Stylish men’s sportswear brands for beating your personal best
Suffering from lockdown lethargy? These men’s sportswear brands will enhance your energy
Feel like your workout wardobe is giving you the run around? Here, we present the men’s sportswear brands that will guarantee you hit the ground running, whether you’re aiming to beat your personal best or simply putting foot to pavement.
Performance wear buffs are always on the lookout for fabrications that will enhance their activity. It’s a common complaint for trainers to wear out over time, and for their toes to thin and degrade. But when it comes to the upper of Courser’s designs, runners need not fear. The label’s brightly toned trainers, glinting with metallic accents, are formed using a combination of buttery nubuck leather, bonded with an aerospace-originating lightweight fabric which is 15 times stronger than steel. The brand’s unrippable designs, dreamt up by its fashion veteran founders and husband-and-wife duo Michael Petry and Laurie Spiro, are made in Italy, bringing a sense of artisanal luxury to the innovation-pushing silhouettes. Traditionally, a sports shoe is left to mould on its upper for less than 20 minites. Courser’s do so for 24 hours, achieving the ultimate in shape and comfort.
Putting the sportswear industry through its paces, newly launched performance brand Pressio champions sustainable and transparent practices. Using recycled yarns sourced from the world’s leading suppliers, the brand employs water-saving dye-free technologies to produce its knitted compression-focused designs, which include MAPP, a Muscle Alignment Power Print. The brand’s New Zealand-born founder Jamie Hunt has a winning background, having previously founded renowned sportswear label 2XU (think collaborations with Yeezy) and raced as a professional triathlete for 13 years. Keen runners look to Pressio’s All Sports and Run collections, aimed at high-intensity and endurance workouts, plus a range of swell-reducing compression socks, formed from waste Econyl yarns.
Boss x Russell Athletic
German brand Boss may be synonymous with suiting, but for spring, its chief brand officer Ingo Wilts has unveiled a casuals-focused collaboration. Boss has teamed up with American sportswear purveyors Russell Athletic – the Kentucky-based brand which invented the crew neck sweatshirt in 1926 – on an offering which features Nineties-inspired tracksuits, trainers, caps, backpacks and hoodies with a ‘Boss Athletic’ logo. Keen to take the collaboration further afield? Tailoring meets sportswear in an offering of relaxed suiting, which boasts a sporty side stripe detail.
It took sustainable French sneaker brand Veja four years to start competing with the sportswear world and develop its first post-petroleum running trainer The Condor. Now with launch of its sophomore design, The Marlin, the label has a new spring in its step. There’s performance-enhancing punch behind the style, which is impeccably lightweight and breathable, and boasts a snug bootie tongue fit and a shock-absorbing and durable natural latex L-Foam cushion. Other eco-friendly fixtures? The upper inserts of the ’V’ logo sneaker are made using Pebax – a fibre formed from 100 per cent ricinus oil – which is both lightweight and supportive.