From the streets to the track, if you’re going to be running, jumping or moving, a pair of stylish running shoes are a must for your back to school shopping list. An active lifestyle requires shoes specifically designed to cushion, protect and train with ease, which is why we’ve rounded up the 10 best on-trend athletic shoes to elevate your back to school outfits, from gym class and beyond.
Asics Men’s GEL-Cumulus 24 Running Shoe
An everyday trainer that’s versatile for whatever activity you’re doing, whether that’s running laps around the track or shooting hoops. Featuring FlyteFoam Blast cushioning that keeps the shoe lightweight, while creating a softer touchdown, the engineered mesh improves breathability to keep your feet feeling cool. This sneaker also has silicone-based gel technology so those high-impact areas are better absorbed for shock.
On Women’s Cloudeasy Running Shoe
An on-trend sneaker colour this season, these black shoes from On deliver all-day performance, made from only 15 pieces. Designed with their patented Speedboard technology that not only saves on waste, but promotes explosive take-offs, the full knit 100% recycled upper is ultra light and comfortable.
On Men’s Cloudeasy Running Shoe
If you’re in search of a pair of all black shoes that also perform, these are it. The upper is constructed of 100% recycled materials and the actual shoe has been made using only 15 pieces to reduce waste. The runner also boasts Speedboard technology which helps to promote a flow-motion, encouraging the natural rolling process so you can get explosive take-offs.
HOKA Men’s Clifton 8 Running Shoe
The perfect combination of soft and light, this running shoe features a streamlined silhouette and an updated upper made from engineered mesh. The new midsole is lighter and more responsive, with one of HOKA’s most energetic foams to date. Part of the brand’s award-winning Clifton franchise, the colour-blocking design will add a pop to your wardrobe.
HOKA Women’s Kawana Running Shoe
Stylish enough to wear from class and straight to gym, these black shoes with a band of copper and grey along the midsole, not only look good but perform. Constructed with a lively new foam for a solid rebound, the beveled heel creates a flatter surface designed for smoother heel strikes, while the Durabrasion™ rubber outsole gives the shoe durability and performance. Another bonus: the shoe is made from 100% vegan materials.
Asics Women’s GEL-Nimbus 24 Running Shoe
Perfect for long distance runners, these shoes offer advanced impact protection, giving you a softer landing in every step. The uppers are engineered with soft mesh and the midfoot panel is flexible, meaning they’ll be comfortable for all-day active wear. Featuring FlyteFoam Blast Plus cushioning, the sneaker is not only light, but has organic fibres that bounce back in the space of each stride for total comfort.
Under Armour Men’s Charged Focus Training Shoe
Head back to school in style with these trending all black shoes from Under Armour. Featuring Charged Cushioning, which absorbs the impact to help protect your feet, the top is a light and breathable mesh, while the rubber outsole is incredibly durable. Who says you can’t combine fashion and function?
Under Armour Women’s Charged Rogue 3 Running Shoe
Whether you’re running to class or lifting weights in the gym, these stylish black shoes are made for moving. Lightweight, breathable mesh is paired with a Charged Cushioning midsole for maximum impact absorption and incredible responsiveness. With a neutral support, a solid rubber outsole and removable foam sockliner, you’ll be ready for any activity.
Nike Men’s Downshifter 12 Running Shoe
These on-trend Nike black shoes will not only complete your back to school outfits, but transition perfectly from working out to hanging out. With a supportive fit and stable ride, this sneaker has a lightweight feel and super-soft foam midsole. Feel good knowing at least 20% of the design is made from recycled content.
Nike Women’s Downshifter 12 Running Shoe
With a fashion-forward pair of running shoes you’ll be able to do double-duty from chilling on the weekends to sprints in gym class. Not only will these black shoes match with any outfit, but they offer a supportive fit and have a lightweight feel. Plus they support Nike’s sustainability mission, and are made from at least 20% recycled content.
Head over to our Back to School Guide to see our complete collection of the best running shoes, athletics shoes and trainers.