With the stage set for serious international competition, gear from around the globe finds its way into our hearts, minds and gym bags.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY OLIVER BAKER
Chances are you’re a runner of the world, even if you do not realize it.
Perhaps your passport doesn’t reflect your international tastes, but your running shoes, T-shirts and shorts likely do. Not only is the apparel from U.S. brands often made in far-flung locations, but companies like Lululemon, ASICS, Reebok and Adidas, to name a few, were all founded outside the U.S., and remain headquartered and manufactured abroad to this day.
Regional running-gear needs are rather specific, and they become even more defined in countries like England, known for its damp and blustery weather. For runners all over the world, the upside is having more choices that work for different climates and conditions.
Plus, if you’re anything like us, you’ll tune in to watch Rio for the sport (obviously)— but the fashion is fun to see too. The international runner essentials on these pages will give you a leg up when it’s time to play “name that brand!”