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Nike Studio Wrap
The Studio Wrap is sold at the new Nike Training Club.

We couldn?t imagine why we?d want anything more gimicky than our favorite grippy socks for barre and yoga class. But our doubts gave way when we tried Nike?s adorable, functional new Studio Wrap.

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

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