Women interested in working out – or just looking like they have – can stuff a gym bag with all the options available at Foot Locker.
Some of the most popular shoes Nike has to offer are the Free series, and two classic styles in the Air Max and the Shox models.
The Nike Free series is based on a 0-10 scale, with 0 denoting a true barefoot running experience and 10 marking Nike’s most cushioned running shoe. The Nike Free 5.0+, for example, falls in the middle of that scale. The idea is that runners interested in a truly barefoot experience will work their way down the scale, strengthening the muscles and ligaments in their feet along the way. Prior to 2013, the Free 5.0 was known as the Free Run and released three versions before being renamed the Free 5.0.
And the “plus” means it’s Nike+ enabled. Initiated in 2006, Nike+ allows space for a chip (sold separately) in the left midsole that enables you to upload your run information to Nike’s social-media platform. There, you can log your distance, time, pace, and calories burned. And you can participate in challenges by yourself or with others, and generally interact with other Nike+ users.
One of Nike’s newest hot releases has been the Flyknit Lunar line. This unique upper consists of a single thread and even forms Flywire-like reinforcement that lashes the laces to the midsole. This one-piece upper promotes sock-like comfort, and the seamless fit minimizes bunching to flex naturally with the foot. And it all sits atop a Lunarlon dual-density foam midsole that features a soft core embedded in a slightly firmer carrier to help it maintain its shape.
The Nike Air Max line has been popular since its debut as part of Nike’s “Air Revolution” in 1987. The Air Max+ 2013 was the first to feature deeper flex grooves, so modified to promote a more natural movement of the foot.
Nike Shox offer another classic silhouette. Nike began developing Shox in 1984 before finally testing it in 1997-98 and bringing it to market in 2000. The futuristic design always has reflected springs under the heel and can come in four-, five-, or six-column configurations. For the story on Nike Shox, click here.
When it comes to hooking up women with the tops, shorts, and shoes they like, Nike gets it. That’s why you’ll find some of the same color hits running through Nike’s performance apparel that you’ll find in its shoes.
Before you stick your toes into some new shoes, slide them into socks. Pick up a 3-pack of low-cut cotton, or go “performance” with one of Nike’s low-cut Dri-Fit options.
This color coordination helps you hook your shoes to a variety of compressions shorts and capri pants, and Nike’s looser-fitting Tempo running short.
Those, in turn, tie to an array of cotton t-shirts, v-necks, and racerback tanks. Underneath it all, choose a supportive base layer with a classic Nike sports bra.
Nike’s hoodies give you a layer to help you warm up or cool down. And lightweight gloves lend a layer of warmth when you start on those early morning workouts.