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 R2 History
Back in December 2015, VP of Global Design Nic Galway together with his team introduced the “NMD.” Short for “Nomad,” Adidas’ groundbreaking cushioning tech - the Boost was merged with the design elements of three of the brand’s archived models - the Boston Super, Rising Star and Micro Pacer. This fusion brought into existence a lifestyle sneaker that perfectly embodied the brand’s past and present as well as modern-day consumers’ nomadic lifestyle.
An instant hit, in a year’s time, the brand was able to launch an array of NMD variations which include the NMD_R2. Minimally-styled like its predecessors, it displayed a lightweight construction with every part of it playing an important role in the shoe’s overall performance.
After over a year, the hype for the NMD may have died down, but the brand, along with other top-tier retail stores and fashion labels still recognize its appeal and the impact it has over the NMD-loving crowds. Tokyo-based label UA & Sons was keen to join in and work with the brand.
Blessed with UA & Sons’ touch of creativity as well as guest designer Kosuke Kawamura’s special artwork, the UA & Sons NMD_R2 looks clean yet attractive. View it under the direct light of a flash, and it dazzles (literally and figuratively) unlike any other of its kind.
This sneaker made its preview in May 2017 and was released to the public on January 20, 2018, along with another Adidas x UA & Sons collab. Both, however, failed to sell out instantly. The number of online searches, though, prove that this model still has not lost its swagger.
Adidas UA&Sons NMD R2 Style
While most NMD_R2 models are dressed in Primeknit, the low-top Adidas UA&Sons NMD R2 chose to be distinct by carrying a gray and blue textile upper with high-resolution heathered knit print lined with a dark blue hue for an added pop.
Looking sporty and casual at the same time, fans of this shoe can easily rock this with their favorite pair of denim, joggers and shorts as well as tees and hoodies. They could even kick their style up a notch by strutting it with a pair of chinos and a polo shirt.
Fit & Sizing
Face the city life’s hustle and bustle without worrying about your feet with the low-top Adidas UA&Sons NMD R2. Built explicitly with everyday living in mind, its light and breathable textile upper as well as its featherweight, ultra-responsive Boost sole are capable of supplying lasting comfort. Freedom of movement, sufficient support and a stable ride can also be expected from its low-cut profile, familiar molded EVA midsole plug and its wide outsole.
The NMD_R2 is available in men’s sizes 4-14. It often fits according to size. Those who prefer a snug fit, though, can always size down.
The Adidas UA & Sons NMD_R2’s glitch-like pattern on the whole of its upper may seem subtle, but this gives this sneaker its distinct look. The same glitchy theme is also applied to the “Trefoil” and the ampersand “&” logo on the tongue label and the insole. While most of the outsole is clad in a neutral tone, the pink detailing undoubtedly gives this creation the oomph it needs to turn heads.
- This lifestyle footwear’s structure is enhanced with the help of the leather heel patch and the stitching on the medial quarter panel.
- Heel pull tab marked with the statement “The Three Stripes” in different languages not only adds aesthetic appeal but also assists in easy foot entry.
- Lace fastening system with flat laces aids in adjusting the shoe’s fit.
- Shoe-in comfort is increased with the addition of the airy mesh lining and cushioned insole.
- Rubber outsole supplies the needed traction for everyday walking.
- UA&Sons stands for United Arrows & Sons.