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 Intack SPZL History
The Adidas Intack Spezial came about from one man’s initiative. Gary Aspden, the consultant for Adidas Spezial, is a die-hard fan and collector of the brand. He decided in 2013 to showcase the diversity of the Adidas brand through a shoe exhibit featuring vintage and deadstock models. This came to fruition after 8000 hours of painstakingly researching models, cataloging them, and designing the setup for the display.
The Adidas exhibit was held in East London and included around 650 pairs of Adidas shoes taken from Gary’s collection as well as borrowed from friends and other fellow collectors. This exhibit was a huge success and sparked the idea of putting together a new Adidas collection which would utilize vintage and rare shoes as the starting point of each design.
After receiving a tip that a little, obscure shop in Buenos Aires sold many vintage pairs, Gary and other Adidas enthusiasts went to Argentina to check it out. That shop owned by Carlos Ruiz turned out to be carrying thousands of pairs of vintage, hard-to-find Adidas shoes. The team took back dozens of pairs with them which they would later use as a reference for the soon-to-be-launched Spezial line.
In 2014, Adidas debuted their new Spezials collection. The initial release featured four models namely, the Boston Super, Touring, Hand-burg, and Topanga Spezials. The early part of 2015 saw the release of seven new models followed by another six different models in September. The latter release included the New York Spezial which had one version designed in honor of Carlos Ruiz’s immeasurable help with the entire Spezial collection. Dubbed the New York Spezial “Carlos,” it had his first name and image on the tongue and had a gold accent on the sole.
The 2016 Spezials followed the same path as the 2015 releases, with five new models dropping in the spring/summer season and another five during autumn and winter.
The Intack Spezial dropped in 2017 along with several other models. The Intack SPZL had a simple and sporty design reminiscent of the 70s and 80s shoes. It was inspired by an archived Adidas Gaucho model and features a natural leather upper and contrasting side stripes and heel element.
Adidas Intack SPZL Style
Casual style meets vintage retro in the Intack SPZL. Due to its casual flair, this shoe looks good when paired with joggers, chino pants and shorts, and jeans.
Fit & Sizing
The Intack SPZL is offered in men’s sizes that range from 7 to 13. Half sizes are available. The low top design offers good mobility with decent enough support and hold.
The Intack SPZL takes its cue from the underrated Gaucho classic in everything from dimension and specification, including the heel overlay. It only differed in the sole, inspired by the Adidas Bermuda, which had a thinner sole than the thick-soled Gaucho OG. It also features a Trefoil logo, heel patch, and faux leather stripes in a contrasting color.
- The shoe has a Spezial branded sock liner and a soft leather lining.