Chargefeel combines the bounce of a running shoe with the stability of a strength shoe, and it’s on sale in stores and online now.
When Lululemon announced they were entering the footwear space earlier this year, it felt like they’d dropped the final piece of their activewear puzzle. Now, LLL fans can wear the brand’s clothing literally from head to toe.
First up, we met Blissfeel — the women’s running shoe designed specifically for the female gait (don’t worry fellas, men’s shoes launch in 2023). Lululemon researchers scanned more than 1 million women’s feet to create the supportive, bouncy shoe that quickly sold out after it dropped. Soon after, the Restfeel slide arrived.
Now, the third drop in the company’s line of 2022 female footwear releases has arrived. Chargefeel is a cross-training sneaker that combines the best of all their shoe releases into one stylish design.
Read on for pros and cons, sizes, colors, pricing, where to buy, and our hands-on review.
- Highlight Yellow
- Silver Drop
- Prosecco (aka peach)
- Mink Berry (aka pink/blush)
- Lemon Ice
- Pink Clay (a peach-blush combo)
- Magenta Purple
- Light Sage
- Light Ivory
- Anchor (aka gray with blush detailing)
The primary difference between the two uppers is sensation — low-tops will feel more stable and secure, while mid-tops offer more range of motion. There’s likely not any measurable difference between the performance benefits of the uppers, so choose what matches your comfort, price, and style preferences.
Lululemon employed a core team of 30 footwear experts to design all the shoes in their line. To combine the benefits of a running and strength shoe, Chargefeel is constructed to provide bounce and forward motion (ideal for HIIT and agility training) with side-to-side stability (key for lifting and quick transition strength programs).
A dual-density foam midsole also provides support and cushion for high impact workouts.
TL;DR: If you want to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, these are for you.
We had the opportunity to take the mid-tops for a spin. While we only had a week-long run with them, We tried a variety of workouts, intensity levels, and time periods to get the full effect of the shoes.
How we tested Chargefeel
- Completed 6 workouts in 6 days:
- Monday: 30-minute HIIT
- Tuesday: 60-minute weight training
- Wednesday: 45-minute circuit training
- Thursday: 45-minute strength
- Friday: 3-mile run
- Saturday: 45 minutes of dance fitness
- Tried multiple ways to wear the shoe:
- ankle socks
- mid-rise socks
- laces tied tight + double knotted
- laces tied a little looser
The highlights: Chargefeel is light, comfortable, and supportive. We suspected the mid-top upper would cause a rash or blister at some point, but thankfully it moves with your ankle (kind of like a sock) and doesn’t irritate — even after 60 minutes of high intensity work. The mid-rise style also looks flattering and unique, which was an added bonus.
We gave Chargefeel major points for responsiveness — one might think the shoe is sentient based on how well it locks in when you want stability and how quickly it glides or springs when you want to sprint. There was no tripping over bulky toe grips or slipping while performing explosive movements like skaters and burpees.
Ultimately, Chargefeel really feels like an extension of your foot.
Our one and only con is upkeep. While versatility is a key perk of this shoe, the rubber bottoms are clearly intended for indoor use. If you plan on taking your workouts from the gym to the park, expect the bottoms to get blunt pretty quickly (and for almost $150 a pop, it might not be a sneaker you want to replace often!).