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.
Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.
Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
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Adidas Y-3 Yohji Run History
Sports and high-fashion were two entities that were never meant to intertwine. German athletic brand Adidas, however, decided to defy the norm and teamed up with Yohji Yamamoto, a Japanese fashion designer renowned for his enigmatic and restrained avant-garde style tailoring. This unlikely partnership, later on, proved that fashion and sports could indeed co-exist.
This incredible collaboration started in October 2002. Its product was a luxurious brand dubbed as “Y-3”. The “Y” represents Yohji Yamamoto while the “3” stands for the famous Three-Stripes. Their fusion conceived new apparel and footwear styles that boasted craftsmanship.
The Adidas Y-3 Yohji Run made its first appearance in May 2014. Flaunting a neoprene/micro mesh upper and the revolutionary Boost sole, just 500 pairs were put on the market. Given its limited quantity, its resale value went up to over $1000 on eBay.
Since then, other colorways surfaced. Most are dressed in neutral tones. There are, however, a few printed models introduced. Regardless of colorway, all are valued with a high retail rate that ranged from $290 to $400.
Adidas Y-3 Yohji Run Style
Simple, sleek and at the same time elegant, the low-top Adidas Y-3 Yohji Run has captured the hearts of many sneaker fanatics.
The subtle black, white and dark green pairs are versatile enough to be worn with any casual and sporty outfit, jeans, joggers and shorts included. The printed versions remain versatile. These, those, stand out more than its neutral-toned counterparts.
Fit & Sizing
Made of either stretchy neoprene or breathable mesh, count on this sneaker to hug your feet comfortably while keeping it cool and dry. Its suede and synthetic overlays, on the one hand, ensure that ample support is provided. Sufficient toe room can also be expected. However, wide-footed consumers may, at times, need to size up due to its slightly narrow construction.
This unisex model is available in men’s sizes 4.5-12.5. Sneaker queens who have their sights on this can simply get a pair one full size smaller than their usual choice.
Its full-length Boost sole that is renowned for its responsiveness, as well as lasting comfort and support, is indeed eye-catching. However, it's the little, intricate detailing, the textured “Y” embossed all over its suede tongue, the synthetic lining that surrounds the eyelets and extends near the heel and the “Yohji Yamamoto” callout found on the middle stripe included, that gives this shoe its unique, deluxe look.
- This model comes with an extra set of laces and two black shoe care bags, each one displaying the “Y-3” logo in orange.
- The addition of ribbed suede lining on the heel gives the shoe added comfort.
- Adjust fit with the help of the lace-up closure. Type of laces used on this model may vary depending on the colorway. Some have cord laces while others use flat shoestrings.
- The heel and undersole show the "Y-3" logo.
- Most models do not have insoles. There are a few, though, that feature a cushioned Poron® performance sock liner for plush comfort underfoot.
- A reflective variation is also available.