We couldn’t be more delighted that that last few years have seen the sporting of ‘active wear’ on the weekend become a socially acceptable concept. Yep – whether you Barrecore, box or brunch, there’s now a brand-new breed of wardrobe with the potential to take you from Saturday morning to Sunday evening without undressing (if you so desire).
And it so happens that the fashion world has enjoyed a particularly lusty love affair with sporting footwear: Recent seasons have witnessed fashion houses from Gucci to Fendi, DKNY and Celine offering up their take on the not-so-humble sneaker. But because we are unlikely to take our Gucci’s to the gym, our search for the perfect running shoe, that can take us from the park to a Pimms has continued…
Until now that is. Fortunately, our research recently revealed what might be the perfect hybrid in the form of Nike’s brand new Vapormax Trainers, £170 (out this month). Made with snug fitting Flyknit material, and a streamlined air bubble sole, they look just as good with your favourite denims and a trench as your new running leggings and crop top. We put them to the test….
Chanelle Ho, Beauty Assistant
'I rarely actually make it to the gym, but I constantly live in active-wear. I remember having a pair of air bubble trainers when I was younger, but these are much more stream-lined making my feet look smaller, narrower and slicker’.
Nike leggings (£75) and top (£45)
Melissa Henry, Editorial Assistant
‘I’m a real gym bunny and try to get my sweat on four or five times a week. I’ve made the switch from my regular trainers to the Vapormax and they have dramatically changed my stance. The FlyKnit material makes them really snug and supportive around my ankle, and they’re impressively light, making running home so much more enjoyable.'
Melissa wears Nike leggings (£63), top (£30) and jacket (£63)
Phoebe McDowell, Junior Beauty Writer
‘I like to squeeze in my workouts before or after work, so having a good pair of trainers that compliment my every day wardrobe is super important. The Vapormax comes in an off-white hue which is great, as they don’t look too stark when paired with black jeans’.
Phoebe wears Topshop jeans (£40), Sandro top (£199), Sharon Wauchob trench coat (£1,200)
Sam Freedman, Associate Beauty Editor
‘My wardrobe combines a lot of sporty and streetwear, making the Vapormax an easy addition to style. They’re super comfy thanks to the bubbles, which give you the feeling you’re walking on air. I’ll swap these for heels any day’.
Sam wears Nike leggings, £25, Sunspel t-shirt, £65, New Look denim jacket, £34.99, Zara khaki jacket, £69.99.
Looking for somewhere to sport your new sneaks? We have teamed up with Nike to create our first ever Grazia Run Club, and we’d love you to come running with us.
Taking place on Wednesday 22nd March, we’ll be kicking things off from Nike’s London: ON AIR studio, pop up space in Kings Cross, London, which features the past, present and future of Nike Air Max. Meet us there at 7.15am for a 7.45am start. As it’s only 5k, we’re asking all fitness levels to enter, from marathon trainers to first time runners, everyone is welcome.
If you would like to run, please comment under the Instagram post of the goodie bag here, 30 winners will be chosen at random, please make sure you're available before entering.
As an uber incentive we have created a jam packed goodie bag waiting for you on your return. Inside you’ll find everything below, all of which is worth over £200!
Nike Running T-Shirt
MissFits Multitasker Protein Shake
Invisibobble Hair Ties
Mio Workout Wonderball
Clinique Pep-Start Quick Cleansing Wipes
Sports FX Sport Stamina Mascara
Neal’s Yard Organic Greens Blend Superfood Powder
Show Beauty Travel Premier Dry Shampoo
Presscription Juice Vouchers
Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Hair Mask
Huel Nutrition Bar
Grazia Tote Bag
And if that’s not all, breakfast will be supplied by The Detox Kitchen post-run.
Please note, that a bag check-in will be available, but changing rooms are limited and showers are unfortunately unavailable. The competition opens Wednesday 15th March at 12pm and closes Sunday 19th March at 11.59pm.