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.
Adidas Bullhill SPZL History
The Spezial line has been gaining traction in the US in recent years, but little do American consumers know that the line has been in the UK market since 2014. Spezial is based on Adidas' archives and the UK's "casual culture." It is a modern collection that echoes elements of the brand's traditional design language.
In the 70s, Adidas released some leisure shoes under the moniker "Freizeit," which means free time in German. During that time all footwear being produced were intended for athletic purposes so when the Freizeit collection was introduced it was the first of its kind. It was also from this collection that Gary Aspden and the rest of the Spezial team took inspiration for their shoe models.
Aspden shared that the shoes in the Spezial range are purposefully not marketed as much as the brand's other collections because their audience is a niche market that doesn't care about sneaker trends and hype. Apart from footwear the collection also includes apparel and accessories.
The Adidas Bullhill SPZL is a part of the brand's winter release for AW16. It is a crossbreed of two archived shoes – the Hawaii and the Rimini. The shoe's upper took after the Rimini from the Freizeit collection while the sole was inspired by the newer Adidas Hawaii. The Bullhill was released in two colors – navy blue and brown - that served as an ode to the most popular colorways from the original Freizet collection.
Adidas Bullhill SPZL Style
Inspired by the brand's archived shoes, Adidas Bullhill SPZL exhibits a smart silhouette injected with the classic Adidas DNA. Its tonal upper combined with its sleek profile provides a timeless design that could transcend trends and is suitable for multiple occasions.
The pair's dapper style can be matched with almost any casual staple such as jeans, joggers, chinos, or shorts for the men or skirts and dresses for the ladies. For semi-formal occasions, the gents can dress it up with cotton or chino suits. But the Bullhill will look its best when paired with athleisure clothes like track pants and jackets to stay true to the Spezial line's vision.
Fit & Sizing
The Adidas Bullhill SPZL is a low-top unisex shoe that is exclusively offered in men's sizes, which ranges from 6 to 11. Ladies who fancy a pair should go one size down from their standard shoe size. It runs true to size for the most part, but some users with wide feet said it felt narrow in the toebox area.
This hybrid shoe's vintage silhouette is a perfect representation of the Spezial line's identity. Its old-school profile is crafted from suede upper with overlay panels for added support and durability. The traditional Three Stripe logo are made of leather and is very evident on the kick's sides. Its leather heel counter and textured midsole provide added texture and retro vibes.
- It is available in Medium width.
- The pair’s sockliner is printed and made of leather.
- The shoe’s eyelets are crafted from metal.
- Its collar is slightly padded for added comfort and cushioning.