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  • Top

    Low Top

    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

    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.

    High Top

    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.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    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.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    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.

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Fit & Sizing

Adidas’ Chinese New Year Solar Hu Glides are sneakers designed for men with sizes ranging from 6.5 to 15, and the measurement runs true. It would be a shame if women can’t wear such fantastic kicks too, so a size adjustment of one full size and a half down is recommended for the ladies.

The sneakers, though are reported to run a tad narrow, but not too much as to feel uncomfortable.

These kicks were constructed for performance and feature stability rails for enhanced support. Fitcounter heels provide unrestricted fit.

Adidas CNY Solar Hu Glide Style

Solar Hu Glide sneakers are constructed for the long-distance runner, and they sport a very casual and extremely colorful style. For the CNY edition, Pharell kept the color blocking design intact but dressed the shoes in intense shades of red and black with gold hints thrown in.

These kicks would pair well with red running shorts and a black long-sleeved running shirt, or black compression tights and a blue shirt. The shades of the shoes are especially suited to be mixed and matched with almost any other hue and color.

Notable Features

Solar Hu Glides are already notable for their Pharrell stamp, but the CNY edition makes these kicks very collection-worthy items. To add to these sneakers’ collection-worthiness, they also feature responsive Boost midsoles that are excellent at shock-absorption and Stretchweb outsoles that adapt to and move with the foot. The outsoles also contain Continental Rubber which provides exceptional grip on the ground in dry and wet conditions.

Adidas CNY Solar Hu Glide History

Singer, rapper, producer, and songwriter Pharrell Williams signed up with Adidas in 2014. He did some collab work on the brand’s Stan Smith and Superstar models, but in 2016 he launched his own line of kicks he called Hu or Health Ultimatum.

The first release from the Hu line featured lifestyle NMD models in what Pharrell called the Human Race collection. Next came the Hu NMD Trail and Tennis Hu ranges in 2017. On September 25 of 2018, Pharrell debuted his running collection of sneakers he named Solar Hu Glide ST.

The Solar Hu Glide ST shoes had the same profile as the Solar Hu NMD Trails (dropped August of 2018 under the NMD Trail range), and they adopted the wildly colorful details of the latter. However, the TPU cages and stability blocks of the NMD shoes were dropped as well as the very distinct trail soles. Mesh uppers also replaced the Primeknit, and some running tech were added.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Adidas and Skateboard P. (Pharrell’s nick) launched a CNY Pack in January of 2019. This pack included the Solar Hu Glide and Crazy BYW models.

Additional Info

  • Adidas CNY Solar Hu Glide shoes feature Boost midsoles and use the Stabilizing Torsion system.
  • Midsole drop for the shoes is 10 mm.
  • Weight of the shoes is 318 g.
  • Comes with an additional pair of laces.