Can you kick it? Yes, you can. Especially this fall. In these six fit kicks. (Say that five times fast!) Each will help you to be fit and active in their own unique ways …
Brooks Heritage Chariot ($51-$99): Perfect for Picking Pumpkins
So, you can’t exactly run in these (remember: we’re an affiliate and ambassador of Brooks because we love them so much), but you certainly can look cool and stay comfy in these as you walk the dog, run errands, chase your kids and pick your pumpkins (or apples or whatever fall activities you dig best). Retro and all vintage-y (yep, that’s a word), these are an updated version of the oh-so cool 1982 legendary Brooks Chariot. And they feel great on. Wear them with anything from leggings to jeans to dresses.
361-Bio-Speed ($110): Perfect for that Fall Outdoor Bootcamp or WOD
When a bunch of ex-ASICS executives get together and bring a new line of footwear like 361 to the U.S., it gets your attention. And these cross-training shoes are definitely getting our attention. Besides just looking darn cool, these feel great whether you’re busting burpees out at the gym or at the park. With a breathable top, a light weight and sole that responds well to multi-directional movements, this shoe is just the right mix of comfort with a real-feel so that you can stay agile and quick. This is a new line we’ll definitely be keeping our eye on!
Mizuno Synchro MX ($90): Perfect for a Fall Jog, Followed By Weights or Some Kickball
If you’ve ever wanted a shoe that would take you from a longer run to weights at the gym or something more chill like playing on the playground with your kids, this would be your fit kick. Adaptable and truly comfortable, these have just the right mix of function, style and support that allows you go from a run to pretty much anything. They’re breathable and light, but also have enough cushion that you’ll feel truly supported on a longer run. (Also, those are totally FBG blue, no?)
Ryka Aurora Boots ($70): Perfect for a Casual Hike
If the temps have dropped and you need a shoe for a hayride or casual hike or sitting out by the fire pit roasting s’mores, this one would be yours. These very hip boots are water repellent and lightweight with extra cushioning in the footbed and a flexible bottom. They’re kinda like your fave pair of athletic sneakers, except they’re boots and let you splash in puddles. Which, is um, totally perfect and awesome for fall.
Bluprint La Costa Trainer ($129): Perfect for Walking to (and Through) the Farmer’s Market
When you’re seeking a shoe that’s high style but also highly comfortable, a simple trainer is the perfect choice. We’re loving this Bluprint trainer in particular for a few reasons: For one, we’re a little partial to this Ocean color (although, of course, the other more neutral colors would also be solid picks), and for another, they feel extremely lightweight and cushy with the Cloud Imprint proprietary footbed technology. Plus, we love the mix of the traditional trainer style (almost like an oxford, right?) with the funky natural rubber sole — it provides excellent grip even in the damp autumn weather. (The brand’s Topanga Espadrille is also crazy cute, FTR, although we’re finding it requires a little more breaking in to avoid blisters — that whole no-sock thing can be tough sometimes, but when it’s worth it, it is so worth it.)
Aurorae Women’s Yoga Mat Flip Flop ($19.95): Perfect for Warm Days
If the weather is still warm in your neck of the woods and/or you think it’s time you upped your flip-flop game from the basic $5 variety (Old Navy, you get us every time with your bright flip-flop colors), this flip-flop is fall perfection. Especially if you love the feel of standing on a cushy yoga mat. Because these are made from yoga mat material. And they are RIDICULOUSLY comfortable. The straps are vegan and the flip flops are free of toxins, which is awesome for you and the earth. They also come with a one-year warranty — something those “other” flip-flops don’t. And did we mention they’re comfortable? The only thing that will get us out of these is snow!
What fall kicks are you rocking right now? What fit fall pursuits are you going after? I know Erika just went on a killer hiking trip in Colorado, so expect more on that and her Merrells soon! —Jenn & Kristen