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.
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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Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III Koi History
The first collaboration between Asics and German footwear retailer Afew happened in 2012 when they first handcrafted a pair of the famous Gel Lyte III’s. The design was designed by the Japanese koi which helped boost the popularity of the Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III Koi.
The limited Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III Koi is part of the 25th year anniversary release of the Gel Lyte III which the Afew store handcrafted in 2012 and released during Japan Day.
The much-hyped release of the limited edition sneakers was a success with several sneaker collectors camping outside the Afew’s Dusseldorf store some four days before its May 30, 2015, release.
The novel concept of this new look for the Gel Lyte III was meticulously planned and executed. The collaboration is delivered in a wooden Bento box with knick-knacks from chopsticks to a special commemorative booklet highlighting the history behind the design.
The package also contains two distinctively named shoelaces ‘Wasabi’ and “Soy sauce’ and a dust bag to keep the collector’s item in pristine condition. But aside from these freebies, what sets this collaboration apart is the unique Koi Camo outsole with patterns which resembled flakes given to Koi fishes. Branding details from Afew were also meticulously attached in the heel panel and insole.
Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III Koi Style
Most collectors would probably not dare wear the Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III Koi on a daily basis. Instead, many of these collectors prefer keeping them in pristine conditions. For some other sneaker fans, however, wearing them for a special occasion is the most appropriate time to flaunt this high-class kick.
The premium materials used in this exclusive release are stylish without looking overwhelming with its red, white, black, and beige colors. The blend of colors makes it the perfect fashion statement that would make every sneaker fan appreciate this exclusive kick.
Fit & Sizing
The neatly constructed Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III Koi runs right to size and has secure lockdown from the white flat lacing. The shoe comes in men’s sizes 4 to 14 in medium width.
The exclusive silhouette that is painstakingly planned, designed, executed, and constructed by designers from Afew and Asics is most notable for this limited edition sneakers. The plush suede material for the upper, durable sole and construction, neatly placed Afew branding details and color accents inspired by the Japanese Koi fish, gives this exclusive design an instant boost to live up to all the hype since its release.
- The shoe has a removable insole with Afew branding graphics printed.
- Perforations of the upper toe box and side panels of the Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III Koi keep the shoe well-ventilated.
- Bento box packaging contains a dustbag, a commemorative booklet, chopsticks, two sets of extra laces in Soy Sauce and Wasabi colors.