White may be the fashion sneaker color of choice but after seeing Nike’s new Beautiful X Powerful collection, we’re slowly being swayed towards the dark side. Black to be exact. Using stretchable leather, the brand reimagines four of its lifestyle sneakers (the classic Cortez, the minimalist Air Presto, the lightweight Air Huarache and the Air Max original Air Max Thea) to give the sporty pairs a sleeker appearance.
Inspired by runner Joan Benoit Samuelson’s seminal Los Angeles marathon win in 1984 (a time when women were viewed to have less endurance than men), the collection was designed to pay tribute to all female athletes. Using the declaration that “There is no finish line,” the collection celebrates women in sports through footwear that support active lifestyles—comfortable and stylish for those constantly on-the-go.
Worn with sweats, pants, jeans or even a dress, the sneakers can easily lend any look an athleisure appeal. We recommend travelling with a pair to make those connecting flights less difficult to catch and to help pound the street pavements with less effort.