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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Adidas CountryxKamanda History
The CountryxKamanda silhouette is a hybrid mix of the old and new. Old because of the Country uppers that the shoes are decked out with and new because of the soles that were taken from one of Adidas’ recent 2017 releases, the Kamanda.
The Adidas Country model first came out in the 70s as cross-country trainers. They had full leather uppers, gum soles, a white base, and Three Stripes in green. The Kamanda, meanwhile, are soccer-inspired sneakers that featured unique soles that were taken from the Samba’s tread. They also looked similar to the Prophere’s construction, from the shape of the soles to the heel collars. However, their uppers were more heritage-looking and consisted of a premium suede fabric.
The Never Made Pack
In 2018, the Adidas brand through its Adidas Originals line decided to release an eight-shoe collection composed of hybrid shoes made from three influential periods of the brand (from the 70s to the 90s) and new, modern tooling. The 70s and 80s were represented by three models each while the 90s era had two. This series is characterized by the brilliant fusion of old and classic uppers with contemporary, and sometimes, futuristic-looking soles.
Called the Line of Descent, the 70s series included the Marathon x 5923, the I-5923 x 4D, and the Adidas x Kamanda. The Adidas Country x Kamanda shoes replaced the Country’s leather uppers with an airy nylon fabric. The soles were also replaced with the ones from the Kamanda thereby combining old school with new effectively.
Adidas CountryxKamanda Style
Despite the daunting-looking soles, Adidas Country x Kamanda sneakers have an easy laidback and ultra-chill style. Available in Running White/Cloud White, Cloud White/Collegiate Green and Core Black/Utility Black/Solar Red, the low-top shoes need no effort at all to pair with tracksuits, joggers, denim jeans, and shorts.
Fit & Sizing
The Adidas men’s silhouette CountryxKamanda is offered in sizes ranging from 4 to 14. Some half sizes are also available. The shoes reportedly provide a good fit although a few have mentioned that these sneakers are slightly longer than average Adidas standard length. Going down by a half size may be necessary.
Because of the light and thin uppers of the shoes as well as the low-top construction, the lateral and ankle support these kicks provide may not be enough for those needing supportive footwear.
Old school meets space age, anyone? With the Adidas Country x Kamanda, you will never lack for head turns and second or third looks. The shoes are an exceptional mashup of good old retro style and modern technology. Somehow, and as weird as it may sound, the design simply works. Adidas must be commended for daring to experiment with new designs and coming up with straight up winners.
- The Adidas Country x Kamanda silhouette debuted at a price of $130 in October of 2018.