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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Adidas GT Wensley SPZL History
The GT Wensley SPZL is part of Adidas Spezial’s collection which is an archive-inspired line headed by Adidas shoe collector and die-hard fan, Gary Aspden. The Spezial collection features heritage shoes reimagined and reworked into a more modern design using far nicer and more technologically-advanced materials.
The Spezial collection started in 2013 and took off from Gary’s idea of showcasing the diversity of Adidas through an exhibition. The exhibition, named Spezial, was held in Shoreditch, East London and featured more than 600 pairs of vintage and deadstock products put together through 8000 painstaking hours of research and design. From that exhibition came the concept of creating a new Adidas line using rare and vintage shoes as a starting point.
In 2014, based on a tip about a huge amount of vintage and deadstock shoes in Buenos Aires, Gary Aspden, along with a group of other Adidas enthusiasts, set off for Argentina. From that trip, they came back with dozens of rare and archived shoes that they used as reference pieces to create the Spezial line. They would later come back to Argentina to present the shop owner, Carlos Ruiz, with his own signature Spezial shoe as a way of acknowledgment and thanks for his help.
The year 2014 saw the first collection of the Spezials line launched with four models. It was followed in February of 2015 with seven more models including the Hynburn and Adria Spezials. In Autumn of that same year, two colors of the Munchen Spezial was released along with five new models, one of which was the New York Spezial. The New York Spezial included the “Carlos” shoe, named for the Argentine shoe collector and shop owner. The OG was light blue in color and featured grey “New York” print. It also carried Carlos’ name and image on the tongue and had a golden accent on the sole.
Fast-forward to 2017, Adidas launched, along with a few other models, the Wensley SPZL. It was a shoe based on a combination of two other shoes: a Russian fencing shoe and a German trainer. It had a nylon upper, suede overlays, and soft leather lining finished off with a durable sole.
The GT Wensley SPZL quickly followed. It was a more premium update of the original Wensley Spezial. It had samba detailing, a soft suede upper, nylon panels at the rear, and crinkled leather stripes which contrast against the sidewall. The shoe was offered in grey and beige colorways.
Adidas GT Wensley SPZL Style
Rock the GT Wensley SPZL in casual or semi-casual outfits. This versatile low top shoe gives off an understated elegance that looks great when paired up with chinos, shorts, or selvage denims.
Fit & Sizing
The GT Wensley SPZL is offered in men’s sizes which range from 7 to 13.
Adidas’ GT Wensley SPZL stylish vintage-inspired design goes hand in hand with its choice materials. A soft and premium leather graces the shoe’s upper along with durable nylon while a rubber outsole gives enhanced and reliable support.
- The shoe also comes with a Spezial branded sock liner and soft leather lining.