My earliest memories of the sport consist of browsing the rows leggings in Lululemon in the early 2000s, with the goal of owning – or at least testing – each pair. Like so many devout Lululemon enthusiasts, I started monitoring their website every day for new releases: That’s Why Lululemon’s landmark women’s running shoe Release is a huge deal. The Blissfeel is a welcome addition to the brand’s growing inventory of clothing, accessories and fitness gear.
They will be available in select locations across North America, Mainland China and the UK as of March 22, and we have to put them to the test so you can determine if they’re suitable. suit me or not.
Whether you’re training for a race, adding more walking or running to your routine, or need a sturdy pair of running shoes to get you from one end of the major airport terminal to the other, Blissfeels have your back (and feet). Blissfeels was born when the brand analyzed the feet of more than a million women to create a pair of shoes designed specifically for women’s feet, which tend to differ from men’s feet in the arch and lateral areas. of the foot, the head. toes and ball of the foot, according to research from the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Medicine. The ventilated upper is designed to leave you feeling naked like nothing else, and the foam cushioning softens the impact on your joints during intense exercise. They come in full and half sizes 5 through 11 and retail for $148 one-off.
Normally I wouldn’t be drawn to a traditionally shaped running shoe like this, but honestly, Lululemon could literally smack its logo on a trash bag, and I proudly threw it away. (criminal as charged). The shoe comes in 10 colors and I’m glad the brand sent me the Electric Lemon model with a black mesh upper, bright yellow detailing along the side, and a chunky white heel that provides some much needed height over 5. My little foot- 3 frames.
Immediately, I could feel its tuned foam cushioning provide a strong bounce to propel me forward. It’s a lighter shoe than I’m used to, and after walking this way, I don’t find myself going back to anything else.
Not to be pleased about the details, but as someone sarcastically considering getting a Lululemon tattoo, I appreciate some logos. The back has an enlarged logo reminiscent of the old school variety they used to print on Flared Pants circa 2003, and it serves as some sort of stop sign that says “Talk to me about yoga mat and heart rate monitor!” I absolutely love the more subtle logo on the side of the tongue, but was quite dissapointed to see it slip back into the shoes when I strapped them on (the showcase website says the logo is exposed, so this could be a problem with the shoes). my foot shape). When I first staggered into them, I noticed that they were a bit tight in the toes despite my normal size. Even so, they cradled my feet wonderfully and I felt supported from almost every angle.
I wear them indoors for a few hours, get some chores done like vacuuming and folding laundry, and sit for hours while I work to see if they do their fair share as an everyday shoe. To my surprise, the shoe stayed true to the trajectory of a favorite classic sweater or blanket, soft and comfortable to wear. Only this time, it took me a few hours to feel like they were made for me instead of years. They’re a bit technical if you’re using them strictly for everyday wear, but if you’re working out, letting them go a bit will help you take care of your feet.
I was quite nervous when I deviated from Hoka One OneProvides unrivaled cushioning, so Blissfeels really has big shoes to fill. The moment I stepped onto the treadmill, I felt light and long into a position I hadn’t felt since I first wore Hokas two years ago (this could be a sign it’s time to replace them permanently). far). I assume this feeling is due to the lightness of the shoe as well as the high-inch heel.
To give them a fair shot, I sent the shoes to 45 minutes of sprint intervals (or “sprint intervals,” as I’ve affectionately called them), combined with walking. , jogging, running and sprinting with maximum effort. I feel like I’m springing back – hey, leap! – forward in an exciting way that only a running shoe can achieve. My feet and ankles feel fully supported thanks to the shoe’s snug feel, and the arch support is clear enough to maintain the natural structure of my foot without making me feel like I’m walking on it. a stress ball.
I was hoping this would resolve on its own as the shoe presses on my foot more over time, but I already feel my tongue digging into the instep on my left foot. Like the majority of the population, my feet vary slightly in shape and size, so this is not a big deal.
Do I consider this more of a running shoe? Yes. Do I wear them to pass the train? Just when I’ve run before and find a way to add resistance training sessions to an existing breathing routine. The shoe really shines in the cushioning, and some schools of thought teach that you should steer clear of any material that’s too heavy-duty during weightlifting or cross training. Otherwise, the shoes could inadvertently support you during your move, and encourage you to rely on momentum instead of your inner strength. These shoes are a joy to wear in the comfort department as I do jump squats, deadlifts and back lunges combined with horizontal lifts.
Here’s where it gets a bit interesting: Traction is almost also good. My gym is carpeted, so I feel grooves and ridges getting trapped in its fibers during movements that incorporate sliding or side-stepping, such as leans. This leads me to believe they will go well on glossy hardwoods or even ice (I wouldn’t recommend them as a winter boot as they are quite thin and ventilated). Since I’ve only had them for a week, I can’t say how much traction will hold up after months or years of use.
Later this year, the brand will released three more pairs of shoes: Chargefeel, Restfeel and Strongfeel, with a menswear collection slated for release in 2023. As Blissfeel has won me over, I’m very excited about their upcoming shoe releases and will definitely Report back so you, too, can share in the fun of this happy sneaker.