Whether you’re hitting the barre or getting your heart rate up at spin, New York’s popular studios have one thing in common: They don’t require shoes.
Enter Rothy’s, the workout commute shoe that will take you straight from the Upper West Side to your favorite yoga studio in Chinatown. These super-light ballet flats slip on and off effortlessly, so you can easily race from one activity to the next.
With that in mind, here are the three best barefoot workouts in NYC
Team-inspired indoor cycling studio Swerve Fitness has a friendly atmosphere, upbeat music, and a healthy dose of competition. At this studio, which provides you with your own shoes, you’ll spend 45 minutes climbing hills and sprinting to Beyonce and the occasional Adele tune. Swerve has two locations in New York—Flatiron and Midtown—and one in Montauk.
After grabbing a smoothie at The Juice Shop nearby, head downtown to one of Sky Ting’s yoga two locations—Chinatown or TriBeCa. Spend the next hour flowing and breathing surrounded by the studio’s signature life-size stuffed giraffes and flamingos while sunlight streams in through the windows.
If you’re still feeling energized (we recommend another juice break, and maybe a nap!) slip on your flats, head up to 16th street, and spend the next 50 minutes at Circuit Of Change. In this mind body bootcamp class you’ll find yourself rolling, shadowboxing, doing a little bit of yoga, and closing out with a relaxing meditation.
If a long day spent bopping from class to class has left your shoes a little dirty—hey, those NYC streets aren’t exactly clean—just drop your washable flats in the washing machine and get ready to do it all again tomorrow.