Have you noticed how much athletic wear has blossomed in the last couple of years? Designers are getting much more creative with shorts, tank tops, sports bras and especially sneakers. I remember a time not that long ago when if you wanted a colorful sneaker (that you could actually work out in) you had to hunt out small, speciality brands like Kangaroos. Now Nike, Reebok, Puma, Saucony and many others have put out some kickin' colors and super cool patterned treds, all while offering high performance. Since I am a bit of a gym rat, and am looking for a new pair of sneaks', I thought I would share some of my favorite picks:

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Reebok Realflex Optimal, $73.99  &  Puma Osuran NM Womens, $54.99

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Nike Free Run+3, $100  & Nike Mayfly Industrial, $45

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Saucony Jazz Originals, $50  &  Nike LunarSwift + 3, $69.99

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Puma Faas 250 Trail Women's $67.99  &  Nike Flex 2012 Run, $80

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Adidas Running CC Aerate W $78  &  Reebook RealFlex Scream Rivet, $75.99

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Nike Free Run +2, $100  &  Puma Pumagility W, $67.99


But despite all of these amazing choices, I was still feeling like there was something missing. Enter NIKEiD, a section of the Nike website that allows you to customize every aspect of a sneaker (including an inscription on the tongue!) to look exactly the way you want for about $140. This is my first crack at customization; pretty cool right? They even let you make an ad-style poster to share with friends and show off your new kicks.

You can make your own here.

Please forgive the weird lines in the top round-up photo; I am having some technical difficulties with my InDesign!

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