Athletic Propulsion Labs (Techloom Bliss)

Something you should know about me: when I find something that I love, I’m hard pressed to stray away from it. This fact might be best evidenced by the fact that I have not worn another brand in sneaker (trainer) since I discovered Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) in 2017.

It began as a search for a sneaker that was durable enough for me to workout in (especially with HIIT or dance), but comfortable enough for me to wear anytime I felt like moving about outside of the fitness space. The biggest concern was weight. I despise heavy or bulky sneakers… I don’t care who made them. I found my first pair of APL’s on sale (the design was discontinued) and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I own a lot of different styles from this brand, but I always come back to Techloom Bliss. The reason is simple: they are the most comfortable pair of trainers I’ve ever owned. Because of their slip-on style, you don’t have to be bothered with laces (unless you’re into taking the time with that sort of thing). And although they are incredibly light, they are quite durable. Because I am a creature of habit and quite practical in nature, the pair that I’ve purchased the most has been black on black. I have a sand color that I’ll wear every blue moon, but mostly I wear the black. I’m on at least my third pair… and I’ve learned to separate my civilian trainers from the workout ones. Because when I tell you that I put them through the paces… LISTEN.

These sneakers wash and dry beautifully, and from dancing to gardening (I tore a pair up one year during an epic fight with a gopher), they come back after a wash and tumble dry just as good as new. I know that some people like to chase the latest releases of whatever when it comes to trainers… but for me, it’s APL until further notice.

Published by Shahada Karim

Aryuvedic Nutritionist - Movement Therapist - Chef - Author

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