If you’re anything like me, your exercise habits are sporadic. One minute you’re at the gym, and the next you’re going for a jog. Sometimes you just want a low-key yoga session; others you’re in the mood to hit it hard at a HIIT session. As much as I would love to have a wardrobe of trainers each specifically designed for every class I take, I don’t have the money or the wardrobe space. Plus, my boyfriend has put me on a strict “one in, one out” shoe policy, but that’s another story.
Essentially we all need a pair of trainers in our lives that offers enough stability for the gym, comfort, and support for running and looks cool enough that you can wear it with jeans and nail that off-duty look. Enter: Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit 2 ($130). And don’t just take our word for it; on a recent visit to Barry’s Bootcamp, we realized that it’s most definitely the trainer of choice at this cult London fitness studio.
Keep scrolling to find out why these trainers tick all the boxes.
For the uninitiated, Barry’s Bootcamp is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a high-intensity interval workout that sees you pounding out speeds you never thought possible on the treadmills, between sessions on the floor that include lifting heavy weights and blasting out burpees to banging tunes. It’s the L.A. workout that Kim Kardashian West put on the map and that Londoners have been frequenting with fierce dedication since it opened here in 2013. In short, you need shoes that support you through.
How do I know this? I once came off the treadmill at Barry’s when a slippery pair of trainers failed me. Essentially, your footwear has to be up to scratch, while your kit most definitely needs to be sweat-wicking. So for the shoes to have such a dedicated following, they must do the job (and then some).
Anya Lahiri, Barry’s Bootcamp master trainer, explains: “I’ve been looking for a shoe that works just as well on the floor as on the treads at Barry’s, and these are a dream! I have the stability I need for lifting, and they are perfect for the short, speedy intervals on the tread.”
“The name says it all, they give me the confidence to feel ‘fearless,’” adds Victoria Walker, head of operations at Barry’s London. “The perfect addition to take my fitness to the next level in my favorite Barry’s London classes.”
Meanwhile, Tana von Zitzewitz speaks of comfort: “There is enough cushioning to hit the treads comfortably and is flexible enough for the high intensity of the floor.”
For anyone looking for lightweight, versatile training shoes, these give you “total freedom to try anything,” says Erika Tamayo, Barry’s Bootcamp’s marketing manager.
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