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.
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The successful return of this retro-basketball shoe from Adidas comes in men’s sizes running from 4-13. Half sizes are available as well. Women who wish to get their hands on a pair may need to go 1.5 sizes down for a better fit. Aside from its lace-up closure that allows a snug fit, the neoprene bootie construction contributes to its optimal and sock-like fit.
Coming from the KOBE series that received extreme love and hate during its initial launch, the Crazy 1 ADV gets revamped and veers away from its big, bulky, and car-looking silhouette. The Adidas Crazy 1 ADV debuts in a sleeker and more luxurious profile, somewhat similar to the Adidas Tubular’s without the Tubular technology. These sneakers stay consistent with its ethos as it features a nubuck upper with leather overlays. It plays with a mix of materials through the use of a neoprene bootie and a soft leather lining. It sits on a dual-density polyurethane midsole with a “pinched-on-the-side” detailing.
As this sneaker looks futuristic and trendy, any outfit can easily be taken to another level without too much styling. It is ideal to pair these with casual or sporty outfits to match the style of the sneakers.
The Adidas Crazy 1 ADV comes as a lifestyle sneaker, different from its roots of being a performance sneaker. Although it retains the mid-top silhouette that the KOBE has, it brings new features to make it more adaptable for everyday wear. It offers a premier look and feel with its nubuck upper and leather overlays to ensure long-lasting comfort. The dual density polyurethane outsole brings enhanced comfort to the shoe and quick break-in time.
The Crazy 1 series was initially made famous by NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. Originally dubbed as “The KOBE” during its release in 2000, the shoe was revolutionary because it retained not a single element of its previous collection. Instead, it featured a whole new silhouette. Adidas decided to partner with its fellow German company, Audi, in creating a revamped Kobe line. The design looks quite similar to the Audi TT Roadster. The KOBE carried a design and innovations that were provocative, controversial, and unique. Similar to the Nike Foamposite One, the construction method of The KOBE was molded then sewn to create a firm shell that molds on the contours of the foot. However, Audi placed different elements on its construction making it unique.
What contributed to the success of the shoe was the simultaneous success of Kobe Bryant. The basketball player made an average of 28 points during this season, earning his team a slot in the finals against Indiana Pacers. Despite having an ankle injury during one game, it didn’t keep Kobe away from earning a championship ring. It was his first out of the five championships that he had won.
As Kobe parted ways with Adidas after the KOBE II, the brand decided to shelf the shoe. It made its resurgence in 2013 and named it as the Crazy 1.
- Primarily designed as a lifestyle sneaker, this shoe can also work as a basketball or a workout companion.
- Rapper Young Thug wore the unreleased sneaker during the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors championship game.