Considering that I’m sweating it out at the gym about 4-7 times a week, it’s important that I have great workout gear! Now, keep in mind, my co-workout-ers at the gym could care less about what I wear. Just like I like to dress up for work or for a night on the town, I like to feel good about how I look when I’m working out as well.
I will also be at Fitbloggin in a few weeks, so what a great time to make a few fitness purchases.
In early July, a brand-new Athleta store opened in Denver – – The 1st in Colorado! Until this weekend, I had only drooled over their workout gear in their catalog and via their website.
So far, I’d only ordered one item from Athleta, my trusty gym bag… but I knew there was much more I’d be interested in. I also have a good friend who manages the location. And, as luck will have it, Mel contacted me the night before to tell me that she had a 30% off Friends and Family coupon to share! Score!
The Athleta store is in Cherry Creek Mall which is one of my favorite spots for shopping, and I was excited to hear that my friend Robin was interested in going, too.
We had so much fun trying on fun yoga pants, tanks, and fabulous jackets. Athleta had these beautiful jewel-toned pieces that I could resist getting.
And, on a side note, I bought yoga pants that were sized MEDIUM. I have NEVER done that before! What an awesome non-scale-victory!!!
Fortunately, I had the 30% off coupon to use for my purchase AND I had a very nice Gap gift card to use. Just the same I LOVED the pieces I got and couldn’t wait to try them!
Next, we decided to look for new sneakers. For the first time in my life, I’ve worn my sneakers out, and I need new ones. The ones I’ve been wearing are looking sort of rough. And… everyone seems to be running around in the cutest fluorescent accented workout shoes. We both wanted to find some.
We went EVERYWHERE in the mall. Nordstrom, Lady Foot Locker, Sketchers, Puma…. no one had shoes we were interested in purchasing. Ugh!
On Monday afternoon, I decided to hit up DSW and see if I had better luck there. The great thing about DSW is that they carry all brands and they usually have great prices! I found not one, but TWO pairs! And, I had rewards coupons to use, so one of the pairs was F-R-E-E!
I didn’t end up with neon colors, but I did end up with these bright shoes. Check them out…
The blue New Balance pair really surprised me. They are uber-comfortable and I just like them! Do I have anything that’s blue? Not really… but it kind of falls into my obsession with jeweled tones.
I also found this black and hot pink pair of Nikes on clearance. They’re super-cozy… and perfect for walking, Zumba, or any other light exercise that I might want to get into.
As for my beloved Adidas I’ve worn (out) for the past year… they will become my hiking shoes. I feel weird about getting rid of them, so they’ll be sticking around!
Do you find the need to pick up new gear from time to time? Do you too find it difficult to find the right workout shoes??