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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This kick's padded collar and insole coupled with the breathability of the canvas upper offer comfort in every step. Those who fancy a timelessly designed skate shoe can choose from men and women’s sizes.
Dressed in classic skate attitude, the Airwalk Rieder's low-top construction provides a sleek style that looks good while performing tricks and is also able to dress up any casual outfit. Users can combine classic style with modern-day trends by pairing it with joggers and a vintage band shirt. Or stick with the time-tested choices by dressing it in jeans or short for the men and leggings and skirts for the women.
The Airwalk Rieder features multi-layered canvas on its upper for durability and ventilation. A foxing tape wraps around the midsole for added visual appeal and durability. Finally, two tread patterns grace the shoe's outsole, a honeycomb pattern and a wave-like pattern, which offers excellent traction.
Long before becoming a Payless brand, Airwalk enjoyed popularity and success in the skateboarding world in the late 80s to early 90s. The brand had a professional, heavyweight team and produced footwear that skaters actually wanted to use. Airwalk debuted in 1986 and was founded by George Yohn and Bill Mann who both had backgrounds in the footwear industry.
The brand started out wanting to provide sneakers during the fitness boom of the 70s. They set on studying the jazzercise trend but took too long and were taken over by bigger brands. Feeling defeated, an idea came to Bill one day when his son complained about how his skate shoes were so boring and dull and saw it as a business opportunity. He started observing kids in the skate park and based their next shoe models on the demands of skateboarding.
In the 80s, the brand released high-top shoes with loud colors and crazy patterns such as Velocity, Enigma, and Disaster – these shoes reflected that era's style. And skate celebrities such as Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, and Christian Hosoi were some of the riders in the brand's professional team. Airwalk shifted its kick's design in the 90s and opted for more streamlined and simpler shoes like the One, Solo 2, and 86.
By the mid-90s, the company was earning nine digit amounts annually. Fast-forward to today, Airwalk as a brand is not as popular as before. Their shoes are only generally available in Payless stores but continually dishes out super affordable footwear for the masses nonetheless. One of their many offerings is the Airwalk Rieder, a classic skate shoe with timeless good looks. The kick is available in a number of colorways.
- This kick is available in Regular / Medium width.
- Metal eyelets secure the shoelaces to keep feet in place.