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Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Posted on February 09, 2017 by Savannah Bray

This year, ditch the over-priced limited menus and wilting floral bouquets. We’ve hand-picked a few looks to help you enjoy Valentine’s Day in comfort. Snuggle up with your boo for a cozy night in, in the most comfortable apparel you’ve ever tried on.

For Her

In the immortal words of one of our favorite rap artists “sweat[shirts], hair-tied, chillin’ with no make-up on, that’s when you’re the prettiest, I hope that you don’t take it wrong.” We totally agree, Drake. Guys, your girl does not want a piece of heart-shaped jewelry for Valentine’s Day. Give her something she’ll want to wear all the time! The Penny is the perfect sweatshirt that she can wear day or night, and still feel stylish and sexy. Not to mention, it’s like wearing a giant hug (from you! —and yes, we teed that up for your Valentine’s Day card verbiage, so feel free to copy!) We’ve done you a solid and added this little number to our Valentine’s Day Sale so you don’t have to break the bank.

For Him

Guys can be notoriously difficult to shop for. To make it a little easier, we’ve narrowed it down to a few styles we know that he’ll love. The Butler Sweatshirt is the perfect layering option. Add a polo underneath for an easy dressed-up look, or pair it with sweats for your Netflix & chill night-in. The Wade is an elevated t-shirt option with a scooped bottom, giving it an edge over other basics in his closet. We guarantee he’ll enjoy these more than a bad neck-tie or funky dress socks.

Check out all these styles and more in our Valentine's Day Sale

Happy Valentine’s Day! Stay comfortable!


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The most comfortable shoes...

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Jason Franklin

My love for shoes goes back for as long as I can remember. I guess it started as a kid growing up in Chicago who worshiped Michael Jordan. The Air Jordans were like the Holy Grail. Every season when the new Jordan style came out, I would beg my parents until they would finally cave and get me a pair. As I got older, I expanded my horizons and found a real affinity for all kinds of shoes. My feeling is the brighter and funkier, the better. I still get goose bumps when I open up a new box of shoes. One of my favorite smells is that of a brand new pair of shoes fresh out of the box. I usually put each new pair on my desk and admire them for a few days before they go into my shoe rotation. If you come to my house, you’ll find closets full of shoes. If you ask my wife, she’ll tell you I have way too many shoes. I wear a different pair every day depending on mood… and Sportiqe outfit of course. Here are some of my favorite kicks right now.

I love Living in Phoenix, but for 4 months of the year it’s a bit like living on the sun. Wearing shoes with socks isn’t really preferable. However, I’m not a huge fan of rocking sandals either. About 5 years ago I was introduced to a shoe company out of Chicago called Bucketfeet. They have slides that I LOVE. They have artists from all over the world create different patterns on the canvas. You can pretty much wear them for any occasion. My summer uniform is a pair of Sportiqe shorts, a Sportiqe Comfy T and a pair of Bucketfeet. If I need to “dress up” they also look great with a pair of khakis and a Sportiqe polo shirt.

When the weather finally starts to change, and wearing socks and kicks isn’t too hot. I am a huge fan of the Nike Roshe family. They are super easy to put on and some of the most comfortable shoes in the entire Nike offering right now. Roshe’s go great with just about anything. My uniform on the weekend during the fall and winter is the Sportiqe joggers or a pair of jeans and a Sportiqe Comfy T with a ROWAN hoodie or OLSEN hoodie.

On my trips to the East Coast when I know I’m going to be walking a lot and I’ll need to be super comfortable on my feet, I will almost certainly pack a pair of New Balance. The New Balance 420 Re-Engineered is another shoe that I feel is very versatile and can be worn in pretty much any situation. The New Balance kicks look great with a pair of jeans, a Sportiqe Comfy T and the JOC track jacket.

DO I ONLY WEAR GYM SHOES YOU ASK???? Well, if there is every a need to go to a place where gym shoes are frowned upon, I do have a casual dress shoe recommendation for you! Check out CAMPER. I have several pairs of CAMPER’s that I keep for the “dress up” occasion. CAMPER has the look of a dress shoe, but the comfort of a gym shoe. Lately I’ve been wearing my Campers with a pair of dark denim, a Sportiqe Comfy T and the TOBEY hoodie. You can also pull off a pair of CAMPER’s with a casual suite. 

I hope some of the suggestions help you ROAM IN COMFORT for any season.


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Cheers to 2017!

Posted on December 27, 2016 by Matt Altman

As we come to the close of the year, I like to take this time for some reflection. I finally give a bit of sigh and acknowledge what has been accomplished. This is what fuels me to then focus on the vision and goals for 2017. As it pertains to Sportiqe, 2016 was a banner year for the company. The team has developed personally and professionally, the quality of our product continues to improve, and we continue to grow with our customers. Oh, and, we celebrated our 10th anniversary.

Looking back at 2016 also allows me to really have an attitude of gratitude for all that has been accomplished. Similar to driving a car, you need to look forward in order to see where you’re going. We are all on this amazing journey with highs and lows, successes and failures, with the ultimate destination to feel fulfilled. We’re taking what we’ve learned in 2016, putting it in the rearview, and setting our sights on the future.

As we move full-speed ahead into 2017, we do so with the theme of “Elevate.” How do we take what we have accomplished and elevate it? In other words, how do we get better? How do we get better at providing great customer service? How do we get better at providing comfortable quality products? But most importantly, how do we get better at being the best version of our self?

It is with this spirit that we welcome the New Year. It is with this spirit that we wish you a Happy New Year and encourage you to find ways to Elevate your life in 2017.

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Holiday Gift Guide by Jamie Walsh, University of Iowa

Posted on December 13, 2016 by Savannah Bray

Jamie Walsh is a student at the University of Iowa who runs a personal fashion blog. Jamie is a friend of the Sportiqe brand with an aspiring career in the fashion industry. See below for Jamie's Holiday Gift Guide featuring some of our most popular items and be sure to check out her blog, Just Jamie

MensStyled

What to get your man for the Holiday:

The Butler, styled above is the perfect crewneck sweatshirt. It is super soft and easy to layer. If you are looking for that casual, athleisure look for your man, then Sportiqe has the perfect selection of cool and comfortable items. I just placed an order to surprise my guy for Christmas!

Top3MensStyles

Here are my top 3 favorite pieces that should be under your tree this year:

  1. Sportiqe Tobey Hoodie Navy: This cowl neck sweatshirt is perfect for enjoying the wintery nights that you just want to spend sitting by the fire with a blanket.
  2. Butler Sweatshirt Gray: This comfortable crew neck, modeled above, is perfect for layering and easy enough to wear out and not look underdressed.
  3. Sportiqe Men’s Gray/Black Channing: This long sleeve raglan tee is easy to layer, but also looks great when you pair with a pair of dark denim or black jeans.

 

AnistonStyled

 

What to get your girl for the Holiday:

The Aniston, styled above, is the perfect layering lightweight sweatshirt for your lady! She wears it comfortably with a warm blanket scarf to keep her cozy and looking fresh. As you can see, the sweatshirt is not too bulky, but is warm enough to wear as just one layer. She pairs this layer with leggings and snow boots to stay dressed appropriately for the chilly weather while still looking super cute!

Top3WomenStyles

  1. Sportiqe Ashley Hoodie Gray: This sweatshirt is super trendy, but simple enough to be able to wear with any bottoms.
  2. Women's Gray Aniston Sweatshirt: Styled above, this is this perfect staple for your wardrobe.
  3. Sportiqe Black Penny Sweatshirt: This women's crew neck adds to any outfit and is especially ideal for the winter, made with warm fleece material.

Follow this Holiday Guide and your special someone will be forever grateful!

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Being Thankful

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Matt Altman

Growing up, one of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving Holiday was always sitting around the table as our family and friends went around expressing what we were thankful for. Don’t get me wrong, the food part was good too, but as the years went by, there was something so significant to me about taking time to express thankfulness. I began to gravitate to that notion the older I got. As I moved out of adolescence and I learned that it felt good to express thankfulness, I started asking that question of myself everyday, “What am I thankful for?” I noticed finding something to be thankful for brought a sense of comfort to me as well.

The whole concept of “thankfulness” really intrigues me, so I dug a little deeper and discovered some profound things around being thankful. It’s scientifically proven that the benefits of practicing thankfulness are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.

Being thankful doesn’t need to be reserved to one holiday a year. It can be something we practice everyday, even if it is as simple as being thankful for Tillamook Ice Cream with apple pie, or Cartel Coffee… which I like, in that order, after my Thanksgiving dinner.

What if we All took the time to be thankful towards something each and everyday?

I hope this Holiday season we all find time to answer this question and experience the comfort of gratitude each and everyday.

Here are my top 5 things that I am thankful for today:

  1. My Breath – for without it life would not exist for me
  2. My Parents – for without them I would not exist
  3. My Wife Clara – my dream incarnate
  4. The Sportiqe Team – helping a dream become a reality
  5. Cheat Days – I can eat whatever I want 

What are you thankful for?

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Travel in Comfort

Posted on November 08, 2016 by Jason Franklin

When I’m traveling, being comfortable is essential. What I’ve always found interesting about travel is that many people refer to it as being “uncomfortable” or “out of their comfort zone.” Some tend to think that because they leave their place of residence that can’t enjoy any of the comforts of home. Personally, I like to think of home as a more a state of being. If I can surround myself with things that make me comfortable, I can allow myself the same feeling I get when I’m actually at home. So what can we at Sportiqe do to make wherever you are HOME?  We can continue in our mission to make you feel as comfortable as possible, wherever you roam! I want to share a few tips to make you feel at home, wherever that home may be. 

My summertime travel essentials are must-haves for being comfortable. My go-to look for the plane is always a COMFY T & jeans. In my backpack, you’ll find our long sleeved ROWAN, which is perfect for that chill at 30,000ft, and thin enough to not take up too much room in your bag. Another tip for being comfortable is… you guessed it, food. As many of you know, I love to eat and pride myself on being a bit of a foodie, so as you might suspect, I’m not the biggest fan of airplane meals. I always have a few KIND bars tucked in my bag for an easy snack. They give me enough energy to get to my destination without getting too "hangry." Another tip for long flights is staying fresh! My secret is to pack an extra COMFY T in my carry-on to change right before landing. It’s a great way to help you feel less grimy after breathing all of that recycled air. Not to mention, if you’re running through the airports like I am, it’s nice to have that extra T in your bag, especially in the summer time… (queue jokes about Arizona heat). 

In the winter, I normally go with what we at HQ like to call the Sportiqe Tuxedo: the DALY joggers, a THORNTON zip hoodie, and a COMFY T underneath.  This is traveling at maximum comfort level.  For those of you who need a little more “business” in your “business casual”, I’ve created a few variations of this look that still keep me comfortable while traveling. If I’m getting off of the plane and heading straight into a meeting, I’ll pair jeans with a button down oxford, and throw a THORTON zip-up or a ROWAN overtop. This look allows for comfort and style at the same time. Staying comfortable on the plane can be a bit more difficult when there’s crying babies or snoring grandpas. I always bring my Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones so I can get work done during the flight without too many distractions. If I’m lucky enough to be travelling for leisure, I’ll rock jeans and an OLSEN hoodie. I love pulling up the Olsen hood right when I’m about to walk off the plane in to that first brush of cold air.  Even though I might not be at home anymore, on the inside of the OLSEN, I feel like I am.

I hope a few of these tips help make traveling more comfortable.  And make wherever you’re going feel like home.

 

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Top 5 restaurants in the Phoenix area

Posted on October 25, 2016 by Jason Franklin

You really need only 3 things in life.  Food, clothing, and shelter.  At Sportiqe Apparel, we’ve got you covered for one of those.  For those of you who know me, you know I LOVE to eat.  I take pride in finding local good-eats in each city I visit, and I take particular pride in hunting down the BEST eateries in my own city.

In my constant quest for comfort, I’m always looking for restaurants that are the total package: delivering an incredible dish while giving you that homemade, comfort-food feel. I’ve spent a significant amount of time at the 5 establishments below, and I’ve come to realize that the owners and staff of these spots are as passionate about making great food as Sportiqe is about making great clothes. 

When our friends come to town and they ask me where they should go, these are always my top 5 recommendations, in no particular order.  ENJOY!!!

Little Miss BBQ

I’m a huge fan of BBQ.  For the first 6 years I lived in Arizona, I’d pretty much accepted the fact that there was no good Southern-style BBQ in the Valley.  Then, like a gift from Heavens, Scott Holmes opened up Little Miss BBQ a mile from the Sportiqe Headquarters. The special on the menu is the beef-rib, only available on Fridays and Saturdays.  If you can get your hands on it, it won’t disappoint.  Second only to the special is the Fatty brisket, an out-of-this-world dish that will leave you wanting more, except you’ll be too full for a second helping. On Thursdays, they serve a pastrami that’s better than Katz’s Deli in NYC (not an easy task).  The BBQ here is so good people will wait in the AZ summer heat outside for over an hour just to get lunch. I could go on and on about it, but need I say more?

Matt’s Big Breakfast

When I first moved out to Arizona, I was a bit homesick. One of the things I missed the most was the great meals my family enjoyed together… especially breakfast. Finding Matt’s Big Breakfast was like sitting down at the family breakfast table again. I can’t say this about just anywhere… but EVERYTHING on the menu is phenomenal (believe me, I’ve tried it all). Every dish is made with top quality ingredients and LOVE. The owners of this establishment treat you like you’re family.  Ernie even tells her staff they can call her “Mama”.  I’ve spent a lot of Saturday and Sunday mornings sitting up at the counter enjoying their famous Five Spot.

LoLo’s Chicken and Waffles

My dad’s side of the family is from Birmingham, so needless to say, I grew up eating southern fried chicken.  I’m VERY picky about my fried chicken, but my dad is the ultimate food snob when it comes to this dish.  So how good is LoLo’s? Let’s just say I think my dad is slightly more excited to get off the plane to eat at LoLo’s than he is to see me. The waffles are to die for, but let’s be honest, we’re going there for the chicken. 

Pane Bianco

Chris Bianco has gotten all of the accolades for his pizza concept, Pizzeria Bianco (well deserved I might add.)  But with that being said, Pane Bianco has my favorite tuna sandwich ever. Depending on the day, they have some AWESOME market sandwiches for lunch. The sloppy Joe or the spicy pulled-chicken are some of my favorites. Shifting gears a little bit, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Pizzeria Bianco as well. Of course, you of course can’t go wrong with any of the pizza, but I must tell you that the lasagna is the best you can get in AZ. *Secret tip: ask for extra crispy sandwich bread at Pane Bianco.

Defalco’s Italian Grocery

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night craving a good Italian sub? Okay, maybe that’s just me.  It took me a little while to find this gem, but once I did I became a regular.   Obviously my favorite here is the Italian sub, but the chicken cheesesteak had me at first bite.  This is a super casual spot, good for picking up and taking home to enjoy in your comfy sweats or dining in and feeling like you’re tucked in the back of an actual Italian deli in the heart of Rome.  The pasta dishes and pizza are great here too. *Secret tip: get the chicken caesar pasta salad as a side-dish. 

Ok, so now that I’m drooling after writing this, go check these places out, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Make sure you’ve got your Daly Joggers on to give you a little extra room to stretch out.

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