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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Fit & Sizing
Hoop shoe-inspired while now built for skating, and made of either leather or suede, count on this sneaker to keep your feet in place while providing support and stability. Offered in men’s sizes, it commonly runs true to length. Sizes range from 4-14.
Adidas Pro Model Vulc ADV Style
Ollie, grind and flip while keeping your style in check with the high-top Adidas Pro Model Vulc ADV. Able to withstand the abuse thrashers inflict on their shoes, this model ensures to supply the stability, boardfeel and protection required to perform hair-raising tricks.
Its vintage look and high profile design is also a head-turner. Skaters need not worry about their look since this shoe can be paired with various everyday clothing including cargo pants, hoodies, tees and baggy shorts.
Considered as the daddy of the Superstar, this casual shoe is recognized for its high-rise profile and its renowned rubber shell-toe cap. The latter gives this model its retro look. It also improves the shoe’s durability by reducing the risk of a blowout. The design is completed with the addition of the synthetic leather three stripes on both sides of the shoe as well as the heel patch.
Adidas Pro Model Vulc ADV History
In the year 1965, German brand Adidas made their first ever basketball shoe which they called the Pro Model. Crafted with an all-leather upper, many pro hoop players made a switch to enjoy its durable, more stable construction.
Back in those days, crushed toe boxes was a common issue experienced by players with their fave basketball shoes. Adidas, quick to solve the problem, revamped the Pro Model in 1969 by adding a shell toe cap. Now an iconic look, this update did not only enhance its durability, but it also elevated its aesthetics to a whole new level.
Given its success, the brand saw it fit to make a low-cut version. Launched in the same year, the Superstar became one of their most influential and coveted creations. Although not as famed as its successor, the Pro Model has proven that it has made its mark in the sneaker culture. A familiar silhouette released in various colors, materials and shapes, somewhere along the way, this b-ball footwear went through another transformation and turned into a shoe welcomed by skaters.
Tagged as the Adidas Pro Model Vulc ADV, this lifestyle sneaker/skate shoe looks very much like its predecessor but with a few small alterations. Made with a lightweight vulcanized sole and removable, drop-in AdiPRENE insole, expect this footwear to offer targeted impact cushioning without compromising boardfeel.
- The upper’s material varies depending on the colorway. Some are donned in leather. Others are dressed in suede.
- Its vulcanized rubber sole features a multi-directional Vector Traction. This traction pattern enhances board control and grip.
- In-shoe feel is improved with the help of the breathable mesh lining and thickly padded collar. The collar also adds protection.
- Branding is displayed on the Pro Model Vulc ADV’s tongue and heel tab.
- The fit is improved with the addition of the tradition lacing system. This comes with flat tonal laces.