Sportswear has an illustrious history outside of sports. From sneakers to tracksuits, pieces designed for running or aerobics or basketball have eventually found their way into the mainstream. You may be copping athleisure for hanging out at home, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep wearing them when you’re gearing up for a workout.

With governments and medical professionals around the world advocating for individuals to stay indoors and self-isolate in the era of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, it’s only logical to choose function and comfort over any other factor when getting dressed in the morning. The best athleisure brands may be influenced by athletic pursuits, but all of these brands put the comfort of the end-consumer at the fore as well.

As sportswear and fashion have become increasingly intertwined, there’s been a growing number of sportswear brands that deliberately cater to athletes with a more discerning, fashionable eye. Some of them are small, independent and under-the-radar brands, stocked by niche retailers. Others are diffusion lines of more mainstream brands, picked up by lifestyle and streetwear boutiques, or, in some cases, fashion-forward stores seeking to offer well-designed activewear for their customers.

From the gear inspired and designed for athletes to the brands and collaborations that find the line between fashion and function, these are our favorite athleisure and running brands.

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