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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Fit & Sizing
High tops ensure great ankle stability, and it was fortunate for women to see it on the Adidas Extaball shoes. The sneaker has a lace system of fastening for a secure and snugger fit. Several colorways include straps at the shank for ankle support. The sneaker was released in women's sizes ranging from 5-12 in B medium width.
Adidas Extaball Style
Adding an ankle support shank to its sleek design, the Adidas Extaball enables wearers to sport a classic image while maximizing an active lifestyle. The shoe is excellent when combined with skinny jeans and leggings. It can often be seen worn by Zumba dancers and gym nuts. Wearing a dress that complements the sneaker's colorway would also suffice.
Various versions of the Extaball had surfaced. Most of them kept on experimenting on the viable patch on the heel which, most of the time, displays a large Adidas print with a classic Trefoil logo.
The high top strapless silhouette of the shoe features nine eyelets extending up to the shank with the top two holes harnessing a rectangular figure. An Adidas logo in bold lettering can be found at the back of the ankle as well as the return of the original trefoil logo. For breathability, perforations are placed in the toe box. The outsole alternates between the herringbone pattern and a solid outlined sole which also exhibits an irregularly patched design with another trefoil logo.
The colorway with a strap differs in specific details. The back of the shank logo does not include the word Adidas and only display a trefoil logo. The outsole has symmetrical notched eyes with an Adidas trefoil logo on the midfoot. The last two eyelets at the shank part of the strapped colorway cannot be utilized.
Adidas Extaball History
Adidas high tops were apparently not of this era but were borrowed from the concepts of shoes from more than half a century ago. Increasing demand for high top athletic shoes prevailed in the 1950s as the rise of the sport called basketball took the limelight. Several shoe companies at that time tried to comprehend the basics in shoe design and develop the appropriate technology and style for the athletic apparel.
The Adidas Allaround, the company's first high top silhouette, was released in 1955 which catered the feet of players in the court but was also developed later on to be used in the field and training. From then on, high profile shoes became a staple in the world of basketball.
With the growing community and demand for basketball, shoe companies spontaneously released high cut models and Adidas' answer to that was the Adidas Top Ten that featured high cut shoes with canvas uppers. This basketball shoe inspired the prolific creation of the same form in leather uppers with the likes of the Adidas Forum and the Adidas Decade which was both re-issued in various colorways in the more recent years.
In line with this, a particular shoe with the same vintage basketball image was released almost three decades after the Adidas Decade and was explicitly intended for women. Enter the Adidas Extaball that features a vulcanized rubber sole with a variety of upper materials ranging from leather, suede, canvas, mesh, and synthetic leather. The said shoe model was also made available in many colorways as the years have passed.
Having a vintage appeal coming from Adidas’ basketball roots implies a relevant facade for a multitude of colors especially during a time where dad shoes and funky silhouettes take over the fashion world. The flat-to-the-ground image of the Extaball was hailed from iterations the Forum and the likes. Extending the ankle shaft coincidentally offered more room for designers to paint designs with thus the birth of countless versions of the shoe.
One collaboration which helped bring the women’s Adidas Extaball to the sneaker world surface was probably that of Rita Ora’s presence. The Rita Ora x Adidas Originals Extaball “Colourblock Pack” features a dominant black suede upper with a little bit of patent leather accents on the Three Stripes and seams. What makes the sneaker stand out is the rainbow paneling on the standard vulcanized midsole which makes the dark-toned upper pop more.
The basketball-inspired collab was released in September 2014 a couple of months before Ora’s inaugural 2014 Elle Korea collection featuring Adidas apparel. With a signature pout, the superstar flaunts fashion-forward Adidas clothing alongside women-centric Adidas footwear as she struts down and poses for the Korean mag.
- A collaboration between Rita Ora and this shoe took place in 2014 which feature a black toned silhouette with a rainbow-colored midsole.
- The sneaker includes an OrthoLite® footbed for added cushioning and prevents odor.
- Several colorways feature graphic designs at the shank and sometimes at the heel counter.
- An almost similar shoe resembling the construction and elements of the Extaball is the Adidas Midiru Court.
- Another version of the sneaker named Adidas Extaball Up utilizes velcro straps on the shin-area on top of the tongue.