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Athletic Propulsion Labs Lifestyle Sneakers

APL (Athletic Propulsion Labs) is one of the most popular lifestyle sneaker brands, worn by athletes and celebrities alike.

And we've put together the best APL lifestyle sneaker options for you.

For a more in-depth review, see our breakdowns below.

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Athletic Propulsion Labs Lifestyle Sneakers

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APL (Athletic Propulsion Labs) is one of the most popular lifestyle sneaker brands, worn by athletes and celebrities alike.

And we've put together the best APL lifestyle sneaker options for you.

For a more in-depth review, see our breakdowns below.

APL TechLoom Bliss

The Bliss might just be APL’s most popular model.

Its laceless design makes the shoe super simple to slide on your foot. And the extremely soft and stretchy upper makes the Bliss very comfortable all day.

As the name and design both suggest, this might just be the most laid-back athletic shoe on the market.

Who is the TechLoom Bliss for?

If you’re looking for a shoe you can wear on a casual run or to the gym, this is very likely the right shoe for you. (Especially if you’re looking to do it in style.)

Who is the TechLoom Bliss NOT for?

This is a minimalist shoe. If you’re looking to go on runs, or do any intense activity, this might not be the best shoe for that.

Doesn’t mean you can’t. But the Breeze might be a slightly better fit for you.

What you’ll notice:

  • Sock-like upper.

The Bliss’ upper is so ridiculously soft, it’s almost like a thick sock wrapping over your foot. It’s a very nice feel, to say the least.

  • Super light and comfy lifestyle shoe.

It’s got enough cushion to keep your feet happy, and then this shoe just sort of gets out of your way.
You can just slip the Bliss on and not think about it again.

APL TechLoom Breeze

The APL TechLoom Breeze is essentially the TechLoom Bliss with laces.

It’s super light and feels almost like a thick sock on your foot -- in other words, it’s extremely comfortable.

Who is the TechLoom Bliss for?

If you want a breathable minimalist shoe, but you plan on being a little more athletic in it, you may prefer the Breeze over the Bliss. The ability to lace up your shoes can give you just a little more support for more dynamic movements.

Who is the TechLoom Bliss NOT for?

This is a pretty versatile, comfortable shoe. Though if you prefer a slip-on shoe, then you’d want to go with the TechLoom Bliss.

Or if you want a shoe with more cushioning so you can take them on longer runs, then you would probably want to look at the TechLoom Phantom.

APL TechLoom Phantom

The TechLoom Phantom is APL’s well-cushioned shoe, that can double as a running shoe.

They packed more cushion into the Phantom to keep your feet comfy on longer runs. And the upper is much more robust, giving you some stability and protection.

Don’t expect it to be as light and breathable as the Bliss. But if you’d like a little more padding under your foot, the Phantom is probably a great fit.

What you’ll notice:

  • Soft.

While the Bliss is comfortable, make no mistake. But longer runs, or even just standing around all day, your feet would probably start to feel a little tender. But the Phantom’s extra cushioning solves that problem.
You could probably stand all day in this shoe and never notice it. It might not have enough padding for a marathon, but your feet will feel great on typical runs.

  • Thick upper (compared to other APLs).

It’s not quite a rigid upper, but it’s noticeably heftier than the other models. Where the Bliss, Breeze, and Wave are very flexible, the Phantom is more protective of your feet.

APL TechLoom Wave

APL’s hybrid daily trainer.

The Wave was created for people who want to run a few miles, but also wear them to a Crossfit or boot camp class. It essentially splits the difference between the Bliss and the Phantom. It’s light and flexible but with a tad more stability in the upper.

They made the upper a tad thicker, but still extremely flexible. It can hold your foot in place pretty well, even during multi-directional movements.

What you’ll notice:

  • Seamless upper.

A cool feature about the Wave is that the tongue is a seamless part of the upper. What this means for you is a snug fit, but also, you can take the laces out and wear it like a slip-on.

  • Stylish.

You should probably expect to get some looks when you’re wearing the TechLoom Wave. This shoe was invented to be a bit of a social statement.
So while it’s good for performance, you’re also going to collect some style points in this shoe.

What’s the best APL shoe for running in?

Casual runs

This type of running is for those that are wanting to get in some exercise. Or maybe you just want to reduce some stress.

The TechLoom Breeze is a great shoe for casual runs, especially in warmer conditions. It’s extremely light and airy.

For extremely light jogging or power walking, you might prefer the TechLoom Bliss. It’s a slip-on, and while it doesn’t have a ton of cushioning for longer runs, it holds up great on shorter ones.

Longer runs

For intermediate runs, you’d probably like a slightly more cushioned, slightly more sturdy model, like the TechLoom Wave. This is perhaps APL’s most versatile model for running.

If you’ll be running slightly longer runs, then you’d probably be better off in the TechLoom Phantom. It’s got a little more cushioning to hold you over for longer distances. And the upper is even more sturdy to hold your feet in place. This means it’s not as light as the Breeze or Bliss, but it’s not so heavy that it’s going to slow you down.

How long do APL shoes typically last?

If you’re running in your APLs, you’ll typically want to replace them every 300 - 500 miles, like any other running shoe. This will help prevent unnecessary aching in your joints, and possibly even injuries.

Some signs that’ll tell you it’s time for a new pair:

  • If you notice the cushioning taking longer to return to form after long runs. (Or if you can tell it’s not as plush in general)
  • If the tread isn’t as grippy as it once was
  • And the most important sign is how you feel during and after a run. If you start noticing new aches or strains in your legs, joints, and lower back. This is often a sign that your shoe’s technology is no longer doing its job.

Can I machine wash my APL shoes?

No, it’s not ideal to machine wash your APL shoes.

You’ll wear the shoe technology down faster this way. Especially with the heat and banging against the walls of the dryer.

How should I clean my APL shoes?

The best way is to use a soft brush and hand soap to clean your shoes.

  • Simply remove the laces and insole, if it’s removable
  • Use the brush to lightly scrub off any dirt or gunk
  • Then rinse the shoe under cool water
  • Let them air-dry, instead of setting them in direct sunlight

I need help deciding: Which would be the best APL shoe to use as a running shoe?

The TechLoom Wave is probably the best match for you. It’s got mid-level cushioning, and mid-level flexibility in the upper. This way, you can get to know your needs and preferences, and upgrade to a more specific model in the future.

If you plan on doing longer runs, then the TechLoom Phantom will have a little more cushioning for you.

And if you just plan on light jogs around the neighborhood, then either the TechLoom Breeze (with laces,) or the TechLoom Bliss (slip-on), would probably be for you.

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