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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The Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO comes in standard widths for both men and women. Men’s sizes range from 3 to 13. Women’s sizes range from 6 to 11. The pair is reportedly true to size.
The sleek appearance of the Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO artfully provides that neat throwback look that has apparently influenced today’s fashion trends. It comes in a variety of colors, so there will most likely be a pair for every discerning personality. It looks great when paired with denim pants and even shorts.
While the gel technology is still the most defining feature of this model, what makes the Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO truly revolutionary at this time is its much sleeker appearance. Such look is achieved by removing much of the bulky overlays that characterize the previous and some simultaneous versions, leaving only a woven upper that snugly hugs each foot like a sock.
It still, however, uses enough overlays to support the form of the shoe and give it its brand identity. The midfoot has synthetic overlays that cleverly follow the shape and orientation of the company’s logo stripes.
The original GEL Kayano was released by Asics in 1993. It bore its designer’s name, Toshikazu Kayano, who remembers working closely with their American marketers to perfect the shoe’s design. He also remembers making at least thirty sketches before actually coming up with the final one.
Though it already sported the well-received gel technology from 1986, the original model’s appeal was enhanced by its bolstered overlays. The model’s immediate success inaugurated the now already decades-old era of continuous innovation and consequent GEL Kayano dominance.
The Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO, one of the original model’s contemporaries, continues the gel legacy. It, however, shed off much of the voluminous overlays to reveal a much sleeker appearance, which resonates well with the fashion sense of today’s market.
- The upper of the Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO is constructed from neoprene mesh. It has a monosock structure, which means that the textile tongue is fully integrated with the upper.
- To provide support during motion, the model relies on a uniquely designed heel cage that is made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).
- The outsole of this model is made of rubber that enhances traction.
- The collar is generously padded to ensure high levels of next-to-skin protection.