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 Adidas Koln is available in men’s sizes ranging from US 4 to 14 in D Standard width. The low top structure allows flexible foot movement with ample hold and support. The tonal laces can be adjusted for a customizable and comfortable fit. Similar to most Adidas sneakers, there is also an extra tab on the tongue, which helps in keeping it from sliding to the sides.
The Adidas Koln is a low-top sneaker inspired by the football fandom tradition in the city of Cologne in Germany. Like the other shoes in the Adidas European City Series, this classic silhouette features a slim profile and minimalist and spot-on design. As classic as it gets, the upper boasts premium suede material with leather accents in the form of signature Three Stripes and heel tab in contrasting white color. Ideal for both men and women, one could wear it with shorts, casual pants, or slim jeans for a relaxed day out or casual gatherings.
Bearing a similar façade as other classic silhouettes from the Three Stripes with the likes of Samba, Gazelle, or Handball, the Adidas Koln took its identity through its core blue upper in premium suede material accented with serrated Three Stripes and heel tab in contrasting white leather. Adding to this is the ever classic-looking slim gum rubber outsole for traction. What seals the deal, however, is the “Koln” text branding on the side walls in gold foil.
The Adidas European City Series, one of the brand’s most iconic series ever produced, is comprised of 24 shoe models produced initially in the late 1970’s until 1984. To date, the series makes its presence known to the younger generation through several collaborations with shoe retailers, and re-issues of classic models one after another.
Each shoe in the series mimics the arts, culture, and traditions of the city it represents. Some took inspiration from the flags of the countries or sceneries in the cities. Some of the popular classic Three Stripes in the series include the Adidas Berlin, the Adidas London, the Adidas Milano, the Adidas Dublin, the Adidas Kopenhagen, and the Adidas Koln.
The Adidas Koln shoes were produced from 1979 until 1984. It was first manufactured in Romania, and succeeding productions and re-releases in 1980 onwards came from Yugoslavia. The Adidas Koln finally returned to the market in November 2017, just in time with the Cologne Carnival - a long time tradition in the city of Cologne in Germany, which is being held annually commencing every 11:11 on November 11.
The Adidas Koln 2017 reissue is described as “same but different” to its 1979 original version. It features a classic and slim gum rubber outsole, premium suede upper in blue, leather Three Stripes branding on the side walls, leather heel tab, and tonal laces.
- The Adidas Koln features a lawn tennis tread pattern on the outsole.
- The insole is foam padded for in-shoe comfort.
- Unlike typical Adidas sneakers, the Adidas Koln lacks Trefoil branding on the tongue and the heel tab.
- Many purchasers have noticed the similarities between the Koln and another shoe model in the Adidas European City Series, the Berlin. Both have similar features, except the colorways. While the Koln executes a soft blue and white colors (Core Blue, Footwear White/Gum), the Berlin on the other hand sports a two-tone blue colorway, primarily in a much darker shade of blue (Dark Marine/Clear Sky/Trace Blue). The Adidas Berlin reissue was released a few months after the Koln.