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    Low Top

    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

    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.

    High Top

    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.

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    Sports

    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.

    Casual

    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.

  • Collection

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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 Etnies Jameson HT Ryan Lay is only offered in men's sizes that stretch from 5 to 14. Ladies who fancy a pair should go 1.5 sizes up from their standard shoe size. The shoe generally fits true to size, but some wide-footed users said it ran too narrow and recommended trying half a size up.

Despite its high-top profile the Etnies James HT Ryan Lay remain sleek and minimal thanks to its clean upper design and slim-fit silhouette. Users get the ankle support without the bulky look. Additionally, its versatile design can be easily paired with almost any casual ensemble. The guys can dress it in chinos, a shirt and topped off with a jacket and cap for a casual day out with friends. Ladies can play it up more by pairing it with shorts, skirts, dresses or leggings.

Aside from its sleek style, people were attracted to this kick because of its materials being crafted from all vegan elements. But even non-vegan consumers loved it for its superb durability.

Introduced in 1986, Etnies is considered to be the first skate company to be owned by a skateboarder. The company was initially called Etnics, which is a play on the word ‘Ethnic' as a nod to skate culture. However, within the first year, the brand name had to be changed due to legal issues. Pierre André decided to run the company as he was approaching his retirement from professional skateboarding.

The brand presently resides in California and is operating under a corporation called Sole Technology, which is also owned by Pierre André. Today, Etnies stays rooted in skate culture and continues to come up with new tech for enhanced protection, performance, comfort, and style while shredding on the board. Additionally, the company expanded its product range as it now includes apparel and accessories for both men and women.

One of Etnies' many footwear collections is the Jameson Bloodline, which focuses on design simplicity without sacrificing function and performance. One of them is the Etnies Jameson HT Ryan Lay, which derived inspiration from Ryan Lay's vegan lifestyle and his needs in a skate shoe. The kick is crafted from animal-free materials specifically canvas and synthetic suede. It is designed to endure the daily abuses of skateboarding.

Michael Worful, an artist and Ryan's good friend, designed the artwork on the shoe. The art was inspired directly by the shoe brand Sheep shoes, which is also the vegan sister brand of Etnies from the mid-90s.

  • The shoe features a hidden toecap technology, which provides added durability in high wear areas.
  • Its insoles utilize the brand's Foam Lite 1 technology.
  • Geo-Hex outsole tread pattern offers excellent grip on the board.

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