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    Low Top

    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

    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.

    High Top

    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.

  • Collaboration
    Bedwin & The Heartbreakers

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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.

  • Collection

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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.

  • Price
    $170
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The Adidas NMD R1 x Bedwin & The Heartbreakers can be purchased by men in sizes ranging from 4.5 to 11 in D medium widths. Women who also like the design can grab a pair in 1 1/2 sizes below the men's as advised by Adidas. 

Two colorways were prominently released namely the grey and the black. Both of these design exhibit a pinstripe pattern that extends from the toe to the heel of the upper. Zigzag stitches along the outlines of the Three Stripes not only add flair but also administer support on the sides. The Lego blocking elements on the sneaker's midsole are tinted in off-white tones which can still be seen from a distance. 

Users love to experiment with clothing patterns in these bad boys. Looking smart is always an option with these sneakers as it can be partnered with chinos or smart shorts for dressing a bit formal. Wearing a pinstripe suit can accentuate the shoe's design more. The low top form also blends well with cropped pants and a coat and for those who prefer casual clothes can sport it with plain tees and jeans. 

The canvas upper is composed of a mix of nylon and cotton materials that give it a cozy, breathable feel. From afar, the pinstripes from the toe to heel can capture the eyes of on-lookers as accompanied by the off-white lego blocks on the Boost midsole. Looking closely on the Three Stripes logo, one can see zigzag stitching which outlines every patch. 

Staying true to the company's roots was the pinnacle concept for the success of the NMD franchise. Borrowing hints from the Boston Super, Rising Star, and Micro Pacer, the Adidas design team headed by Nic Galway invented a minimalist model with every detail playing a significant role on the function and image of the shoe.

Released in the latter part of 2015, the Adidas NMD or Nomad was one of the most coveted releases from the German brand since the discovery of fire. It was coined a Nomad because it was built for a traveling lifestyle knowing that the millennial generation revolves around exploring cool and untapped sites that are "Instagram-worthy."

Due to its unique and innovative form, the NMD R1 garnered a ridiculous following from sneakerheads and civilians alike. It was consistently re-colored into various styles and platforms not to forgot the platoon of collaborations from retailers worldwide.  

One of the clothing stores that was fascinated by the iteration was a Japanese outlet called Bedwin & The Heartbreakers. They released their take of the NMD R1 in 2016 which includes pinstripes striking longitudinally along its upper. The Adidas NMD R1 x Bedwin & The Heartbreakers deviates from the iconic Primeknit material but retains the revolutionary Boost midsole.

  • The heel mustache on the Achilles part not only holds the white Bedwin & The Heartbreakers pull tab but also grants exterior stability to the heel. 
  • Blocking elements on the midsole provide security where it is needed best. 
  • The Boost foam midsole is not only lighter and more responsive but is also durable and is three times more temperature-resistant than standard midsoles. 
  • The outsole display see-through holes which allows the Boost sole to move freely. 
  • The sneaker initially retailed at $170. 
  • Bedwin & The Heartbreakers branding are featured on the tongue, footbed, and the pull tabs at the heel. An Adidas Trefoil logo is positioned on the heel counter. 

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