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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Fit & Sizing
Etnies, in collaboration with American lifestyle clothing brand Metal Mulisha, upgraded the Barge LS silhouette in the form of Etnies Metal Mulisha Barge LS. Similar to its predecessor, this collaborative shoe is available in men's sizing that varies from US 5 to 14, half sizes included, in D Standard width.
This low-top skate shoe exhibits a lace-up closure with five pairs of metal-reinforced eyelets for increased durability. A prominent collar and tongue for increased comfort and support are also incorporated.
Etnies Metal Mulisha Barge LS Style
This Barge LS rendition from the Etnies x Metal Mulisha collaboration exudes skate-approved looks and adventure-ready features. It has a one-piece clean toe design and reinforced quarter panels and heels. On the sidewalls is a Metal Mulisha graphic, which matches the design on the tongue.
As versatile as the original Etnies Barge LS, men can pair this low-top with chinos, jeans, or shorts whether on or off the board.
Etnies and Metal Mulisha redesigned the Etnies Barge LS shoes with slimmer and more narrow shoe profile. They achieved this by adding a hefty collar and raising the heel of the Barge LS silhouette. Aside from such reconstruction, there is a striking Metal Mulisha graphic on the sidewalls and tongue.
Etnies Metal Mulisha Barge LS History
Etnies is a well-known footwear and apparel brand that caters to the skateboarding and snowboarding market. Founded in France in 1986 originally as “Ethnics,” the brand has come a long way into being one of today’s most prominent skate shoe brand.
Metal Mulisha, on the other hand, is a lifestyle clothing brand co-founded by Larry Linkogle and Brian Deegan in 1997. Like Etnies, it gained popularity amongst extreme sports supporters. In particular, the Metal Mulisha brand is well-known for its motocross-related designs.
Etnies and Metal Mulisha collaborated and released a lineup of Etnies shoes with designs inspired by the success story of the clothing brand. Included in this collaboration is the Etnies Metal Mulisha Barge LS.
The Etnies Metal Mulisha Barge LS, or sometimes referred to as Etnies Barge LS x Metal Mulisha by some retailers, is a redesigned version of the Etnies Barge LS sneakers. Compared to the core model, this collaborative release features a hefty armored collar and a raised heel for a slimmer and more narrow construction.
Colorways released for the Etnies Metal Mulisha Barge LS sneakers include Black/Lime, Black/Dark Grey/Gum, and Black/Charcoal/Red.