Spring gear: Sports bras and running shoes

Shoes and a sports bra tailored to your fitness needs are critical to your comfort, performance and safety while working out. Up your game with these bright choices

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running cycling bra

For sports like cycling or tennis

Bra: The lightweight Breathe In Printed Bra by Oakley is ideal for sports like cycling or tennis. The cross-back bra has moulded cups for support and mesh straps for airflow ($54, oakley.ca).

Shoes: Skechers' GoRun 2 shoes can be worn with or without the removable insoles to modify the support. The outsole's circular "sensors" create a responsive feel ($110, ca.skechers.com).

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high impact sports bra

Support and flexibility

Bra: The Moving Comfort Rebound Racer Bra is ideal for high-impact sports and features straps that are easily adjusted, thanks to the Velcro ?closures inside the front ($55, movingcomfort.ca).

Shoes: The flexible EVA outsole of Champion's Octo Performance Runner is studded with round tentacle-like grips. It has a supportive padded insole and breathable mesh upper ($45, payless.com).

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freya

Support for high-impact workouts

Bra: Freya Active's Moulded Racerback Bra will give you maximum support during high-impact workouts, and is available in sizes from 34B to 36H ($88, freyalingerie.com).

Shoes: Design your own custom pair of CrossFit Nano 2.0 trainers or other "YourReebok" shoes online at reebok.ca: Select the shoe style and the colours of each element, right down to the stitching ($145, reebok.ca).

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moisture wicking bra

Moisture-wicking fabric

Bra: Made with moisture-wicking breathable fabric, Shock Absorber's Gym Bra provides great support and reduces bounce ($68, thebay.com).

Shoes: New Balance's lightweight Minimus x20V3 trainer has a thin mesh upper and low-profile sole for stability and traction. Its lateral support is ideal for strength training and CrossFit ($120, newbalance.ca).

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comfortable workout bra

Comfort during moderate-impact workouts

Bra: The VS Runway racerback bra by Victoria's Secret has breathable mesh panels, and padded cups for shape and support during moderate-impact workouts ($50, victoriassecret.com).

Shoes: The innovative seamless upper on Nike's Flyknit Lunar1+ runners is steam-fit to your foot shape in-store for truly frictionless comfort. A resilient foam outsole provides soft, springy cushioning ($195, nike.ca).

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lululemon yoga bra

For yoga and a barefoot feel

Bra: Lululemon's Heat It Up Bra features an open-back design for increased breathability and a front clasp that makes it easy to peel the bra off after a hot yoga session ($52, lululemon.ca).

Shoes: With a removable liner and close-to-the-ground outsole, the fit of Brooks' PureDrift runner mimics the natural curvature of the foot for a barefoot feel and flexible movement ($140, brooksrunning.ca).

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supportive running bra

Stabilizers and support for runners

Bra: The Victory Shape Bra by Nike is made with sweat-wicking Dri-Fit fabric, and has moulded cups. Stabilizers in the straps give extra support ($45, nike.ca).

Shoes: Made from unlined yak leather, Ecco's Biom Evo Racer Plus is both supportive and flexible. Its close-to-the-ground outsole construction encourages natural foot movement while running ($180, eccocanada.com).

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spring running shoes

A barefoot-running feel

Bra: Champion's high-support Smoothie bra is made of lightweight fabric, and has adjustable straps and chafe-reducing seamless cups for added comfort ($45, thebay.com).

Shoes: The adiPure Motion runner from Adidas has stretch fabric across the ?forefoot for a second-skin fit and an outsole designed to flex and move, creating a barefoot-running feel ($110, adidas.ca).

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