If you follow me on Instagram (I swear this isn’t a plug), you’ve probably noticed that, on an almost daily basis, I post a screenshot of my Nike Run Club app, showcasing my run for the day. A welcome consequence of the pandemic, running has become a six-days-a-week habit that keeps my mind at ease and my body happy. But since I live in a city that experiences all types of weather, from subzero temperatures to heat that feels like the inside of a sauna, dressing for the occasion isn’t always as simple as putting on whatever sports bra and leggings are clean.
About six months into my running journey, I finally decided that it was time to start investing in gear that could stand up against the elements, starting with shoes (the pair above are Nike’s famed Air Zoom Alphaflys, but Hoka and On running shoes also warrant shout-outs) and following with leggings. Surprisingly, it took a lot of trial and error to find pairs that stayed put during a long run, featured pockets for my keys and phone, and were warm or cool enough to keep me temperate throughout the various seasons. But after a few very good and very, very bad experiences, I was able to single out the legging styles that are truly up to the task.
Me being me, I couldn’t possibly keep my findings to myself. Whether you’re new to running or are a vet looking for fresh styles to try out, find the 21 leggings I swear by, all of which can be conveniently purchased at Nordstrom, ahead.