Stylish running shoes
I'm thinking of going travelling for a bit as I've never been away longer than 2 weeks and I'm not getting any younger. When I go away for even 2 weeks I get fed up with all the crap I carry plus I miss exercising. To keep my luggage to a minimum I was thinking of a pair of vintage running shoes that double up as trainers I wear with jeans.
Any recommendations or should I pack a pair of converse as well.
Yes there are definitely running trainers that will double up as an everyday shoes. However I would still pack a pair of converse, as the running shoes can just as quickly not double up when damaged or sweaty for example.
Below is a lovely pair of running shoes which would definitely work as an everyday shoe IMO.
Check out the Nike Flyknit trainers, I really love the chukka's too!! :)
Check out Nike and New Balance for some everyday/running trainers. Mr Porter have a particularly good selection with stylized photos to show how they work with casual outfits.
Wearing the same pair of shoes for exercising and then everyday use for more than a few days is going to end up in them smelling awful and not looking too great either. Think a good pair of Nikes that can double up with jeans when necessary is a good choice, depending on how you dress, something along the lines of Pegasus/Airs/Flyknits/Safaris etc. then casual trainer of choice, in your case Converse, for more general use. Whichever pair is in your bag shouldn't add considerable bulk or weight so you should be ok.
I like the Saucony Jazz Lo Pro's
Saucony Men's Jazz Low Pro Shoes
Just picked up a pair of Black and white/red ones for £30!
Most stylish runners imo, would definitely be the Flyknit Racers followed closely by the FK Trainers.
In a previous life in the oil industry I frequently travelled light overseas and always took my running gear. The shorts and vest weigh almost zero and have negligible volume.
After a run they can be washed in the shower or washbasin and dry quickly.
Wearing proper athlete's kit makes practical sense and smooths possibly awkward situations with locals and officialdom (eg Middle Eastern police and military!).
If you are serious about running, to reduce your chance of injury let technical performance take priority over style. Choose at a proper running shop.
As an aside I have done quite a lot of fell running where a small British maker of specialist shoes (Walsh's of Bolton) has dominated the market for many years.
I made several trips to Milan where my company had an office and was surprised to see in the window of a trendy shoe shop, amongst the lovely Italian shoes, some Walsh's fell running shoes.
They were in non standard colours (not blue and yellow) but to this day I wonder who bought them.
Could not agree more with Andy's comments above. As a former competitive runner with years of experience in buying running shoes, any decision on pair of shoes for regular running should be based around the type of runner you and not the look. I totally understand the desire to cut down on luggage, but "fashion runners" will lead to injury and frustration. Granted, some REAL running/racing shoes now days look pretty cool, but the retro sneakers and fashion runners are a no go for running as they are made from a lesser grade rubber compound, heel support is generally poor for running and most of the tech features are for show (eg- torsion bars in retro addidas runners).
Not that I would lump the OP in this category as he seems pretty genuine, but it makes me laugh the joggers you see getting around in fashion wear rather than proper running gear, all because of their own vanity! Seriously, if you are so driven to be seen looking good and in fashion, don't take up running, as very few look good running, especially when factoring in sweat, snot, grimace and any of the myriad of quirks runners have!
I've always been led to believe that Asics are the best running shoes? What would be the next best thing?