Comfy Casual Outfit + Nike Tanjun Review

Grey Textured Sweater + Leggings + Black Nike Tanjun Sneakers
Grey Textured Sweater + Leggings + Black Nike Tanjun Sneakers
Grey Textured Sweater + Leggings + Black Nike Tanjun Sneakers

I told you yesterday that one of my small wardrobe updates is to have more very casual outfits for toddler activities.  That included finally getting black sneakers that could serve a dual purpose of working with jeans and non athletic apparel as well as athleisure types of outfits.  I’ve been showing talking about these sneakers a bit lately but I’m finally reviewing them today.

I chose between the Nike Free RN (HERE) and the ones I’m wearing above–the Nike Tanjun (HERE).

I was especially grateful for these during a trip to Northern California last week to visit friends and their 3 toddlers.  My super athletic sneakers can’t go with jeans and can only be used for athletic activities.  Since they only serve one purpose I hate packing them if I’m not positive we will do something active.  On our trip last week there were no plans to do active things, but I knew it’d be a possibility.  I LOVED having the Nike Tanjuns because I knew that even if we didn’t do anything active I could still use them for causal outfits.  They weren’t packed in vain, taking up precious suitcase real estate!  And, we ended up jogging a mile to the farmer’s market one morning, and I ran in these!  We were also going to hike, but rain ruined those plans.

The Nike Tanjuns are INCREDIBLY comfortable.  I used to think all my other sneakers were comfortable, and they are, but these are another level.  I read someone say in a review that the soles have memory foam, which I don’t know is true, but it FEELS like it’s true!  That’s how comfortable they are.

They’re also lightweight, and the mesh upper is really nice for breathability.

Cons:  I got these mostly for lots of walking, strength training, spinning, and any other active things except for heavy running.  I don’t know if they’re great for serious running in terms of both durability and support.  Though I ran a mile in them last week I was worried that I’d get shin splints on a longer run due to possibly needing a little more arch support.  Like, maybe these are TOO cushiony for me to run in?  Luckily, I didn’t get shin splints and actually had zero problems.  I’ll eventually try running more than a smile in them, but I’ll do so hesitantly.  Lots of walking has been fine though!

Sizing:  I’m size 8.5 to 9, but usually 8.5 in sneakers.  The Tanjuns in 8.5 fit my feet EXACTLY, in the bad way.  Like, my foot was right against the edge, and since the mesh is upper I was worried my toe would soon poke a hole through it.  The 9s worked much better.  If you’re unsure, I would order both sizes since Zappos has free return shipping.

Comparison of the Nike Free RN and Nike Tanjun
The Nike Free RN felt good, but slightly narrow.  And they weren’t as cushiony as the Nike Tanjun, but I don’t know if there is another shoe that can beat the Tanjun’s cushion.  😀  The Nike Free RN also made my feet look a wide from the top.  However, that said, ironically I think the Free RN would be better for narrower feet.  Haha!

I would ABSOLUTELY recommend trying the Nike Tanjuns!  They come in several different colors, and I’m considering getting them in purple.  Find them all HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: H&M (exact–wearing M, similar)
Leggings: Nordstrom (exact–reviewed HERE)
Shoes: Zappos (exact
Necklace: c/o Sela Designs (similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact, similar–half the price of exact)

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  • Reply
    January 5, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Awesome post! I can vouch for the Free RNs being narrow-foot-friendly; I also came down between those and the Tanjuns and went with the Frees, which were better suited to my narrow feet. I find them super comfy and it’s awesome to find a pair of sneakers that I don’t have to lace completely closed across the top. I’ll be interested to keep tabs on how your Tanjuns hold up over time. I love how lightweight they are but it makes me wonder about the lasting power.

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      January 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks, Mary! I’m interested in their lasting power as well, and as of now I’m not confident in it. If they hold up for about a year I’d be fine with it, but anything less than that and I might have to give them the side eye haha. My husband and friend were talking about how Nike tends to make shoes that are less durable, though lighter weight….and it’s kind of genius on their part to make people keep buying shoes. Haha! Not sure if that’s true or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised. 😀

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    Nina Piccini
    January 5, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    You can easily prevent shin splints by also strength training your legs, in particular your posterior chain (i.e.: your rear end and hamstrings 🙂

    Love this cute look! I love in stuff like this.

    xoxo, Nina

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      January 5, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Nina! Thanks! Yeah, I know I can prevent shin splints with strengthening. I ran track for 6 years 😀 I never got shin splints, but it was just to say something felt a tiny bit off when I was running in them. However, I ran 2 miles in them today (unintentionally!) and was totally fine.

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        Nina Piccini
        January 5, 2017 at 4:56 pm

        Thats great! It’s awesome when running sneakers are cute too!!

  • Reply
    Pia Hocevar Mucic
    January 9, 2017 at 1:08 am

    what a chic outfit, I love it!
    Fash ‘n’ fudge
    Fash ‘n’ fudge

  • Reply
    January 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I’ve been gravitating toward some similar outfits lately too (toddler mom high five!), but I kinda love your Nikes even more. I have an older version of the Free Run and they’re much more of a rounded toe – the updated version (and your pick) are much more streamlined looking which would be so much nicer for the occasional pairing with jeans. With the number of miles of toddler wangling, traveling, and dog walking I’ve put on my pair, I think it’s time to justify an upgrade 🙂

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    Jessica S
    January 10, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Hey! I know you like the “dip in the front” booties like me and I just found this Splendid pair on major sale:

    I got the tan pair for 70% off. Obviously I am so excited, I just had to share. 🙂 🙂 🙂


  • Reply
    Corie @ LITMB
    January 15, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I recently purchased the Nike Tanjun’s as well, but in Grey and love them! I’m thinking I should pick up the black too 🙂

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      January 15, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      I’m contemplating the grey pair! Haha! Trying to wait a while until I pull the trigger. Wanna see if I continually feel a need for them

  • Reply
    grazia cantalupo
    November 7, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Mi piace quest’outfit e mi rappresenta integralmente! Molto giovanile e dinamico proprio come piace a me! Se ti va ti aspetto nel mio BLOG grazie!

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