Lisa Hannam, FLEETSTREET’s senior editor, tells us what’s on her cool-stuff shortlist right now.
If the Shoe Fits
These trainers fit the bill for fashion and function. I’m all over the contrast of the white sole and black knit upper, and the design—the structured heel, open midsole and copper-swatched vamp—takes the basic black sneaker to the next level. I’ve read reviews dissing the “burrito” tongue as awkward, but to me it makes sense. It’s easy to slip into and out of this shoe, even with tied laces. The curved sole with pyramid traction makes for perfect-form squats and it’s sticky enough for plyometric jumps. But the real kicker (see what I did there?) is the toe box. It’s roomy, breathable and all-around comfortable.
In the Tank
This is one of the few times I don’t mind being basic. A white racer-back tank is a must in every woman’s gym bag. This one’s a clean, no-frills design, so no complicated multi-straps or ridiculously oversized arm holes. The fit is comfy and relaxed. At this price, I’ll take two or three, please.
When you have a special event, you get your nails done, right? Well, a marathon is so special, you train for months to run one, so an on-theme mani is only logical. A couple of runner friends told me about Sarah Marie Design Studio, which makes fun nail wraps for runners, including designs for the half-marathon, the full marathon and all the majors (like New York and Boston).
A Leg Up
I’m very particular about leggings. At 5-foot-7, I’m tall but not that tall, so I prefer a full length—no crops. The waistband must be roll-proof (or else I’ll be fidgeting with my pants in Pilates instead of engaging my core). I’m not a fan of hidden pocket zippers or obvious seams. I just want leggings that feel as great as they look. This pair from Lululemon is a current favourite. The fit is snug, but not sausage-y. The waist is high, but I can still move comfortably between bridges, crunches and squats. And it’s quality, so I didn’t mind forking over a C-note.
Show of Support
Some sports bras are so snug, they’re as comfortable as a corset. Not so with this Michi design, which I’ve been talking about non-stop since I bought it. The Toronto-based athletic wear label is known for being sexy, but after wearing this for umpteen workouts, I can say it’s as practical as it is stylish. What I love is the wide band, which doesn’t pinch or buckle like too many other sports bras. And the high neck is surprisingly comfortable. The low scoop at the sides and the Y-back allows tons of movement through the arms. Plus, I love how it looks under a sheer cotton tee.