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Put away those leggings: running shorts are officially cool again


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Running shorts were a staple in the ’70s. With pipe-trim edges and mesh details, if you weren’t rocking shorts (most likely with tube socks), you just weren’t one of the cool kids.

Their popularity wax and waned for a bit (raise your hand if you owned a pair of Umbros in the ’90s….)—and then the activewear boom hit. The aughts could best be described as the era of the legging, with fun prints and oh-so-comfortable fabrics that made them the new pants. (Seriously, even denim took a hit.)

But with summer temperatures rising above 90 degrees—hello, heat dome!—it’s easy to fantasize about taking scissors to your beloved Wunder Unders and unleashing your legs. But don’t: because running shorts are back, and more stylish than ever.

Version 2.0 ups the cool factor with unexpected silhouettes and fabrics (I’m talking to you, faux leather), not to mention serious functionality. It makes you think that running shorts just might—okay, maybe temporarily—replace leggings.

Scroll down to see 10 of the hottest shorts of the season.

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Vimmia Unwind Shorts, $110

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Koral Division Double Layer Shorts, $145

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Older Brother Navy Shorts, $120

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We Are Handsome The Score Shorts, $142

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Zella Work It Shorts, $54

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Photo: Alala

Alala Woven Shorts, $75

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Splits59 Gigi Run Shorts, $70

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Adidas Originals Shorts, $50

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Vie Active Michelle Running Shorts, $85

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Photo: Monreal London

Monreal London Scalloped Shorts, $235

It’s hot out there. Once you give your legs some room to breathe, let your skin do the same thing with this ultra refreshing, skin-saving smoothie. Not feeling motivated? Get your head back in the game with these seven tips for getting out the door for a run.