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    Low Top

    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

    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.

    High Top

    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.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    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.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    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.

  • Price
    $635
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The Balenciaga Arena High is a men's sneaker that is available in French sizing 39-46, translatable to US sizes 5-12. Based on the brand's recommendation, going a full size down will help attain the more optimum fit. Most of those who purchased, however, suggested that two sizes down worked well for them.

Even though the lambskin upper is plush and buttery, it conforms to the feet giving it a comfortable and supportive feel. It has the same extended lacing system, featuring D-ring lacing or matte palladium metal finishing loops, all the way to the ankles as it is hiking-boot inspired.

One of Balenciaga's most identifiable designs and most iconic sneakers released is the Arena High. Although clad in a futuristic profile, these sneakers stay consistent with the Balenciaga style of still being a wearable piece. The minimal design remains to stand out because of the use of premium materials. The crinkled lambskin upper not only provides texture but is also strategic in a way to disguise the signs for the continuous and long-term wear.

Because of its high-top silhouette, it is best to pair these with cropped pants to showcase the shoe fully. Unlike other models of luxury sneakers, these come in plenty of colorways, from neutral, to bright, to a gradient.

Although most sneakers, both high-end and mass-produced, have something to boast, it takes only a few to master the mix of design and excellent craftsmanship. The Balenciaga Arena High exhibits the perfect blend of very opposing qualities of rugged and luxurious. Its identifiable silhouette matched with wrinkled but opulent lambskin upper sitting atop a durable outsole and sealed with impeccable stitching makes these sneakers a head-turner. Every component makes the shoe distinguishable. Thus, there is no need to stamp these with loud branding.

For another respectable designer like Christian Dior to call one the "master of all," it only goes to show that Cristobal Balenciaga set the standards high. Born in 1895 in the Basque Country, Northern Spain, Balenciaga, early on, became highly influenced by fashion, being a son of a seamstress. At the young age of 22, he established his first haute atelier, catering influential people including the Spanish royal family and aristocracy.

The designer opened the House of Balenciaga in 1937 bagging more than 20 years of experience as a couturier. Balenciaga stood out from other designers and created an instant impact on both the press and his clients for being extremely knowledgeable in his craft, from the design process to finishing a garment.

Although starting with simplistic designs and bold hues, the designer eventually discovered his style and became well-known for Avante-Garde pieces that are translated to street style. One of his recent creations is the Balenciaga Arena, a much simplistic and minimal designed sneaker compared to the more attention-grabbing Triple S.

  • The matte outsole features a wavy pattern to provide traction.
  • The metal tab with guillochet seen at the front of the shoe complements the metal lacing system and adds flair to its overall design.
  • A long list of celebrities was seen sporting the Balenciaga Adidas High. Some of them include Kanye West, Usher, Tristan Thompson, and Rihanna.

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