October 20 2016
After testing dozens of new footwear releases, we selected the best of the bunch.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY OLIVER BAKER
Chances are you’re a runner of the world, even if you do not realize it.
Perhaps your passport doesn’t reflect your international tastes, but your running shoes, T-shirts and shorts likely do. Not only is the apparel from U.S. brands often made in far-flung locations, but companies like Lululemon, ASICS, Reebok and Adidas, to name a few, were all founded outside the U.S., and remain headquartered and manufactured abroad to this day.
Regional running-gear needs are rather specific, and they become even more defined in countries like England, known for its damp and blustery weather. For runners all over the world, the upside is having more choices that work for different climates and conditions.
Plus, if you’re anything like us, you’ll tune in to watch Rio for the sport (obviously)— but the fashion is fun to see too. The international runner essentials on these pages will give you a leg up when it’s time to play “name that brand!”
1) Skins DNAmic Vest Crop Top: The compressive support with removable cups, keyhole back and wide shoulder straps provide security and comfort—and the crop-top styling sets you up for a fashion-forward run! $50, skins.net
2) Skins DNAmic Booty Shorts: Short shorts that stay in place are a beautiful thing, and this 2.5 inch-inseam style does just that with wide leg cuffs and a soft, anchoring waistband. $60, skins.net
3) Running Bare Classic Sweetheart Scoop Back Crop: With a sweet, scooped back and fun print, this lightweight support bra is made for layering. (Catch it peeping out in the photo above!) $65, runningbare.com
4) Running Bare Studio Workout Muscle Top: Lightweight performance fabric is incorporated into a figure-flattering style to take you from the yoga studio to your run, while still looking good when you grab a post-workout smoothie. $70, runningbare.com
ASICS Gel-Kahana 8: Trail running is incredibly popular in Japan, and these shoes, with their gel cushioning and rugged tread, are designed to handle everything from rocky conditions to damp, forested paths. $85, asics.com
1) Lululemon Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Scoop: Mesh venting and stretchy knit fabric combine to create a hot-weather favorite—perfect for summer. $58, lululemon.com
2) Cory Vines The Lane Print Leggings: Color blocking and a bold pattern make these 29-inch-inseam tights stand out in the crowd. The generous waistband keeps things comfy. $49, coryvines.com
1) Salomon Sense Pro 2: A secure fit combined with a just-right mix of cushion and protection make these ideal shoes for cruising on rolling trails. $130, salomon.com
2) Salomon S-Lab Exo Skort: High-level compression technology combines with a skirt to deliver performance and style in one trail-friendly package. $200, salomon.com
3) Vuarnet Horizon Cat Eye: This legacy brand’s new collection combines fashion and functionality for glasses that work on your run and for sunny skies anytime. $320, vuarnet.com
Fila Matador 360 Energized: Breathable mesh, supportive overlays and a dreamy midsole of rainbow-colored cushion make it easy to run the world in style. $95, fila.com
*Originally founded in Italy in 1911, Fila has been owned and operated out of South Korea since 2007.
1) Reebok ActivChill S/S Tee: With laser-cut venting and a breathable fabric that feels cool to the touch, you’ll stay comfortable when August temperatures reach the scorching-hot zone. $50, reebok.com
2) Montane Featherlite Trail Jacket: Chilly highland breezes won’t slow you down when you’re wearing this windproof jacket that also wicks to dry almost as quickly as you can say, “God save the queen.” $109, montane.co.uk
3) Ashmei Ladies Skort: Wool, compression capris are paired with a microfiber stretch skirt for temperature regulation and functional comfort, even on the rainiest of days. $89, ashmei.com
1) Falke Bra Max Support: Double-layer support, stabilization shoulder straps and an adjustable back strap make for sleek, maximum-support coverage. $72, falke.com
2) Dynafit React Skirt: Lightweight, mesh boy shorts are hidden beneath a skirt designed for maximum mobility. It also has an adjustable waistband for a secure fit. $85, dynafit.com
3) Adidas Supernova Bra, Transformation Print: This bra lets you run in structured comfort with highimpact support and wicking material. $45, adidas.com
4) Adidas Supernova Long Tight, Transformation Print: Mesh venting, wicking fabric and a sweat-proof pocket are the epitome of German efficiency, and the print is full-on fun, especially when paired with the matching crop! $70, adidas.com
5) Dynafit Feline Vertical: These shoes have a rugged tread and sleek styling to log nimble, high-alpine miles. $160, dynafit.com
1) La Sportiva Sprint Tank: This streamlined tank with body-mapped venting has feminine flair with delicate ruching between the shoulder blades. $59, sportiva.com
2) Scarpa Neutron: A burly tread means you can tackle rugged terrain, from the Eastern Alps to the Sierras, with secure footing. $129, scarpa.com
1) Buff UV Buff Headwear: Buff is short for bufanda, meaning scarf in Spanish. First tested on a cycling trip through the Pyrenees 25 years ago, these stretchy tubes (pictured twice) mop up sweat while blocking 95 percent of UV rays. $25, buffusa.com
2) Joma Sport Top Running Racerback: Flatlock stitching is combined with incredibly wicking materials for no chafe and maximum comfort, even with sweaty runs in summer humidity. $30, joma-sport.com
361 Stayfit Tank: Your tank game will be on point with strappy styling and a side tie at the dropped waist for a little ruching or a lot. $24, en.361sport.com
Compressport Trail Running Shirt V2: This light-as-air tank (that hugs but never bunches) feels like wearing nothing at all. $84, compressport.com
Compressport Proracing Socks V2.1: Cushioning, compression and acupressure-point stimulation combine to keep feet feeling fresh mile after mile. $18, compressport.com