Heidi Klum For New Balance: A Collision of Sport + Fashion

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Heidi Klum for New Balance through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Heidi Klum for New Balance, all opinions are my own.

A couple of months ago, I was cleaning out my closet when I realized that workout clothes make up about 50% of my wardrobe. It’s funny because I am someone who rotates through the same office clothes over and over without really caring how many times I repeat an outfit. I also couldn’t care less about wearing name brand items or buying a thousand pairs of shoes. I’d rather buy a fitness trampoline, remember? I actually JUST reluctantly bought new black flats after wearing the same pair for over a year. Whoops.

But when it comes to my gym gear, it’s a totally different story. As a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and fitness blogger, I like and want to look good. I want to look my best for members who take my class and for all of you who support my blog and use my fitness posts for motivation. Imagine if I were showing up to class in sweats and a t-shirt? Or if in every post you saw me sporting baggy and worn out clothes? Woof. (No judgment if you prefer to wear those items, it’s just not what works for me).

HKNB 1600 Squat Machine

Basically, I like to stay fit without sacrificing how I look, and I like showing people that the burn is beautiful. Sometimes fitness newbies say they don’t want to sweat or mess up their appearance, but I tell them sweating doesn’t have to mean that. Sweating helps you look good AND feel good. I definitely care more about buying and wearing name brand items for exercising than I do for anything else. I won’t fathom spending over $30 on a purse, yet I’ll spend upward of $50 on a fun workout top. I like to wear form-fitting tanks, cute zip-up jackets in bright colors, and anything that is head-turning and heart-pumping. My favorite workout bottoms are capris or crops. And don’t even get me started on sneakers. I can’t get enough!

HKNB 1600

One of the most popular athletic names you’ll find in my closet is New Balance, and recently New Balance teamed up with Heidi Klum to launch their new Heidi Klum for New Balance collection (HKNB). This collection is one part Heidi and one part New Balance, as you can see in the description below:

“Designed for any workout regime, the HKNB collection represents modern, sophisticated style that is both functional and fashionable to not only make you look good while working out, but also feel great doing it. We’ve carefully crafted each piece taking Heidi’s fashion ethos coupled with our performance expertise, to create flattering styles that help maximize performance.”

HKNB 1600 Sneakers

I recently tested out the new HKNB 1600 sneakers in the picture above. The 1600 is a running shoe that features a blown rubber outsole, breathable air mesh, and a synthetic/mesh upper. Heidi Klum describes this shoe as being for a runner who is “both serious about running and serious about looking good.”

When I received these sneakers, I was a little nervous because they looked a lot narrower than the rest of the sneakers in my collection. They have an 8mm drop and a reduced toe box volume, so I wasn’t sure how that would affect the small bunion I have on my right foot. When I wore them around my house to break them in, the first thing I noticed was the tight fit, as the sneakers conformed to my feet like gloves would to my hands.

HKNB 1600 Sneakers

However, despite the glove like fit, because the sneaker material is mesh and so breathable, these sneakers have worked for me. In fact, the more times I wear them, the more I like them. The low platform is a nice change of pace from some of my other sneakers (now I need to get more low socks!). I love how lightweight they are. Plus, how cool is this color combination? It’s nice to add a pair of black sneakers to my ever-growing collection of bright hues. Black with cosmic sky, that is. 😉

I haven’t been able to test these out while running yet, but I’ve sported them for cardio cross-training and in the weight room.

HKNB 1600: Strength

Not gonna lie, I feel cool wearing these sneakers. Don’t judge me. I also showed them off to my friend Ashley during our morning gym date yesterday. Don’t mind the streaky mirror pic!

HKNB - Ashley & I

For more pics from the Heidi Klum for New Balance collection, check out the board I created on my Pinterest page.

Pinterest Board

–Let’s chat–
Are you someone who owns more workout clothes than “regular” clothes? What do you like to wear while you exercise to stay fit without sacrificing how you look? What features do you look for in an athletic sneaker? Do you own any items from the HKNB collection?

Reebok Discount Shopping Event

 

Happy Thursday / Almost Friday.

Be Thankful Challenge Day 10:  I am thankful for working in such close proximity to the Reebok Corporate Headquarters store!  Last week Reebok was kind enough to invite all employees at my company to shop in their store with a 50% off discount if you came in during certain hours last Monday through Friday.  Just for being neighbors!

You can only imagine how thrilling this was to me.

Seriously.  It’s the little things.  And when it’s little things involving fitness and new workout clothes, I’m sold.

Hence me spending one of my lunch breaks last week browsing through the clothes and trying on a million pairs of sneakers.  Okay, maybe not a million, but I did make the person helping me go back and forth at least ten times so I could try different colors and sizes.  Sorry, salespeople.

You are probably thinking to yourselves, “Athena, didn’t you just buy new workout sneakers?” and remembering my previous posts about them (here and here).  Well, you’re right, I did.  But with this amazing discount, the Reebok sneakers were down to $40 a pair!  So I bought two pairs and am going to hang onto them until my Nike Frees get worn out.  I usually try to replace my sneakers every three to four months since I wear them so often.  I don’t like to wear a pair for too long since I’ve had foot injuries in the past and need sneakers with a lot of support and shock absorption features with all the high intensity interval training I do every week!

ZigFuse

Try the shoe with the energy boost. The ZigFuse features the new ZigNano technology – a lightweight, low-profile sole that helps propel you forward for a more responsive ride.

  • Textile/mesh upper ensures comfort, support and breathability
  • ZigNano low-profile sole helps optimize energy return for a lightweight and responsive ride
  • SmoothFit seamless design helps minimize rub and irritation; antimicrobial PU sockliner provides cushioning and moisture management
  • Forefoot flex grooves for optimal flexibility through footstrike and push-off; carbon rubber heel strike for durability and traction

VibeTech SolarVibe

The SolarVibe training shoe – with VibeTech energy-efficient foam cushioning system – is designed to maximize your workout. Plus it has a SmoothFit seamless upper, 3D Ultralite cushioning and forefoot flex grooves for optimal pushoff. Perfect for running, training, group exercise and more.

  • Synthetic/mesh upper for comfort, fit and breathability
  • VibeTech foam cushioning system for optimal energy return; removable PU sockliner adds cushioning and accommodates orthotics
  • 3D Ultralite provides super lightweight support and comfort, while encouraging natural footstrike and responsiveness; IMEVA midsole cushioning; SmoothFit seamless design minimizes rub and irritation
  • Forefoot flex grooves for complete flexibility from heelstrike to pushoff; TPU stability support frame at rearfoot and midfoot; removable PU sockliner accommodates orthotics, adds comfort and cushioning; carbon rubber heel strike for durability and traction.
Thoughts?  Should I keep both of them!?  Return one?
Two bags later…
…I was home with both pairs of sneakers, some socks, a new workout top, and a pair of Easy Tone capris.
Whoops.
The technology behind the EasyTone products is interesting:
Fitness never looked so good with the EasyTone Fitness Capri – part of our EasyTone Apparel Collection, an innovative performance line that uses resistance technology. The unique tightness and placement of the resistance technology hugs the back and thighs. These stylish bottoms can be worn to work out or as everyday clothing. Get moving with EasyTone.

  • 88% Polyester / 12% Elastane
  • Tight Fit – athletic design contours to your body for maximum support; perfect for high-performance exercise
  • Play Dry fabric wicks moisture, accelerates evaporation, increases ventilation
CrossFit Tank Top

I love new workout stuff!!!

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite workout item or piece of clothing?!  Do you stick with a certain brand?