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From Work to Workout: the Best Gym Bags with Shoe Compartments

by , September 12, 2018

Busy lifestyles often necessitate fitting in workouts right before, during or after work. But carrying separate work and gym bags is a pain. Never mind the fact that many gym bags just can’t cut it in a work setting. But there are brands out there coming to the rescue with stylish yet functional designs that can store workout gear without drawing unwanted attention in the workplace. And some take things a step further with dedicated shoe storage, ensuring your sweaty, dirty kicks don’t interfere with the rest of your gear. Discover the best gym bags with shoe compartments…

Lolë Brazen Bag (US$ 65)

Lolë Brazen Bag

Looking for a trusty gym buddy without having to splash the cash? The Lolë Brazen Bag is a solid pick, offering functionality and affordability. The bag pairs urban-friendly styling with useful organization options including a separate pocket for shoes or wet items. Interior and quick-access pockets take care of the little things, while the adjustable strap handles bulkier items such as a yoga mat.

Aer Fit Pack 2 (US$ 135)

Aer Fit Pack 2

Want to move seamlessly from work to your workout with just one bag? Aer’s Fit Pack 2 handles the transition in sleek style. The clean silhouette keeps things smart in work settings and looks equally good when you’re out and about or hitting the gym. And its clever organization keeps your work tools and gym gear separate yet easily accessible. There’s a padded pocket for up to 15″ tech, plus a separate ventilated shoe pocket that fits up to men’s size 13 shoes. And with its tough, weather-resistant build it won’t shy away from the daily grind.

lululemon athletica Command The Day Duffle (US$ 158)

lululemon athletica Command The Day Duffle

A blend of understated and practical design makes this a handy option for the work commute, gym trips or overnight trips. The Command The Day Duffle includes a separate pocket for shoes or sweaty gear, along with an exterior padded pocket for a 13″ laptop. Additional internal and external pockets hold smaller essentials, while the water-repellent fabric helps protect your gear against the elements.

Aer Gym Duffel 2 (US$ 170)

Best gym bags with shoe compartments: Aer Gym Duffel 2

If you dig Aer’s clean practicality but want a dedicated duffel option, check out their Gym Duffel 2. The bag is a great option if you want lots of organization for gym and work or everyday supplies. A choice of compartments and a range of pockets ensures your gym gear, laptop, EDC essentials, clean clothing and more is tidy on the move and within easy reach when you need them. The updated version includes a redesigned shoe pocket with improved ventilation, large enough to fit men’s size 13 shoes.

Aer Duffel Pack 2 (US$ 170)

Aer Duffel Pack 2

Aer’s Duffel Pack 2 delivers a dialed-in mix of durability, sleek aesthetics and versatility. At 24.6L it’s a good alternative if you fancy the Fit Pack 2 (18.8L) but need more space. The bag’s ventilated shoe compartment fits men’s size 13 shoes. And there’s a range of pockets for organizing your work and EDC gear too, including padded storage for a 15″ laptop. Built with water-resistant 1680D Cordura ballistic nylon, this hard-wearing and hard-working pack gets the job done in reliable style.

DSPTCH Gym/Work Bag (US$ 192)

DSPTCH Gym/Work Bag

As the name suggests, DSPTCH have designed this bag to conquer the gym/work divide with just one piece of carry. The bag is made in the USA with water-repellent 1680D ballistic nylon and backed by a lifetime guarantee. The ventilated shoe compartment fits up to men’s size 13 shoes. And there’s also handy storage for a 15″ laptop and tablet, a choice of interior pockets, as well as a hidden security pocket for valuables. For added functionality the bag also features a moisture-resistant lining and a ventilated panel to help air out your gear.

Transience Plunge Backpack (US$ 195)

Transience Plunge Backpack

Modern aesthetics meet functional design with the Transience Plunge Backpack. An eye-catching option for users who like a little fashion-friendly style while still enjoying simple practicality. The bag features a drawstring top closure, as well as a zippered base compartment for storing shoes or other items separately from the top compartment. The bag is made with mesh neoprene, leather detailing and a water-resistant lining.

DSPTCH Gym/Work Pack (US$ 198)

DSPTCH Gym/Work Pack

DSPTCH’s gym/work solution in backpack form is a trusty all-rounder for work, workouts and overnight or weekend travel. The pack’s padded laptop compartment fits up to 15″ devices, while the ventilated shoe compartment accommodates up to men’s size 13 shoes. The exterior Fidlock-secured pocket is handy for quick-access items, while a variety of additional pockets keep smaller items neat and at the ready. A moisture-resistant lining and ventilated panels help keep moisture and odors at bay. And with its lifetime guarantee and durable USA-made build it will stand the test of time too.

Caraa Studio 2 Medium (US$ 325)

Caraa Studio 2 Medium

Fashion, function and craftsmanship come together in the Caraa Studio 2 Medium. This premium piece elevates your workout carry in elegant style, with quality weatherproof Italian nylon, leather, and hardware. The bag can be carried as a backpack or crossbody bag depending on your needs and preferences. The ventilated main compartment is complemented by a waterproof and antimicrobial lining. The bag comes with a waterproof shoe pouch and wet clothes bag for convenient separate storage, with space for up to a 13″ tech device.


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