In the stretchy and breathable tech knit husk of our post-athleisure world, the sneaker game is saturated with “sportswear.” From runway models hawking retro runners to the “athletic-inspired” shoe release of the week, the sportswear space is defined by one simple proposition: All-Star looks, benchwarmer talent.

You wouldn’t play basketball in Retro XV’s any sooner than you’d run a mile in 350 Boosts – especially when those XV’s have had their wings clipped by Nike literally removing performance features. What, then, is a non-sedentary sneakerhead to wear? For the style-conscious gymgoer, technical apparel nerd, or athlete with discriminating taste, here are the true performance sneakers that still score on style.

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