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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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
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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 Gel Lyte III was a running trainer released by the Asics brand in the 90s. As part of the Gel Lyte series, the model also featured the brand’s famous GEL cushioning system which reduces impact with each runner’s stride. The silhouette had a casual, streetwear look that easily bridged the gap between fashion and sports, and due to its comfort level—it was cited by many to be the most comfortable among all Gel Lyte models—became extremely popular to the point of iconic.
In 2015, to commemorate the Gel Lyte III’s 25th anniversary, Asics arranged with various retailers and designers to collaborate on the silhouette. The Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary was the first of 12 such collabs to be released. The low-top sneaker was produced in limited pairs of 1,990 and launched in selected stores on January 24.
Tokyo-based brand Mita Sneakers dressed the Gel Lyte III in tonal blue hues and red accents. They removed the perf details and instead used smooth pigskin suede on the toebox. A heel pull tab was also added as well as a netting design on the side of the shoe while nubuck covered the back.
Classic and sporty go hand in hand in the Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary. The bright blue and red shades of the upper speak bold and athletic while the silhouette remains classic and very much wearable with most casual clothing. Pair this sneaker with jeans, shorts, or joggers and your favorite tee or hoodie. The shoe’s warmth makes it the perfect go-to footwear all-year round.
The Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary is available in men’s sizes ranging from 4 to 14 with half sizes offered too. The shoe runs true to size and can be adjusted to the user’s foot via rope laces. The shoe provides adequate lateral support from the suede material of the upper and the leather overlays.
The Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary brings the classic and the trendy smoothly together. While the iconic silhouette certainly seems familiar, the two-toned blue update with red accents on the upper gives it a fresh new look. Hard piping on the toe box and white stitching details give the shoe a pop. The legendary Asics GEL cushioning system keeps the shoe just as comfortable as it is stylish.
- The Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary comes with two pairs of rope laces—one in white and another in blue.
- The model is named ‘Torico’ and features the words, “Tokyo Ueno” at the tongue. The insole contains the chain-link fence signature of Mita Sneakers.