We're always surprised by the hidden talents of our favorite celebs--like, oh, the fact that Steve Martin plays the banjo.
Or the fact that Ellie Goulding is a super-serious runner. How serious? As the "Lights" singer-songwriter revealed to us back in February, she regularly leads Nike runs and is participating in their women's half marathon in Washington, D.C. later this month. But that's not all: The platinum-selling Brit designed a new sneaker for Nike--the FlyKnit Lunar1+--and in return the brand is releasing an exclusive remix of her most recent album Halcyon.
The shoes, which will have an ultra limited edition run (as in, if you're not besties with the musician, you probably aren't getting a pair) and literally were just produced, are already a favorite of Goulding's. "They're amazing and so comfortable--I don't want to take them off!" she told NYLON exclusively. "It was incredible to have the chance to collaborate with the Nike design team. I was able to learn more about FlyKnit, and had the chance to choose the colors for the shoe as well as incorporate personal touches of my life as a recording artist."
She ended up going with black, white, and hot pink--her favorite hues--and had the name of her second album printed on the heel tab and her initials on the sock liner, so there's no confusing this pair with another pop star-slash-runner. In fact, it's one of her favorite parts: "I especially love the homage paid to my second album, Halcyon. Besides training for the Nike Women Half Marathon in Washington, D.C., Halcyon has been the other journey I've been on this year, and the shoe combines the two journeys beautifully."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Tune in April 15 for the exclusive remix album--which should help soundtrack your training runs in the lead-up to the April 28 half marathon.