Kick & Play: Neon Takes Over The Sneaker World

Neon was once a crazy color on kicks you used to only see at the gym. But slowly, the colors are emerging from the weight room, and settling onto sneakers that are paired with every day, going out outfits. And life just got brighter.

Nike, for one, has taken it to the next level, heavily infusing their vibrant, neon-green “volt” shade into all their collections. From the highlighter tones to melon to candy apple red, it’s safe to say that color on your feet is what’s hot. Just do it.  

This week, let’s talk about a couple sneakers that are great in the gym, but also add a little flash to your casual get-up.

THE KICKS:

Nike Lunar Safari (up top)

The Lunar Safari was released just last summer, and ever since, a spectrum of colors has been continuously introduced. The shoe, inspired by the 1987 classic, the Air Safari, is built with all types of Nike technology to give you a lightweight fit and ultimate comfort. The shoe is supported with a Lunarlon sole and Hyperfuse construction (less stitching, more breathability), making it a fantastically durable shoe.

Sport them in the gym or throw them on some jeans. Keep them loose and unlaced and let that color show. There are over a dozen colors available now so if you’re need of a good-looking hybrid shoe, find a color that fits your style.

(Pictured above: Anthracite-Black/Volt, Black/Crimson, Black-Grey/Orange)

Available at Nike, Finishline, Eastbay and most sportswear retailers: $69.99-$109.99.

Adidas + Hanon: Centaur [CNTR]

Adidas + Hanon: Centaur

Adidas is also knee-deep in the color trend with their bright purples, blues, and teals out there. But this collection they’ve created with Hanon – a sneaker collective in Scotland – is just too good. In the spirit of throwback, Adidas is bringing back the 1984 running shoe, the Centaur. The sneaker is built with a gorgeous trio blend of suede, mesh and nubuck with a snug fit to make it a good daily pair.

In addition to the three colors above (red, navy & grey), there’s a limited special edition inspired by Hanon’s hometown called Aberdeen, featuring grey, white and red accents. But really, do the red.

These kicks go well with almost anything casual. Jeans are the norm, but dust these off with some fitted khakis or even a good pair of cords, and you have a really good combination to work with.

Red, grey and navy:  Available February 2 at select retailers: $150

Aberdeen limited edition:Available now at Hanon: $177.84.

THE PLAY:

Since we’re talking about wild colors, I think it’s only fitting to talk about weirdly-colored drinks that are just so good. This week’s play: juice bars.

Juice Press, New York, NY
The Juice Press is one spot in NYC that purifies the soul of raw foodists. Empowered on the idea that there is a healthier way of living, the founders of this great juicer believe that everything should be fresh, since frozen and pasteurized juices are depressing. The shop is 100 percent organic, so you get great blends of drinks that are actually good for you and not just full of sugar. The default go-to here: the Dr. Green Juice – a fiery blend of kale, pineapple, apple, lemon, and ginger.

Beverly Hills Juice, Los Angeles, CA
Known for experimenting heavily with juicers in 1975, David Otto, a vegetarian who just wanted to improve his health, created Beverly Hills Juice. The motivation behind his drinks: to heal and energize. The menu is always changing, since they only use organic, local, and seasonal produce. The fan favorite here is the Banana Manna Shake, a combination of vegan ice cream, bananas, and almonds or sunflower seeds. The best drink on the menu though…apple, cinnamon, coconut, and pumpkin. Yeah, like that.

Frapez Smoothie Spa, San Francisco, Ca.
It’s common for most juice shops to have their own juice cleanse programs (Both Juice Press and Beverly Hills Juice have their own). What makes Frapez different is the fact that they pride themselves in their affordable program, and was the original reason why the shop was originally created. The Frapez goal: to share passion and knowledge about nutrition and create a positive and caring business. What resulted was a juicery with health-inspired smoothies, teas, juices made from organic and creative ingredients. Stop here for a consultation on what’s the best cleanse program or get a fresh drink with a kick. All sorts of great drinks on this menu, but if there’s one, it’s the Emerald Matcha, a green tea boost juice with matcha, coconut powder, melon, coconut milk, cashews, vanilla, almond milk and honey.

Walk fresh. drink right. Be well.
AS
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