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.
Airwalk Radlee High-Top History
The Airwalk company was founded by Bill Mann and George Yohn in 1986. During that time, Mann was doing shoes for customers such as Sears and Mervyn’s. The idea of creating skateboarding shoes largely came from his son, Mac, who had just started playing the sport and couldn’t find anything he liked. Mann turned to Sinisa Egelja, who later became head designer for the brand, to work on creating a comfortable and fully functioning skate shoe.
Skateboarding was not yet considered an official sport during that time, and the market was largely untapped. When Airwalk came on the scene with excellent performing skate footwear in crazy prints and loud colors, the company exploded. By the mid-90s, the company was making hundreds of millions of dollars and had also successfully entered the European market.
The company has since then entered the mainstream scene, and although their footwear now is geared more towards casual use, large traces of their skating background remain.
Airwalk Radlee High-Top Style
Rock the street style look with the Airwalk Radlee High-Top. Women can match their high-top sneaker with leggings, a long, slim shirt, and an understated jacket. Men, meanwhile, can wear their sneaker with a dark pair of selvedge denim and a plain tee.
Fit & Sizing
The Airwalk Radlee High-Top sneaker has models available for both men and women. The women’s version has sizes which range from 5 to 13 while the men’s sizes range from 6 to 15. For women users who prefer the colorways available only in the men’s version, going two sizes down (for the equivalent men’s measurement) is generally recommended. However, since the Radlee High-Top tends to run large, at least three sizes down might be better. Men might find their fit better by only going up a size or two.
The shoe has a flat sole which, although great with physical activities such as weightlifting, might present a problem for some. A cushioned insert might help with this as well as resolve some size difference. The high-cut profile of the sneaker, as well as the overlay, provide the ankle ample support.
The Airwalk Radlee High-Top has a definite street swagger underneath that understated style. And along with that trendy look comes superior comfort that persists.
- The Airwalk Radlee High-Top features a padded tongue and collar for extra comfort, a non-marking outsole, soft textile lining, and a fabric upper.