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.
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Fit & Sizing
The DC Evan Hi LE utilizes a traditional lacing system with a generous amount of eyelets for its lockdown. Women can avail a pair of these pristine sneakers in sizes ranging from 5 to 11 which are all constructed in B medium widths.
DC Evan Hi LE Style
Waist high jeans and long draping black tees with matching wayfarer shades perfectly accentuate the DC Evan Hi LE. Jeggings, leggings, and skinny pants are also top options in partnering the sneaker. The tonal light colors also complement sundresses and skirts for an outgoing look.
The retro imagery of the DC Evan Hi LE was flawlessly delivered by the vulcanized outsole with premium pro details like the extended rubber toe cap. Plush padding can be seen along the collar and suede uppers complete the sophisticated look. The high top sneaker’s cream colorway deviates from the others due to its slimmer lacing.
DC Evan Hi LE History
Ken Block and Damon Way were new found buddies when they sat beside each other during an Algebra class in the latter years of the 80s. Little did our two protagonists know that their friendship would spark a clothing franchise that would one day dominate the skate scene. Packed with a good sense of design and passion for creating something new, the duo established Eightball Clothing with the thought of expanding via the help of Block’s parents who lent them $10,000 to move to a warehouse.
The shirt designs of Eightball clothes proved to be such a hit in skate shops in the early 90s. Revenue from the shirt-company enabled the brand to diversify into another apparel line which specializes on jeans. Droors Clothing, also known to hail from the word drawers, became a well-known entity in providing skaters with fresh clothes for the bottom half of their bodies. Not only did it showcase top-quality jeans, but it also introduced consumers to busy tracksuits and baggy outfits.
The initials D and C of Droors Clothing was refurbished and made into another successful franchise called DC Shoes in 1994. The brand was Damon Way’s concept which paved the way for humanity’s first glimpse on paid pro skater endorsements. By 1997, DC and its skate team had toured the world intensively. Celebrity names like Rob Dyrdek and Danny Way became its quintessential characters during the 90s.
Since then, DC Shoes became well known for their hands-on approach with board athletes. Another promising ambassador on the list is Evan Smith, an Orlando-born skater with out-of-this-world skills. The upheld skater introduced a comedic commercial in 2016 showcasing his new shoes called Evan Smith’s. The gnarly ad contained silhouettes of a monstrous pump which turns out to be Smith’s own model.
Smith had stayed loyal to the DC team since his induction in the years before 2011. His inclination with the vintage design of footwear enabled him to create a super durable low profile sneaker with an ingenious sole which, according to the commercial, has a sole of its own. Eventually, the Evan Smith became a staple in DC’s skate catalog in the following years.
DC was generous enough to include ladies to the Evan Smith commotion thus creating a model specifically for the feminine taste. The DC Evan Hi LE is a high top sneaker built with the flair and finesse of a lifestyle facade. It copies the imagery of the Evan Smith Pro line with a bit of a twist via the thin lacing.
- A DC Impact-I Inflexion vulcanized technology provides underfoot cushioning and maximum board feel.
- The sneaker’s design is based on the Evan Smith Pro model.
- Suede and premium leather materials cover up the sneaker’s upper.
- A DC flaglet is positioned around the lateral side of the vamp.