THE modern man makes no excuses for keeping at an active lifestyle.

If we’re doing cardio, we don’t just run fast; we run smart, and smart is the new sexy.

Performance sneakers aren’t a new concept, but the tech’s never been more pertinent. Starting with Nike, more brands like Under Armour and Asics are populating form and performance-tracking running shoes with all sorts of cutting-edge technology.

From integrated sharing with fitness apps to more sophisticated cushioning technology, performance sportswear is in the midst of paradigm shifts in functionality and design.

But more than that, performance sneakers are no longer worn for just exercise; they are now integral to the athleisure fashion wardrobe.

If you can’t seem to kick your sneakerhead addiction either, here are our 5 picks for a better run; these are the dope performance sneakers you shouldn’t mind getting for yourself.

01: Under Armour HOVR Infinite

As part of the all-new Under Armour HOVR SS19 “Connected Fitness” line, the latest HOVR Infinite features a neutral cushioned model with a 29mm heel and 21mm forefoot, a 360 coverage for enhanced comfort and performance.

Its carbon rubber traction pods are strategically placed under the heel of the outsole, delivering greater traction and durability at high-impact strike zones. Also, its lightweight, breathable engineered mesh upper gives your feet support where it’s needed most.

Pair them just once to the MapMyRun app and the shoes will do all the tracking wherever you go. Being the perfect accessory for a satisfying run, this pair of HOVR Infinite performance sneakers will make a stylish addition to your shoe collection.


02: Puma Rs-Computer

Image credit: Puma

If we’re talking wearable tech, Puma was here first.

Bringing back the archival, 1986 smart shoe, the RS-Computer now helps you track your fitness stats, measure calorie burn, distance and step counts; the numbers are then sent via Bluetooth to its Android or iOS app.

You still need to insert a cable to the USB connection to charge the shoe’s lithium-polymer battery, but hey, retro is the new “in”; we think fans will be swooning all over it again.

Fastest fingers first though, only 86 pairs are available worldwide.


03: Cole haan zerogrand all-day trainer

Image credit: Cole Haan

If you combine a dress shoe’s style and an athletic trainer’s performance, you get the ZeroGrand All-Day Trainer, Cole Haan’s first venture into performance-first athletic shoe market.

It features Cole Haan’s proprietary leather heel chassis, providing 360-degree heel support that cradles the back of the foot when it strikes the ground.

There’s also the Grand.ØS Energy foam integrated throughout the shoe, allowing for a high rebound and lightweight cushioning that complements the natural running gait of the foot.

Those interested will be spoilt for choice, too; it comes in quite the number of colourways.


04: Nike adapt bb

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Look at those #lit buttons — is this Bumblebee in a sneaker?

The new Nike Adapt BB basketball shoe is the brand’s most advanced fit solution to date. It is a platform that creates a genuine custom fit by combining an advanced power-lacing system, an app and continually updated firmware.

Insights gleaned from top NBA athletes inform every feature, from concentric circles on the outsole to Cushlon midsoles, moulded heels and pull tabs for easy entry. The upper’s outer black shell is also made of high tenacity Flyknit, with an inner white shell of QuadFit mesh for a comfortable fit.

Get this: You are now able to lock down your fit of the shoe with the touch of a button; performance sneakers have never been more advanced than this today.


05: New balance 997 bison

Image credit: New Balance

Wearing the 997 Bison will be for sure, one of the best hypebeast looks you can pull off — street smarts will make you look the part.

Check it: Here is an elevated silhouette with tonal American Bison leather on the upper, together with its signature ENCAP midsole technology, providing essential support and maximum durability.

Softer, yet more durable than traditional leathers, New Balance is using farmed Bison leather on the upper with a leather lining and reflective details on the vamp, collar and N logo underlay.

Everyone’s dreamed of this: The pure white sneaker and sock combo. This 997 Bison is a trip back to the basics — a classic design with a premium twist. If you’re afraid of managing stains, black and blue colour options are available too.

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This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia.

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