He’s sexy and he knows it.
Next time you’re at the gym, on the running trail or even picking gum off the back of your pants at the park, look down. Chances are something bright and shiny will catch your eye and it’s probably not that new gel-manicure nail polish on their toes (although I hear that stuff is cool too, albeit toxic – danger and beauty, my fave!). The latest fitness fashion trend is what I affectionately call “penguin feet” – the wearing of very brightly colored shoes with an otherwise staid outfit. (And actually the little guys with the blue feet aren’t penguins but blue-footed boobys but that’s not as catchy and I have a hard time saying “booby” at the gym without giggling.)
Like preteen boys and their underpants, I used to be a whites-only girl when it came to workout shoes. For years I only owned white sneaks with the occasional colored stripe (which, in all honesty, was often pastel). Partly it was because that was all that was available. (Except for all black shoes which I associated with old people and gym teachers and would therefore never wear.) But a couple of years ago – about the same time that “pop of color” came into the lexicon thanks to countless ladymags – I started to like a little stripe of neon down the side or a POP (heaven help me) of pink on the sole (all the better to kick you with!).
Lately though I’ve gone full-bore awesome.
It started with these electric blue Nikes. (Blue footed booby! Buwhahahah!)
Then I took a step further on the wild side with these comfy-as-they-are-adorbs Mizuno Enigmas
And if I own the Enigmas in gray/neon green/fuscia then of course I must have them in purple and turquoise! (My purple shoes are my happy shoes!)
These high-top polka-dot Nikes with red laces were cute but a huge mistake. MAJOR BLISTERS. That’s why I’m posing holding onto a locker. Because my ankles were bleedings into my shoes and I could barely stand. Thank heavens for no-questions-asked return policies!
My latest loves are these cerulean and neon orange Mizunos! (That match my suhweet running jacket! That’s another problem with the penguin feet trend – now I feel compelled to match all my outfits to my shoes. I never used to worry about that and it’s like a sickness now.
Best part of the above pic is Jelly Bean’s incredulous look like “What the crap are you doing, woman?!” See – don’t these just look like they run faster?
The Gym Buddies love this trend too. Check out Megan’s black and turquoise kicks! And Krista owns the loudest pair of neon purple and yellow shoes. Daria wears gray and turquoise or pink and green. Allison is the only one who has white shoes now (for reasons I am not sure of as she wears so many neon shorts and tops that I know she’s not afraid of a pop, heck a punch, of color)!
And – are you ready for this? – these are my latest acquisition:
Y’ALL I HAVE RAINBOW BRITE SHOES!!! Although they are nowhere near as cute as my own lil’ Rainbow Brite is! Seriously she dressed herself like this – moon boots and all – and now I know we’re related!
I like shoes. I have a lot of them. It’s no secret. One of the best perks of my job is getting free shoes from amazing brands like Mizuno. (Full disclosure: all the shoes pictured here I got for free. Except the Rainbow Brite shoes. I bought those. And I’m not sorry.) So this is one fitness trend I’m loving right now. Fun! Happy! (And heaven knows I need happy right now.) Plus, penguins are adorbs!
But what do you think of bright gym shoes? Too ostentatious? Love colors but the brand you prefer only comes in white? Do you try and match your shoes to your gym outfit? What are you current favorite athletic shoes??