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 second pro model of Justin Figueroa aka Figgy is a low-top performance skate shoe offered exclusively in men’s sizing that ranges from US 5 to 14, half sizes in between included, in D – Medium (Standard) width.
Because of its low-top construction, wearers are assured of non-restrictive ankle mobility with sufficient foot support. It has a lace closure system with four pairs of metal eyelets and flat cotton laces for an adjustable and comfortable fit. Also featured is a perforated spandex fit system for better fit and breathability.
The Emerica Figgy Dose is another modern skate shoe model that fuses functionality, comfort, and street-ready aesthetic. In particular, it features a monochromatic suede upper with a clean-looking one-piece toe cap and sufficient reinforcement on high wear areas that collectively gives out not just a visually pleasing appeal, but also versatility in styling. It is the kind of skate shoe that could function just as well as a casual shoe for everyday activities.
This second signature skate shoe of Justin Figueroa from Emerica footwear brand stayed true to the first and original Emerica pro model of the athlete with notable upgrades for better performance.
In this shoe, Emerica addressed durability issues from the Figueroa model and made a more durable skate shoe by incorporating Formula G rubber compound, which is 15% more durable and 50% grippier than traditional cupsoles.
Also, the insoles feature an artwork that is actually based on the pro skater’s old tattoo.
Established in 1996, the Emerica footwear brand has successfully climbed up the ladder and became one of today’s most prominent skate shoe manufacturers. It was founded by World Champion professional freestyle skate Pierre Andre Senizergues as part of the Sole Technology, Inc. conglomerate. In its niche market, Emerica is known for designing and producing 100% performance skate shoes.
Like other skate shoe brands, Emerica has formed a team of professional skateboarders that helps in the conceptualization and design process of its shoe models. A member of this team is an American pro skater Justin Figueroa aka Figgy, who already have a signature model with the brand called the Emerica Figueroa.
The pro skater’s second signature shoe with Emerica dropped in 2018 and called the Emerica Figgy Dose. It is a low-top, lace-up skate shoe that features a one-piece toe cap, perforated spandex fit system, Formula G rubber compound, and suede upper. Colorways released include Emerica Figgy Dose Navy/Gum, Brown/Black, Tan/Gum, White/Gum, Brown/Black/White, and Black/White/Gold.
- The Emerica Figgy Dose sneakers also feature full-length die-cut EVA midsole, medial mesh quarter panels, and Triangle Tread with Flex Channel technology.
- Some skaters skate these shoes without laces.