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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Adidas Topanga Clean History
Back in the day when Adidas sports trainers were beginning to reach the height of their popularity, there was an alternative Three Stripe shoe model made for leisure styling – the Adidas California. The shoe first debuted in the ‘70s with a design inspired by a region in the western part of the city of Los Angeles, California.
Fast forward to 2014, Adidas dug deep into its archive and relaunched the California model but renamed as Adidas Topanga due to trademark disputes. The comeback of the ‘70s classic was a part of the Spezial Collection, and since then, the shoe regained popularity because of its easy-to-wear low profile and retro look.
In 2016, Adidas further created a fresh new look to the Topanga by releasing the Adidas Topanga Clean shoe. It took the rich suede (or leather for some colorways) upper from the Topanga, but scrapped the Three Stripes overlay branding on the side panels and replaced it with perforated branding for a smooth aesthetic and added breathability. Also featured in the shoe are gold foil branding, contrasting heel and tongue accents in either suede or leather, and a textured midsole.
Adidas Topanga Clean Style
The Adidas Topanga Clean live up to its “clean” name. It is a low-top shoe that brings back classic ‘70s kick style with a premium and supple suede or leather upper, leather (or suede) accents on the tongue and heel, and tonal flat laces. The signature Three Stripes are still there but comes in the form of perforations in this version. Contrasting the clean look of the upper are the gold foil brandings and a textured midsole.
Not just retro and sporty, the Topanga Clean also boasts aesthetics fit for modern urban adventures. With several toned down colorways to choose from, men can wear this with shorts, jeans, pants, or chinos for a casual look from day to night.
Fit & Sizing
The Adidas Topanga Clean shoe comes in men's sizing that ranges from 6 to 14 in D Medium width. It has a traditional lace-up closure system for a snug and customizable fit that secures the foot, and a padded collar for extra plush feel. Furthermore, its low profile allows maximum ankle mobility and flexible foot movements. The tongue features a loop tab that helps keep it in place, adding a secure fit.
The Adidas Topanga Clean is a version of the Topanga model, which was previously known as the Adidas California. Following the lead of the original Topanga silhouette, this rendition features a suede upper and a full gum rubber sole. But for a cleaner look that suits for the modern day, the zigzag Three Stripes were replaced with perforations and leather accents were placed on the tongue and collar. Other retro details that give character to this low-top include the full gum rubber sole, including the textured midsole, and the T-shaped overlays on the toe part.
- Displayed on the side panel is the "Topanga" text branding in a gold foil finish. On the tongue is another Adidas branding, also in a gold foil finish.