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 one-piece upper is supported by a somewhat-futuristic type of lacing that goes through transparent tubes that circle around the sneaker. The said piping also served as a pull tab for a more natural slip-on feature. Controlling the stretching of the knit upper are tape overlays on the toe box.
The plethora of dad sneakers during the release of the Adidas LXCON made it easier for the sneaker to blend in with the audience taste for fashion. Running-inspired kicks like these ought to coincide well with action-driven clothes like joggers and track pants. But as more and more people sport such clunky footwear, the use of denim jeans and skinny pants became more relevant.
Rooting for a laid-back clothing ensemble is the more stable option for these kinds of sneakers but for those who would shout vogue can look into Jonah Hill’s outlook and preference.
The very first iteration that Hill teased was the Adidas LXCON in a Cloud White colorway. To break the dominant white upper, Active Blue pigments were used in the iconic Three Stripes. Core black details were then utilized in the laces, toe bumper, heel counter, and overlays at the toe box.
As much as possible, all of the stand-out features from the original Lexicon were carried on by this shoe. First off is the translucent piping which loops in Fibonacci kind of way in the lateral and medial sides. The tube is connected in the heel portion where it serves as a pull tab.
Stitches were also exaggerated to break the sneaker’s minimalist imagery. The semi-circles at the heel portion extend from the ground all the way up to the bottom part of the upper. Lastly, the Three Stripes at the mid shank not only acts as an addendum to its aesthetic but also holds the piping to anchor the laces.
Running has always been in the Adidas DNA since it first started their vicissitudes way back in the 1940s. Though there was a prevalence of football inspired boots like the Adidas Samba, the more substantial chunk of the German brand’s legacy contributes to running. Eventually, these vintage runners would turn out to be a distinguished option for casual wear in recent years.
It was in the 80s when Adidas went full-throttle concerning their focus to the mile-bound activity. The proliferation of ZX shoes in the Adidas catalog proved worthy of deeming the brand as one of the top producers of performance kicks. But as the company encountered numerous problems financially and marketing-wise, they resorted to a more efficient strategy.
“Everything that is essential. Nothing that is not.”
In 1991, Adidas overhauled their system and introduced a series of footwear which encompasses all activity in one hell of a vessel. The EQT, or Equipment in more technical terms, was spearheaded by Peter Moore who was the one responsible for the construction of the ever-so-popular Air Jordan 1. Moore chose the moniker “equipment” because he believed in footwear that you don’t have fun with instead to do something with.
With essentialism deeply embedded within its core, the EQT line was made from scratch; including only parts that would serve a higher purpose. This would imply the use of newer materials and shoe technologies that are unheard of. The most common element present in the franchise was the Torsion system which adds stability and smooths out the transition from heel to toe.
The EQT subgroup spawned a new chapter for Adidas in the early 90s establishing a firmer foot in the performance limelight. The re-established momentum soon paid out with subsequent releases embellishing the Three Stripes with numerous footwear designs which also tapped other platforms of sports. In 1994, a promising follow-up was released named the Lexicon with distinct features such as the plastic piping connecting the heel to the upper.
The rise of the Adidas LXCON
Fast forward to 2018, the long-lost fascination for the Lexicon was re-instilled through the lifestyle scene courtesy of actor-director Jonah Hill. He first teased the sneaker in October of the same year posing in a white and blue colorway with the caption “Something fun coming from me and Adidas?”
The Adidas LXCON takes over the appeal of its predecessor and gives it a whirlwind of a spin towards the dad sneaker trend. The fresher chunky outsole of the sneaker gives it a more appropriate shape while the avant-garde piping on its upper delivered a dashing style. Though Adidas fans were kind of used to the Boost sole, this running-inspired sneaker makes use of an Adiprene heel cushion combined with an EVA midsole.
Several accents were also emphasized including the overlays on the toe box which resemble a complementing hue same that of the heel counter. Laces were brilliantly assembled thanks to the spiraling translucent pipe which also wraps around the back of the shoe to serve as a pull loop. To give off that Off-White flair, markings were featured at the tongue beneath the laces.
On its debut, two colorways were introduced namely the Cloud White/Active Blue and the Clear Brown/Active Purple. The sneaker’s sleek profile was contrasted by the exaggeratedly stitched Three Stripes on both sides. The purple version showcases neon Shock Red laces while the blue one goes bold in black.
Hill, who is a huge Samba fan were rumored to have co-designed the sneaker but was only drafted to promote the sneaker much like that commotion with Kylie Jenner and the Adidas Falcon. The men’s Adidas Lexicon’s price falls fairly at $120 a pair.
- The sneaker was officially released on February 2, 2019.
- Grip and traction are provided by a patched-up rubber outsole.
- Cushioning is provided by two elements: an EVA material and the Adiprene on the heel.
- The markings on the tongue display “The brand with the Three Stripes” in three languages.