Regardless of how long you actually keep your New Year’s resolutions, they’re a time-honored tradition — and, the right pair of sneakers can help get you off on the right foot, so to speak. After all, a new pair of kicks can make your exercise ritual feel fresh again, which is exactly what you need at the beginning of a new year. The people who have the most success with resolutions are those who pick goals that are specific and achievable — so buying a new pair of athletic shoes that’s specific to the type of exercise you plan to do is a solid way to support yourself in sticking to your goals.
For example, if you want to get in shape, it’s not enough to make that your resolution because the wording is too vague. Instead, you need a specific plan on how you’re going to get in shape, which could mean anything from trail running to street running to weight training at the gym — each of which is made easier with the right pair of shoes. The following are some of the best women’s sneakers for actually keeping your New Year’s resolutions this year.
For Street Running: New Balance FuelCell RC Elite v2, $224.99
If you have a running goal for the New Year, these FuelCell RC Elite v2 running shoes by New Balance are both eye-catching and highly functional. Designed for race wear, you’ll have the comfort you need for everything from a short daily run to training for a marathon. Many of the five-star reviews are from marathon runners satisfied with their purchase — which says it all. These shoes are light weight and built for comfort.
For Trail Running: Saucony Women’s Peregrine 11, $120
Taking your running to the trails? This pair of Women’s Peregrine 11 trail running shoes by Saucony comes in 7 vibrant color combinations and is perfect for those planning to exercise on terrains that require grip. This ideal combination of light weight and comfort also promises for solid running support.
For Street Running: Nike Air Max 97, $170
Cheery shoes make for cheerier running, right? These Nike Air Max 97 sneakers have a Japanese-inspired design and all the bells and whistles you expect from a luxury pair of trainers. They feature the full-length Nike Air unit for comfort and function. And, the hidden lacing gives an ultra sleek look.
For Hiking Or Trail Running: Women’s Olympus 4 by Altra, $170
If you’re goal is to get outside and enjoy nature while you exercise, these Women’s Olympus 4 Cushioned Trail Running Shoes by Altra are great for running or walking on trails. They come in four appealing color combinations and feature Vibram Megagrip rubber that provides good grip in both wet and dry environments. The shoes are also built for optimum traction and flexibility as well as cushioning to keep you both comfortable and safe on the trail.
For Training At The Gym: High-Top Rose Camo Trainer, $169 by NOBULL
For those thinking about finally starting CrossFit training or simply hitting the gym, a pair of trainers will do the trick. These High-Top Rose Camo Trainers by NOBULL come with countless five-star reviews from women training at the gym and are also stylish enough to help you get out the door (because clearly you’ll be excited to wear them!).