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.
Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.
Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
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Adidas Raleigh 9tis Mid History
The Adidas NEO is a fast fashion sub-brand under Adidas that targets the younger generation or the youth as their main audience market. Its products range from casual footwear to apparel that can be easily accessed through social tools and at affordable prices. To better convey to its target audience market, it signed teen icons Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez as its brand ambassadors.
One of the best-selling shoes in the Adidas NEO sub-brand is the Adidas Raleigh, which was first released in 2013. Exuding a classic vibe, it has the classic Adidas DNA as it was based on the Centennial and the Decade with added inspiration drawn from the Rivalry and the Conductor. Both the Centennial and the Decade were popular Adidas basketball shoes in the ‘80s, with versions released in high top silhouettes in a leather-based upper with a prominent tongue. Such features were also apparent in the Raleigh.
The Adidas Raleigh Mid is a mid-cut shoe that features a soft leather upper, lace closure, rubber outsole, prominent tongue, and the Adidas three stripes down the sides. It has become one of the highly sought models in the NEO sub-brands mainly for its style and affordability. It is also released in another variation – the Adidas Raleigh 9tis Mid.
Similarly, the Raleigh 9tis Mid is a mid-cut shoe following the original silhouette of the Raleigh. The tongue is still prominent in this version, but the upper is a mix of leather and suede material. There is also a pull tab on the heel, which was lacking in the original Raleigh model. Another difference is the Adidas branding on the heel counter. The Raleigh Mid has a small Adidas name branding, while the Raleigh 9tis Mid’s branding is huge and striking.
Adidas Raleigh 9tis Mid Style
A mid-cut chunky basketball-inspired shoe, the Adidas Raleigh 9tis Mid features a soft leather and suede upper and a vulcanized rubber sole. It basically looks great with almost anything, but it looks best when worn with jeans. It also comes with an extra set of laces in a different color for a more flexible styling.
Fit & Sizing
The Adidas Raleigh 9tis Mid is available in men’s sizes from size 6. 5 to 14 in D Medium width. It is also available for little kids and big kids’ sizes. Its mid-cut construction provides much-needed ankle support while the lace closure offers an adjustable fit. The pull tab on the heel makes it easier to put on.
Like the Adidas Raleigh Mid shoe, this 9tis version features the signature three stripes down the sides. Its huge tongue is prominent as well, which adds a nice touch to its overall style. But what sets it apart from the original version is that it has a pull tab on the heel and its upper materials are made of soft leather and suede. It also has a striking, big Adidas brand name printed along the heel counter.
- The Adidas Raleigh 9tis Mid also features a color blocked vulcanized sole.
- It has a textile lining and the collar is well-padded for added comfort.
- The tongue also bears the Adidas logo.