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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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.
Adidas BBall80s belong to the men’s Essential collection. The sizes range from 4 to 14. Size is accurate to measurement, and the fit is comfy enough even for people with slightly wide feet. An adjustable fit is made possible with the use of the alternative lacing system which features eyelets alternating between being laid out farther or closer to the tongues.
Pull tabs on the tongues allow for easy on and off fitting.
Make no mistake. These kicks may recall the basketball styles of yore (the 80s to be exact), but they’re modern through and through. Aside from the sporty styling, the use of mesh on the uppers of the shoes gives these an ultra-casual vibe that’s best for lounging days and laidback outings.
The seamless mesh uppers are broken only by the toe trims, heel stabilizers, heel counters, tongue pulls, laces, and the Three-Stripe branding that provides the only contrasting shades against the base’s solid one-piece color.
The sneakers come in three colorways: cloud white/blue/scarlet, core black/cloud white/grey, and light granite/light granite/black (the base in this last colorway is made up of a mix of grey and white, and is not one solid grey color).
Just like the basketball kicks of old, these 80’s bball-inspired shoes don’t feature much modern tech aside from their use of OrthoLite Float sockliners. The sneakers rely heavily on old-school comfort by way of excellent construction and use of materials.
The OrthoLite Fresh Float sockliners only serve to upgrade the comfort by providing enhanced cushioning, maintaining ventilation in and around the sockliners, and wicking away moisture.
Adidas has long been known as a leading sportswear company way before it ventured into the lifestyle market. From designing and manufacturing running shoes, the brand has expanded its reach into other sports markets such as baseball, cricket, football, basketball, and more.
One of the brand’s main focus in the early days was the hoop sport for which they developed several models. One popular trend for bball sneakers back then was to have mainly flat, minimalist white outsoles. Adidas brings that old trend back but dresses the uppers with a contemporary mid-top profile and a straightforward styling that’s at par with the soles but in direct contrast to the 80s trend of high-top uppers set with tons of layers.
- Adidas BBAll80s shoes feature textile linings and a rubber cupsole construction.
- The shoes are priced at $80.