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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Leather and suede are used in the upper of the DC Cole Signature Shoe, offering great support. Excellent ankle mobility is enabled through the shoe’s low-top design. The lace-up system secures the foot in place.
Sizes are available in US men’s 6-14, and the width comes in D or men’s medium. The shoe generally fits true to size, however, a few opted to go a half size as the shoe may run small. There is some added padding on the low-top collar for comfort and a snug fit. The pull tab on the tongue allows the wearer to tie up the laces and secure the fit easily.
Functionality and style are well-balanced in the low-top DC Cole Signature Shoe. Its sturdy upper and classic skate silhouette design are geared for high performance. The shoe is best paired with pants or shorts and t-shirts, the characteristic laidback outfit of many pro skaters.
There are perforations on the upper along the front and the side of the DC Cole Signature Shoe, offering breathability. To best facilitate movements in skating, the outsole is made to be more flexible. On the tongue is where the DC logo overlaid with Chris Cole’s signature can be found, while the original logo is on the side of the shoe. The leather upper is minimally designed to retain a classic look.
DC was founded by Damon Way and Ken Block in 1994. It originally meant “Droors Clothing," after one of their business ventures, which has since gone defunct. The name now stands on its own. DC was among the first to take full advantage of the endorsement of professional skaters. As a result, the brand is known for partnering with the best names in the skateboarding world.
Such was the case when the brand teamed up with Chris Cole. Cole is known for his clean-cut image and good nature, lending his laidback reputation and elite status to give credibility to skateboarding. While punk skaters and vandals gave skateboarding a bad reputation, Cole continued to showcase his talent and skills without any smear.
Cole created a positive impact and molded the character of skateboarding. He also made it his mission to produce individuals that are ambitious, innovative, and athletic. His passion is evident with each shoe he releases with DC, and the same is true with the DC Cole Signature Shoe. As part of Cole’s collection, the performance skate sneaker is designed to be worn on and off the board with grace and style.
- Flexibility is emphasized in the cup sole, along with a clean toe design.
- DC’s trademark tread, the Pill Pattern, is used in the outsole.
- The shoe has a textile lining and a rubber outsole.