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.
CollaborationThe Goodwill Out
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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 x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1 History
Adidas NMD’s development designer, Nic Galway, aimed to create a shoe that carries a unique design that will be remarkable in its own way that will catch attention even from a distance. He also wanted to create a functional silhouette. Holding on to those goals, Galway, went through the brand’s classics and gave them a touch of modernization. Thus, the Adidas NMD was born.
NMD stands for “Nomad,” and the silhouette represents its correspondence with the continually traveling people. With the lightweight comfort and quality performance of the shoe, it lives up to the needs of a traveler.
In the summer of 2016, the Adidas NMD City Sock series was introduced by Adidas. The Adidas NMD_CS1 displays a full Primeknit upper and a laceless closure system. In 2017, using the silhouette, Adidas teamed up The Good Will Out, a Cologne-based sneaker shop. The Good Will Out carries a solid reputation all-over Europe and in the sneaker district.
The Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1 received a stealthy makeover as the concept of the collaboration took inspiration from the Shinobi, the male feudal Japanese mercenaries or commonly known as ninjas. Presenting an all-black appearance, the silhouette conveys the “covert movements” and the “nocturnal camouflage” of the ninjas.
Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1 Style
Mysterious, agile, furtive, discreet: these are some of the characteristics that the Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1 conveys as it represents the qualities of a ninja. With all these characteristics, the mid-top silhouette also carries flexibility both in its class and in its style. It blends in with the flow of trend in the fashion industry. It keeps the wearer to stay stylish yet not risking comfort. It functions well in a variety of events as an outfit complement and offers off an edgy vibe for the wearer.
Fit & Sizing
A flexible and comfortable fit from the Primeknit upper is delivered by the Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1. Its laceless closure system offers the wearer an easy on and off, supported by its heel pull loops. The sneaker also provides a secured fit with how its elastic collar wraps around the ankle.
The Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1 is available in men’s sizing from size 7 US to 12 US. For women who want to get a pair of this mid-top shoe, a 1.5 reduction from the men’s sizing is applicable.
The wholly blacked out colorway of the Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1 embodies the whole silhouette as it was designed to display a stealth appearance. The colorway of this mid-top silhouette expresses the concept of the ability of ninjas stealthily fighting in total darkness as the silhouette itself is Shinobi-inspired.
The three distinctive patterns of its Primeknit upper construction delivers a clean look that gives subtle texture variations that show “sense of depth and intrigue.” It sits atop the all-black Boost midsole which is also built with black pods and an all-black serrated trail outsole. The design was then finished off with the heel loop tape that displays the words, “THE ART OF SEEING THROUGH DARKNESS” and “THE GOOD WILL OUT” in both English and Japanese.
- Adidas and The Good Will Out co-branding can be observed on a leather loop in front/tongue of the sneaker.
- “CS” means City Sock.
- The molded EVA midsole plug is also in black to complement the all-black appeal of the mid-top shoe.