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Lululemon Chargefeel vs. Strongfeel review: Which Lululemon sneakers are better?

Lululemon's new Strongfeel shoes have just been released, but how do they stack up against the others? Images via Lululemon.
Lululemon's new Strongfeel shoes have just been released, but how do they stack up against the others? Images via Lululemon.

Lululemon has always been known for their performance activewear, but it wasn't until recently that the Canadian brand branched out into footwear. Throughout the course of 2022, Lululemon has released a handful of different pairs of running and training shoes — and the newest style, Strongfeel, just hit shelves.

While I haven't had a chance to try out all of the different styles, I have put their Chargefeel and Strongfeel shoes to the test. Curious to know which ones win out? Keep reading to find out.

Wearing the Lululemon Chargefeel (left) vs. Strongfeel (right).
Wearing the Lululemon Chargefeel (left) vs. Strongfeel (right).

Lululemon Chargefeel vs. Strongfeel sneakers: What you need to know

Like Lululemon's apparel that's targeted towards different workouts, each of their shoes have been specially designed for a different purpose.

Of the two styles I've worn, the Strongfeel training shoe has a low-profile cushioned sole and plenty of traction to deliver a stable base for workouts. On the other hand, the Chargefeel shoes provide more versatility, since they are made with typical cross-training construction as well as the bounce and energy return needed for running.

In addition to the different support levels offered by the soles, these shoes also have a different construction when it comes to the uppers. The Chargefeel shoes have a knit construction with zones of stretch and support, while the Strongfeel shoes are more structured, and feature a fine mesh over a lightly padded lining.

Lululemon Strongfeel Women's Training Shoe

Strongfeel Women's Training Shoe. Image via Lululemon.
Strongfeel Women's Training Shoe. Image via Lululemon.

$168 at Lululemon

Where Strongfeel wins

As someone who doesn't do a lot of running, the Strongfeel shoes have been great for my active days — either hitting the stationary bike, doing bodyweight exercises, and even going for walks around the neighbourhood.

Speaking of walking, I was actually able to wear this pair of trainers without needing my orthotics, a feat that hasn't happened in years. For that reason alone, they earned bonus points on comfort for me.

Where Strongfeel loses

With this pair of training shoes, there's definitely less "give" to them, which may be a drawback to some shoppers. Personally I'm a fan of the lightweight yet supportive design, however, if you're used to a springy or memory-foam like feel feel in your shoes, you may be disappointed.

Lululemon Chargefeel Low Women's Workout Shoe

Chargefeel Low Women's Workout Shoe. Image via Lululemon.
Chargefeel Low Women's Workout Shoe. Image via Lululemon.

$178 at Lululemon

Where Chargefeel wins

When it comes to running shoes, I haven't found another pair the puts as much spring in your step as the Lululemon Chargefeel does (although that may change if I decide to invest in the Blissfeel Women's Running Shoe).

They're ideal for long hours on your feet, and I could easily see myself bringing them along on my next trip to Walt Disney World. Plus, these shoes have a breathable knit upper that feels weightless on your feet.

Where Chargefeel loses

Because these shoes were designed with a "run-first, train-second design," I feel like they're better suited for running and walking than for HIIT or lifting weights. I've worn them while doing lower body focused workouts involving deadlifts, lunges, and squats, and found that I had to work harder to keep balanced.

Other reviewers agreed with me, noting that the curved sole made them a better choice for "[wearing] out and about and on cardio days" than weightlifting. Some reviewers also found that the toe box on these shoes is "too narrow," which may be why I didn't find them to be as comfortable as the Strongfeel shoes.

Lululemon Chargefeel (left) vs. Strongfeel (right) white sneakers running shoes
Lululemon Chargefeel (left) vs. Strongfeel (right).

The verdict

Given that both shoes have been winning over Lululemon customers, it's hard to go wrong with either one.

When deciding between both options, your best bet will likely be to reflect on your own fitness routine. If you're an avid runner who likes to break things up with the occasional strength workout, you'll likely be better off with the Chargefeel Low Women's Workout Shoe.

On the other hand, if you're like me and prefer to focus more on strength than cardio your best bet is to pick up a pair of the new Strongfeel Women's Training Shoes.

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