The Best Athletic Shoes for Every Type of Workout

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2017 is finally in full swing, which means your brand new resolutions probably are too. If you decided to focus on fitness this year, it’s important to ensure you’ve got the right shoes to succeed. Whether they’ll inspire you to meet your goals or you’re just in desperate need of an upgrade, here are the best athletic shoes to invest in (based on your favorite workouts).

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1. Running

If your main form of exercise is running or jogging, opt for a lightweight shoe with a cushioned sole. To ensure the sneaker will be flexible enough during your workout, the pattern on the bottom should resemble a waffle iron. This design allows your foot to bend from toe to heel, but prevents it from twisting to either side (which could cause an injury).

Style Tip: If you’re running outside, don’t forget to bundle up! Keep your ears toasty with a headband or knit hat; then protect your hands with your go-to gloves or mittens. Be careful not to dress too warm, though – the temp will feel about 20 degrees higher when you start to sweat, and you don’t want to worry about shedding layers mid-run!

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2. Strength training

If lifting weights is more your jam, choose shoes with a hard, dense sole – the thinner, the better. This will allow you to feel the floor, giving you the traction you need to create a strong, stable base. Avoid using your running shoes for this type of exercise. While their soft, cushiony soles are great for absorbing impact, they can cause instability when squatting or swinging your kettle bell.

Style Tip: Brightly colored gym attire is always an energy booster, so don’t be afraid go bold this season! If an understated look is more your style, pair a vibrant sports bra and socks with a neutral tank and leggings.

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3. Cross training

If you love changing up your workout on the daily, shoes built for cross training are the best choice for you. Their X-patterned bottoms are built for changing direction, while their strong mesh sides protect your ankles from injury. Kick boxing, aerobics, Zumba and more? Bring it on!

Style Tip: Cowl neck sweatshirts are great for staying warm outside – but they’re also great for warming up in the gym! Start your routine wearing the cozy top, then take it off when you start to sweat. You’ll be ready to kick up your workout in no time!

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4. Walking

Finally, if you prefer a brisk stroll over other forms of exercise, opt for shoes made specifically for walking. The kicks’ characteristics will closely resemble running shoes – the only difference is the soles are a little less flexible.

Style Tip: Another trend that’s not going away in 2017? Patterned leggings! Have fun with all sorts of prints and colors when choosing your bottoms. To ensure your athletic look doesn’t become too busy, pair them with a solid top in a neutral or matching tone.

Which workout has been your go-to so far this year?

How to Wear 1 Boot 3 Ways

When it comes to autumn footwear, boots are truly all you need. With endless styles and ways to wear them, what more could a fall fashionista ask for? The best part about this season’s boots is you don’t need to change your pair to change your look. Whether you’re going for a classic cowgirl vibe or pairing them with your go-to skinnies, here are three trendy ways to style your favorite boots this season.

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1. Tucked in

Show off any fringe, studs and embroidered details by tucking your pants down into your boots. Complete the ensemble with a solid-colored top to ensure your shoes are the star of the show – patterns or graphics can make your outfit distracting.

Style tip: This look works best when paired with skinny jeans or leggings, since there’s no extra fabric creating bulk around your ankles.

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2. Over-the-top

Flare jeans are back and better than ever – and they’re a perfect match for your booties this fall. Pair this combo with a boho-inspired top for a 70’s-esque look that’s sure to turn heads. We can’t get enough of this throwback silhouette!

Style tip: Make sure your jeans are just the right length: brushing the top of your foot. Pants that are too long will hide the boot completely.

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3. Rolled up

If you want a laidback look fit for a day at the pumpkin patch, roll up your skinnies just above your boots. Don’t worry if the cuffs don’t match perfectly! This style is meant to appear casual and carefree.

Style tip: Take care not to roll up your denim too high. A cuff that’s too large can make your legs look short! A good rule of thumb is to show about an inch of ankle.

Looking for yet another way to style your favorite ankle boots? Check out these blogger-approved ways to wear boot socks this fall.

Sneaker Street Style: 3 Ways to Wear Tennis Shoes

This summer, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to showcase the season’s hottest trends. From style trends to home décor tips, we love seeing how these fashionistas celebrate the warm weather.

We believe a chic pair of comfortable tennis shoes should be a summer staple, so this week we’re welcoming Lilly from Lilly Style to share her favorite outfits to wear with sneakers this summer.

I’m a huge fan of sneakers. Sneakers are no longer just gym shoes—the right pair goes with just about anything. It is possible to look chic and put together in a pair of tennis shoes. My go-to footwear style is classic minimalist with a mix of contemporary, but my sneakers collection includes many different styles.

I picked up this pair of Adidas at Meijer recently—they’re ultra light and comfortable, and perfect for a day of walking. Below are some tips for my favorite ways to style sneakers.

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Keep it Simple and Fun

Shorts and tees or tanks are THE summer staple outfit. They’re an easy go-to and the perfect outfit if you’re having a laidback weekend or if you’re on the move. Since these sneakers are already colorful, I kept the rest of the outfit simple and within a similar color palette to complement the sneakers. And I definitely added some fun jewelry to complete the look.

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Keep it Casual and Chic

White jeans and a chambray shirt is one of my favorite combinations to wear. I call this my “fool proof outfit” because you can’t go really wrong with this combination—you can wear nearly any pair of sneakers with it! And the best part is that it is not restricted to a certain age, it looks great on everyone.

And the truth is, nothing is as comfortable for an all day of exploring a new city than a chic pair of shoes like these. My recent trip to Croatia and Italy just confirmed this—since we explored and walked a lot, I ended up purchasing a pair of Adidas sneakers a few days into my trip to replace my flats that were no longer keeping my feet happy.

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Keep it Cute and Comfortable

Lastly, a cute pair of sneakers really pulls together an athleisure outfit. I love cool summer evenings and when the weather is cooler in the late evening, walks outside become more frequent (and my dog is happy about it, too!)  This top and bottom combo from Meijer brings out the color in these sneakers. Plus not only are they extremely comfortable, but I feel more motivated to workout or extend my walk when a cute workout outfit is involved.

Love Lilly’s style? Check out her spring color crush where she decorates her wardrobe and home in her favorite seasonal shade.

Lilly is the fashionista behind Lilly Style, a blog full of style tips and seasonal must haves. Follow Lilly on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Only Two Pairs of Shoes You Need This Summer

This spring, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear this season’s hottest trends. From makeup tutorials to style tips, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas take runway trends and make them all their own.

This week, we’re welcoming Kristin from Everything’s Always Sunny to show us what she’s wearing with spring’s cutest footwear. With just two pairs of sandals, she shows us how strappy sandals are the ultimate summer accessory.

Even though it’s still a bit chilly in Michigan, nothing gets me more excited for summer like a fresh pair of shoes. There’s something about finally packing my snow boots in the back corners of my closet to make room for flip flops and mules that means warmer weather is on its way. Finally.

When it comes to picking out new shoes, I always try to find trendy sandals that are versatile enough to go with everything.  My style is pretty laid back, chill and simple, so boho styles usually fit my wardrobe pretty well.

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This season, it’s all about strappy lace ups, which is why this Falls Creek nude flat sandal is one of my new favorites. Since they’re neutral I can pair them with everything from floral prints to classic chambray denim dresses.

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One of my favorite go-to summer looks is a sleeveless denim dress with a classic black bag, dressed up with some cute statement jewelry. I love this dress from Meijer since it’s so effortless – the tie belt gives it just enough shape. Tassels and marble are going to be everywhere this summer, making this necklace the perfect accessory.

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Just add a chain-strap crossbody bag (another Meijer find!), and this look is everything summer style should be.

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While strappy neutral flats are perfect for weekends, every girl needs a bit of a heel once in a while, and nothing is more timeless than black.

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Since I wear dresses all the time, these Massini sandals are exactly what I need when I want to look a little dressier. This strappy number has a classic, sophisticated look but with a kitten heel they’re so comfortable! I can’t believe my go-to sandals were so affordable – definitely a shopping win.

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With these two pairs of shoes, I can almost feel it getting warmer so I can start wearing them more often. Between tie-up flats and strappy sandals, which spring trend are you most excited to wear?

Kristin is the fashionista behind Everything’s Always Sunny, a fun blog about personal style, Michigan, happiness, food and DIY. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter

Lilly Style’s Spring Color Crush

This spring, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear this season’s hottest trends. From makeup tutorials to style tips, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas take runway trends and make them all their own.

This week, we’re welcoming Lilly from Lilly Style to share her favorite color for spring—pink! As she showcases below, pink is the perfect color to welcome warmer weather and there’s a variety of ways you can incorporate it into your style this season.

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It comes as no surprise that the Pantone color of 2016 is Rose Quartz.

For me personally, pastel colors equal spring. Since my #1 favorite color, gray, is not overly spring-like, I’ll share my second favorite color—pink. I haven’t met a shade of pink I didn’t like. I think I have managed to acquire every nail polish in all shades of pink. I find pink to be such a happy color and pale pinks to be very soothing.

Now, not everyone is a fan of pink and some shades are prettier than others. Even those who are not big fans of brighter pink colors might agree that blush/pale/rose pink are beautiful and a lot easier to work with.

Pink complements an array of colors. It’s so easy to incorporate not only into your wardrobe but also to your interior décor.  It looks great with white or heather gray. For a bigger contrast, pair it with charcoal gray or navy. Even black!

If you like pink but are not quite ready to incorporate into your wardrobe just yet, start small…like a soft pink scarf, nail polish or pink lipstick. You can’t really go wrong there.

During almost every trip to Meijer for groceries, I end up in the beauty section looking at nail polishes or lipsticks. In one of my recent trips to Meijer, I picked up this pretty soft pink nail polish by Essie in Muchi, Muchi (the navy color is in Midnight Cami).

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Here are all the other ways I’m celebrating pink this season:

Flowers

Fresh flowers are one of those things I have a hard time passing up while grocery shopping.  I love having fresh flowers in my home…they’re so cheerful and brighten everything up.

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Travel

A travel pillow will be an essential for my upcoming trip in May.

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Makeup 

I’m always drawn to light pink shades of lipsticks. 90% of my lipstick collection consists of pink and nude shades.

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Free Time

Dark chocolate M&M’s and ridiculously good ideas go hand in hand.

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Workouts

I fell in love with these New Balance sneakers in the Meijer shoe department. Not only are these perfect for working out, but I also love wearing sneakers with jeans and tees.

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Shoes

These are the perfect flats to welcome warmer weather. This pale pink works with absolutely any color.

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And Just For Fun

Here’s how to keep dog toys neatly organized. Zoey approves 🙂

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What is your favorite color for spring?

Lilly is the fashionista behind Lilly Style, a blog full of style tips and seasonal must haves. Follow Lilly on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

3 Spring Shoes You Can’t Live Without

Just like we need our snow-shoveling boots, our knee-high rider boots and our favorite ankle booties every winter, spring has its own set of can’t-live-without footwear. And while we’d like to live in a world where it’s all about dashing around town in flip flops, we know there are much more stylish (not to mention comfortable) options than our standby plastic thongs.

This season, we’re rounding up our three spring shoe styles that we can’t live without. Once you see our lineup, it’s easy to see why these are on our can’t-miss list this year.

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1. The Canvas Boat Shoe

You don’t have to be on a boat to appreciate the nautical inspiration in this season’s go-to flat. Find a bright color, peppy print or cord detail for an on-trend style that’s all your own.

  • Floral: Floral is the absolute must-have print this season. Whether it’s a large petal shape or an assortment of bright colors, we love anything that mimics our favorite arboretum.
  • Metallic: Though black, brown and cream will forever be in our hearts, we love how metallic is taking over as the go-to neutral for any outfit. Slip on a pair of silver or gold kicks for an extra touch of fancy, elevating your casual tees and boyfriend jeans to trendsetter status.
  • Patterned: Patterns are an easy way to add a little zest to an otherwise plain outfit. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns! Stripes and hearts are a surprising duo that’s sure to add an extra dose of fun to your day.
  • Statement: With a diverse pastel spring palette, we can’t help but add them to all our beloved accessories. Pick your favorite hue – like a bright robin egg blue – to add a pop of color your spring ensemble.

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2. The Wear-Every-Day Neutral Heel

Make sure you find one with a chunky low heel for a shoe you actually can (and will, trust us) wear every day.

  • Woven Wedge: Looking for the perfect wedge to get a start on beach season? This woven straw beauty is accented with a gold band and leather slingback strap, giving it a modern, seaside vibe.
  • Faux Leather Sandal: There are few materials more timeless than leather. A pair of faux leather wedges studded at the base looks as good with a sundress as it does with rolled ankle jeans.
  • Laser Cutout Slingback: When it comes to textured patterns, we can’t get enough of cutout details in our spring closet. This peep-toe style lets you show off your pedi, while the slingback ankle is perfect for slipping on and off.
  • Chop Out Booties: This trendy update to your go-to ankle bootie is anything but basic. Tie details mimic last season’s crave-worthy fringe while the open toe means this is chunky heel is definitely ready for sunshine.

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3. The Go-To Gladiator

Beaded or metallic, bright or subtle, these barely-there sandals are the easiest way to get in the mood for sunshine.

  • Statement Shiny: Gladiator sandals with their signature structure are more fun in a shiny metallic shade. We love floral patterns in girly shades that make these sandals fierce and feminine.
  • Multicolor Beads: Elevate your style without heels by donning a pair of multicolored beaded sandals. By finding a pair in blue and pink or orange and purple, your look gets an instant one-two punch of color.

With a pair of boat shoes, neutral heels and flashy sandals, your closet will be as ready for warm weather as you are. Now, the only hard part left is picking out which style you want to wear first…