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 Loop Racer History
This sneaker’s troubled history dates back to the year 1972. In preparation for the Olympics in Munich, German brand Adidas saw it fit to develop a running shoe. Made of breathable nylon mesh and suede, the runner, recognized for its textured tongue and distinct traction tread outsole, was also lightweight. Super light, it was dubbed as the Adidas SL 72.
In the 1980’s, this runner turned into a sought-after fashion piece and gained a cult following. The SL 72’s fame, unfortunately, was short-lived.
Fast forward to the year 2012, people behind the brand thought it was a good time for this model to relive its glory days. Re-released in its original form and with the classic gum sole, the shoe looked even better dressed in vibrant royal red.
Two years after, Adidas, impressed with the SL 72’s aesthetics, adopted elements of its design to create the SL Loop Runner. Launched in June 2014, it was offered in four color schemes namely solar green, frost mint, solar red and onyx. Still lightweight, the shoe donned a T-toe cap, a concave midsole and razor-edged three stripes, that also serves as the shoe’s eyestay.
March 2015, this runner underwent another transformation. Making a reappearance in the form of a racer, the new version was called the Adidas SL Loop Racer. In this iteration, the serrated eyestay was replaced with a unique loop-lace construction. The T-toe cap was also removed to give it a more streamlined look. Soon after, other editions debuted, the Adidas Loop Racer included.
Entering the scene under the radar, not many know about its release. Looking almost identical to its predecessor, this shoe’s design is only distinguished by the absence of the “SL Loop” callout on the heel. Considering the lack of publicity, it’s impressive how this shoe managed to make its mark in the market.
Adidas Loop Racer Style
Flaunting a contemporary silhouette, expect this shoe to receive a lot of compliments. Although created for the streets, this lifestyle shoe, lightweight, durable as well as comfortable, also doubles up as a trainer. It rocks well with sporty and casual clothes including jeans, joggers and shorts.
Fit & Sizing
Slim and sleek, this shoe usually fits tight and narrow feet. With the right size, wearers can enjoy the premium comfort this sneaker is capable of providing. Made with breathable mesh, count on this shoe to keep your feet cool and dry even in scorching heat. The Adidas Loop Racer is a unisex model that is available in men’s sizes 4-14.
The Loop Racer is popular for its signature loop lacing system that comes with rope laces. Depending on the colorway, the loop is either outfitted in two-split colors or in the form of webbing three-stripes. The sculpted EVA midsole is also a head turner. Lightweight and well-cushioned, count on this to provide enhanced comfort underfoot.
- The unique fastening system helps wearers adjust the shoe’s fit.
- The Loop Racer’s interior is lined with mesh for better in-shoe feel.
- Its durable rubber outsole offers reliable grip and traction.
- On/off is made easy with the heel and tongue pull tabs.
- For branding, the iconic “Trefoil” logo is engraved on the front sole which also serves as a toe bumper. “Adidas” callout is also displayed on the tongue pull tab.
- The latest version of the Loop Racer gets a slightly softer mesh for better form-fitting fit.
- The refined upper gives the shoe an even more comfortable wear.