Look good while you lift, bro: Sleek sportswear in Toronto

There’s nothing as exhilarating as a good workout, so it’s just as fitting to look good while you feel good, right? Whether you’re an outdoor explorer, hitting the mountains for sick snowboarding Insta-shots or shooting some b-ball outside of the school, these local shops will help gear you up and looking good while you play. [Photo courtesy of Exclucity]

Livestock

1
116 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2K6

This Fashion District boutique in a sentence? Chock full of sneakers meant to be worn, and trust us, it’s quite a collection. Whether you’re hitting the court, running a marathon, biking through #the6, or sweating at the gym, this boutique has the kicks and attire you desire. They carry exclusive sneaks like the retro Adidas Originals Xeno and sleek, minimalist X United Arrows ZX Flux, plus plenty of Reebok, Nike, and New Balance styles to choose from. Also up for grabs are Huf soccer and Alife baseball jerseys, and the Adidas x Palace Skateboards collection of 90s-inspired sportswear.

Arc'Teryx

2
339 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A4

If you’re the adventurous type who trills on the great outdoors come rain, shine or snow, then Arc’Teryx is your place to shop. This North Vancouver brand designs outdoor clothing and accessories for performance purposes. They have jackets, pants, shorts, and tops designed for specific outdoor excursions and seasonal sports. And, not only are they weather durable, but also created to move with your body so nothing holds you back from feeling confident while you play. They also have footwear like climbing shoes to hiking boots and lots of socks, hats, and gloves.

Patagonia

3
500 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1L7

Winter’s got nothing on Patagonia. Find sweaters, jackets, and pants to keep you warm and moving, and packs and roller bags to carry and transport your essentials during your journey up the mountain or across the world. Patagonia is a clothing and accessories brand designed for sports such as climbing, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly-fishing, and trail running. You can find different wetsuits for warm- and cold-water use, fishing rods, and board shorts amongst the non-winter gear.

Exclucity

4
552 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B5

Exclucity carries a sweet collection of sneakers that will have you running through the 6 looking extra fly. Their kicks are displayed on illuminating shelves that make you feel like you're in an exclusive sneaker museum…or heaven. Here you’ll find rare designs of Nike Air Force 1's and Air Jordan's, plus throwbacks like the Air Jordon 8 Retro "Aqua" from 2007. They also carry a carefully selected collection of clothes (think: t-shirts, sweaters and sweatpants by Nike, Jordan Air, streetwear brand Stussy and Exclucity's in-house XCLU line).

Nomad

5
819 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1

Look good even when you sweat. Nomad is the place to shop for minimalist menswear by top-notch designers. While their focus is on streetwear, they've also got some crisp options for the gym. YEEZY Season 1, Robert Geller, and Wings + Horns sweatpants are among a few of their luxurious athlete-appropriate wear. You can also find Nike Sportswear sneakers, Carhartt Work in Progress plain t-shirts, Phillip Lim oversized, asymmetrical hemmed shirts and Raf Simmons' tasteful graphic tees.

So Hip It Hurts

6
nd 2-323 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A4

This is where the grown-up skater boys shop. Not the typical board shop, So Hip it Hurts carries rare skate and snowboards by Burton and hard-to-find Supra sneakers (a celeb-favourite brand). Shop apparel by brand names like RVCA, Fourstar, and Chocolate, all of which are inspired by the sweet style of surf and skateboard culture. They also have cool accessories like Nixon watches, Huff plantlife socks, and vintage stickers that are popular styling pieces amongst skaters.

Higher Ground

7
2541 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2H9

Carrying outerwear heavy-hitters like Patagonia, Arc'teryx, and North Face, Higher Ground is a favourite among winter enthusiasts. Another brand they stock is Mountain Hardwear, who are known for their high-tech outdoor clothes and accessories – think soft shell jackets, tents and backpacks for camping during the night and hiking in the morning. Icebreaker vests, puffy jackets and wool sweaters are all ideal for your most intense winter sports. Plus, Higher Ground will keep you looking fresh if you’re out for that quintessential Instagram action shot.

MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op)

8
400 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K2

The name describes the majority of it – Mountain Equipment Co-op, known as MEC for short – stocks the obvious climbing, hiking and snowsport gear, but also has watersport and running essentials as well. If paddle boarding is your sport, you can find Keen Newport sandals for them here. Score rock climbing shoes by La Sportiva, road cycling jerseys by Castelli and MEC's own in-house line, and MEC ski pants that protect you from wind blows and are well-ventilated to avoid the sticky feeling of sweat. They also carry swimwear designed for professional swimmers.

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