Size and fit

The Life Rally Pro shoes by Champion are true to size and fit. Their one-piece bootie-like build is flexible and adapts easily to the shape of your feet. These kicks offer supreme comfort through their soft uppers, which makes them feel like “socks with soles,” as one user put it. However, it’s also these same soft materials that are at fault for the shoes’ lack of ankle support.

The shoes come with an elastic strap for a bit of support for the forefoot. Front and heel tabs provide the user with an easy way to put them on or take them off the feet.

Champion Life Rally Pro Style

Get your cool on with these baller-inspired kicks. The shoes have distinct casual flavor care of the sock-like construction that’s so trendy these days. Because they also contain an athletic vibe, it’s best to pair them with yoga pants or distressed jeans. Pants with a tight fit on the ankles are your best bet because they don’t ‘swallow’ the shoes.

Notable Features

Sock-like sneakers have been the rage since 2017 when luxury brands eagerly took up the trend. They pushed it even further with footwear models that resembled socks more and more, with soles as the only differing feature from your traditional foot-hugging fabric accessory. Champion’s Life Rally Pro kicks quietly follow this trend but offers us something more: Champion’s renowned sports heritage to spice it up.

The Rally Pros are a tad more supportive than the average luxury brand sock-sneakers. They’re also comfy,  stylish, and they come with an even better deal—they’re affordable. 

Champion Life Rally Pro History

Champion is an American company that specializes in sportswear. It’s one of the oldest companies around, having been founded in 1919 by the Feinbloom brothers. Formerly known as the Knickerbocker Knitting Company, it changed its name to Champion Knitting Mills in the 1930s. 

The Champion brand became known for kitting out college soccer teams with sweatshirts and uniforms. It was the pioneer of the hooded sweatshirt and the Reverse Weave technique, both of which have been adopted by many clothing manufacturers today. 

In the late 90s to the early 2000s, Champion was the official outfitter of the NBA. It was this history with basketball that prompted the brand to launch court-inspired shoes in 2018. It included in the shoes’ construction the reverse weave knit technique that it’s known for and added some functional details into the mix. The result is the Rally Pro model. 

Additional Info

  • The shoes feature embroidered terry cloth logos at the ankles, bonded toe trim finish, cushioned EVA midsoles, and rubber outsoles. 
  • A printed version of Champion Life Rally Pro sneakers is offered in white and black. 

Facts / Specs

Style: Minimalist, Sock
Top: High
Inspired from: Basketball
Closure: Slip-on
Material: Mesh, EVA, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Season: Summer
Features: Breathable / No lace

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Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.