With summer in full swing, the time to tone-up for bathing suit days is now. If only the motivation to exercise was sold in stores (and preferably at vending machine prices). Thankfully, there are ways to trick yourself into working out, and they don’t involve lapping pre-workout energy drinks or blasting your eardrums with acid techno (it’s a thing). Get motivated for your next workout by investing in a solid pair of athletic shoes that you’ll want to show-off. Here are six of our favorite athletic shoes that will make you want to exercise , or at least take a selfie at the gym.

Find your treadmill stride

If you’re a fan of using the treadmill or the elliptical machine at the gym, opt for a lightweight athletic shoe with proper cushioning. Treadmills already have a shock-absorption feature, but you’ll still want to go for a cute pair of sneakers with some support.

Get your steps in with: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante V3.

Or master the elliptical with: Ryka Dash 3.

Hit the ground running

If you prefer poetic runs along sidewalks and other forms of pavement, you should select  a running shoe with ample cushioning and support. Your best bet would be to get fitted at a specialty running store, but here are our favorite styles for your next Forrest Gump-like excursion.

Try a high-performance athletic shoe like: Asics fuzeX Rush

Or a versatile running shoe like: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34

Off the beaten path

If your preferred workout involves more trees than treadmills, then you may need a pair of trail running shoes. Here are our favorite athletic shoes with extra grip to help you tackle rugged terrain with fashion-forward aplomb.

Get your hike on with: Brooks Mazama Trail-Running Shoes

Or tackle those switchbacks with: Adidas Vigor Bounce Shoes


Whatever your workout style, a cute pair of athletic shoes can help you get motivated to sweat. Be sure to invest in a pair of shoes that perform as well as they look in your closet. For optimal fit and performance, consult a running store specialist for an athletic shoe that is customized for you.

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