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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The company DC Shoes was founded in 1994 by Damon Way and Ken Block. DC Shoes manufactures skateboarding and snowboarding footwear, shirts, bags, and other accessories. By the year 2000, the company hit $60 million in revenue. To further bolster its popularity, the company sponsored skateboarding teams in various countries such as China, Australia, Norway, and Spain. By 2014, the sponsorship discontinued.
Eventually, DC Shoes was acquired in 2004 by Quiksilver, an American retail sporting company for $87 million. Quiksilver helped the company reach $1 billion in revenue in the same year. But in 2015, Quiksilver filed for bankruptcy after six years of sustaining financial losses. Remarkably, DC Shoes is holding itself together, as today, it is still a fixture in the skateboarding culture.
DC Shoes continues its tradition of sneaker collaborations with skaters, one of the models worth mentioning is the low-top DC Mikey Taylor Shoe. This shoe is popular with the casual consumers and skaters for its design, price and numerous colorways.
The aesthetic design of skater shoes has always been virtually similar with lifestyle shoes, and the low-top DC Mikey Taylor is no exception. Despite having a skate-inspired design, the shoe has the widespread approval of the casual crowd. With fourteen colorways so far, buyers won't be having many issues with pairing their everyday clothing with this sneaker. It features a clean-toe design with suede uppers, combination canvas shoe which adds to its stylish contemporary appeal.
The low-top DC Mikey Taylor Skateboarding Shoe has an Ortholite foam cushioned insole which provides a snug underfoot feel. Its lace-up closure also helps with providing a lockdown fit while the suede upper gives comfort and adequate support.
This sneaker is available in US men's sizes from 6 to 15. While often found true to size, there are remarks from buyers that the sneaker feels too narrow. Most of the people that complained about the shoe’s narrowness has opted to add at least a half-size to overcome it.
The DC Men's Mikey Taylor Skateboarding Shoe exhibits a contemporary design with ample supportive features. For grip and traction, DC has its signature pill pattern tread on the outsole while the padded tongue and collar make the shoe secure and comfortable. Its fabric lining is breathable, and the vulcanized rubber midsole makes to the shoe durable.
- The DC Logo is located on the side.
- Mikey Taylor's autograph can be seen on the sneaker's tongue.