Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.
Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
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Acronym x NikeLab Air Force 1 Downtown History
Released on February 9, 2017, the Acronym x NikeLab Air Force 1 Downtown was a fitting follow-up to 2016’s best shoe design by Errolson Hugh, co-founder of German streetwear brand Acronym. The design included a brass zipper, extended textile upper and Hyperfuse panel that featured a utilitarian tech-wear inspiration.
Although opened with less fanfare compared to the hugely popular Air Presto collaboration, the Air Force 1 silhouette that first launched in 1982 by legendary designer Bruce Kilgore was given a more modern touch by NikeLab which has been tasked to revamp some of the iconic designs of yesteryears.
The Nike Air Force 1 has seen so many modern designs and collaborations in recent years and this recent collaboration with the German streetwear designer has literally created a buzz among the sneaker community with this futuristic take on the previously released the NikeLab Lunar Force 1 x Acronym and the translucent sole from the Nike Air Force 1 Downtown.
Acronym x NikeLab Air Force 1 Downtown Style
The utilitarian boot-like style and tech-wear inspired silhouette of the legendary Nike Air Force 1 have been evident in the extended shroud of the high-top textile. The contemporary lifestyle kicks also have a premium leather detail paneling that extends all the way to the sneakers’ midsole. As many critics pointed out, the design projects both on-trend and contemporary aesthetics, merging both high fashion style and sports performance.
What also highlights the premium design of this collaboration is Nike’s visible detailing as shown in the hole at the back of the heel that reveals the traditional ACR patch and finally secured by a strap that reaches a few inches higher than the ankle of the sneaker. Acronym replaced the traditional Velcro collar of the traditional Air Force 1 with a quick-release fastener originally created for the German military.
There are three colorways of the Acronym x NikeLab Air Force 1 Downtown, each almost entirely black, with soles that range from translucent to white. If this utilitarian design is the style both Nike and Acronym wants to project for the iconic Air Force 1, then most critics said it has already achieved its goal.
Fit & Sizing
The Acronym x NikeLab Air Force 1 Downtown runs true to size and is kept perfectly fitting by a variety of shoelaces and fastened in the upper portion by a brass zipper and a quick release fastener. The shoes are available only in men’s sizes in medium sizes and a limited US size range 7 to 12.
For a creatively designed lifestyle sneaker like the Acronym x NikeLab Air Force 1 Downtown, its notable feature would probably be its full leather upper with a ultra-textile high-top that comes with a lateral brass zipped closure that reveals a leather panel, a quick-release ankle strap, and graphic logo on the heel showing the Acronym logo. All these components make the shoe a formidable release in terms of design and style from Nike and the Munich-based fashion streetwear brand.
- Each of the three colorways is assigned a unique numeric code as in all Acronym releases.
- The shoe still contains a Nike Air unit is placed in its heel to bridge the gap and remain consistent with its basketball roots and the futuristic design with Acronym.
- Celebrities seen wearing the Acronym x NikeLab Air Force 1 Downtown include American rapper and record producer G-Eazy.