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.
DC Ashlar Mid-Top History
DC began its journey at the dawn of the 90s where Ken Block and Damon Way caught up with each other to establish several entrepreneurial franchises. In 1991, the two bros started up Eightball Clothing with Damon finding stores to sell merchandise under the company name. Danny Way, Damon's brother, was the first to endorse the line as a skateboarder.
Revenue was growing, and a sense of diversification took place inside the minds of the duo by 1992. Bigger than it was regarding market and income, Eightball Clothing introduced another line of apparel into their catalog focusing on the other bottom half of the human body. Droors Clothing offered jeans in any style for the skater or non-skater alike. The business transitioned to be a corporation by 1993 under the title Circus Distribution, Inc.
Realizing a need to produce skate shoes, Way launched a footwear line in 1994 named DC Shoes which was an acronym primarily known to be hailed from Droors Clothing. At first, the rookie shoemaker started creating ties with prominent brands like Etnies and Vans to produce the first shipments of their products. Eventually, they settled with a Korean producer named Samil Tong Sang Company.
Business was booming for DC during the 90s reaching $20 million by 1996. By catering skaters with high-quality footwear, the brand went on to be one of the most respected skate companies to date. It was acquired by Quicksilver in 2004 and continues its heritage by incorporating new and improved technological feats in their line up.
As an attempt to deviate from their skatewear norm, DC reinvents their low profile silhouettes and vamps it up into Chukka mode evident with the DC Ashlar Mid-Top. The said sneaker overflows with class as shown by its premium leather and suede uppers in a mid-top cut. The pristine materials of its upper sit atop a Unilite midsole for lightweight cushioning.
DC Ashlar Mid-Top Style
Chukka-inspired footwear like the DC Ashlar Mid-Top is best partnered with pants and chinos for a more formal look. Though don't be fooled by its rich, textured upper because the sneaker can still pull-off shorts and gartered pants that totally unveils the whole silhouette. It is available in a myriad of colorways from muted tones of Raven and Pirate Black to enlightening pigments of white.
Fit & Sizing
Supreme comfort is employed by combining Aeroprene interiors with a leather lining. The mid-top upper also utilizes a Unilite midsole for lightweight cushioning. Men can purchase a pair starting in full size runs beginning from 6 to 14 all in D medium widths.
The jester-looking shape of the DC Ashlar Mid-Top comes with a full pack of leather details of suede and full-grain materials. The pull tab at the heel provides ease of entry while 2 pairs of laces offer the right amount of snug at the vamp. DC branding can be seen at the tongue, insole, outsole, and at the heel quarter flag.
- It consists of a rubber outsole for protection and excellent grip.
- The inner Aeroprene material improves breathability.