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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Adidas NMD_CS1 Parley Primeknit History
The year 2015 became a stellar year for the brand Adidas as its sales increased dramatically and its presence over the athleisure trend and sneakerheads became prevalent. With the release of the Ultra Boost, the sneaker that is regarded as the greatest running shoe of all-time, series of collaborations, and unique concept stores, the brand has ended the year much stronger than ever.
To sustain the heat of the year, Adidas released the NMD, a line of sneakers that has the everyday living in mind but carrying the brand's premier technologies. For a futuristic shoe, it can be quite ironic that its designers, spearheaded by Nic Galway, referred to the archives and took the Boston Super, Rising Star, and Micropacer as inspiration for the NMD. In 2016, the brand followed up the released of the NMD_C1.
Soon after, despite being the new kid on the block, it has been reinvented into different silhouettes and interpreted in various ways through collaborations. One of the most notable collaborations is with Parley for the Oceans, an organization that addresses the oceans' significant threats. After a successful partnership with Adidas in 2017, reportedly sold one million pairs, there is no stopping the brand from producing another collection and continuing its advocacy on raising awareness about the environment.
Adidas NMD_CS1 Parley Primeknit Style
With the rising awareness of severity of the problem of the oceans, it is just that this collaboration pushes through. This collaboration delves much inspiration from the marine ecosystem as the upper of the shoe sports an ocean-themed blue colorway with black striping accents. The bottom part is kept minimal with a crisp and clean white recycled rubber outsole and white NMD Boost tooling.
Much like the ultimate concept of the NMD, it remains to be a recognizable sneaker even without the Three Stripes. Most of the users who styled these paired it with trousers and tapered jeans to make it stand out.
Fit & Sizing
Getting the NMD_CS1 Primeknit's mid-top silhouette, the Parley version also offers the same lace-less and sock-like fit. The elastic band at the top secures the feet in place. More so, the pull tab allows a secure slip-on feel.
Offered in men's sizes, users can choose from a wide range of sizes from 4-14. All of these have half sizes except for 13-14. Women wanting to get the same style can also do so, only keeping in mind to go 1.5 sizes down for that ideal fit.
We already know the wonders of the NMD City Sock. However, the features of the Parley Primeknit collaboration are taken a level higher. Known to be the purveyor of the environment, each material used on the shoe does not only minimize environmental impact but, in fact, are even of help.
The knitted textile has long been the quest for major athletic footwear brands. With Adidas coming with their Primeknit technology and with this partnership, the upper of the shoe utilizes the Parley Ocean Plastic yarns, a material made of recycled waste from the beach and coastal communities. The PK doesn't sacrifice the breathability and comfort known to the original.
- The NMD City Sock Parley Primeknit sports the signature Boost midsole, Adidas' most responsive cushioning system.
- This collection was globally released on March 31, 2018.