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 St. Petersburg GTX is available in men's sizes from 4-10. As the style of these is unisex, women wishing to acquire these sneakers can go down 1.5 sizes down the usual to attain the ideal fit. However, it is perfect to go up a size as the Gore-Tex tends to give a tighter fit.
Adidas St. Petersburg GTX Style
As part of the City series, Adidas' collection of paying homage to the cities around the world, the Adidas St. Petersburg Gore-tex is inspired by the Russian city of St. Petersburg. Its upper features black nubuck with blue accents representing the former Leningrad's river and rich soccer history. Gold Russian writing can be seen on the sidewall as an ode to the city it depicts.
The simplistic design that the Gazelles are known for shouldn't be an oversight with the Adidas St. Petersburg GTX. Most purchasers are apprehensive with suede as they need care and attention. However, because these sneakers are infused with Gore-Tex, a product that is synonymous with high-quality gear, it makes the sneaker waterproof and weatherproof. It makes it an ideal shoe for as well during the winter season.
Adidas St. Petersburg GTX History
Introduced in 1966, the Gazelle was initially intended to be a performance-oriented shoe. The history of the brand comes out quite vague, from whom it was named after and what its purpose was. Despite this, the brand proved that it can withstand the test of time and can undergo through different transformations while still maintaining its relevance.
The Adidas Gazelles was the first suede sneaker produced by Adidas. In a sea of leather trainers, the suede brought not just an upgrade in style, but the material made the shoe more supple and lighter while still protecting the foot.
Besides coming in two colorways, it also came with varying outsoles serving different variations of traction. The Gazelle Rot (Red) has a see-through non-slip sole inspired by the Olympiade shoe. It is perfect for outdoor use as it is made of gum rubber outsole patterned with grooved waves. The Gazelle Blau (Blue), on the other hand, features a microcell ripple sole, suitable for indoor surfaces. The microcell technology integrates tiny air bubbles into the rubber. It results in a firm footing and a more cushioned landing feel.
Throughout the 70s and 80, Adidas continued to experiment with different colorways and outsoles. It was groundbreaking as the usual shelf life of the brand is only four years. The City Series, which was released during this period, paid tribute to key cities like Zurich, Paris, Hamburg, London, and Dublin. Thirty years after the first release of the City series, the brand gave honor to the cultural capital of Russia—Moscow and St. Petersburg, both of which are infused with Gore-Tex, which is suited for the city’s cold climate.
- The tongue and collar are padded for extra comfort.
- The overall look of the sneaker is inspired by the Leningrad river, the city’s rich football legacy, and coat of arms.