We picked up these foot-flattering contraptions--a kind of hybrid between a ballet slipper and a sock--during an outing to the Nike Training Club, the just-opened women?s fitness apparel shop and studio in Lincoln Park.
The Studio Wraps ($110) come with a wash bag and little slip-on flats to wear over them, and they do everything our $15 ToeSox can and more: shield us from grime, keep our feet from slipping while we plank and provide a semblance of shoe-like support.
We aren?t convinced the crisscrossing ribbons up our performance, but they do make a fashionable splash at the barre.
As for the rest of NTC's goods, we love the current collection of tanks, jackets, tights and edgy Legend print crops ($65).
Classes like yoga, barre and NTC's signature boot-camp-like workout are under way in the gleaming upstairs studio; check the schedule and take up to four free, 45-minute sessions per week.
Then add Black Swan to your Netflix queue stat.
Nike Training Center, 833 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-294-8121 or facebook.com/ntclincolnpark