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 ZX Flux ADV Tech History
The ZX 8000 was the first Adidas running shoe ever to feature the legendary Torsion system. Launched in 1988, it has remained as one of the company’s most popular retro runners. With the ZX 8000, Adidas was primarily concerned with cushioning but also managed to produce an intricate combination of futuristic vibes with a classic design.
The ZX 8000 featured bright colorways in response to the current trend at the time for bold colors and space-age design. The shoe had a Ghillie lace system, a brand tag on the tongue, removable inlay insole, and a nylon mesh and synthetic suede upper. The shoe was so hugely popular that it was reissued in 2004, 2009, and 2013, with the latest release veering away a bit from the original with its soft sole and slimmer fit.
In 2014, the ZX Flux series was released, with much of the inspiration behind the shoe based on the ZX 8000. The ZX Flux is basically a stripping down and deconstructing of the ZX 8000 to the bare minimum. It is still a ZX shoe, but the toe overlay, the eyestay and ghillie, and the mudguard of the ZX 8000 were removed.
The Adidas ZX Flux came out mainly in two builds: a mesh one and a satin one with prints and graphics. Several colorways were released for each as well as many variations of the ZX Flux line such as the ZX Flux ADV Tech that debuted in 2016. This particular version reinterpreted the ZX Flux silhouette with new tech elements but kept the simplified heel cage and style of the original ZX Flux.
Adidas ZX Flux ADV Tech Style
The Adidas ZX Flux ADV Tech has a slimmer silhouette compared to the original. The streamlined build goes well with most casual clothing such as pants, shorts, and straight-legged or slim jeans.
Fit & Sizing
This low top silhouette comes in men’s sizes which range from 6 to 12. The fit is quite narrow and small, so purchasers are advised to go a size up. The welded heel cage gives the shoe added support and stability.
The ZX Flux ADV Tech’s iconic silhouette inspired by running gear is its most distinguishable feature along with the shoe’s welded trim and heel cage.
- Utilizes an injected EVA midsole that gives the shoe lightweight cushioning.
- Features a basket weave mesh upper with shaped overlays.