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
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).