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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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
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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.
Adidas UA&Sons NMD CS2 Primeknit History
The much-hyped mid-top UA&Sons NMD City Sock was among the hottest sneakers in the summer of 2016. While most shoes in the market are forgettable, this one, in particular, set itself apart from the ordinary with its chukka-like construction that resembled a sock. Gaining instant street cred, German brand Adidas made sure that fans’ excitement was sustained by promptly releasing a sequel.
Its follow-up version called the NMD City Sock 2 (aka NMD CS2) favorably took style and function to another level. While the imprint in its Boost midsole as well as its laceless, slip-on styling are reminiscent of the original silhouette, the rest of its design was altered.
Inspired by the simplistic design of traditional Japanese clothing, the updated model which was released in April 2017 displayed refined aesthetics with its asymmetrical collar that looked a lot like a wrap-around kimono. The signature EVA midsole inserts found on the original were also ditched and replaced with the NMD R2-like sole that included a rubber toe bumper. Semi-circular detailing was also added on the medial side for extra oomph.
Collaborative projects were subsequently introduced. These included Adidas’ tie-up with known Tokyo-based fashion label UA&Sons. While these two kept their version, aptly called UA&Sons NMD CS2 Primeknit, minimally-styled, they ascertained that its rich, marbled appearance plus the subtle yet attention-grabbing little details added on its silhouette made a statement. Launched On January 2018, it debuted along with another UA&Sons x Adidas collab.
Adidas UA&Sons NMD CS2 Primeknit Style
Styling the mid-top Adidas UA & Sons NMD CS2 PK knows no bounds. Clad in neutral hues, its mixed black/white/grey colorway adapts easily to a mishmash of styles and outfits. Those who are going for a laidback look can easily blend this with their favorite pair of joggers or denim and shirt. Achieving a somewhat preppy look can also be done effortlessly by mixing and matching these kicks with a pair of khaki pants, a blazer and or a polo shirt or tee.
Fit & Sizing
Available in men’s sizes 4-14, the Adidas UA&Sons NMD CS2 Primeknit is built explicitly to match present-day consumers nomadic way of life. Thus, like its forerunners, it is constructed with a one-piece Primeknit upper that makes it ultralight and breathable yet supportive. While it’s made to fit according to size, its sock-fitting material may feel a tad bit snug for a few. Sizing up, however, is always an option especially for those with slightly wide feet.
The white Boost midsole in this edition is undoubtedly a sight to behold especially for the Boost fanatics. Although not “UltraBoost-comfortable,” it undeniably provides top-notch comfort that lasts.
Other than the familiar white midsole, this street-ready sneaker also shows off designer Kosuke Kawamura’s glitch-like graphics on the sockliner cover, tongue label, and the medial TPU sheet. As simple as it is, these give the shoe its defining look.
- The black rubber outsole that extends up to the toe gives sufficient traction and adds durability.
- Pull tab on the heel with its signature marking improves the shoe’s aesthetic appeal as well as aids in easy foot entry.
- Plush feel is achieved with the addition of the fixed leather sockliner and faux suede heel cap lining.
- For branding, the right tongue label displays the famous”Trefoil” logo whereas the left tongue label comes with UA&Sons “ampersand (&)” insignia.
- The chunky EVA midsole plug on the medial side enhances stability while the half-circle accent found on the same side adds dimension to the shoe.