lululemon's first ever trainers are finally here, and here's our honest review

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lululemon trainers are finally shoppable, and I’m so here for it. It marks the first time the brand has extended their offering from clothing to footwear, and if their leggings are anything to go by (hands-down the best leggings of all time, FYI), trust us when I say they’re a guaranteed game-changer. I caught up with Sun Choe, Chief Product Officer of the brand, for all the exclusive intel.

Each lululemon trainer (there are four (including a slider) – more on this to come) is designed with a women-first philosophy, she tells me. ‘Innovating for women is part of lululemon’s DNA. We’re entering the footwear category the same way – with innovative soles for women.’

Ready to get your hands on a pair? The 'Blissfeel' trainers are available to shop here from Tuesday April 5th, while the other styles will land later on in the year (deets below).

Photo credit: Jenna Saint Martin
Photo credit: Jenna Saint Martin

It's the soles of the shoes that make each pair so special. Choe says that over four years of research using data from ‘millions of foot scans, working with biomechanics and morphology experts and thousands of miles of wear-testing’, they deduced that the average female foot was best suited to the following features:

  • A narrower heel

  • A wider forefoot

  • A shallow big toe

Naturally, the world’s first lululemon trainers don’t just look the part, they’re there to help you achieve your goals and make fitness easier, too (the lululemon Align leggings got full marks on WH’s lab test for exactly this, if you need further proof).

‘The foot has some of the highest numbers of sensory receptors in the human body,’ Choe explains. ‘To deliver the best-feeling performance shoes, it was key for us to custom-tune every element of how our guest wants to feel in her activities. We’ve designed an entire category of shoes to meet her needs as she runs, trains and moves throughout her day.’ Here are all of the shoes up for grabs, plus their prices and launch dates:

Blissfeel (available to shop now)

  • A running shoe ‘engineered with an upper that supports movement and an energy-filled underfoot foam cushioning technology, which work together to make the miles feel effortless and blissful when running the distance’, £138

Chargefeel (available to shop now)

  • A cross-training shoe ‘designed for gym training and short runs with a dual density midsole for energy dampening and return, and an upper that provides midfoot lock down,’ £128 or £138 for a high ankle

Restfeel

Photo credit: Jenna Saint Martin
Photo credit: Jenna Saint Martin
  • An ‘elevated slide for post-workout’, launching summer 2022, £48

Strongfeel

Photo credit: Jenna Saint Martin
Photo credit: Jenna Saint Martin
  • A ‘training shoe designed for multi-directional movement that features a low profile, supportive midsole with a multi-directional outsole and an upper that locks the foot in place’, launching autumn 2022, £118

Saskia Quirke, WH Fashion Director, has been trialling Blissfeel – the very first landing of the lot. ‘This one is our running shoe,’ Choe says. ‘It was engineered with a women’s specific fit. The upper part is designed to transition between zones of flexibility, breathability, and support, allowing it to easily move with the foot in motion.

'The midsole provides superior energy return, and our proprietary foam provides an excellent balance of cushioning, energy return and longevity, no matter how far you run. Our pressure-mapped outsole provides the wearer with traction and flexibility.’

I’m not one for long runs TBH, but it sounds like these babies may well change that. ‘Running is a very dynamic series of movements,’ Choe says.

‘Our research led us to create shoes that move with our guest, and enhance her running experiences through comfort, support and cushioning. Our intention is to truly enable our guest to enjoy their runs – from the second they put on their shoes to the last step of their run. Our goal, validated through extensive wear testing, is to make the miles feel effortless and enjoyable.’

lululemon trainer review

Saskia Quirke, Fashion Director at Women's Health, tried out the very first style of lululemon trainers to launch - Blissfeel. Here's what she had to say:

'When it comes to running trainers, I’ve been pretty much wedded to my Alphaflys for the past three years. As Fashion Director on a wellness magazine I get sent endless trainers to trial but I always end up coming back to my faithfuls. Why? Mainly because they’re so lightweight, they make me feel like I don’t have anything on my feet and that ‘freedom’ feel is addictive. That was until lululemon dramatically entered the footwear market with a female focussed shoe that has been seven years in the making.

Sun Choe, Chief Product Officer for the brand (and the women that brought us the Align pant and Enlight bra – all the credentials we need, thanks) explained, "We intentionally started with women first because we saw an opportunity to solve for the fact that, more often than not, performance shoes are designed for men and then adapted for women. That didn’t sit well with us." And with women’s feet (plus their bodies and weight distribution) being different to men’s, it makes sense.

So let’s cut to the chase, what do these efforts add up to? So top level (because looks matter when it comes to kicks) these are a sleek, minimal, sexy trainer and they come in in pink, grey or black. On to the important stuff, they are lightweight (not as lightweight as an Alphafly, but bear with me) and the energy return is nice, bouncy and gives me the spring I love and need to propel me through a decent run.

But here’s the magic, the sole of this shoe feels next level amazing. The foot has some of the highest numbers of sensory receptors in the human body and the sole feels like it is massaging every one of them. Far from being the barely there feels of the trainers I usually love, I can feel these babies hugging and supporting the whole of my foot, especially my sole throughout my run. It’s a totally different experience to the runs I’m used to, but one that has become my new favourite.'

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