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 Lique runs true to size with a lace-up closure. It is available in men’s unisex sizes in medium width. Sizes range from US size 4 to 13 for men. Women’s sizes can be obtained by reducing men’s size by 1.5.
Rocking that 1990s style, the Asics Gel Lique comes packed with retro styling with a suede and mesh upper and rubber outsole reminiscent of a great sneaker era. With neutral tones from the Indian Ink and Black colorways, the shoe has embroidered branding details in the right places accented by the asymmetrical silhouette and stripes of Asics. The retro sneakers mix comfort and style as it goes well with shorts, pants, and even denim skirts with its asymmetrically shaped upper.
The Gel sole cushioning system remains to be the highlight of this retro sneaker. The sneaker features a sleek lateral with an asymmetrical upper of suede and nylon soft yet durable midsole with hidden gel pods for that ultimate comfort. With the durability of suede and mesh, the shoe also boasts of a thick and slightly inclined rubber outsole for grip and traction.
Looking back in history, company founder Kihachiro Onitsuka established Onitsuka Co. Ltd. in his hometown in Kobe, Japan in September 1949 with only a capital of ¥300,000. The company started with just four employees and with the guiding principle of “anima sana in corpore sano.” This Japanese guiding principle which translates to "If you pray to God, you should pray for a sound mind in a healthy body" will, later on, become the acronym for Asics and a vision of creating good sporting shoes by fostering people through sports.
Although the brand name Asics is hardly recognizable outside of Japan and some major American and European cities, it has a huge cult following among serious runners and athletes.
The brand first developed running and basketball shoes in the 1950s and later on diversified their shoe styles by also producing shoes for volleyball, tennis, marathon running, dancing, skiing, climbing, golf, gymnastics, wrestling, specialty training, and other sports.
However, every shoe connoisseur would agree that the biggest contribution of Asics to the footwear industry is the production of the Gel running shoes that continues to be a sneaker fan favorite. The Gel cushioning system that Asics developed placed the company on the pedestal as a serious player in shoe manufacturing.
The Gel Cushioning system, a soft material injected in the form of pods at the shoe forefoot and heel, absorbs landing strikes, reduces fatigue, and reduce impact injuries. Early developers of the gel cushioning claim they are better than an air cushioning system. The gel is made up of a silicone based substance that is injected into the EVA midsole for shock absorption and dispersing vibration.
Among the shoe designs that came out in the mid-1990s and recently resurrected from the extensive archives of the Asics brand is the Asics Gel Lique. With an asymmetrical design silhouette, the Gel Lique was originally manufactured for runners with oblique feet. The Lique name came from the Latin word used to describe something liquid. The shoe first came out in Indian Ink and Black colorways while other colorways soon followed in the late 1990s. The design was later on brought back in 2016 as one of the brand’s retro lifestyle sneaker offerings.
- Suede overlays over mesh material including suede lacestays in the upper give it retro looks.
- Some Gel Lique models released in 2017 includes 3M Reflective form stripes on the side panels while a speckled midsole gives it unique contrasting looks.