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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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
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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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Fit & Sizing
The Adidas Originals x Neighborhood Kamanda 01 shoes are made with a low-top profile, obtainable in men’s sizes from 7.5 to 13 US, in medium width. These kicks are generally true-to-size and can be grabbed in full and half sizes. Its unusual, off-center lacing arrangement can be adjusted to your desired fit. Though the midsole appears like a crimped block of gum rubber, it is embedded with a lightweight EVA foam for impact absorption.
Adidas Neighborhood Kamanda 01 Style
The modern Samba gets another modified interpretation wearing a brashly gummed-up sole under the guise of the Adidas Neighborhood Kamanda 01. Two different shades are up for grabs, the Cargo Olive and Core Black. Decked out in military-themed premium suede cover with an enlarged “Neighborhood” branding, the Kamanda 01 offers an interesting contrast to dark and tapered jeans, track pants, and tactical cargo pants.
The monstrous, outdoorsy look of the Adidas Kamanda 01 x Neighborhood is its apparent desirability. The use of premium suede is a plus factor as it makes the outlandish midsole-outsole pop even more. Unlike the original Adidas Originals Kamanda, this collaborative master craft is devised with a lopsided lacing unit that completes its avant-garde style.
Adidas Neighborhood Kamanda 01 History
Japan’s streetwear label Neighborhood and Germany’s mega-sports brand Adidas teased football fans and sneaker lovers with the drop of the Adidas Neighborhood Kamanda 01 as part of their collaborative Spring/Summer 2018 capsule. The tweaked Adidas Kamanda echoes the football terrace culture of the ‘80s, particularly the rise of casual designer clothing worn by fans during the games that incited friction among rival teams. The sneaker also took cues from the military street-style fashion of motorcycle gangs from the ensuing era.
For the Adidas x Neighborhood Kamanda 01, the two merging brands played up with its traditional lacing structure of the Samba and gave it an asymmetrical configuration for extra spunk. The unconventional shape of the Kamanda 01 collaborative piece seemed like a perfect reflection of the subcultures it was drawn from, finished off in Olive Cargo and Core Black keeping up with the superficially subversive theme.
The Neighborhood x Adidas Kamanda 01 kept the velvety suede exterior of the original model and the rough, exaggerated look of the gum midsole and outsole. Such distinctive and screaming sole is essentially a modified take on the unreleased 1989 Kamanda prototype, inspired by the Adidas Samba.
Other low-top sneakers showcased in the Adidas x Neighborhood collection apart from the Adidas NBHD Kamanda 01 are the Adidas I-5923 (formerly Adidas Iniki) and the Adidas Stan Smith Boost. The graphics on each pair were done by LA-based artist Cali Thornhill DeWitt, the visual designer who teamed up with Yeezy Boost series author Kanye West for his Life of Pablo merchandise.
- The Adidas x Neighborhood Kamanda 01 was released on June 23, 2018.
- Neighborhood was established by Shinsuke Takizawa, who is famous for his US-influenced styling.
- The Adidas Kamanda Bodega is another Kamanda collaborative work, while the Adidas Country x Kamanda is a hybrid version influenced by retro running and terrace fashion.