graduated and strategically placed compression areas (basically, tighter or stretchier fabric) to help promote blood circulation and post-workout muscle recovery. Lots of runners swear by them, and I know a lot of people who use them.
The thing about compression socks, though, is that they tend to be more function over fashion. A typical pair looks like this—kind of, er, perfunctory. Can you say, “Booooooring”?
Since a lot of people wear these things post-workout—oftentimes with their normal, everyday clothes—it makes sense that you might want compression socks that actually look cute, too. Here are seven pairs I would be happy to wear out and about.
No, this is not a Chipotle burrito. Nor is it my lunch from Qdoba.
I am all about being comfortable in, well, all situations ever, but there’s some latent fashion instinct in me that tells me that dress yoga pants—i.e. “fancier” versions of yoga pants that could maybe, possibly pass for work slacks—should not be a thing.
These shoes, right here, are technically minimalist running shoes.
It’s easy to deal with snow and ice (and now slush) if you’re able to stay huddled inside your house. (And if you are, then happy snow day to you!) But for those who have to brave the elements—whether it’s commuting to work or taking your kids to the nearest sledding hill—you need some serious gear. We’ve broken down the best of what’s out there, from boots to bags, for a winter-ready arsenal. Oh, and those snowshoes? Those are just plain fun. Click the photo for info on each item, and where to find it in the Philadelphia area.
Figuring out how to dress for outdoor workouts this time of year can be an annoying exercise in trial and error. You need layers that aren’t too heavy but aren’t too light, pieces that both insulate and ventilate, and fabrics that evaporate moisture without letting cold air in. Talk about a tall bill.
Instead of hibernating on my couch until spring (hmm, tempting … ), I’m retooling my winter- workout wardrobe with essential high-tech pieces that actually work like they’re supposed to. (Trust me, I tried them.) Go ahead and call me Goldilocks: This stuff is just right.