Following my post ‘Weekend in London / Fitness shopping‘, here’s a similar blogpost, this time in Milan where I spent two days while traveling through Italy.
As a tourist, I basically looked like an alien, walking around wearing flashy sportsware clothing in a city full of elegant women wearing stilettos. So do not count on me for ‘real’ fashion tips and addresses…
However, I did see some products that might be interesting for the very casual/sporty kind of fashionista.
These are pants, jeans or capri that are supposed to push-up your rear-end. I personally found them very unflattering on me: if you don’t have a natural, nice, cute butt, they just push the fat up. I’m not a fan of the “bubble butt” unless it’s muscular and shapely. No push-up pants, but more squats, deadlifts and lunges for me!
2 brands that produce push-up pants: www.deha.tv and www.freddy.com
Nike Flash Pack
I visited two Nike stores, just to find the same products you find in all other Nike stores in Europe, with the same prices and without any discounts. Some prices were even completly indecent, like that Nike Flash Pack jacket that cost 300 euro, for a product design looks like a construction worker’s jacket.
“- Yes, it costs 300 euro because the jacket is seamless.”
“- But shouldn’t it be cheaper, if there’s nothing to sew?” No response. I find it very indecent thinking that the average Asian Nike employee making these jackets probably doesn’t even earn the equivalent of 300 euro per month.
Vibram Five Fingers
I found Vibram shoes with a -50% discount, so I took the opportunity to buy my very first pair of barefoot shoes. (The pair I bought cost me 44 euros with the discount.)
I don’t plan to use them to run or jump, but they’ll be very convenient for lower body training sessions. I’m really satisfied with my purchase so far: the separation of the toes provides great stability, I feel like I’m activating my feet so much better.
The only minor drawback is that my feet tend to start sweating very quickly in these shoes. I do have big toes, that may be a reason. That’s definitely the kind of shoes that you really have to try before you buy.
Food: what to eat and what to avoid
Everybody who comes back from a trip to Italy inevitably has to talk about food. But there’s junk food in Italy too. If you go to any Italian supermarket, you’ll find way too many chocolates, chocolate spreads and biscuits made from sugar and palm oil:
When it comes to the numerous ice cream cafés you find in any Italian city, many of them sell very sugary ice cream. The only brand of ice cream that I recommend is Grom. www.grom.it
Here’s a tip to assess the quality of an ice cream shop: look at the color of pistachio flavor. A pistachio ice cream without additives should not be green, but just slightly olive-green.
Finally, do enjoy regional vegetables like purple carrots, radicchio or green Kabocha squash!