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.
Fit & Sizing
The Adidas Pro Shell 80s has a retro design and classic styling that is ideal for those traveling and those wanting a secured lockdown from the Velcro strap and flat lacing for their daily activities.
The high top shoe comes prepared for its male audience starting from US size 5 to 12 with half-sizes available for a more precise fit. It comes in a medium width that is roomy enough with enough wiggle room for those with narrow to wide feet.
Adidas Pro Shell 80s Style
The classic oiled suede material of the Adidas Pro Shell 80s with its clamshell toe front and the Velcro-strapped extra high collar is oozing with style. The fashionable footwear takes each wearer back to the 1980s when this silhouette first became famous as a basketball sneaker and later on the part of the hip-hop culture.
The high-top Adidas Pro Shell 80s shoe comes in neutral tones of grey and black that smoothly blends with a variety of clothing. The entire high-top suede sneaker look of the Adidas Pro Shell 80s is not trying to pull off as its casual sneaker look and colorways are compatible with every millennial's existing wardrobe.
Whether the male wearer is in jeans, shorts, joggers, and pants, the Adidas Pro Shell 80s men’s basketball-inspired shoes are flexible enough to mix and match without overpowering one’s outfit of the day. Wear tops like hoodies, denim jackets, jerseys, and t-shirts with a vintage design and rock your Adidas Pro Shell 80s with an old school swagger. Introduce a high-top vintage sneaker into your shoe rotation and pair them with nostalgic fashion pieces reminiscent of the era.
The most noticeable features of the Adidas Pro Shell 80s are its vintage silhouette of rubber shell toe front and Velcro leather hook-and-loop strap. These elements make the sneaker take us back in time during the eighties when it was embraced from being a loved off-court sneaker to a hip-hop culture favorite. The oiled suede leather with vintage suede details compliments the comfortable synthetic Ortholite lining with a metallic gold accent reminiscent of the 1980s.
Adidas Pro Shell 80s History
The history of the Adidas Pro Shell 80s is deeply connected with one of Adidas’ most iconic silhouettes – the Adidas Pro Model and the Adidas Superstar.
Before chunky basketball shoes were the standard, sleek and street-style court kicks were the norm. Among those that took the spotlight and never left the pedestal is the Adidas Pro Model that was launched in 1965. This successful launch of the mid-top basketball sneaker led to Adidas manufacturing another shell-toe sneaker a few years later.
Drawing inspiration from the mid-top Adidas Pro Model, the bestselling iconic Adidas Superstar came out in 1969. The shell toe design, basketball shoes were then being greeted with satisfaction on the basketball court for its innovative leather upper, rubber shell toe, advanced sneaker technology, and low top design. A few years later, the Adidas Superstar was the talk of the town among players of the NCAA and the NBA that at some point some 75 percent of on-court players in the leagues have been wearing the Adidas Superstar. Among those that donned the Adidas Superstar is NBA legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Over the years, however, it would not be long for the Superstar to be noticed by an entirely new different audience, the hip-hop and street-style loving kind of fans. Around the time when sales of the Adidas Superstar has started to decline with the entry of more advanced basketball shoes that it has been given special attention by hip-hop superstars Run D.M.C. who wore the clamshell toe sneakers in their concerts and gave it a special mention in their song “My Adidas.”
The rest, of course, was history as by the time Adidas noticed the group raising the shoe on one of their concerts, Run D.M.C. were immediately offered endorsement contracts and customized the design of the Superstar to the tastes of its new fans.
Then in 1984, at the height of the public’s clamor for Velcro hook straps, the first silhouette of the Adidas Pro Shell was launched. The all-suede and rubber shoe endured popularity at some point in the 1980s. It took a couple of decades for the German company to revive the design as the Adidas Pro Shell 80s as part of the Adidas Originals designs in late 2017. The shoe was offered in a grey and black colorway with an oiled suede leather upper material and the recognizable Velcro strap on top and clamshell toe design.
- The Adidas Pro Shell 80s has a synthetic lining comprising of a metallic-gold sockliner promising pure comfort and performance with its Ortholite technology.
- Extra-high collar accentuates the hook-and-strap Velcro feature over flat lacing.
- Classic rubber shell toe offers support and protection to the toe.
- Metallic-gold Adidas Pro Shell logo gives the sneaker added name recall.
- Herringbone-pattern in the rubber cupsole has superior traction and durability.